Qingdao Beer Museum
In August 1903, China's first beer factory that was built using European technology, was born in Qingdao. After a hundred years of vicissitudes, it has been developed into Tsingtao Brewery Company, a world-famous manufacturing enterprise specialising in Qingdao Beer production. At present, it owns 55 beer factories and malt factories in 18 cities and provinces in China. The one-hundred-year old Qingdao Beer has created its own history and culture.
Situated at No.56 Dengzhou Road, the Qingdao Beer Museum is built on the site of the brewery. Being the first museum of its kind in China, the construction of the museum provides a spectacular showcase of Qingdao beer for overseas visitors, and has become the pride of the local people.
Summing up the many merits of beer museums in many developed countries, the museum was designed by an outstanding architect and designer utilising both Chinese and western culture. The project started in 2002 and was completed in 2003, and was presented as a gift to the Qingdao Brewery Factory upon its 100th anniversary. Using the century-old German architecture and equipment, it integrates the history, development and modern brewing techniques of Qingdao beer, making it a sought after beer around the world.
The museum is an Occidental two-storey red building constructed in 1903 by Germans and is one of a few typical Gothic constructions within the city. In the museum, one can see historic sepia and black & white photographs; appreciate the cultural relics from both home and abroad and see samples of Qingdao beer kept from different eras. The four huge copper brewing vessels are kept in the museum and were manufactured in Germany and were in use until their decommissioning in 1995. Historical artifacts donated by the descendants of both German and Japanese staff are especially precious and absorbing. Here, you will have the opportunity to get close to the mysterious origins; the long history of beer and the instruments used.
In the manufacturing and technology area, the historic buildings, facilities and the original workshops and scenes of production brings the museum to life. Beer-making ingredients like barley, brown malt and hops are also on display. Sculptures of staff in the workplace vividly represent the beer making process. The first floor of this multi-functional space can comfortably accommodate more than 100 visitors, providing both tasting and shopping opportunities. Visitors can sample the various freshly brewed beers and buy a great variety of souvenirs.
Since its opening, the museum has welcomed many domestic and foreign tourists, including both national and international statesmen. The superb environment, high quality of service and distinctive charm has made it a leading light of domestic industrial tourism.