Saturday, 27 October 2018

Minami Yokohama Beer Labo

This is the first of another flurry of posts. Seems I've been finally getting round to going to some new places recently! This first one is somewhere that has been on my list for quite a while and perhaps due to its location, have never managed get to. But lunch at Beach Muffin and a 7pm kick off in the football meant that there was never a more convenient time to tick it off. Here's what you need to know.

- Brewpub situated between Yokohama and Zushi on the Keikyu line, a short walk from Kanazawa Bunko station. Although it is still officially Yokohama, it feels quite suburban. Brewery is on the ground floor and the bar is upstairs. Decor is quite simple, with a small counter for five, tables for six and then a side room with tatami mats and some low level tables for an authentic Japanese leg-cramping experience. Very local feel to it, and the customers seemed to know the staff when I popped in. Didn't try it, but the food looked very reasonably priced. 
- There are five taps of their own beer available, and it is served in two sizes, glass (about 250ml, I reckon) and mug (probably about 400ml). Prices range from ¥480-¥630 for the former and ¥630-¥780 for the latter. When I visited there was a Golden Ale, Hoppy Saison, IPA, Porter and a Fresh Hop IPA. You can try all of them in a tasting set/beer flight, which is five 100ml glasses for ¥1200 served on a little tray. Tax is added to all of these prices.
- Daytime opening, but only at the weekend. No smoking. Sadly there is a cover charge, but it's only ¥200.

So that's about it. This is clearly the place to come if you want to try their beers, although I have seen them around in a couple of bars, (Awashima Soko was one of them, can't remember the other). The location is probably a bit off-putting for some but I suspect it must be a godsend if you live in the area and want to drink something other than the usual macro stuff.

Japanese breweries seen on tap:

Minami Yokohama Beer Labo

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday, 17:00-00:00
Saturday, 13:30-00:00
Sunday, 13:30-23:00

釜利谷東3-1-4, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken




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