Did you know that beer is the world’s oldest and widely consumed alcohol beverages? No? I bet history book back in high school did not mention anything about this. Your online universities may not have mentioned it, either.
Considering alcohol is illegal for some of the religion and underage like me, we have restricted access to the traditional and modern processes of how it is made and where it came from.
The answers that you are looking for are finally here! If you are in Qingdao, Shandong Province, spare some time to pay a visit to Tsingtao Brewery Museum. The place where past, present and future emerge.
Recently, Tsingtao Brewery just celebrated 100 years of success. This brand started of with a small dinky factory, providing drinks for locals and now, this brand managed to make a dent in the world.
This is not an ordinary factory visit but rather a big compound filled with both modern and historical architectures. Over here, the museum is separated to few different sections.
Starting from boring history lesson, to ancient and modern beer brewing process, free drink tasting and lastly, souvenirs corner. What impresses me a lot is the gigantic beer fountain! No.. it is not filled with beer..
Time machine hasn’t invented yet. If you plan to travel back to time, this section is kind of awesome. It shows all ancients events, posters, artifacts, old documents etc.
As you know, I am not a big fan of reading so this section took me only about 10 mins. 5 min to walk around and another 5 min to stop by to check out the phonograph. NO.. not pornograph.. but gramophone in other worlds. You will be surprise that they still keep the old records.
If you are patient enough, walk to the other building where they display the traditional brewing method together with interesting sculpture and ancient man made equipments
Most of the equipment are not functioning now but it gives you a good insight about what happen in the past and how they create a miracle drink. Maybe I have a sensitive nose but believe it or not, I can still smell the malt and yeast here
Like any museum, you got to be there to see everything. This has no exception. Beside walking through the old factory, you will come across a modern functioning processing plant that shows how the beer was made, can/bottle, packing etc.
Not only that, with only RMB 50 (~RM 50)/per person, you get to claim for your free drinks at the bar with a packet of beer peanuts. If that is not enough, you can later purchase more ‘drinks’ and souvenirs before you exit the museum.
Tsingtao Brewery Museum
56号 Dengzhou Road, Shibei,
Qingdao, Shandong, China
TEL: +86 532 8382 0705
GPS: 36.079573, 120.34934