The Sapporo brand was founded in Sapporo, Japan in 1876, when a German-trained brewer named Seibei Nakagawa, combined his advanced brewing knowledge with his passion for Japanese craftsmanship to create a one-of-a-kind beer. Lauded for its famously crisp and refreshing taste, Sapporo’s distinctive lager has been enjoyed throughout North America for more than half a century. Today, Sapporo stands alone as Japan’s oldest beer brand and North America’s #1 Asian beer, maintaining the strict quality standards set by Seibei Nakagawa over a century ago.
In 2006, Sapporo Holdings Ltd. acquired Sleeman Breweries, Canada’s third largest brewery, to maintain the high quality standards and distribution of the Sapporo brand in Canada. Founded in 1834 and located in Guelph, Ontario, Sleeman Breweries complements its core Sleeman and Sapporo brands, which are available in every province, with a family of exceptional regional brands. These include brands from the Okanagan Spring Brewery in British Columbia and Unibroue of Chambly Quebec. Other brands in the portfolio include Old Milwaukee and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Sleeman Breweries Limited is supported by over 1,000 employees across Canada.