Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sapporo's Brilliant Beer Museum

We currently have some friends up visiting us from Osaka and it's been wonderful! Having people come and visit always makes me get out and do the fun touristy stuff that I rarely get around to doing otherwise! One of these was visiting the Sapporo Beer Museum, located in the old, beautiful, red-brick building that was once a sugar factory (and later part of the Kitaku-shi Brewery). This is also the only, and I repeat, the only beer museum in all of Japan! How lucky are we:

The inside displays are full of old documents, photos, brewing equipment, and beer bottles, advertisements, and the like! A lot of the stuff is pre-WWII and is actually pretty interesting whether or not you have an appreciation for beer:

After walking through the museum, you are then shot out into a large, colorful bar serving what they consider "the freshest beer in Hokkaido." As we learned, it's actually the cheapest beer in Hokkaido as well, making us wonder why we hadn't stumbled upon this place a lot sooner!

I have to say that the Sapporo Beer Museum is a brilliant way to start the day (or afternoon, if you prefer)'s to hoping for some more visitors to accompany us back there soon!


The Tilted Tulip said...

So cool! Matt would love to go there. There's something so fun about photo-op stops where you get to stick your head through something, and seeing your head on a oversized beer can is really charming! :)

PS I was completely mesmerized by your photos of Cambodia. I can't stop thinking about them and how I want to hop on the next plane to visit.

Meagan said...

Um, I'm kind of disturbed by the "whether or not you have an appreciation for beer" comment. Who doesn't appreciate beer?
Well, anyway, great pics. I'm glad there aren't any "after" pics.