Sake is out this week and Shochu is in! Christopher Pellegrini takes the hotseat to interview his partner in crime, Stephen Lyman.
Stephen Lyman is the founder of Kampai.us and the East Coast instructor for the Sake School of America Certified Shochu Advisor Course. Currently based in Fukuoka city on the island of Kyushu, Stephen now splits his time between Kyushu and New York.
Every season for the past 6 years he has been helping Yamatozakura Distillery with their shochu production. He and Chirstopher have gone into business together to open Yokaban, a new shochu bar in Fukuoka, and Stephen is also finishing up with his first book, The Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks, which he co-authored together with Chris Bunting, author of Drinking Japan.
02:25 Stephen’s journey to Japan
04:40 Meeting shochu in NYC
07:00 Starting Kampi.us
08:30 Shochu Tasting Competition
10:53 Meeting Sekai Ishizuka and traveling to Japan together
13:30 Meeting Takkan Wakamatsu
15:02 Interning with Yamatozakura
17:40 The Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks
23:10 The Certified Shochu Advisor Course
30:15 How Stephen and Chris met
35:00 Chris and Stephen’s Shochu Bar (Yokaban NY)
38:00 Drinking Games
39:40 Looking toward the future
46:10 Drinking Shochu and Awamori at home
49:45 Challenges selling Shochu abroad
56:40 Shochu as an artisanal Spirit
58:58 Final remarks
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