Saturday, 29 August 2015

Hop-Scotch Craft Beer & Whiskey

Hop-Scotch is a fairly new place specialising in US imports and whiskey. I am ashamed to say that I didn't notice the significance of the name for a while. It features the bar managing talents of Randy, ex of the Hangover, who I guess some of you will know as he is a very important part of the beer scene in Tokyo, in my opinion. Really pleased to see Randy having a new place and I wish him all the best with it. You should go and drink there to support him! Anyway, enough of the preamble, on to the details.

- 8 taps of mostly US imported craft with one Japanese selection. Served in two sizes, US pint and half, which I guess is around 250ml. Prices for a pint are from ¥1000 and for a half from ¥700. Japanese beer is a touch cheaper, but in the same area. Taplist is posted on their facebook page daily. And it now seems that they have a happy hour from 17:00 till 19:00 on weekdays and 15:00 till 18:00 at weekends. You get ¥150 off pints and ¥100 off half pints.
- Fridge full of bottles featuring selections from all the major US importers.
- Pretty small. Counter round the edge of the room with seats for about 10 maybe and then a few standing tables in the middle.
- Didn't try it, but the food looked nice. Will definitely have to have the veggie quesadilla next time. (I think it said quesadilla, my memory is a little fuzzy).

So, there you have it. If you're a fan of US beers, this is definitely the place to come. Best of luck Randy!

Japanese breweries seen on tap here:
Ise Kadoya
Minoh
Shiga Kogen

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday, 17:00-24:00
Saturday, 15:00-24:00
Sunday & Holidays, 15:00-22:00

Location/map:
富士見 2-2-11, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo



Telephone:
050-3136-9699

Links:
Website
Twitter
Ratebeer listing

3 comments:

Alex V said...

Hopscotch is a decent place, but I gotta say, it is an awkward room and somewhat sterile. The seats flanking the walls are just sort of odd. Gives the place a bit of a weird vibe. Also, I wasn't all that keen on getting my "pints" with nearly an inch and a half of head. Happened on the first visit, then was annoyed that it occurred again on the second. Just feels like a total rip-off---as if they're banking on the fact that customers won't say anything---and they're right, as I didn't because I hate being that guy, not to mention being put in the position to to say something if I want the amount of beer I've paid for. Just won't go back. Otherwise, it's a decent enough spot, I guess.

Hamish Forrester said...

Worth mentioning that Hopscotch has a happy hour now. 150 yen off pints and 100 yen off a half. The happy hour lasts from opening until 7p.m. on weekdays. Not sure if it exists at weekends.

Tokyo Beer Drinker said...

Thanks Hamish, I've updated the post. Cheers!