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Sake Deep Dive

A sake podcast for the beyond beginner!
Sake brewer Andrew Russell and sake writer/translator Jim Rion dive deep into the history and culture around Japan's national drink to bring context and insight, for when an introduction just won't cut it.
Join us every month for a tokkuri full of unfiltered sake knowledge!

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Andrew Russell

Sake Brewer / Blogger

Andrew is a Scottish sake brewer based in Hiroshima, Japan.


After receiving a Master of Arts in Japanese Studies from Edinburgh University, he joined a small sake brewery in Okayama Prefecture where he worked for three seasons. In 2019, he moved to a new brewery in rural Hiroshima, finally putting down some roots by becoming a member of the Hiroshima Toji Association. 

Along with his brewing responsibilities, he is also the author of the Origin Sake website and blog, providing information and insight from the perspective of a brewer. 

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Jim Rion

Sake Writer / Translator

Jim is an American translator, writer, and sake lover who has lived in Yamaguchi Prefecture since 2004.

He's an SSI certified international kikizakeshi, a Certified Sake Professional, and a Shochu Navigator as well. He writes about sake regularly for SakeTimes International, and has been published in Sake Today and on 

He publishes the bi-weekly newsletter Ochoko Times, and runs the unofficial guide to Yamaguchi sake at along with the affiliated Twitter and Instagram accounts found under @YamaguchiSake. His personal Twitter is @Jim_D_Rion and his professional website is

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