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For the love of sake

Two expats in Japan attempt to make iconic brew easier to enjoy

Philipp Maas, left, and Benjamin Knopp, want to "make it as easy as possible for people to find sake that they would like without having to be an expert." (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

TOKYO -- When entrepreneur Benjamin Knopp moved to Tokyo in 2017, he was eager to explore the world of sake but had no clue where to begin.

An avid wine enthusiast with a background in the food and beverage industry, he figured that he could start learning about the Japanese beverage by taking the same approach he used to get into wine: "I thought that it would be enough to drink sake at a sushi restaurant or izakaya and then try to pick out something similar in a supermarket. Well, I was wrong," Knopp recalls.

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