Friday, 9 November 2012

Craft Beer Bar iBrew

Another place that has opened during the recent explosion of good beer places in Tokyo. iBrew's big selling point is their very low prices. However, that's not the only reason to go there. The food is pretty good too, a mix of Japanese and international stuff, and once again at good prices. It's a very small place in between Ginza and Tokyo station area. There's not much room here, apart from a little bit of standing space and the seats at the counter area. Although there is also an outside standing area, but I guess this will be not so useful in Winter. It's a friendly place with a good atmosphere and helpful staff. Oh, and I should mention the prices again.
They have 10 taps, all of Japanese craft beer. Some people might find that the selection does not have anything new for them, and that it veers towards 'mainstream' micro breweries, but I always find there is something good to drink there, whether it is a new discovery or not. They serve in regular and large sizes. Regular is 230ml and large 410ml. Barley Wines,  of which they seem to always have one on tap, come in 180ml glasses. So, the prices. Regular is ¥390 and large ¥690. Barley wines are also ¥690. Just to let you know, the sales tax is added on when you get the bill, but this is only 5%. So, not a massive difference. This is cheaper than even Craft Beer Market, which is saying something.
So, maybe not somewhere for tourists, given how many places there now are with more difficult to find Japanese micros, but that is not to say it is not worth visiting. It feels very Japanese to me, and the prices are near unbeatable. If you are in the area, it's definitely worth popping in for one, and if you do, you might end up staying for a few.

Update: 11/4/14 Felt like I should put an update on here. iBrew's prices have gone up in line with the tax increase, but unlike many places, they have gone up an understandable amount (3% rounded to the nearest ¥10 I think). Also, the choice of beers here has significantly improved I think. Whilst there was always something you could find that was good, I have recently found that there are always a lot of things that I want to drink here. Definitely a place worth going to.

Japanese breweries on tap when I visited:
Baird
Baeren
Beer Buddy
Kure
Iwatekura
Tazawako
Ishikari Banya
Fujizakura Kogen
Harvestmoon
Coedo

Opening Hours:
(Please note, these seem to change quite often, so maybe best to check their facebook posts for up to date info)
Monday to Friday, 17:00-00:00
Saturday, 14:00-23:00
Sunday and holidays, 14:00-22:00

Location/map
ます美ビル1F, 八重洲 2-11-7, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0028

Directions:
This place is in the middle of so many stations that it is probably best to look at the map and find which one is best for you. However, the closest station is Ginza Itchome. Leave by exit 3 and carry on down the road, under the expressway bridge. Immediately after you come out from under the bridge, take a right turn down the side street. iBrew is on your left, about 50m down the street.



Telephone:
03-3281-6221

Links:

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Ratebeer listing

5 comments:

Ἀντισθένης said...

Not open from one anymore. Found out today when I went there with friends... Fixed it by going to Swan Lake

Tokyo Beer Drinker said...

Ah, sorry for the misinformation! I have updated the site. Thanks for your help. This information is very important for me to keep this up to date.
Cheers!

Jose Vizcaino said...

Unfortunately the opening hours have changed again, 5pm opening on a weekday. Typing this whole sat on the kegs outside at 425pm. PS Thank you for all your research has made our stay in Tokyo that little bit washer and interesting.

Jose Vizcaino said...

Ahem, "while sat on the kegs" and "easier and interesting"

Tokyo Beer Drinker said...

Thanks for the info Jose. Judging by their facebook page it seems that their hours are kind of fluid from month to month at the moment. Will update now. Hope you weren't too inconvenienced and that it was worth waiting. And thanks for the kind words about the blog.