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Sapporo Beer

Another northern brewery; history of beer in Japan (in Japanese and English)

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Sapporo Breweries Ltd. (サッポロビール株式会社 Sapporo Bīru Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese beer brewing company founded in 1876. Sapporo is the oldest brand of beer in Japan. It was first brewed in Sapporo, Japan, in 1876 by brewer Seibei Nakagawa. The world headquarters of Sapporo Breweries is in Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo. The company purchased the Canadian company Sleeman Breweries in 2006. The company has five breweries in Japan, the Sleeman brewery in Canada, and the Sapporo Brewing Company in La Crosse, Wisconsin, U.S. The leading brands are Sapporo Draft (Premium in North America), Yebisu, and Sleeman Cream Ale. Sapporo Premium has been the #1 selling Asian beer in the United States since Sapporo U.S.A., Inc. was founded in 1984. Sapporo Breweries is a member of the Mitsui keiretsu.


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