We had some free time in Sapporo after we returned from Hokkaido Greenland. So, people went off to explore the city. I set off with Jon, Dave, and Dan on the roughly eight-block walk to the Sapporo Beer Museum, which is (appropriately enough) part of the Sapporo Brewery Complex.
I've never been fond of Japanese beer, but my only experience with it previously was Asahi and Kirin (pretty weak stuff). But Sapporo beer is actually pretty good--particularly their darker brews. The museum and tasting room were fun, but the best part was hitting the Sapporo Bier Garten, or the "All you can eat and drink in 100 minutes" restaurant. God, this place was great! Each table has its own grill, where we cooked our own lamb and vegetables (their "Genghis Khan" sauce is very good), while they kept the beer coming. You can even get an Oktoberfest-sized mug if you want.
Yes, much lamb was eaten, and much beer was drunk. A lot of TPR members ended up there. Shocking, I know.
Shall we indulge?
OK, which way to the Sapporo Brewery?
Unless I miss my guess, that's the place.
Confirmed. We turn left.
Yes, I'll definitely buy beer from her.
This is used to make beer. I guess.
Before the Japanese could brew their own beer, they had to perfect their mutton-chop-whisker technology.
In Japan, all beer is brewed by beer elves.
Giant hop plants grow into the sky in Japan.
Dave's cultured British nose can sniff out beer elves no matter where they may hide.
Before commercials with women in bikinis, pot-bellied men were used to sell beer.
Beer takes a bow at the Sapporo Brewery.
"Space barley" actually comes from space. I think it's from the same planet as the Japanese beer elves.
Anyone for a flight of brew?
Be careful not to overdo it.
The Japanese like corn and chocolate; ergo, why not combine them?
OK, who's ready for 100 minutes of beer and food?
Bears like beers, too.
This restaurant is Jon approved.
Yep--works for me, too.
Now that's one freakin' big mug of brew.
Yes, the Sapporo Bier Garten is TPR approved.
Time to stagger back to the hotel.
We made it back to the hotel without incident . . .
. . . except for some random hallucinations. That's all for now.
Great update. I'd love to do the things you guys did, not so much for the beer (call me crazy, or not old enough yet...) but everything else seemed wonderful. Yard Sale: The Ride seems like something I should place on my bucketlist right away.
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