After touring the beer manufacturing process, also enjoy some sampling time
Yokohama is the birthplace of Japanese beer. Kirin Beer was established in 1907 and the Yokohama Brewery is the oldest and biggest factory for Kirin. About 2000 350ml cans of beer are produced per minute. The brewery tour, “The Tour of the Secret Behind the Tastiness of Ichiban Shibori (First Pressing)” is free. There is no English guide but an English-language booklet has been prepared for the tour. The 50-minute tour proceeds together with the guide while viewing the manufacturing process behind glass. You can get comparison samples of the wort for both the first and second pressings, taste the malt and smell the hops. Through an explanation using video and exhibits, you can also find out about Kirin Beer’s selections and first pressings, the differences between draft beer and happoshu (low-malt beer) and other information. A brewery tour that fully utilizes the five senses delightfully continues onto the 20-minute tasting session afterwards. Try three kinds of beer with added snacks. Freshly-brewed beer is very mild with a smooth head and is notable for a clean finish. There is also a lecture on the tasty way to pour beer. For people who cannot drink beer, non-alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are available, too.
Limited-edition beers and plenty of events such as beer seminars at the brewery restaurants
There are two restaurants at the Kirin Beer Village. The Beer Port offers barbeque and Jingisukan grill for families and friends to enjoy. At the Spring Valley, many brands of original beer are available which can only be tasted on the premises. The brewery tour and restaurants are crowded on the weekends, so making prior reservations will make things smoother. Through events such as interactive beer making classes and beer seminars, you can experience everything related to beer.