The Best Sake in Manhattan

Posted on 11-21-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake

Sakagura Restuarant and Sake Bar

Sakagura restaurant is the reason I love saké.  This past week while attending the Ad Tech conference in New York I had a chance to take a couple of clients there.  Sakagura is located in midtown East in Manhattan and has over 500 sakés on the menu.  I’ve been going there for over five years […]

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More Sake in Toronto

Posted on 10-24-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake

Best Sushi in Canada - believe it or not....

Best Sushi in Canada – believe it or not…. When I scheduled a dinner meeting with friend and client Bill Sweetman in Toronto two weeks ago, I knew the restaurant would be a good one.  To call Bill a “foodie would be a complete understatement.  Bill prides himself in being up on the best restaurants […]

The Sake Brewing Season Begins

Posted on 10-18-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Sake

Hakutaka, “White Falcon,” Brewery founded in 1862

Fall in New England is my favorite time of year.  The temperature is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking and mountain biking, soccer season starts and I can watch my kids remember how to kick the ball again after a crazed summer of trips and vacation, but most of all I love fall because it’s […]

Farewell to Ump

Posted on 10-04-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake

Mark S. Umphrey, 1958 - 2009

Mark Umphrey was my fraternity brother at Phi Gamma Psi at the University of Lowell. While I hadn’t seem Mark in quite some time, I was terribly saddened to attend his wake this past Friday. Later that evening we toasted Mark with good friends and sake and shared memories of the Ump.

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Do Sake and Mountain Biking Go Together?

Posted on 09-27-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Sake, Sake & Sports

McLean Hospital, Belmont Massachusetts, Arial View

Cold sake and mountain biking are two of my favorite things to do.  On the surface they seem like total opposite ends of the leisure spectrum.  Sake is best consumed in a relaxed environment with food and friends.  It’s very social and the high alcohol content means you don’t generally want to be moving at […]

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How Sake is Made

Posted on 09-12-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Sake Resources


Is sake a wine or a beer? Actually sake is neither, it’s a beverage in its own class. The sake fermentation process has evolved over thousands of years and is completely unique from any other beverage. While sake is based on rice, it uses a special kind of rice that lends itself extremely well to the creation of sake. This post gives an overview of how sake is created from the harvesting and preparation of the rice through to bottling.

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Chris Johnson – Sake Sommellier

Posted on 09-05-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Sake Interview

Chris Johnson is a sake sommerlier and the owner of Bao Noodles, a Vietnamese-style restaurant in Manhattan. I came across his video on Urban Sake, a nice sake site run by Timothy Johnson. Chris shares some of his experiences with sake and food pairing in this interview with Saveur Editor-in-Chief James Oseland.

The Basics – Types of Sake

Posted on 09-04-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Sake Resources


The next time you’re at a sushi bar sharing a hot flask of sake between friends, or at a high-end sake bar sipping a daiginjo, keep in mind that the beverage you are enjoying has a history dating back several thousand years. Sake has a rich tradition dating back to 4000 BC. Over time the brewing process has evolved and there are many different types of sake available today. This post explains the different types of sake.

Best Sake for New England Beaches

Posted on 08-23-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Sake

Map of Cape Anne, great mountain biking, beaches, and sake

Rockport Massachusetts is on the tip of Cape Anne, a rocky peninsula 30 miles northeast of Boston.  Cape Anne was settled in 1624 and was the 3rd colony in New England, just after Plymouth and Nantasket.  Just west of Rockport on Cape Anne is the fishing town of Gloucester.  The movie The Perfect Storm was […]

Book Review – The Sake Handbook by John Gauntner

Posted on 08-15-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Sake Books

The Sake Handbook by John Gauntner

John Gauntner is to sake what Julia Child was to French cooking in America.  Widely known as “the sake guy”, John lives in Japan and has written five books on sake.  John has wracked up honors that have historically been awarded only to native Japanese such as the Award for the Promotion of Japanese Cuisine […]