Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest, May 24 - 27, 2024 Missoula, Montana

Andy Neyens

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Owner of Tahoma Fuji Sake in Ballard, Washington.

My name is Andy Neyens. I have a sake brewery in Ballard, Washington, USA. Like many stories and endeavours in life, this one started with love.

​ Once upon a time, in the slight past, there was an amazing young woman traveling from Japan. She visited for a week or so, enjoying the best of Seattle, summer.
The Story of Tahoma Fuji Sake
Eventually our lives merged. We ended up in Toyama, Japan. Her hometown and a dreams reflection of my childhood memories of midwestern winters mixed with woodblock prints from the old Japanese masters.

After living in Toyama for a while, we got married and I was able to find work in a small sake brewery. Fumigiku Shuzo.

It was as wonderful an experience as I have had in life, but also one filled with numerous challenges both physical and mental. I grew in mind and spirit. Unfortunately after a while the Toji (brewmaster) was let go due to financial constraints on the brewery.
When my teacher, friend, and mentor of sake was gone, the pull of the Pacific Northwest started to tug at both mine and my wifes hearts a bit. Yet the seeds of sake had been sown and a vision was softly planted in my brain. It still remains. . .
The move was made. Ballard, my old stomping grounds, was the target. My wife and I both went to work on our crafts. I found work in some beer breweries and made 6 years of Seattle suds - you're welcome, Seattle. :)
Yet all the while we were building knowledge, experience, and getting equipment here and there. Eventually we found our home. As life is unpredictable, the plan has been modified more than a few times, but the essence of our goal has remained. Now with two kids and a full sake brewery built in the backyard, we are ready to present to the world, the one and only. . .

Web site: https://tahomafuji.com/ourstory

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, History of Sake, Phoenix Ballroom
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Andy Neyens

    Learn about the history of sake from sake brewer Andy Neyens, owner of Tahoma Fuji Sake in Ballard, Washington. This will be a great way to prepare for the Sake Tasting Friday Night.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 9:00
  • panel Fri 9:00 - 10:50 PM, Sake Tasting!, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Justin Barba, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Andy Neyens

    Last year MisCon decided to take a risk with a passionate self-described fat man and his pandemic foodie hobby. That fat man, Big Kyle. The hobby, Sake. Now we're bringing it back for round 2 with a surprise twist: a special guest from a Tohomish Fuji Sake microbrewery in WA state!

    Come and taste both local and international flavors and styles of this growing category of ancient and storied brew.

    More details to come.

  • Break Fri 10:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Sake Brewing: the Process, Phoenix Ballroom
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Andy Neyens

    Sake Brewer Andy Neyens will go through the process from beginning to end.

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Journey of a Sake Brewer, Phoenix Ballroom
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Andy Neyens

    Learn about the story of how Andy ended up brewing sake in a traditional Sake-Gura in Japan then brought that skill and knowledge back to Ballard, Washington. More details to come.