Qingdao Beer Museum, China’s first beer museum, is located at 56 Dengzhou Road in the Tsingtao Brewery, which is China’s first and oldest beer factory founded in 1903. The museum was opened in Aug. 2003 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tsingtao Beer.
Qingdao Beer Museum, covering an area of 6,000 square meters, is an occidental two-storey red building and is one of a few typical Gothic constructions within the city. It consists of three parts: centenary history and culture area, production techniques area and multi-purpose area.
Perhaps the most important part of the Tsingtao Beer Museum is the centenary history and culture area. Here, following the path of history illustrated through detailed images and texts, you can discover the mysterious origins of beer making, Tsingtao Beer’s long history, Tsingtao Beer’s innumerable honours, the Qingdao International Beer Festival, and the pantheon of national and international celebrities who have visited Tsingtao Brewery.
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.
In the multi-purpose area on the first floor the fun can really start, where you can try different varieties of Tsingtao beer or drink fresh beers straight from the production line for free, or buy some souvenirs. There are also amusement establishments on the second floor. On the tour, the “Drunk Room” can be quite amusing, which is a simulation of drunkenness with slanted walls and floors.
After the museum tour, you can walk east along the main road to experience the multitude of beer and seafood themed restaurants on the street outside, which is famous “Qingdao Beer Street”.