Sapporo Brewery is one of the most popular beer brands in Japan. Hokkaido beer is known for its unique and high-quality taste, often made with local ingredients. We picked 5 local beers that can easily be found at the New Chitose airport.
Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is famous for being home to one of the most popular beer producers in Japan of the same name. The vast area of Hokkaido offers clear spring water and fresh produce to be used in the local beer making. This results in an extremely delicious and high-quality brew.
Hokkaido is a great place to try local beer varieties including everything from classic to unique. We selected five different kinds of beer brewed in Hokkaido that can easily be picked up at the New Chitose Airport.
If you ask locals which beer to try first, the answer will be most likely Sapporo Classic. It is still brewed according to the original recipe from the time Sapporo Brewery was founded in 1876. Sapporo Classic is made specifically to match the local climate and ingredients.
The taste is mellow and smooth. It is easy to drink, which is not true for all of Japanese beers, as they can have a slightly sharper taste than what some people’s taste buds might be accustomed to.
While the can looks similar to Sapporo Black Label, which can be found everywhere in Japan, Sapporo Classic is limited to Hokkaido. Black Label is also more geared towards modern tastes and is slightly sharper compared to the mellow classic.
Sapporo Classic retails for about 200 yen per can.
What better place to pick up a beer local to Chitose than New Chitose Airport? Pirkawakka Pilsner is brewed at the local Beer Works Chitose Brewery using water from the springs of Chitose as well as local malt, hops, and yeast.
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