Sake is produced in much the same way as beer—by combining the raw ingredients in water, dimming the lights, and wooing the mixture with a series of romantic haikus. Learn the secrets of this rice brew with today's Groupon: for $30, you get one admission to a sake level-one beginner class or a level-two immersion class at Chicago Sake (a $60 value). Check the calendar for class dates and locations.
Chicago Sake quenches thirsts for sophisticated flavors and fascinating factoids with a selection of classes for tipplers of all experience levels. Taught by professionals who work within the industry, each session takes an intimate, practical, question-friendly approach to exploring rice's favorite liquid formation. Beginners will learn how to differentiate between sake types, discover favorites, and order with confidence in the level-one sake introduction class. Eight representative imbibitions—from big, complex, and earthy selections, to light, fruity, and aromatic elixirs—will steer tongues through the intricacies in tasting, temperature, stemware, and toasting, like a wise Sherpa guiding explorers through the labyrinths of Bed, Bath, and Beyond. The level-two sake immersion class is for those who know their Junmais from their Honjozos and have a grasp on temperature options beyond "hot" and "cookie." Experienced students will delve into the sake-brewing process and explore intriguing peripheral varieties, such as Yamahai, Kimoto, and Genshu.
Both Chicago Sake's classes educate Chicagoans in the depth and diversity of this refined beverage while tantalizing tonsils with sumptuous swallows. Students will leave with a better grasp of sake selection and enjoyment, and will no longer believe that rice is best used for making tiny, edible snowmen.
- The founders of Chicago Sake, who became devoted sake fans while living in Asia, agree that the warm, boozy sake you first tried at your neighborhood sushi restaurant wasn't great, but they'd like to introduce you to premium sake – Kate Stahl, Popsugar's Fresh Guide
- As sake popularity continues to rise, more people explore and have questions, and that's where Chicago Sake comes in. – Ari Bendersky, Eater
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