becomes the first and only non-Japanese to become certified as both a
Sake Expert Assessor,
as bestowed by the National Research Institute of Brewing,
and as a
Master of SakeTasting
as bestowed by Nihon Jouzou Kyoukai, the "Brewing Society of Japan."
About these certifications
On July 29 and 30, 2010, I successfully passed the remaining two sections of the very rigorous tasting
exam given by the National Research Institute of Brewing. This is the only government-related sake certification in existence. I became only the second
non-Japanese person - and only one of 38 people - to be certified as a Sake Expert Assessor.
This follows my certification as the only non-Japanese Master of Sake Tasting, bestowed by the Brewing
Society of Japan (Nihon Jouzou Kyoukai), which I accomplished in June of 2010.
I am the only non-Japanese person to have accomplished the combination of these two certifications.
Amidst my gratitude at having passed, I only ask that I be able to use this in such a way as to further the understanding and enjoyment - not to mention the consumption - of sake everywhere around the world.
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