EVENT: Akashi-Tai Sake Seminar | 27 September #NCC2021

Akashi-Tai Sake

September 27


11:30 - 13:00

Event Category:

Competitions, Past Events


UKBG & Akashi Sake Brewery

After a year’s hiatus, the UK Bartenders Guild’s National Cocktail Competition returns. This year, our tournament format is a little different, featuring a series of seminars led by our sponsors, Akashi Sake Brewery & Kaikyo Distillery.

Our online masterclass seminar is open to professional competitors and members of the public, interested in learning more about Sake, and the world of Japanese beverage culture.

Established in 1913 by the Yonezawa family, the Akashi Sake Brewery has been operated by a distinguished lineage of brewers and distillers. As one of the longest-standing breweries of the region, the Akashi Sake Brewery stands proudly on the shore of Akashi City in Hyogo prefecture, one of Japan’s most renowned sake producing regions. The Akashi Sake Brewery has been producing distilled spirits since 1917. A 100 years later, to honour his family heritage and to celebrate the centennial of the family distilling business, Master Distiller and Blender Kimio Yonezawa created the Kaikyō Distillery to launch his own gin and whiskies.

As part of Akashi Sake Brewery & Kaikyo Distillery sponsorship of the National Cocktail Competition, we are hosting a masterclass on sake, its production and exploring flavour profiles with master distillers – connecting live from Japan.

Our masterclass will cover the amazing, and ancient history of Akashi Sake Brewery & Kaikyo Distillery, an indepth look into how Akashi-Tai Sake is produced along, an interactive tasting session for UKBG members, and a special sake-inspired cocktail masterclass! Make sure you register early to grab a free sake tasting kit!



  • Miho Komatsu, Sake educator for WSET, IWC Sake judge, and Director of Global Sales and Marketing for Marussia Beverages
  • Miho will be joined by Akashi Sake Brewery & Kaikyo Distillery’s Master Brewer




Note to UKBG NCC 2021 Competitors: Please note, attendance to this session is mandatory for entry to the competition.

UKBG members and UKBG NCC 2021 entrants are eligible for a free Akashi-Tai Sake Companion Taster kit. Please enter your membership number in the ‘promo code’ when reserving your tickets. You will see the option to reserve an ‘NCC 2021’ ticket.



If you would like to compete in the UKBG NCC 2021 Cocktail Competition, please read the official overview on the UKBG website, and apply for membership. Please allow 24-48 hours for membership processing, before your membership number is activated.


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