Malt and hops: Happy times at Okinawa’s Orion Happy Park brewery

Non-alcoholic Orion Clear Free beer was among the beverages offered during a tasting at Orion Happy Park in Nago, Okinawa, Aug. 14, 2019. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES
Non-alcoholic Orion Clear Free beer was among the beverages offered during a tasting at Orion Happy Park in Nago, Okinawa, Aug. 14, 2019. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES

Malt and hops: Happy times at Okinawa’s Orion Happy Park brewery

by Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes

If there is a recipe for happiness, it surely contains malt and hops — and there is plenty of that to go around at Orion Happy Park in Nago city.

Happy Park is home to the Orion Beer Plant, which makes Okinawa’s most renowned brew, Orion Draft Beer, a champagne-colored slice of heaven synonymous with never-ending summer and Okinawa’s tropical beach lifestyle.

The Happy Park gives free tours that allow guests to see how the pilsner is made. The result feels like the answer to the question; what would happen if Willy Wonka was replaced in his factory by Samuel Adams’ Jim Koch and surf legend Kelly Slater?

The experience leaves visitors feeling like Charlie Bucket, as if they’d sampled the Fizzy Lifting Drinks and were handed the factory keys.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.598554

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