Our first weekend here in Japan we went on our first big outing outside of Yokosuka. Us and about 16 friends hopped on a train and then a few more to get to the Kirin Brewery Tour in Yokohama.
Thankfully, there were people in our group who have been to Japan before. They showed us how to get a train pass, which trains to take, and basically acted as our tour guide for the day. I don’t know if Spencer and I could’ve managed it by ourselves especially without cell service!
We got to the Kirin Brewery Tour only to find out that you need reservations. The ladies working there were so nice and even though we couldn’t understand each other, they managed to get us into the tour! Apparently many people had cancelled and we were “very very lucky.”
The tour starts out with a video (with English subtitles) about the history of Kirin. Our tour guide only spoke Japanese, but she did give us a pamphlet in English to follow her along with. For the most part though, we just followed what the group was doing! The tour was very hands on and there were a lot of informational videos. We tried malts and taste tested the difference between first-press and second-press wort. Kirin only uses first-press wort. (Don’t worry, I don’t really know what that means either.) We were all pretty surprised when we were handed VR goggles. We got to be the can when it was going through the process of canning! So cool.
The tour was a really great start to our adventures here in Japan. Plus it was free! And just like every great brewery tour, it ended with free beer tastings.
Up close and personal with hops.
Wort taste tests
Our great group!
Yokohama at sunset