Monday, August 25, 2008
day 238 - Sapporo Beer
A trip to this city wouldn't be complete without a beer tasting and tour of Sapporo Brewery. But it's complicated. The Sapporo Factory is now a shopping mall. The real factory (called the Hokkaido Brewery) is a typical modern brewery out of town - all stainless steel tanks so you can't see anything & technicians in white coats. The Sapporo Beer Garden is a former sugar factory which has has all of Sapporo's old brewing paraphernalia moved in. It's here you see the display, taste the product and have a meal if you want to.
The red star logo goes right back to the Kaitakushi government of 1869. (Former Government Building.)
Three great Japanese beers - Asahi, Sapporo and Yebisu were once owned by the giant DaiNippon Beer Company.
A century of Sapporo beauties.
Our visit to the Biru Garten ended with Aussie lamb a la Ghengis Khan. Here it's called Jingisukan and the style can be traced back to Mongolia. You cook your own meat on a convex hotplate which looks a lot like an upturned Mongolian helmet. Oishi desu. Delicious.