many people like to drink Taiwan Beer, most are probably
unfamiliar with its history. As it turns out, Taiwan Beer
originated at the Chienkuo Brewery in Taipei, making this
is the best place to learn about it.
brewery, located on BaDe (PaTeh) Road, section 2, was
built in 1919 during Japanese colonial era and was in
fact the only brewery on the island at that time. It
eventually became as well known as the famous Sapporo
Brewery in Hokkaido, Japan. After Taiwan's retrocession
in 1945, this plant was placed under the authority of
the Taiwan Provincial Tobacco and Liquor Monopoly Board.
Its name was subsequently changed to the Taipei Beer
Company and, later, to the Taipei Second Brewery. In
1975, it was officially named the Chienkuo Brewery.
brewery is currently 83 years old and is one of the
best examples of Taiwan¡¦s industrial development,
culture and beer-making technology.
When this brewery first opened, it had an annual production
capacity of more than 1.5 million bottles. Over the
years, production increased, reaching a peak of more
than 144 million bottles in 1992. That same year, automated
computer-controlled production and environmental protection
equipment was installed, creating a modern beer-making
facility with a staff of 700 employees.
the years, Taiwan Beer has won many international awards
and has sold well in Taiwan and abroad. Today, the brewery
itself is also recognized for its historical value.
In July, 2000, the Taipei City Government Cultural Affairs
Bureau designated the brewery as a historical monument.
When looking at the brewery's red building, green building,
cooling room, boiler room and many wooden structures,
it is possible to see the evolution in Taiwanese architecture.
Moreover, the type of red bricks on the red building
are the same as those used to build the Presidential
one of the machine rooms, there is one of the few open-type
traditional fermentation barrels in the world. There
are also four large copper kettles used to ferment sugar.
These kettles were specifically imported from Germany
more than 30 years ago. Each barrel has very unique
design with a curved neck like that of a swan. There
are currently only 10 of these kettles remaining in
to complaints from residents in the area about the noise
and air pollution produced by this brewery, it almost
closed last year, as the Monopoly Bureau felt it would
be best to move it to southern Taiwan. However, the
Executive Yuan stepped in and suggested that the brewery
be preserved and continue production. Currently, the
facility is managed by the city government's Civil Planning
Department. The bureau plans to make the beer factory
into a recreational area, providing food, entertainment,
cultural education and historical exhibitions on Taiwan's
beer production. This project is likely to be completed
and opened to the public in 2005. In addition, two hectares
of the brewery's property have been turned over to build
a junior high school.
to the noise and air pollution created during production,
the brewery is not usually open to the public, except
for occasional community activities. However, groups
may arrange a brewery tour, led by an experienced staff
member. During the tour, the guide explains the history
of the brewery, as well as the steps involved in producing
beer. For further information, call (02) 2771-9131.