Sapporo, Japan’s oldest beer company, offers specialty brews, food, beer garden in Hokkaido
All over the world, even entry-level beer lovers will recognize Sapporo Breweries’ distinctive star emblem on its cans and bottles.
In order to sample the company’s best brews, however, you’ll have to travel to Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, where Sapporo began producing its famous eponymous beer in 1876.
At the Sapporo Beer Garden, located several minutes’ walk from Sapporo Station, you can order stein after stein of the famous brand’s beverages. You can even try “Sapporo Classic” — a special brew that’s only available on Hokkaido.
The German-style beer garden isn’t a singular restaurant, but rather a collection of five differently themed drinking halls and restaurants located on the grounds of the Kaitakushi-kan, a former sugar factory that’s now home to the Sapporo Beer Museum. The old factory’s smokestack is hard to miss, emblazoned with the Sapporo logo and the words “Sapporo Beer” in Japanese.
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