Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting: In Search of the Perfect Sip

June 22, 2023
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Thursday, June 22, 6:30 pm ET

What is the best way to store sake? Do you need specialty serving ware? Should it be chilled, warmed or at room temperature? What are ideal food pairings for sake? And should you only pair sake with Japanese food? With so many delicious varieties of sake to choose from and so many factors to consider, many people feel lost when it comes to serving and enjoying sake at home. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Japan Society’s Annual Sake Lecture series with the Sake Export Association (SEA), sake expert Timothy Sullivan breaks down these questions and more to help you arrive at the perfect sip.  Followed by a tasting reception featuring premium sake.  Must be 21 years of age, or older.

At the tasting reception, sample more than 30 varieties of sake from breweries around Japan.

Participating Breweries:
Nanbubijin, Inc.
Uchigasaki Shuzoten
Okunomatsu Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.
Kaetsu Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.
Tentaka Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.
Mioya Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Rihaku Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.
Imada Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.
Asahi Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.
Tenzan Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.
Chiyonosono Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.
Brooklyn Kura

About the Speaker

Timothy Sullivan

Timothy Sullivan is the founder of, a sake education resource for sake professionals and enthusiasts. Designated a Sake Samurai by the Japan Sake Brewers Association in 2007, he also completed a one-year sake brewing internship in 2017 at Hakkaisan Sake Brewery in Niigata Japan, and currently works as their Global Brand Ambassador. Since 2020 Sullivan has also hosted Sake Revolution, America’s first sake podcast.  He is at the forefront of sake education, both for the general public and also for industry professionals. Sullivan combines first-hand knowledge of sake brewing techniques along with a deep understanding of the sake industry. He is based in New York City.

Related Event: Sake Tasting Workshop
Wednesday, June 21, 6:30 pm ET

Annual sake workshop

Kyohei Inukai
March 17–June 25, 2023

All tickets include Gallery admission during Gallery hours on the event day. Arrive early to enjoy our current exhibition, Kyohei Inukai, before the program.  

Image: © Daphne Youree.

Co-organized by the Sake Export Association.

The Food Talk Series is sponsored by Kikkoman Corporation.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional support for cultural programs is provided by an anonymous donor and the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

Talks+ Talks event

  • Thursday, June 22, 2023
  • 6:30 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Reserved Tickets
  • $50 Nonmembers
  • $40 Members