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Sapporo Beer Museum, Sapporo

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The is a museum located in the Sapporo Garden Park in Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. Registered as one of the Hokkaidō Heritage sites in 2004, the museum is the only beer museum in Japan. The red-brick building was erected originally as a factory of the Sapporo Sugar Company in 1890, and later opened as a museum in July 1987. The building also houses the Sapporo Beer Garden in the south wing.
The history of the Sapporo Beer Museum dates back to Meiji period, when William Smith Clark, who visited Hokkaidō as an O-yatoi gaikokujin, started beer production, and the Hokkaidō Kaitaku-shi, the former government of Hokkaidō, established a number of breweries in Sapporo. William Clark was a president of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, which had one of the best techniques of beet production in the United States at that time, and he hoped to establish the beet cultivation in Hokkaidō during his stay. After Clark went back to the United States, the Kaitaku-shi began beet production in Nanae Village, where is currently a part of Hakodate. This was the first beet cultivation in Hokkaidō.
In 1878, the Kaitaku-shi delegated beet cultivation to the Sapporo Agricultural College, the predecessor of the Hokkaidō University, and a Monbetsu Sugar Factory was built in 1879, where currently Date is located. The sugar factory was disposed to the private, and in 1888, the Sapporo Sugar Company was established with a sugar manufacturing factory in Naebo Village, which would have been Naebo area in Higashi-ku, Sapporo. The company was established as a manufacturer of beet sugar, and asked foreign engineers for advice. The factory building of the Sapporo Sugar Company later became the Sapporo Beer Museum and the Sapporo Beer Garden. The construction of the building was supervised by the government of Hokkaidō, and a Germany-based company the Sangerhausen.
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  • This is a self tour museum especially for foreign visitors and it is FOC but u gotto pay 800 yen to experience tasting 3 different type of Sapporo beer ... my favourite? I must say is the Sapporo blac...  more »
  • The splendid brick building itself is impressive for those who love retro buildings. The history of Sapporo beer was also quite interesting. And the retro posters were also eye-catching at the time. The tasting (paid) corner was also a big success.
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  • Surprisingly deep free tour and delicious tastings - we didn't expect much but the free tour exhibits all have English translation cards next to them and teach you all about Hokkaido's development since the late 1800s. The tastings at the end cost ¥600 for a flight and come with light bar snacks. The line for the tickets machine can get quite long so set aside some time and send someone from your group to claim a table while waiting.
  • Probably some of the best beer I've ever had the chance to drink! I visited here in November so it was all lit up in preparation for Christmas. The building is beautiful and there are many great photo opportunities. Inside, you can take a short free tour, or a longer paid tour. After wandering through the small free exhibition, we got to the beer hall where you can sample various beers and have some small snacks. I must warn you that it can get extremely busy all of a sudden when the tour groups roll in! Also, it is not particularly cheap but the 3 beer set was the best value. Definitely try some Sapporo Classic! The gift shop was great for branded goods. You don't need to spend particularly long here- 30-45 minutes should do if you are taking the free route. There is a huge mall next door with an equally huge supermarket inside (stock up on some beers from there!!).
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