Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Ebina Beer

Initially I had decided not to visit Ebina Beer until they started brewing. I had heard that the brewery had been started by a Czech friend of the Nihonkai brewer but at the moment the beers were all Nihonkai. It just so happens that I really like Nihonkai beers though, and despairingly looking at the huge backlog of places I have on my list, and also with a yearning for Nihonkai pilsner, I decided to bite the bullet and head off down the Odakyu line.

- Fairly small place but with a surprisingly large amount of seating, situated opposite LaLaPort in Ebina. Bar is adjacent to the brewery and has two counters for round about ten, one looking out the front window and one at the bar, and tables for around 16. There’s also a standing counter outside (you pay cash on delivery there).
- Eight taps, which I believe at the moment are all Nihonkai beer. There is an exclusive house beer called  ‘Ebina Lager’ and alongside the normal Nihonkai suspects (including their pilsner which I seem to be craving constantly recently…), there are a few seasonals that I had never heard of which were mostly fruity versions of their other beers and were very nice. Beers served in two sizes, 260ml for ¥500 and 480ml for ¥850 which is really very nice pricing.
- Bar snacks with a bit of a European slant. I liked the fried cheese a lot. Also reasonably priced. And this place has what I will now always refer to as the ‘holy trinity’ of no cover charge, no smoking and some daytime opening. (And now also there's wifi). What’s not to like?

It’s not often that I visit a place for this blog and immediately start thinking about going back, but I have been thinking about Ebina Beer a lot! Maybe this is due to the pilsner, but I did also like the feel of the place and will be interested to see how it is when they start brewing. Sure it's a little way out of the centre of Tokyo, but it doesn't really take that long if you're on an express train. Will definitely be going back soon!

Japanese breweries recently seen on tap:
Nihonkai Club

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday, 17:00-22:30
Saturday & Sunday, 14:00-22:30

扇町5-4, Ebina-shi, Kanagawa




Steve said...

Be explicit. Tell everybody it is only ¥500 from Shinjuku on Odakyu line. If they're in Tokyo, a through-running train on the Chiyoda Tokyo Metro line will be ¥700 from Kita-Senju. For me, getting to a venue is a big chunk of the fun. Not the overwhelming amount, but a good chunk therein. I will strive to get here next time over.

Sam White said...

Thank you so much for this post! I've been looking for something a little closer to NAF Atsugi (where I'm stationed) and this is perfect! Thanks!