Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Cafe & Craft Beer Asaya

Today, the other place that I went to in Fuchu. You can check out the post on Beer House Ken here and I would recommend that if you're in the area, you do both of these places in a mini crawl. Much like Beer House Ken, Asaya doesn't have the largest selection compared to some other places in Tokyo, but it is a nice option if you're in the area and you want to support some local places. I have to say, I quite enjoyed my visit and if I'm out that way again, I wouldn't hesitate to pay a second visit. Here's what you need to know.

- Narrow bar with quite a modern feel. Counter for around five or six and tables for about 20 more. Feels quite spacious and a little different from other craft beer places in Tokyo. Has more of a cafe vibe in that it's quite bright and is nicely decorated with lots of little knick-knacks. Even though I was the only person there shortly after opening on a Friday, it had a nice feel to it. No smoking too. The master was very keen to chat and was a very nice guy. He recommended Beer House Ken to me, which I was actually already planning to go to, but it's good to see the local places sticking together!
- Five taps of Japanese craft, served in three sizes. All beers were priced the same. Half was 260ml for ¥650, regular was 410ml for ¥880 and pint was the UK size, 560ml for ¥1100. So pretty decent pricing! Also these prices include tax and there is no cover charge. Wonderful! The selection included a few breweries you don't see around so often which is good if you are into trying new things.
- Had a food menu and an interesting looking kitchen, but I didn't eat as I was on a bit of a tight schedule. Actually, it seems I always am recently...

There's probably not much else that I can add from my brief visit, but I think I've covered most of the important points. Be sure to check the opening times before you go as I think there is some seasonal variation of opening hours. I think the hours I have put below though are the more conservative ones, so hopefully you'll find it's open more often than you thought, rather than the reverse. I think it's important to support places like these, which seem much more like a labour of love than the numerous chains (and hidden chains) that dominate the Tokyo bar scene now.

Japanese breweries available on tap:

Opening Hours:
Tuesday-Friday, 17:00-22:00
Saturday, 16:00-22:00
Closed Sunday & Monday

宮西町5-4-3, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo



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SL said...

Found myself in the area so dropped into this place after reading your review.
Agree with your thoughts on the owner, really nice, chatty fella who made me feel welcome from the moment I walked in the door. As a solo drinker from time to time, the master can either make or break a place, and in this case he certainly made it.

I guess the beer probably helped a bit too. 5 beers on tap, all for a reasonable price of 1,000 for a pint, including a 14% monster dark ale (I think this was 1,300)... however, being a work night my sensible side kicked in and decided to steer clear of it - for now.

Food is also reasonably priced and not too shabby. Can't really complain about 950 for a (albeit a little on the small side) pizza.

Thumbs up for this place.

Tokyo Beer Drinker said...

Cheers for the comment and pleased to hear you liked it.