Friday, 19 June 2015

Project

This is part two on Nishiogikubo. Part 1 is here.


Pretty different to Beer Kobo and certainly seemed to attract a different crowd. Project is a pretty classy beer and dining place, much smaller than Beer Kobo and the other way from the station. The decor is very wooden again, but feels swanky rather than homely as all the wood does at Beer Kobo. It is also open very late on quite a few days. They only have three taps and when I visited they were all Shiga Kogen which is pretty good by me. Apparently they do rotate though, so you get a variety of Japanese craft stuff there. The servings were somewhere in the range of 300ml (they were in the Snow Monkey glasses if you know them) and were priced from ¥600-¥800. The three Shiga beers were good stuff, the DPA, 10th anniversary IPA and the So Sexy Brown Pizza Port collaboration. Unfortunately, there is a cover charge of ¥400, (but see below for the update) which is one of the higher charges I've come across, and I'm not sure the prices are sufficiently cheap to easily drink away the cover charge (like you can at a Craft Beer Market or Server Land). I guess though that they are not particularly aiming at a CBM or Beer Kobo crowd, and possibly their clientele are not worried about paying cover charges. I do understand why many places feel the need to charge. However, as I always say, cover charges kill pub crawls and this is the reason I don't pop in for a quick beer at many Tokyo places.

UPDATE: The bar has contacted me to say that they are happy to serve beer without a cover charge if you ask them, which I think is great. Well done to them!

Japanese breweries on tap when I visited:
Shiga Kogen

Opening Hours:
17:30 - 03.00 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
17:30 - 00:00 Wednesdays
15:00 - 03:00 Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays

Location/map
西荻北 2-2-11, Suginami, Tokyo



Telephone:
03-6913-7490

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Nishiogi Beer Kobo

This is part one on Nishiogikubo and a couple of places I visited last week. Thanks to Iain OBRF for showing me round. If you like records, you should check out his site here. Both have opened fairly recently so it seems that the trend for numerous new places continues. It's nice to see them opening in a new area though. Particularly nice if you live in Nishiogikubo I guess. Part 2 is here.


The latest in the Beer Kobo chain, which is fast becoming a Chuo line beer monster as it spreads further, both ways from its initial home in Koenji. As usual, these places are fairly similar (guess that's the point of a chain, isn't it? Corporate identity or some such stuff). I will direct to my other posts on these pubs in Koenji, Asagaya, Ogikubo and Nakano to give you the lowdown on those and some general information on the places. A quick recap though for those of you who don't want to click on that link. These are friendly, local places, with lots of wood, making beers on site and selling them for very reasonable prices. Naturally the beer quality varies from branch to branch, beer to beer and batch to batch, so you never quite know what you are going to get. In general however, they are nice enough beers and a worthy endeavour I think. Nishiogi's main differences from the others is that it's a bit bigger and seems a bit more family orientated. When we visited early on a Friday evening the place wasn't heaving, but it was chugging along nicely, but apparently it gets rammed at the weekends, so best to book or turn up early.
They have five of their beers on (Pale, Blond, Wheat Strong, White and Coffee) and they are available in two sizes, 435ml and 235ml. Think these sizes are a little different from the other branches and probably conform more to the sizes you might get in other bars. (I seem to remember the other branches serving in larger Jokki sizes only, but I'm not sure if these new sizes at Nishiogi are just for this branch or will affect the whole chain. I think it would probably be a good idea if they did roll them out all over). The prices are consistent with the rest of the branches and go from ¥410-¥690 for the larger size and ¥290-¥480 for the smaller one.
If you haven't been to one of these brewpubs, I'd say that you probably should give them a try. Certainly they are not for everyone, but I always have a good time in their places. I think Koenji is still my favourite, but it helps that it is a bit closer to my house and an area I find myself in a bit more often.

Japanese breweries on tap when I visited:
Nishiogi (of course!)

Opening Hours:
17.00 - 23.00 Monday-Friday
11.00 - 23.00 Saturday
11:00 - 21:00 Sunday & Holidays 

Location/map
西荻北 3-25-1, Suginami, Tokyo 167-0042



Telephone:
03-3395-6550

Links:
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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Beer Bar The Pint

I am kind of back. Will restart my posting with this brief one on The Pint, a little local bar near Shinmaruko station, just over the Tama river into Kawasaki. Not sure how regular new posts will be as I seem to not have much free time at the moment, but seeing as I have 45 places on my list to check out, I'd better get going again. So, here we go, The Pint.

- Few minutes walk out of the East exit of Shinmaruko station (Toyoko and Meguro lines).
- Pretty small place, around eight seats at the counter and seating for maybe the same amount at a couple of small tables.
- Nine taps of Craft beer, mainly Japanese, but with some of the more common imports that you might expect to find (Brewdog, Nagano Trading stuff).
- US pint for ¥1000-¥1200 and half, ¥600-¥750
- Fridge with a decent selection of bottles, mainly Belgian from what I could see.
- Taplist can be found on their blog and it seems to be updated daily.

Not much else to say. If I lived in the area, I think I would be here a lot. As it is, I'll save it for when I am going to the football as it's the perfect place for a pre- or post-game pint. It has a decent atmosphere and the prices and beers are good.

Japanese breweries on tap when I visited:
Hideji
Rokko
Shiroyama
Beer Buddy
Brimmer
Ise Kadoya
Outsider

Opening Hours:
Mondays (normally) & Wednesday-Saturday, 17:00-01:00
Sundays and holidays, 15:00-23:00
closed Tuesday and the third Monday of the month

Location/map:
新丸子東 1-826, Nakahara-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa



Telephone:
044-572-8801

Links:
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