Tippsy x Hakkaisan Spring Event
Thursday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Admission: Purchase of one or more bottles of Hakkaisan sake through Tippsy’s website
Timothy Sullivan, a New York-based Sake Samurai and Hakkaisan Global Brand Ambassador, hosts this virtual tasting event for Tippsy. He’ll discuss the different types of sake brewed by Hakkaisan, a leading sake brand from Niigata, and share ways in which you can pair sake with your favorite foods.
Sullivan’s Sake × Food Pairing Ideas
Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai
Rich and dry with notes of fruit, almond, and vanilla.
“This easy-drinking, smooth junmai has a wonderful rice flavor with just a hint of creaminess. We love to pair this sake with cheese. Mild, softer cheeses such as brie or Camembert spread on a cracker work great. Pizza is also a surprising but absolutely delicious pairing.”
Hakkaisan Junmai Daiginjo
Light and dry with a crisp, clean taste and a gentle flavor
“If you are going classic and getting takeout sushi for this pairing, the Hakkaisan Junmai Daiginjo is a perfect match. It’s clean, crisp, and the classic style from Niigata—think of it as ‘Magic Water!’ Delicate sushi or sashimi is the perfect foil.”
A smooth, creamy sake
“Yukimuro is snow aged for three years, so it has a rich, umami-driven profile. Recommended pairings include steak, tenderloin, or short ribs; it’s delicious with your favorite preparation of beef. Grilled, umami-rich mushrooms such as a shiitake yakitori skewer or a mushroom pasta are also a fantastic match here.”
Dry, balanced and slightly sweet with an alluring aroma of wood and spiced fruit
“In Japan, Tokubetsu Honjozo is Hakkaisan’s best-selling sake. It is round, medium-bodied and has a dry finish. This crowd-pleaser of a sake is the most versatile when it comes to pairing. We love to pair this super flexible sake with your classic weeknight dinners featuring fish or chicken. Consider a classic roasted chicken with vegetables, or oven-roasted salmon with dill and a squeeze of lemon.”
Hakkaisan Awa Clear Sparkling
Sake’s heavenly answer to champagne. Light, bubbly, fruity and fun!
“The “Champagne method” Hakkaisan Awa Clear Sparkling sake is perfect as an aperitif. Drink it before dinner to awaken your appetite. In addition, it pairs to perfection with seafood or anything from the raw bar, such as shrimp cocktail or oysters on the half shell. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this sake is a dream to match with a fresh fruit tart or a few shards of decadent, premium dark chocolate.”
About Timothy Sullivan
In addition to being a Sake Samurai and Hakkaisan’s Global Brand Ambassador, Timothy Sullivan is a sake educator and the founder of the website UrbanSake. He co-hosts America’s first sake podcast, Sake Revolution.
Tippsy is a California-based sake subscription service dedicated to demystifying the beverage. Subscribers receive carefully curated bottles of sake and access to information to help them enjoy and understand their sake experience. Not interested in a subscription? No problem. You can shop online and choose from Tippsy’s more than 400 bottles whenever you want. For more information, please visit Tippsy’s website.