Japanese are beer fanatics and some of the world’s best beer brands are based in Japan with a history going back over a hundred years. To get a taste of the local breweries and learn a bit about the Japanese beer culture and history, I made my way to a specialty museum in Japan – the Yebisu Beer Museum, located near the Ebisu JR line (named after the brewery).

 

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

 

As I’ve come to expect from the Japanese – everything was absolutely top notch. The old Yebisu brand was bought by Sapporo, a successful Japanese based world known beer brand, but they’ve sworn to maintain the traditions of the Yebisu brewery.

 

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

 

On display are various historical exhibits regarding the Japanese drinking culture and the Yebisu brand.

 

For example, there was a time when beer was corked, just like wine…

 

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

 

But then came the invention we’re more familiar with today…

 

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

 

Old vintage posters are always fun…

 

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - TokyoMuseum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

 

There’s a local Japanese tour of the museum, which I obviously couldn’t join…

 

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

 

But, with all due respect to the museum, most people are there for tasting beer. I wasn’t familiar with the Yebisu beer before and I’m not a big beer drinker, but I must admit that the mix of dark and light beer with a few things thrown into it was absolutely yummy.

 

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

 

In the area are some posh shopping malls, offices and residential building…

 

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

Museum of Yebisu Beer : Ebisu - Tokyo

 

Getting a bit tispy off ice cold beer is a good break mid-way a hot summer day in Tokyo. If you’re in the area, stop by for a visit.

 

Further details :

Museum of Yebisu Beer

Hours:    11:00 to 19:00 (tours until 17:10; last tasting order at 18:30)
Closed:    Mondays (following day if Monday is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Admission:    Free (a fee applies for beer tasting), 500 yen (guided tour and tasting)

 

Location :

Enjoy!



Tags: alcohol; beer museum; brewery; ebisu; history; shibuya; speciality museum; Tokyo; yebisu; Yebisu Garden Place;


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