Fueled by an adventurous spirit, Seibei Nakagawa left Japan at the age of 17 at a time when leaving the country was strictly forbidden. Sebei made his way to England, and eventually Bremerhaven, Germany where this stalwart Japanese beer’s story begins. Sebei’s job at the Berlin Beer Brewing Company led him to become a certified brewmaster; after two years there, he decided to return home with his new skill set in 1876 and create one of the most iconic Japanese beverage brands in history. The beer made its American debut in 1984, and just two years, it grew to become the biggest Asian beer brand in the United States—a title that it retains to this day. Indeed, countless Americans and Europeans are introduced to the concept of Japanese food and drink through a crisp glass of Sapporo beer every day.
Winter Pairing: A warm bowl of silky, chewy ramen