The Sapporo Beer Museum/Sapporo Beer Park
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
4.68/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Made a trip up to Sapporo to feast on Genghis Kahn and drink brews for Thanksgiving. The old brewery building is very well kept. It was interesting to see classic brewing architecture in Japan. It is nice that Sapporo Brewing has respected the past this way. The museum is simple, yet nice. I enjoyed the early pictures of the operational brewery and the old Sapporo advertising. The diorama on how they blew their own glass bottles back in the old days was pretty cool too.
The Bier Garden has a very impressive look to it. It is a great hall with many tables. Each table is equipped with a burner to cook the lamb on. The lamb and beer never stops coming for two hours. I paid the extra 400 yen over the all you can eat/drink price to be able to drink Yebisu and Sapporo Classic. Wine and even whiskey is also available. Very enjoyable feast.
I also stopped at one of their other restaurants, The Garden Grill, another day for a snack. This is a bit more upscale. I went to try the Sapporo Five Star beer. It was enjoyable, but not a big standout.
01-01-2010 06:51:06 | More by SargeC
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
If you're anywhere in the Sapporo area, you have to hit up the Brewery Tour, followed with an all you can eat/drink special at the German style beer hall afterward....its mandatory.
You will love this place if you get enjoy the quirky spin the Japanese will often put on imported food and culture. The tour-guide women wear wacky uniforms complete with hats. Note: if they claim to not be offering English tours, say you will tag along with the Japanese tour. They will probably scramble and give you an English speaking tour anyway (that's what happened to us.)
A few years ago they had free beer after the tour for like 15 minutes. Now they have slightly reduced price samples.
After the tour, they have this great beer hall in a cavernous turn-of-the-century brick building where you can get all kinds of delicious fried lamb (ghengis kahn) and crab legs. Go for the nomihoudai/tabehoudai!
Finally, on the beer itself: I love Sapporo beer in Japan. Its a high quality lager with a great hoppy bite and is very drinkable. Its even better at the source! (Unfortunately, the stuff you can buy in the States tastes nothing like the Japanese domestic version...it's essentially re-labeled Budweiser....same goes for Kirin/Asahi)
11-05-2008 18:57:31 | More by ODBRIP
United Kingdom (England)
3.85/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The Sapporo Beer Park is an interesting place. Those who go expecting a normal brewery tour with big glass windows overlooking factory floors, with kegs and bottles and cans whizzing by on conveyor belts, will be surprised with the serene and reflexive nature of the compound. Those expecting free beer will be sorely disappointed.
The Museum is cool, even if you don't speak Japanese. The exhibits, which are presented in a very clean and futuristic (almost utopian) style, focus a lot on the relationship between nature, the production of beer, and the construction of Sapporo as a community and a city. The Museum argues that beer was a driving force in the organization of Sapporo as a municipality around the turn of the 20th century, which is an interesting theory. You can also taste raw barley and smell fresh hops.
Unlike most breweries, you don't get to sample beer at the end of the tour, which is kind of a drag. However, fresh, ice cold Sapporo beer of every variety is available for a cheaper price than you'd find at your average Mini Stop.
I would reccommend the Genghis Khan tabehodai and nomihodai (all-you-can-eat-and-drink) special, which is a fun experience and a good value, if not the best Genghis Khan you can find in Sapporo. They set you up at a table with a gigantic plastic bib and a sukiyaki-type dome-shaped skillet, which you grease up with a hunk of lamb fat, and then start cooking the cabbage, squash, bean sprouts, and slices of lamb to your liking. Dipped in a simple ponzu sauce and washed down with endless pints of ice cold Sapporo lager or Sapporo Black, the meal is simple but a true feast, and the German beer hall-style architecture adds to the overall atmosphere of gluttony. Kanpai!
11-03-2005 01:31:06 | More by soulgrowl
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
A very nice looking complex of old brick buildings. I didn't visit the museum. I only ate grilled lamb and drank beer at the Biergarten. First time I write Beer Bier. I didn't want to, but that's how they do it there. When in Sapporo...
Donnebaby has way much vocab than I do, so you should read his review if you wanna know how the place looks like. We sat on the second floor. The atmosphere was great, with a huge copper tank behind the circular bar. The place is big, but it maintains a warming character, with the bricks and the cozy furniture. I spent a great evening at the Sapporo Biergarten. Service was amazing; they offered bags to put our clothes so they wouldn't stink from the grilled lamb. The food was good; the grilled lamb fulfilled my expectations. Vegetables were tasty too. They also give you a paper apron, very usful when you start throwing lamb and pumpkins on the hokkaido-shaped barbecue that's on the table. A funny thing to do when you get drunk is to try to put the chunks of fat they give you for the barbecue on your neighbor's plate, so he'll eat it. It's hard though. They have three beers with the normal all you can eat all you can drink option: the normal sapporo, a good black beer, and a half and half in which the black beer makes what it cans to improve the normal sapporo. Go for the black beer. The waiters will jump at your first sumimasen. We arrived a bit late, so we couldn't have two hours of eating and drinking, but the guy was kind enough to bring us extra beers for last order. The place to go to become full and happy. The fact that it's all you can eat and all you can drink makes it necessary to prioritize your pleasures though. It's all about balance.
06-27-2004 19:07:41 | More by tjd25
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
This is the original Sapporo Beer location, in Sapporo, Japan. On-site, there are a number of restored buildings and a large stone smoke-stack. For Hokkaido especially, it's a rare treat to see old buildings, and Sapporo's made them look quite good.
I haven't been to the museum yet, so I'll come back to that.
The main attraction for visitors to the "Sapporo Beergarten", besides the museum, which operates during the day during the working week and Saturday, is the eating/drinking beergarten. After walking up the long walk, passing by numerous buildings, and a shrine, you come to a small building, where you can ask to be seated (and where there's a great Sapporo Beer giftshop ;) After you have declared your desire to be seated, you are sent into one of the several beergarten locations. I personally recommend the upstairs room in the building to your left, which features an enormous bronze beer vat and infinite seating on 2 floors.
The purpose for many visiting the Sapporo Beergarten, besides the beer, is the Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan is a specialty of Hokkaido (I'm not going to go into the myth of the name) and features roasted lamb strips and vegetables, including pumpkin, my favorite. I've never been to the "garten" w/out eating the genghis khan, and I find it excellent, despite the smell that remains on you and your clothes for days. If you are a foreigner, and there does not appear to be a Japanese person in your party, one of the waitresses/waiters will actually cook for you! It's alot of fun though, as you grill on the Hokkaido-shaped grill on your table.
It's all you can eat/drink for about 3300-3600 yen, about 32-35 dollars. That's 2 hours though, so if you're anything of a drinker, it's worth it ;)
There's also a seafood grilling option, as well as a la carte options. I've tried a few of their sausages, which I find quite bad. Go w the genghis khan. He will reward you.
As for beer, in the normal all-you-can-drink, you get normal Sapporo (KURO-RABERU), "Half and Half", and their KURO-NAMA, or porterish dark beer. Hands down, the best beer is the KURO-NAMA, which I find EXCELLENT. It's worth the trip alone. The basic all-you-can-drink also includes soft drinks, etc. You can also pay a little extra, and get a few more drink options, including Sapporo Classic, a mediocre, but quite hoppy, pale ale, available only in Hokkaido.
It's Japan, so the service is amazing. If you wanna drink, they'll be there as soon as you raise your hand or utter your first "sumimasen!" My record is 9 pints in 2 hours. Please break it and email me ;)
The lighting is great. They accomodate large parties (like Japanese bus groups). And they're open for lunch.
03-06-2004 09:20:22 | More by donnebaby
The Sapporo Beer Museum/Sapporo Beer Park in Hokkaido Sapporo-shi, Japan
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