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Sakes 101: Sakes from the Saga Prefecture

In-Person Program in collaboration with Sake Discoveries and Michelin-starred Cranes

Evening Program

Monday, October 24, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0491
Cranes Restaurant
724 9th St NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown
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Registration and Other Terms: Before you register, please refer to our in-person program procedural documentation to learn about our current terms and conditions. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required for participation in this program. CDC and Smithsonian COVID-19 guidelines in effect at the time of the program will be followed. Based on community transmission levels, additional protocols that may include masking and testing may be in place.

Japanese sake has been in existence at least since the third century and is an already-popular drink with a growing presence in the United States. Made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran, sake’s brewing process is similar to beer’s, in which starch is converted into sugars that ferment into alcohol. It’s also an incredibly unique and versatile beverage that can complement food just as well as wine.

Join representatives of Sake Discoveries, a New York-based company dedicated to spreading sake awareness, at D.C.’s Michelin-starred restaurant Cranes for a guided tasting and food pairing. Enjoy four sakes from the Saga prefecture, known for its high quality of production. Learn about the basics of sake, the regional differences within the prefecture, and how it is classified. Participants also hear from Cranes’ Chef Pepe Moncayo, who prepares a special three-course dinner that pairs with the sakes, on why each combination of food and drink works so well.

General Information

  • Registration will end for this program at 2 p.m. ET on Monday, October 24, 2022.
  • Additional Option: October 24 at 5 p.m. ET