Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Loose ends/various places Part 6

This is part six of what will be constantly (I hope...) updated posts with brief descriptions of places that possibly deserve to be on here but which I have either no time or inclination to visit. Part one is here, part two here, three is here, four is here, and five is here, or you can view all of them by clicking the digest tag, or just clicking here. I have tried various ways of keeping up to date with the crazy amount of places that are opening and have been struggling with deciding which places warrant including and which don't. This seems to be a reasonable way of dealing with them. They will remain on the map with a question mark as I can't vouch for any of these. The map will link to this post where places will be listed in alphabetical order with a short description and link which should give you some idea of what to expect and whether it's worth going to. There will be no tags, as that will just confuse matters I think. If I end up going to any of these places and they are worthy of a full write up, I'll remove them from here and make them a post of their own. Not everything on the backlog and everything that opens will be on here. This is mainly intended for what I imagine to be a bit less interesting but still worth mentioning places or in some cases a bit of a warning.

Bakuya - Kanda

German beer bar with some German craft and some traditional German stuff. Prices seem high, but this is naturally all imported stuff on the eight taps. Unsurprisingly, German food too. Something of a unique proposition I guess, but maybe not one that is massively appealing to me given the pricing. 


Beer Bar Tor - Yushima

Belgian beer bar up north in Tokyo. Bottle selection seems decent and the prices are probably what you’d expect to pay. About 40 beers on their website menu. Probably one for Belgian beer loving locals rather than somewhere to travel to.


Beer Bulk J - Tama

Eight taps and about 20 bottles and cans. Tap beer seems dominated by 10 Ants and delving deeper into the internet (checking their web address), I can see that they seem to be linked to the brewery. Other draft is a mix of imports and domestic. Prices seem surprisingly reasonable. They do take out, but probably everybody does now because of Coronavirus. Whether that will continue afterwards, who knows?


Beer Stand Toyoda - Toyoda

Looks pretty small, but ironically given the name seems to be all counter seating. Seems to be connected to the Ishikawa brewery/Tama No Megumi but there is limited evidence of beers served here that I can find so I’m just guessing. They have a ‘guest beer’ though, which suggests that the rest of the beers are not guests. But maybe there is only one other beer and that’s the Toyoda beer that Ishikawa makes. Anyway, let’s be honest, this is a long way out of central Tokyo so you’re probably only going to be going here if you’re in the area or ridiculously curious with plenty of free time. If you do go, please let us know what’s going on.


Caliquors Tokyo - Kanda

Craft beer, natural wine and sake goes the slogan. Seems to be a shop rather than a bar but a little nose about on Untappd shows a tap list with eight choices and fairly reasonable prices, slightly weighted in favor of imports but with some very nice looking selections. Will have to check it out soon.


Craft Beer Scissors - Ikejiri

Craft beer bar and bottle shop. Does delivery too. Ten taps of quite interesting stuff which seems pretty reasonably priced if the sizes are as the names suggest they are. And quite a few bottles and cans too (check the pictures on their website). Mix of imports and Japanese stuff. Growler fills too. Looks like standing only. Quite intriguing.


Craft Company - Yotsuya
Medium sized place with a few tables. 12 taps with a variety of stuff on. Maybe… Their facebook is a bit low on detail when it comes to prices and beers. Sorry.


The Day East Tokyo - Asakusa

Apparently a gastro pub but their slogan is 'craft beer good sausage' which suggests it’s not so gastro. The pictures make it look pretty fancy though. Another place with natural wines so I guess that’s becoming a thing here now.  Real mix of imported and domestic stuff checked in on their Untappd but no idea about prices.


Exbar Tokyo - Ginza

Kind of expensive looking place to me, although they seem to have a lot of pub games and machines so maybe my image is a bit confused. Has some kind of pour it yourself beer machines rather than having you order from bar staff. Worryingly little information about the beer online, but I suppose it does bill itself as an amusement bar and grill so perhaps the beer isn’t the main thing. Seems mainly imports judging by Untappd. Would be tempted to try the beer pouring machines but I should probably admit to myself that as a grumpy old man it’s unlikely I will ever go here. But could be exciting for some.


Folk Burgers & Beers - Jimbocho

Burger bar with beer. Untappd hints at some interesting beers and their website says small beers from ¥650. But this is ‘from’ so maybe expect it to be a bit more. No veggie burger for me, but that’s not a huge surprise and I’m not moaning about it. Meaty burgers look good, but then most burgers look good to me.


Honeycomb And Hopworks - Ochiai
Very new brewery in a place with nothing on the map. They seem to have their own beers but as they are collaborations I suspect they were made at the collaborators breweries. Seems like they have eight taps but I also suspect that there aren’t that many on yet. Maybe one to give a bit of time before visiting. But I am intrigued.


Ise Kadoya - Shinjuku

Very new! Situated high up in Takashimaya this is the second Ise Kadoya taproom after the one in Nihonbashi. I’m going to guess that it’s like that one which you can read about here. Perhaps the location is a bit more exciting this time though.

No website yet…

Kakurenbo - Kanazawa Bunko

Has been open for three years and I’d never heard about it till Beer Tengoku tipped me off. Around six taps of craft beer, mostly Japanese with an occasional cider too. Japanese selections are reasonably interesting and the pricing looks pretty normal too.


Let’s Beer Works - Higashi Jujo

Another pretty new brewery (only up to their tenth beer so far, but at least they actually managed to start brewing, eh?). Eight taps of all their own stuff on. No idea about prices but the range of beer styles makes it look like somewhere worth having a look at.


Number Nine Brewery / Quays Pacific Grill - Yokohama    

Another fancy new place in Yokohama. Quite food focussed but with their own brewery (and a gin distillery too, I think). Not sure where all this Yokohama fancy place money is coming from. Seem to have made quite a few different beers since they opened last year. But don’t publicize tap lists or prices it seems. Or anything apart from food really. I’ll try to go someday. By the way, there is apparently a convenience store in the same complex (Hammerhead), with a massive selection of domestic and imported craft beer too.


Ryuda - Kita Sando
Craft beer bar with ten taps judging by photos but normally with five or six mostly US beers on. No smoking, quite small and seems to have a focus on Japanese food to go with those US beers. Nihonshu and wine too. Get the impression it might be quite expensive. And am put off by the fact that they seem to love the Watering Hole which I don’t. But this is just my opinion.


Shiokaze Brew Stand Soga - Chiba

New brewery and taproom just opened out in Chiba close to Soga station. Brewer used to work at Baird and is now going it alone. Have heard the beers are very nice. 15 taps with plenty of their own beers and some Japanese and US guests. Prices look very good! Will have to get down here soon.


Sakamichi Brewing - Tachikawa

Reasonably new brewery (I think, I’m really out of touch though…) out near Tachikawa. Eight taps and decent looking prices, although not sure about the sizes. Mostly Japanese guests at the moment with a couple of US imports and one of their own which suggests I was right about it being a new brewery. Seems to be run by some non-Japanese guys and there are some imported US beers available in cans and bottles. They do growler fills too. (MORE INFO, DIRECT FROM THE BREWERY BELOW IN THE COMMENTS)


Taihu Tokyo - Kagurazaka
Tokyo taproom of the Taiwanese brewery of the same name. I have always enjoyed their beers (even the gimmicky ones) but not everyone I know has. Interesting to see imported beers from a new country! No idea about tap numbers or prices but there seem to be a few different beers being checked in on Untappd. Will try to go here soon to get some more information and therefore make this entry worthwhile as right now I’m not really telling you anything, am I?


1 comment:

Tokyo Beer Drinker said...

Some comments direct from one of the brewers at Sakamichi:
'We have eight taps, one of our own, five domestic, and two imports (usually American). We only have one size of glass, 400ml for ¥880. We plan to do flights at some point but we don't have them just yet.

We currently have a temporary take out license which allows us to to fill growlers and sell bottles and cans from our fridge. We carry both domestic and American craft beers in the fridge. We're non-smoking inside and out and we have wifi.

We don't have our brewery yet, so at the moment we're making our beers at other breweries, but the recipes are our own. Hopefully our own brewery and brewing license will follow soon.'