Saturday, 27 July 2019

Grow Brew House

Post by Mothy
Grow Brew House is a small brewpub located a short walk from Nishi Kawaguchi station. The interior is small and unimpressive, offering standing room at the counter in the main room, and some old and uncomfortable looking folding tables and chairs in a room in the back. The main room with the counter seems to be where everyone gathers. It fits about eight people at the bar with maybe enough room for the same amount of people to stand without tables. It's a true small-scale operation.

They opened in, I believe, January of this year, and began serving their own beer at the end of May. I've been there a few times now and though none of their beers are going to be winning any awards anytime soon, I haven't had anything from them I'd call truly undrinkable yet, which hasn't been the case with a lot of breweries when they're this new to the business. I've noticed a couple of their beers have already improved so it will be interesting to see if they can make further improvements. The brewer seems pretty knowledgeable about beer, so I'm cautiously optimistic.

The beers come in three sizes, with the largest being a US pint- I think. I didn't ask and just eyeball tested it. (Sizes now confirmed as 473ml, 284ml and 160ml). The prices for their own beer are ¥1000/650/350. (Prices have now increased to ¥1050/¥700/¥400. See the comments for details). They have six taps with most featuring their own beer. Guest beers run a bit more expensive, ranging as high as ¥1300/900/500. Which for domestic craft is pretty expensive in my opinion. Guest taps first time I was there were Ushitora and Chichibu. Second time they had Be Easy and Shiga Kogen. It's pay as you go, which I like as I can more easily ignore the cost of my beer drinking when I'm not hit with the tabulated bill all at once. (UPDATE: They also do take away beers)

Some other details about the place: It's non-smoking, but there isn't a designated smoking area, and since it's Nishi Kawaguchi people just smoked on the street right outside, and at least this time of year with windows and doors being kept open, the smoke would get inside when that happened. But the clientele didn't seem to be heavy smokers so it didn't happen often, so I'm only mentioning it to warn those extra sensitive about smoke. They only serve snacks, but they allow you to bring in outside foods. The staff is friendly, and although they don't speak English, they have no problem with me using my mangled Japanese on them. No wi-fi at this time.
Japanese breweries seen on tap: 
Grow Brew House
Be Easy
Shiga Kogen

Opening Hours:
Tuesday-Friday, 17:00-23:00
Saturday & Sunday, 15:00-23:00

Closed Monday


西川口1-25-8 近藤ビル1F, Kawaguchi, Saitama-ken





Mothy said...

They wrote their drink sizes on their board. US pint- 473 ml UK half 284 ml tasting 160 ml

Mothy said...

Unfortunately they've raised their prices with the tax increase. 1050/700/400. Kinda takes me from a reluctant recommend to a don't recommend.