Visited at opening and the friendly bartender was happy to pour a flight on request. It did take a while to receive and in the meantime had a look around the bar area, not that thereís much to see but you can catch glimpse of the brewing kit behind the bar. The beers are brewed to classic styles...nothing wrong with that but I canít say there were any real standouts however the Bohemian Pils was the most solid on the day. Personally, itís not a place I would want to linger for long but to try the beers itís worth the pit stop.
Popular brewpub with a couple tables and a terrace on the ground floor, and a large Italian restaurant upstairs. Snack are average and service can be quite slow, even though you get free popcorn in the meantime. House beers are served in 3 sizes but are mostly mediocre apart from the weizen maybe. Weird atmosphere, a bit like a sports bar without the sport...
I was on my way to the Baird Taproom but decided to pop in. Had a set of tasters for about 800 yen on the ground floor. Kind of has a chain pub/restaurant vibe to it. Staff were friendly but didnít know beer. The first floor gives you a nice view of their fermenters & brewery which is cool. A good place to try their stuff, especially seasonals.
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 (2484) Washington, Washington DC | April 4, 2013| Updated September 10, 2013
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.