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Elise Gee

Elise Gee is a sake educator and writer based in Vancouver, B.C. She was the first Canadian to receive two certifications in sake conferred by The Sake Education Council, having passed her exams at the Japan Sake and Shochu Brewers Association in Tokyo. In 2008, she moved to the U.S. to help establish the first sake brew pub outside of Japan at moto-i, where she was assistant brewer and taught sake classes. Making her own sake, having 7 of those brews on tap was an amazing, enlivening, albeit back-breaking experience she'll never forget. And damn, that shit was good. Now back home in Canada, Elise continues to share her sake love with tastings, seminars and regular dispatches for EatNorth.

Book review: Sake Confidential

John Gauntner's fifth book covers all the bases for understanding and appreciating Japan's national drink

Nov 3, 2014

Hot sake toddy

Our resident sake specialist Elise Gee on how to update the hot toddy with sake

Nov 3, 2014

Photo by Dakinepics00 (Peter) on Flickr.

Hot or not: an expert's guide to heating sake

Why it’s OK to warm good sake

Feb 20, 2014

Yamahai sake by Nøgne-Ø in Norway.

Canadian brewer Brock Bennett brings craft sake abroad to Norway's Nøgne-Ø

The Vancouverite's contribution to Europe's budding interest in sake

Dec 16, 2013

Giving Nipro brewery new life as YK3 Sake Producer

The owners teamed up with new master brewer to produce a new sake brewery in Richmond, B.C.

Nov 7, 2013

Ontario Spring Water Sake Company

Find rare sakes at Ontario Spring Water Sake Company

In the second installment of our three-part sake series, Elise Gee profiles the first sake brewery in eastern North America

Oct 17, 2013

Artisan Sake Maker in Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C.

The pioneer of Japanese sake in Canada: Artisan Sake Maker

In the first of a three-part series, sake educator Elise Gee talks about the first commercial sake microbrewery in North America.

Sep 30, 2013