Japan > Yokohama
Theis (115) Frederiksberg, Denmark | June 6, 2013
46 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
I still donít understand this place. Small bar area, where they donít really want to sell beers. Big restaurent area upstairs, where people donít come for the beers. Non of the beers are really any good....
Travlr (1269) Washington, Washington DC | April 4, 2013| Updated September 10, 2013
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
Large place on several levels - cramped bar on the ground level with visible brewing equipment, larger Italian restaurant and bar upstairs (yes, Italian). Beers were mediocre, and we didnít try the food. Seemed kind of touristy, and aiming for that crowd.
AndySnow (84) Stockholm, Sweden | April 1, 2013
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Bar downstairs, restaurant area upstairs. They wanted us upstairs, but wasnít any problem to stay downstairs. Had six of their own beers. Not the best beers. Worth a drop in if you happen to pass by, not otherwise.
Stew41 (128) Woodend, Australia | June 20, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
Contary to the guidance in the gospel (aka the Beer in Japan ap) I didnít come here when the bar downstairs was open. Rather, I sat like a shag on a rock upstairs in what looks like a Sizzler trying a few beers. Not badly priced around 750 yen for a 440ml but you do get some reasonable head. Atmosphere of course is crap but the service infectionously friendly (perhaps the locals are just happy to see a few Western tourists post tsunami?). I canít believe how many non-craft beer types (ie groups of yound females, mum & dad types) are just hovering up craft (something I have noticed elsewhere in Japan as well). Rounds out a good little crawl but hardly mandatory (in the context of upstairs bar only).
prestonshute (12) Georgia | March 25, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Some of the freshest beer in town. Yokohama Brewery (upstairs) has a menu setting the standard for Japanese microbrews. The food is all local and a perfect accompaniment for your thirsty palate. Also, you can even order more tasty, creative brew from Pivovar located downstairs. Pivovar has got some of the finest IPAís found in the bay area. You donít even have to leave your table, the waiter will gladly cooperate.
KyotoLefty (420) Kyoto, Japan | August 1, 2009| Updated May 11, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Small bar downstairs, restaurant upstairs. Beers are slightly different, with the restaurant only serving the more standard varieties. Lunch upstairs is a great deal with •250 glasses of beer. Amazingly cheap. Downstairs is open nights and weekends with regular prices, but here you can try the Pro Wrestling Series big beers. I love their experimentation. I sat there last month talking to one of the brewers for a couple hours. Lots of fun. They could do with some snacks downstairs.
jonno (108) , Japan | July 5, 2009| Updated August 30, 2009
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Quite a strang place. It is in the entrance way to the main restaurant upstairs. Has a bit of a funky smell and you can see the brewing tanks from where you sit. Kind of ranshackled but interesting in a once only time kind of thing. Beer ranges from mediocre to good.
chuwy (26) , Japan | March 21, 2009| Updated March 29, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
>>>Edit updated! Now they changed brewers again. Beer is served only upstairs now and moslty the old normal styles but occasioanl special brews. right now fest IPA and fest lager (IPL) possibly on tap. p.s. the map is all wrong. Itís not at Kannai station. Closer to Sakuragicho.
>>EDIT: Theyíve changed head brewers and are now on about 6 taps plus they now close Sat and sun! Upstairs is booked for functions, etc. downstairs is where you want to go. The new cheif brewer started not so well but is recovering and recently made a very good imperial amber ale. The normal yokohamabeer served upstairs is unimpressive. The best stuff is downstairs, at the small bar on the ground floor, next to the brewery.
They now have about 8 taps on. Mainly Czech style beer as the head brewer íspent some timeí in the Czech Rep. Small seated bar area next to the steps which lead up to the real Yokohama Brewery (slightly different beer up there, the old ítraditionalí 5 or 6 Yokohama beers)and their Italian restuarant. Seating for around a dozen to 20. Their beer isnít bad, but is always, always served way too cold. Allow the IPA a long time to warm up if itís on tap and it becomes a much better beer. Itís good that the brewers are the guys who actually pour your beer, in between brewng the next batch! You can chat and ask them questions about the stuff youíre drinking. The brewery is on premises and you can see the tanks through a large glass window (as you can in many places these days). The smell is great but can mask or detract from delicate aromas in your beer. Usually 3/4 Czech styles plus a German hefeweissen and maybe an amber ale or IPA on tap. The new Liberty is an American pale ale. Not a bad be
Capa (258) Manama, Bahrain | January 8, 2009| Updated July 14, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A pretty small front bar with a couple tables off the the left for groups. I didnít go upstairs since it was reserved for a party of some sort. Four taps with about the same number of Czech bottles. The beer is obviously fresh because not more than 15 feet away are the fermenters. A decent place, but like TimE said, not worth a trip on its own. Update: Place keeps getting better- so does the beer quality. Also a damn fine value if you order the big beers. Good place!
TimE (234) Tokyo, Japan | December 28, 2008| Updated May 23, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
A bit of an odd setup. The first floor is a Czech beer bar, which has one Czech beer on tap and three Yokohama Brewery beers (usually IPA, Pilsner and Hefe). Pretty basic place with a counter that goes across the room and about 20 stools. You can look through the window and see the brewers at work, who also double as barmen. Very informal feeling to the place as more of an after thought, however, beer is in great condition, but served much too cold. They also have several, somewhat obscure, Czech beers in bottles.The second floor is the Yokohama Brewerys restaurant Sal Ponte (Italian). It has the entire range of Yokohama beers available (I think). It also has a 2000 yen all you can drink. It is more formal and more of a place if you want to eat as well - though you dont need to. Yokohama brewery beer has improved, but this is not particularly worth a trip on its own. However, it is only 4 mins from Craft Beer Bar. Certainly a must stop on a Yokohama crawl.
Update: They now have three
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