About

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.

Corridor inside the building
Corridor inside the building
Five-layer wall
Five-layer wall
The Handa Red Brick Building

RestoredLong-unavailable
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.

Long-unavailable Kabuto Beer Makes a Comeback Kabuto Beer

Overview of the
Handa Red Brick Building

Establishment
(primary construction)
Completed October 31, 1898
Basic design Germania Maschinenfabrik, Germany
Final design Yorinaka Tsumaki
Building area 2786.99㎡
Total floor space 4979.51㎡ (portion used: 2729.93㎡)
Building height 20.84m
Building construction Brick and plain wood (half-timber construction)
Size 2 above-ground stories, 2-story penthouse
National
certifications, etc.
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

Floor Map

floormap

We hope to convey the appeal
of this historic building and draft Kabuto Beer.

1. Permanent Display

Encounter the passion of the predecessors who took up the challenge of authentic beer-making

2. Cafe

Taste the flavor of Kabuto Beer and snacks made using local ingredients.

3. Shop

A careful selection of discerning products from the Chita Peninsula

1. Permanent Display

Models, videos, photographs from the era, and other materials showcase the history behind the birth of the Handa Red Brick Building and Kabuto Beer. You can feel the burning enthusiasm our forerunners had for making things.

Hours
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed
Year-end and New Year's holidays

Permanent display area admission fees (including tax)

Entry type Adult(high-school student and up) Middle-school student and under
Individual 200 yen Free
Group(20 persons or more) 160 yen Free
Permanent display:Creating, Selling, and Reviving Kabuto Beer
Permanent display:"Creating, Selling, and Reviving Kabuto Beer"
The Story of the Creation ofthe Handa Red Brick Building
Permanent display:"The Story of the Creation ofthe Handa Red Brick Building"

2. Cafe

In a mystical and relaxing space enclosed in red brick, you can enjoy resurrected Kabuto Beer and tasty snacks made using local ingredients.

Hours
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed
Year-end and New Year's holidays
Cafe
Cafe
Cafe
Open terrace
Open terrace

3. Shop

In addition to bottled Kabuto Beer and other Kabuto Beer merchandise, a variety of fine products from Handa and the Chita Peninsula are available for purchase.

Hours
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed
Year-end and New Year's holidays
Many exclusive items
Many exclusive items
Shop

The birth of sourcepoints for making thingsClubhouses and Themed Exhibit Area

The clubhouses and the themed exhibit area are rental areas that give full play to the ambience of the building's walls. Local residents and visitors are welcome to make use of these spaces as sourcepoints for cultural and artistic endeavors, and other forms of making things.

Hours
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed
Year-end and New Year's holidays
Clubhouses

Clubhouses

These are available for cultural and artistic activities, as well as community events and a variety of other uses.

Themed exhibit area

Themed exhibit area

This is available for use as a place to exhibit artwork and photography, and for other creative endeavors.

Access

Transit Information
Via Meitetsu Kowa Line:5 minutes on foot east from Sumiyoshicho Station
Via JR Taketoyo Line:15 minutes on foot northwest from Handa Station
Via Chitahanto Road:10 minutes by car from Handa Chuo Interchange
Location
8 Enokishita-cho, Handa, Aichi Prefecture

Contact

The Handa Red Brick Building

  • Phone: 0569-24-7031
  • Fax: 0569-24-7033
  • E-mail: info@handa-akarenga.jp