Japan > Sapporo
hogfodder (34) Seattle, Washington | February 19, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
If you ever find yourself in Sapporo (Japanís equiv of Alaska), you simply must go to Beer Inn Mugishutei. Like most places in Japan, the prices are high, but the selection, ambiance, and company are hard to beat. I like their style. They take a by-any-means-necessary approach to getting beer. This means two things: the list kicks ass, and it costs a lot. What do you care? Youíre in Sapporo for Chrissake. Phred is a great host. With any luck, he will take you out for fresh sashimi at a locals-only joint that serves fish sperm and Fugu fin tea (flavored with deadly pufferfish). I went there twice in my brief visit to Sapporo during the Snow Festival and the experiences will last a lifetime. Do yourself a favor: take a camera. His walls are a virtual beer museum. I have never seen anything like it in my life. Maybe the oddest thing of all though is that several of the draft beer taps are literally in the public seating area, not behind the bar. You would never see this in America or anywhere else in the world Iíve been for that matter. What a trip!
biirusaikou (212) , | June 26, 2015
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely a must-stop in Sapporo. Walls are fully covered with thousands of historical beer cans, table-soccer and 80s pop music complete the movie-like atmosphere. 6 US craft on tap, beer flight available. Fridges are full of US imports, mostly Ezo stuff, but also some more unusual ones and vintage bottles. An even greater experience if you get the chance to meet local legend/owner Phred.
melush (34) , Spain | May 31, 2014| Updated June 3, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A nice place to enjoy an incredible selection of beers. 6 on tap and countless bottles and cans in the five coolers.
The "Museum of Beer Cans" on the walls is a must see.
Good but simple snack and food menu.
Expensive for the average beer geek.
RAEM (3) , France | August 25, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favourite beer bar in the WORLD. Loads of choice (bottles mainly) and tap changing every week. Owner is really cool (heís American). Bartender also very helpful. They have a futbol and darts. They also make incredible burgers
KansaiBeerLvrs (380) Kyoto, Japan | January 5, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
The two bars everyone who loves beer who visits Japan should go to are Mugishutei in Sapporo for the mammoth bottle list & Popeyeís for the 70 taps. Mugishutei probably has the best selection of American Craft beer in Japan if not in Asia. Though they donít seem to really carry Japanese craft beer except on tap. If you want local beers in Sapporo heard to the North Island Brewpub.
They had Goose Islandís Bourbon County Stout(but 3000 yen for 330ml!), a bunch of Dogfish Head(60, 90, 120 minute IPA, Midas Touch - which I had ^_^), pretty much every Rogue beer (theyíre the distributor in Japan), Ezo beer (made by Rogue under contract), other rareties and a nice selection of beers on tap.
The great thing is the atmosphere is fantastic for a beer lover, I was like a kid in a candy store plus they have a list of bottled beers on sale as well as a 2500 all you can drink for beers for a couple of shelves in the fridge.
The only negative is the high cover charge (900 yen) but if you mention their website on your first visit you can avoid it! If youíre lucky enough Phred will be around and you can talk to one of the founders of the craft scene in Japan. An added bonus, I was able to place an order online with Ezo Beer for pick up at the bar thus avoiding the shipping fees, nice!
BriSava (78) , Japan | May 16, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
One of the most wonderful place in Sapporo.
The bottle lineup is decent American, German, Belgian, UK.
Anything else I should consider?
....They they have an undrinkable beers at a trade show !
KyotoLefty (574) Kyoto, Japan | July 25, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Hundreds of bottles and cans in the wall coolers, several Rogues on tap. Phred Kaufman telling you stories from his 23-plus years in business and discussing just about any beer you have ever heard of. He took me out on the town afterwards too. It ís a great place, and you will always find beers you havenít tried. Even if Phredís not there, you can enjoy checking out the hundreds of beer cans on the walls.
TimE (272) Tokyo, Japan | February 13, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Very cool place that is Japanís original beer bar (circa 1980). Phred, the owner has a larger than life personality and is great to talk to. Five imports (Rogue plus whatever) on tap, plus a boat load in the massive fridge. Mostly American, but even then some rare stuff. Prices are not cheap for American stuff, so best to stick to others if you are American. 5000 beers line the wall. If in for Snow Festival, ask about Fundoshi Run!
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | November 6, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Check out my article for information about this craft beer bar in downtown Sapporo with a most impressive import selection: http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer-News/Article-700.htm
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