January 18, 2003: Beer Forest in Hita City
|It seems to become warmer today. We two enjoy a relaxed time after all.
We have decided to drive out.
|We found the remnant of the snow at Mizuwake pass of Oita expway. The altitude of the pass is about 800 meters.|
We got off at Hita Interchange and followed the red arrow quietly.
|The arrows guided us to "Beer Forest" of Sapporo Brewery Co.,
Ltd's new Kyushu factory started three years ago.
The factory is a kind of "Garden factory" provided with spacious lawn, a welcome hall, a restaurant, and shopping zones.
|I found some seedlings of barley called "Nijou", that represents the cross sectional shape of the two seeds of the grain. Ordinary barley has six grains, they say.|
|Tall brewery tanks soar high in the winter sky totaling 64 in number.|
|A big Ebisu can welcomed us at the entrance of the Hall.|
|Cute receptionists welcomed us with smile, saying on the guided factory tour, you can "taste" the fresh beer, of course|
|The ceiling of the hall is of real brewery pod. It is very beautiful shining with cupper color.|
|In the exhibition hall are old pictures and bottles of the day of foundation.|
|In a corner of the "Retro Town", a "modern girl" rides a bicycle.|
|Early Shouwa era was like this. Beer, tofu block, soybeans in the pod, and croquette are on the round sitting table.|
|A little bit old days atmosphere of a liquor shop.
"Man should drink Sapporo beer without chatting." Toshirou Mifune, one of the most excellent actor of Kurosawa movie times, stands by my husband.
|To be continued|