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).
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.
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…
But then came the invention we’re more familiar with today…
Old vintage posters are always fun…
There’s a local Japanese tour of the museum, which I obviously couldn’t join…
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.
In the area are some posh shopping malls, offices and residential building…
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)