Former Sapporo Breweries Kyushu Plant Office, Brewery, Union Bldg., Warehouses
The Former Sapporo Breweries Kyushu Plant was first constructeda plant for Teikoku Bakushu K.K. (Imperial Beer Co., Inc.) that was constructed in the Dairi neighborhood of Moji City (present-day Dairihon-machi, Moji District) in 1912. Around that time, there were a variety of large and small beer companies established in the late Meiji period (1868–1912). As the demand for beer grew, investors zeroed in on the future potential of the beer business. However, in the early 1900s there were still no beer plants in Kyushu and Shikoku. Yahachiro Yamada , the representative partner of the limited partnership of Kyushu Kogyo Chukaijo , and others in Moji City raised funds in Kitakyushu and Osaka, and moved ahead with preparations to establish a local beer company. Suzuki Shoten (Suzuki & Co.) in the city of Kobe, which at the time was very prosperous, took note of the good quality of water, labor force, and abundance of coal collected in Moji, as well as the convenience of transportation. With the help of Suzuki & Co., land for a plant was purchased in what is present-day Dairihon-machi, and the Imperial Beer Co., Inc. was created in 1912. Incidentally, Suzuki & Co. established Dairi Seitojo (sugar refinery; present-day Kanmon Seito Co., Ltd. ) in 1903. From that time on, a succession of plants was established: Dairi Seifun (Dairi Flour Mills; present-day Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., Ltd. Moji Manufacturing Plant) in 1911, Dairi Shusei Seizosho (present-day Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., Ltd. Moji Plant) in 1914, and Kobe Seikosho (Kobe Steel; present-day Shinko Metal Products Co., Ltd .) in 1917. Imperial Beer was one of the representative facilities among themof this trend. Construction on the beer plant was finished and brewing began in April 1913. In July, Sakura Beer was released, and the company entered the beer industry. After Suzuki & Co. went bankrupt due to repercussions from the Showa Depression, the company’s name changed to Sakura Beer , Dainippon Beer, Nippon Beer, and Sapporo Beer, but supported the industry economy in Moji, Kitakyushu. However, in 2000 a new Sapporo Breweries plant was constructed in Hita, Oita Prefecture, and the Moji Plant was shut down, bringing to an end an 87-year history of beer manufacturing. Later, Sapporo Breweries Ltd., the City of Kitakyushu, and local volunteers came together to discuss and to work toward preservation and utilization of the valuable brick architectural structures remaining in the plant, and held ongoing discussions. Today, a brick building that was the old office, the old brewery (opened twice a year to the public), the old union building, and 4 warehouses have been preserved as the Moji Red Brick Place. The buildings have now become a facility that includes an exhibit area communicating about the history since its founding, galleries, halls, and restaurants. It is appreciated by many tourists and locals as a new symbol of Moji in Kitakyushu. The preserved group of buildings was designated a national registered tangible cultural property in 2007
Address：3-6-1 Dairihon-machi, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture
Hours : 9：00ー17：00
Closed : 12/29–1/3
Fee : Adults 100 yen for adults (80 yen for groups), Jr. high school children and younger 50 yen (40 yen for groups) *Groups of 30 or more and children 4 and under are free.
Category: Constituent cultural properties
Genre: Story 3