Frequently Asked Questions
Do the instructors dress like pirates?
Only for Halloween. Tiny Tim made his own pirate costume so he could, in theory, wear it. But we imagine the sleeves would interfere with serving sake.
Do the instructors talk like pirates?
As often as we can! Which really isn't that often. However, if any classes fall on September 19th, Talk Like a Pirate Day, we will definitely talk like pirates during the class. Last year, September 19th fell on a Saturday, a perfect day for sake tasting!
What do we get to take home from the classes?
A full set of printed class material will be provided to each participant. This includes tasting notes for each sake presented, sake background information, and relevant extras for each class. We're also considering letting participants keep their totally sweet Sake Pirate sake tasting glass, but that's still up in the air at this point.
What if I'm still hungry after the event?
Sake Pirate hosts the majority of the classes and events at our partner restaurants. These kind folks will be glad to hook you up with tasty food, a bit of grog, and probably even more sake.
Isn't sake like vodka?
Most people believe that sake is a liquor - to be served in shots. It isn't. Actually it has just slightly more alcohol than your typical wine. Would you slam a fine Cabernet Sauvignon from a shot glass then stumble around saying, "Look at me! I'm drunk!"? Would you drop a shot glass of table wine into a beer and slam that? Unless you're in college, we didn't think so.
People drink it cold?!
Yes! There is much more to sake than that over-heated stuff at your local sushi bar. We teach you what else there is out in the vast world of sake and let you taste some of it for yourself. We also teach you why and when it should be served hot or cold (or barely warmed, or slightly chilled, or near freezing, or...)
Will I get drunk at the class?
Most likely, no. We serve tasting pours of about 1-2 ounces for each sake. Sake is typically 15-16% alcohol by volume - just slightly more than your average wine. You can either drink them or pour them out. It's just like a wine tasting. We always have sake left over after the tasting portion of the class, and that usually ends up in the glasses of the people who liked those particular sake. So the answer is... not unless you want to. Please enjoy the sake responsibly.
All this is so new and I'm easily confused!
Don't worry if you can't remember everything. You'll leave with a better understanding of sake and a nice folder to take home containing your own tasting notes and information from the class. Don't forget you get you keep our custom-made sake tasting glasses, too!