Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sapporo Beer Museum

Hokkaido is the birthplace of beer in Japan. Sapporo Beer was established in 1877 in a Meiji Period red brick building which was originally a sugar processing plant.

The 3-story brewery building was turned into a museum in 1987 dedicated to the history of people involved in the beer industry in addition to signs, posters, many artifacts and instruments used for brewing.

A tasting room, a couple restaurants and beer garden are located on the premises.

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Entry into the Beer Museum

Cool medievil-like helmet topped tower

Front entry into Beer Garden restaurant

Tower entry into brewery

Seibei Nakagawa, Japan's first brewmaster who learned brewing technique in Germany in the late 1800's. He's considered a hero by many.

Ramp wraps around the big copper kettle inside the museum

A floor displaying many beer artifacts

More neat old artifacts and artwork

My favorite part of the museum were the vast collection of beer posters dating back to the 1800's

You can taste both beers and non-alcoholic drinks made
by Sapporo at the tasting bar

OK, time to belly up to the bar

A cute guide leads a tour of the beer museum

A couple good reasons for visiting the beer museum . . .ha ha!

1 comment:

dAwN said...

Nice place...interesting that all the posters were woman....and yes..cute guides...haa