Shochu’sday was a big success in 2016 with more than 500 guests attending approximately 30 happy hours in NYC, DC, Seattle, Boston, and Kumamoto, Japan. Thanks so much for your support and enthusiasm for shochu in the US (and for an American bartender at a Japanese shochu bar)! We finished 2016 with our biggest turnout ever with 42 guests attending our return to SakaMai for the first time in a year.
For 2017, we’re going to slow down and do 12 themed shochu events – approximately one each month, but each more focused on a specific style, service method, or region of Kyushu or Okinawa. Generally, these will take place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, but the schedule will vary slightly as necessary. As of now, this is our proposed schedule with chosen locations (if they’ve been decided yet).
Tuesday, January 17: Oyuwari Shochu’sday @ Uminoie (86 East 3rd Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue, East Village, NYC) 7-9pm. We will focus on oyuwari service with shochu mixed with hot water for a warming winter tipple. Stephen Lyman will be giving oyuwari service demonstrations to interested guests throughout the evening so you can see how to make your own at home.
Tuesday, February 21: Maewari Shochu’sday @ 1 or 8 (66 South Second Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) 6-8pm. We will explore the interesting world of maewari service, which is shochu mixed with water 1 day to 2 weeks before service to allow time for the shochu to evolve in both flavor and aroma. Stephen Lyman & 1 or 8 owner Shinji Mizutani will prepare several maewari shochu for guests to enjoy either warmed or over a large cube.
Tuesday, March 21: Kokuto Shochu’sday @ Sake Bar Hagi 46 (358 West 46th Street, Theater District, Manhattan) 6-8pm. We visit the Amami Islands in Kagoshima Prefecture, trying black sugar shochus that are specific to that region.
Tuesday, April 18: Kuma Shochu’sday @ Glocal Bar Imo Vibes (Kumamoto-shi) 7-9pm. Stephen will be doing his annual guest bartending at Imo Vibes, serving Kumamoto Shochu to local customers.
Tuesday, May 16: Shochu’sday in Kyoto, Japan
Tuesday, June 20: Shochu’sday TBD
Tuesday, July 18: Shochu’sday TBD
Tuesday, August 15: Shochu’sday TBD
Tuesday, September 19: Shochu’sday TBD
Tuesday, October 17: Shochu’sday in Fukuoka, Japan
Tuesday, November 21: Shochu’sday in Kagoshima, Japan
Tuesday, December 19 (tentative date): Satsuma Shochu’sday @ SakaMai (157 Ludlow St, Lower East Side, NYC) 6-8pm. We will explore the world of Satsuma Shochu, or sweet potato shochu from Kagoshima, Japan, where Stephen will just have returned from a month making shochu in the region. There’s a good chance he’ll hand carry something amazing for guests to try.