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Beer Inn Mugishutei

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Type: Bar

Onda Building B1, South 9 West 5, Chuo-ku
Hokkaido Sapporo-shi, 060-0000

011 512 4774 | map

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Reviews by soulgrowl:
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4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place blew my mind. There were beers here I never, ever thought I'd see anywhere in Japan. Plenty of Japanese craft beers, arcane Belgian ales, and the most exciting thing for me: big, hoppy, high-ABV West Coast beers from the likes of Stone, AleSmith, Bear Republic, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, and of course, Rogue. It seemed like they had nearly every Rogue beer out there, some of them bottled under the Ezo Beer label. I was amazed. It took a lot of restraint to not give Phred a big hug, especially after that last Ruination!

It's a cool place. An incredible amount of beer cans and bottles line the walls, literally from floor to ceiling, with lots of nifty breweriana scattered about. The only downside in terms of atmosphere was the smoking - which was pretty intrusive, and a bit surprising in a bar that otherwise treats its beer so well. But oh well. That's just par for the course in Japan.

As I said, the selection was amazing. Not so amazing, I suppose, if you're coming to Sapporo from America, but if you're coming from Kyushu, this place feels like heaven. The taps alone would have made me happy as a drunken clam - including Dead Guy, Hitachino Nest White, Sierra Nevada IPA, Houblon Chouffe, and others - but the bottles were what really got me geeked. Outstanding stuff (four words: three-liter Oaked Bastard) and not only that, but everything is served in proper glassware.

Prices are sort of ridiculous, but it doesn't matter. This place offers some very rare treasures, at least by Japan's standards, and to be honest, 10,000 yen didn't feel like that much at all for the six beers I got (plus, two of them were bombers, and two were on tap). There is also a 900 yen "charm charge" (table charge) but Phred seemed happy to waive it if you mention the homepage.

Highly recommended. I wish there was somewhere like this in Kyushu, but then again, if there was, I would never meet my saving goals.

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Photo of Zond
4.29/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of bassoonoflunacy
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

We were in Sapporo for the snow festival and had to visit Mugishutei. It’s on the borders of Suskino and we had a little difficulty finding it due to Google maps.

The directions from Drinking Japan are much better than Google’s: Take the Nanboku Line, stop at the Nakajima Koen station and go through exit 2. Turn right and walk west along Kikusui-Asahiyamakoen-dori for about 200 yards. Take the right after the the Seicomart store. Look for the Chimay sign. Mugishutei is on your right down the stairs, in the basement.

This is an enclave of beer in a land of sake and Japanese lagers. There are a handful of taps including several from the Pacific NW, a Belgian and a Sapporo pilsner plus a wall of refrigerators stocked with more US and Belgian beers plus Norwegian, Scottish, Danish and more. I started with a Belgian on tap then the owner, Phred, recommended a sour beer aged in aquavit barrels which was delicious.

The food is American and British type pub food with several Tex-Mex dishes included. If I spent another week in Japan, the Tex-Mex dishes would be highly tempting. I ordered the jalepeno noodles which were pretty good.

Later, Phred offered to show us around and took us on a tour of some unique hole-in-the-wall places until it was nearly 4 am and I cried uncle. He's a great guy overflowing with beer knowledge and trivia.

Definitely worth a detour if you're in Sapporo.

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Photo of baddogbrewing
2.3/5  rDev -41%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I went to this place on February 9, 2012, during the Snow Festival. I have to say, I was quite disappointed. However, I was fascinated with the eclectic collection of beer cans and bottles that decorated the interior walls. The selection of beer was typical for a place like this. The bartender/waiter did not seem like he wanted to be there and he moved very slow. My wife and I ordered dinner. My wife ordered fish & chips and I got the LA burger. My wife's order was done first, and I waited for my food. My wife is a very slow eater. Needless to say, she finished her meal before I received mine. The LA burger was very good, but my wife's fish & chips looked and tasted like something you could buy at a Family Mart or Seven Eleven. Anyway, all of the propaganda about Ezo Beer and Beer Inn is entirely overrated. I would recommend not going to this place. If you are visiting Hokkaido, there are much better places to drink 地ビール.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This bar, run by the owner of the Ezo Beer Company, is located South of Susukino, a little bit difficult to find perhaps if you're not familiar with the area. From the outside there are neon signs talking about it being a California-style bar and a large picture of the owner as well. Looks like a dive, with a dated feel. Walking down the stairs to the basement, where the bar is, posters fill the space, some older than others, of random beers from around the world, with a heavy favoring of Rogue.

Inside, the place recalls the Brickskeller from Washington, DC, for its walls covered with beer cans and bottles. My favorite section is that full of old Japanese beer cans, near the bathroom. The place seems thrown together, like a dive, with broken down furniture and random beer memorabilia. Ceiling fans, foosball table, and darts complete the look.

They advertise having 300 beers, which are written, grouped by country, on a paper menu--again, similar to the Brickskeller. Although not all, they seemed to actually have most of what they advertised to. They also had all of the offerings of the Ezo Beer Co.--which are all made by Rogue for Ezo. There also had Dead Guy Ale on-tap.

The wait staff is informative and friendly. It was pretty quiet when I was there on a Sunday nite, so we got extra attention perhaps. I was shown an aging 3 liter bottle of Phred's Nightcap barley wine to be released in 2010. That was pretty cool.

Prices are so-so, a little on the expensive side perhaps. But they have beers you can't get anywhere else, so it's perhaps worth it. And there are also a number of cheaper beers from around the world. They have a 900 yen "charm charge" which I thought was way too steep however.

Worth a stop if in Sapporo.

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Beer Inn Mugishutei in Hokkaido Sapporo-shi, Japan
Place rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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