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The Drinking Buddy Show Episode 17: Building a Global Sake Brand with Billy Melnyk of Soto Sake



😀 Welcome back to The Drinking Buddy Show. What does it take to create an authentic saké brand? How do you make saké a global beverage?

🍶⁠ Learn more about Soto Sake'sJunmai and Junmai Daiginjo offerings

🍶⁠ See new releases and great pairing recommendations on Instagram 

🍶⁠ Get some Tokyo trip recommendations from Billy Melnyk on Instagram 

Frank Rodgers chats with Billy Melnyk, co-founder, CEO, and visionary behind Soto Sake. They talk about Billy's lifelong love of beverages starting at an early age in Ottawa, Canada. Billy also shares his love for music, travel, fine dining, and what led him to leaving a dream career at Bacardi to launch a global saké brand. Frank then gets Billy's recommendations on traveling in Tokyo, along with his pairing recommendations for Soto's Junmai and Junmai Daiginjo offerings. 

Sake Tasting Notes

Soto Junmai Diaginjo - Apple, cucumber, melon

Soto Junmai - Apple, soft rice, umami


Soto Junmai Daiginjo - Salads, light fish, tuna tartare, sushi, sashimi, pizza (with tomato-based sauce), Paremesan cheese

Soto Junmai - French Fries with mayonnaise


Soto Sake Available At

Erewhon Market Erewhon

Wholefoods MarketWholefoods


Zuma Restaurant in Miami 

五百万石 Gohyakumangoku Rice

Brooklyn Kura American Craft Sake

Sake Educator John Gauntner

Designer Joe Doucet

Michelin-Starred Chef Hirohisa Hayashi


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