Beer Inn Mugishutei, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Beer Inn Mugishutei, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Fun story about how I stumbled across Mugishutei Beer Inn. Years ago, I signed up to become a Rouge Citizen. Rogue Ales sent me a legit membership card with my picture on the front and a list of businesses on the back that you could get discounts from. There was one listing under Japan. Beer Inn. I was intrigued and kept it on my list of places to visit (I love lists).

Several months before my trip to Japan last October, I reached out to my former professor that frequents Japan to ask if he had any Sapporo recommendations. Knowing that I am a huge fan of craft beer, he told me that he had an acquaintance from years ago that runs a craft beer bar in Sapporo. You guessed it. Mugishutei Beer Inn.

 Phred Kaufman opened Mugishutei in 1980. I did correspond with Phred briefly through email but didn’t get the chance to meet. I’ll be back!

Phred Kaufman opened Mugishutei in 1980. I did correspond with Phred briefly through email but didn’t get the chance to meet. I’ll be back!

 The bottles are to be consumed at the bar. Great selection.

The bottles are to be consumed at the bar. Great selection.

 It was so fun looking through the beers that lined the walls. Very fun bonus that the tiny TV in the corner was played music videos from the early 2000s.

It was so fun looking through the beers that lined the walls. Very fun bonus that the tiny TV in the corner was played music videos from the early 2000s.

 First beer of the night was Omatase IPA by Hop Kotan Brewing. They are a brewery based in Kami-Furano, Hokkaido.

First beer of the night was Omatase IPA by Hop Kotan Brewing. They are a brewery based in Kami-Furano, Hokkaido.

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Tono Brewing, Tono, Iwate, Japan
Tono Brewing, Tono, Iwate, Japan

Tono Brewing in Tono, Iwate, Japan is the closest brewery to my grandpa’s village. It’s about a 20 minute drive away from Yanagawa, Esashi. I was able to visit in October of 2018, after 5 months of the brewery being open. I had found them via Instagram! Very happy that craft beer can be found close by.

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Iwate Kura Beer, Ichinoseki, Iwate, Japan
Iwate Kura Beer, Ichinoseki, Iwate, Japan

My craft beer search in Iwate has made my travels around the prefecture very fun as an adult. Ichinoseki is a city about an hour drive south from my grandpa’s village. I visited Sekinoichi Brewery, in 2018. They have been brewing sake since 1918! In 1995, they started brewing beer. This Japanese Ale Sansho is one of their most popular beers. It won gold in 2013 and 2014 under the Asian category, whatever that means.

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Beer Inn Mugishutei, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
 Phred Kaufman opened Mugishutei in 1980. I did correspond with Phred briefly through email but didn’t get the chance to meet. I’ll be back!
 The bottles are to be consumed at the bar. Great selection.
 It was so fun looking through the beers that lined the walls. Very fun bonus that the tiny TV in the corner was played music videos from the early 2000s.
 First beer of the night was Omatase IPA by Hop Kotan Brewing. They are a brewery based in Kami-Furano, Hokkaido.
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Tono Brewing, Tono, Iwate, Japan
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Iwate Kura Beer, Ichinoseki, Iwate, Japan
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Beer Inn Mugishutei, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Fun story about how I stumbled across Mugishutei Beer Inn. Years ago, I signed up to become a Rouge Citizen. Rogue Ales sent me a legit membership card with my picture on the front and a list of businesses on the back that you could get discounts from. There was one listing under Japan. Beer Inn. I was intrigued and kept it on my list of places to visit (I love lists).

Several months before my trip to Japan last October, I reached out to my former professor that frequents Japan to ask if he had any Sapporo recommendations. Knowing that I am a huge fan of craft beer, he told me that he had an acquaintance from years ago that runs a craft beer bar in Sapporo. You guessed it. Mugishutei Beer Inn.

Phred Kaufman opened Mugishutei in 1980. I did correspond with Phred briefly through email but didn’t get the chance to meet. I’ll be back!

The bottles are to be consumed at the bar. Great selection.

It was so fun looking through the beers that lined the walls. Very fun bonus that the tiny TV in the corner was played music videos from the early 2000s.

First beer of the night was Omatase IPA by Hop Kotan Brewing. They are a brewery based in Kami-Furano, Hokkaido.

Tono Brewing, Tono, Iwate, Japan

Tono Brewing in Tono, Iwate, Japan is the closest brewery to my grandpa’s village. It’s about a 20 minute drive away from Yanagawa, Esashi. I was able to visit in October of 2018, after 5 months of the brewery being open. I had found them via Instagram! Very happy that craft beer can be found close by.

Iwate Kura Beer, Ichinoseki, Iwate, Japan

My craft beer search in Iwate has made my travels around the prefecture very fun as an adult. Ichinoseki is a city about an hour drive south from my grandpa’s village. I visited Sekinoichi Brewery, in 2018. They have been brewing sake since 1918! In 1995, they started brewing beer. This Japanese Ale Sansho is one of their most popular beers. It won gold in 2013 and 2014 under the Asian category, whatever that means.

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