Japan: Kirin Brewery spills beer in earthquake

As the true extent of the damage in Japan comes to light and the question over the stability of at least one of Japan’s nuclear power plants continues, pictures of devastation, damaged cars, washed up sea vessels and concertinaed roads spread across the Internet like wildfire.

Kirin Brewery - Japan EarthquakeBut a friend of mine whose family live in Tokyo – and who, thankfully, are all safe and well – sent me an image I thought I’d share with my pub friends, and those of you who are interested in beer.

The picture on the right is of the Kirin Brewery in Sendai, in the Miyagi Prefecture roughly 235 miles north of Tokyo and just off the Oshika Peninsula. [Click here for map.]

Sendai was devastated by Friday’s earthquake, and four large holding tanks at the brewery were destroyed.

In the picture, staff gather on the roof tops of the buildings in search of safety while the white foam you can see on the ground is spilled beer.

To give you an idea of the scale of the spillage, look at the size of the cars on the left of the picture…


As ever, our thoughts are with those so badly affected at this time.

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4 thoughts on “Japan: Kirin Brewery spills beer in earthquake

  1. joey s says:

    At least its only Japanese beer just imagine the heartbreak if it were fosters.

  2. Rex Caffall says:

    MY daughters husband Koya Hori is an engineer at this plant. I am happy to see that the plant buildings do not appear to have suffered severe damage. I have not had contact with my family there and should anyone know of Koya and his family please e-mail me. The not knowing and seeing all of the devastation is very hard. God bless all of those who are there to help. Lets all pray for everyone there.

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