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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!


  • Hosted by UKBG's Education Officer, Amit Sood
  • 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


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