The Sake Studies Center at Brooklyn Kura

We believe that education is the key to making the enjoyment and understanding of sake more mainstream.  With that in mind, we are proud to welcome you to the Sake Studies Center at Brooklyn Kura, the first sake school in the country attached to a working sake brewery.  Led by our Director of Education Timothy Sullivan, we offer a wide range of fun and interactive sake tastings and education programming with something for everyone, from sake beginners to industry professionals. In addition to our own in-person and online courses, we are also opening our classroom and community to host sake educators from around the world. Booking for all our sake pairings, seminars and tasting events is available on our website. We hope you'll join us to "learn about sake where sake is made!"
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Meet Your Teacher
Timothy Sullivan is the Director of Education and lead instructor for classes at the Sake Studies Center at Brooklyn Kura.  He has over 16 years of experience teaching about sake and in 2007, he was awarded the prestigious title of Sake Samurai by the Japan Sake Brewers Association. Since 2013, Timothy has served as the Global Brand Ambassador for Hakkasian Sake Brewery. Timothy brings a wealth of knowledge as well as practical brewing experience to the classroom.  

Timothy's Experience and Certifications

2023 International Sake Lecturer Certification (Sake Service Institute)

2019 Sake Scholar Certification

2019 JSA Sake Diploma International

2016-17: 12 Month Sake Brewing Internship – Hakkaisan Sake Brewery, Niigata Japan

2016 WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

2014 SSI International Kikisake-shi Sake Sommelier (Sake Service Institute)

2014 Advanced Sake Professional (Sake Education Council)

Photo of Timothy Sullivan