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Kirin Yokohama Beer
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Highly organized
factory tours like
this one are an
interesting phenome-
non. While you're
technically inside
the factory build-
ing, you're not
actually on the
factory floor wear-
ing a hairnet and
watching people at
work, but instead
wandering from one
museum-style exhibit
area to the next and
watching videos that
explain the produc-
tion process going
on nearby. In the
end, though, this
approach is probably
more informative.

Kirin's tour focuses
not only on produc-
tion but also pack-
aging, distribution
and recycling, and
takes around fifty
minutes. Besides
watching multiple
videos, tour-takers
get to chew on hops,
taste some wort (the
pre-fermented liquid
extracted from the
mash), and look at
some very big tanks.
And at the end of
the tour you also
get a couple of free
Kirin beers, which
are served in a big
school cafeteria-
like dining area.

The museum shop, er
factory souvenir
store, is quite
large and carries a
good assortment of
Kirin-branded goods.
There are bottle-cap
magnets, brignt
yellow T-shirts,
towels and old-fash-
ioned coasters.
Beer-jelly filled
chocolates are prom-
inently displayed,
and there are also
special co-branded
packages of Pretz
crackers and Koiwai
cheeses.

The tour is quite
popular - we were
part of a group of
twenty - so you need
to call ahead to
reserve a spot. They
start every hour on
the half-hour from
10:30am to 3:30pm,
every day but Mon-
day. The tour is in
Japanese, but writ-
ten materials in
English and other
languages are avail-
able to read while
you're watching the
various videos.

After you're done
with the tour you
can grab a snack and
maybe try some of
Kirin's limited-
edition craft-style
beers at Kirin's
Spring Valley Brew-
ery
just in front of
the factory.
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Tsurumi-ku, Yoko-
hama, Namamugi 1-17-
1.  Open 10:30am-
3:30pm. Closed Mon-
days (Oct. - May).
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