Making a RevivalThe Handa Red Brick Building
Born as the Brewery for Kabuto Beer
The Handa Red Brick Building was born in 1898 as the brewery for Kabuto Beer. It boasted a size that put it among brick buildings erected during the Meiji period (1968-1912) that can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Old remnants of beer plants still existing are exceedingly few, and the structure is valuable in this sense as well.
Kabuto Beer Makes a Comeback
Taking Up the Challenge of Brewing Authentic Beer, and Winning the Gold Medal at the 1900 Paris Expo
In May 1889, the first shipment was made from Handa of 3,000 bottles of a beer named Marusan Beer, by Matazaemon Nakano, the fourth-generation owner of the vinegar-maker Mitsukan Suten, and Zempei Morita, founder of bread-maker Shikishima Baking. This later became Kabuto Beer. In 1898 the company brought in a machinist and brewmaster from Germany, and in Enokishita, Handa-cho, the Handa Red Brick Building was completed and became the new beer brewery. The company began brewing authentic German beer and changed its name to "Kabuto Bakushu," and two years later the beer was exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exhibition Universelle, winning the gold medal.
Overview of the
Handa Red Brick Building
|Completed October 31, 1898|
|Basic design||Germania Maschinenfabrik, Germany|
|Final design||Yorinaka Tsumaki|
|Total floor space||4979.51㎡ (portion used: 2729.93㎡)|
|Building construction||Brick and plain wood (half-timber construction)|
|Size||2 above-ground stories, 2-story penthouse|
|2004: Agency for Cultural Affairs registration: Registered Tangible Cultural Properties No.23-0134 through -0136; 2009: Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry certified Heritage of Industrial Modernization; 2014: City of Handa designated Structure of Landscape Importance No.1|