Japan > Yokohama
Travlr (1869) Washington, Washington DC | September 4, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Unfortunately this was our last stop on a long and tiring day. Still fun, with a very solid beer selection and - you guessed it - heavy metal. Would like to come back when I have a second wind.
nate2g (1016) Boomtown!, Australia | June 28, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
A hardcore, no frills craft beer drinking den. Donít come here looking for a quiet nightcap. Full to the brim pints only of íextremeí beer for good value. Great selection of local and US brews. Needless to say, I got drunk. Very drunk. All in the name of craft beer. Arigatō Koichi-san!
Ferris (793) Burnaby, British Columbia | December 8, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Metal heads rejoice. Music although there isnít too loud, which sounds odd from a metal bar. Huge non smoking bar and pretty much nothing else but screens showing metal. 6% and lower beers are note here! only big boys. Prices very reasonable and cheap for their stuff.
KyotoLefty (543) Kyoto, Japan | February 21, 2009| Updated May 31, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
New place much more comfortable than the old, though it looks a bit rough and industrial. Even more great beers on tap, and good prices. Small, personal place near Yokohama station. Great beers on tap. The master is a very nice guy who speaks English. Other customers were friendly too. Good mix of American and Japanese micros on tap.
Capa (322) Kitsap, Washington | December 9, 2007| Updated December 20, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I heard that Thrash Zone played punk and metal while serving some good beers. While it wasnít quite what I expected in decor, it was a fun place anyhow. I was thinking it would be dark and loud, but it was well lit and the music was being played at a very resonable level. Had a few hand pumps mixed in with their taps. Nothing exceptional, but still a good selection. I had the cheese plate and it went really well with the couple IPAs I had. The bartender is nice, knows his beer, and speaks english...which was nice for me. Some people can find this place right away, I on the other hand, walked around for about an hour, passing it 5 times before giving up and trying again a couple weeks later. TimEís directions are better than the ones I used, though. Big fan of this little bar, Iíll be back for sure.
Update December 2008. There seems to be an influx of guest beers available and he added a couple taps. I love this place!
KansaiBeerLvrs (319) Kyoto, Japan | December 31, 2013
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Another disappointment of my trip, I donít know if I did or said something but while I was with friends of the owner/bartender who introduced me I never got a smile out of the guy, hell he barely spoke to me. I heard he can sometimes be moody like that, I definitely caught him in some kind of mood. Anyways, after being told it is a tiny standing place I was surprised by the high ceilings in a bare bones concrete room with a long L-shaped bar that comfortably seats 20. The area behind the bar is quite large a good 1-2m so you might not get a seat but can probably find a place to stand. I like metal, hell I met Kerry King & Megadeth so the music was cool just the service was a shocking disappointment. Good beer though.
TimE (271) Tokyo, Japan | November 28, 2007| Updated February 3, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Reopened in Feb 2012 in new location - a whole 20 sec walk from old location. Instead of turning left at parking lot, keep walking straight, cross main road and it is the first building on the right side.
I love the new place. Better than the old place. It has a rea,l no frills just good beer, feel to it, that lacked in the last place - plus it is bigger. Exposed concrete walls, TVs playing heavy metal videos. Tap list has expanded, but still focuses on extreme craft beers - when I was in there the other night 8 of the 12 taps were IPA or IIPAs. Prices seemed to have dropped (1000 yen pint/US craft beer, ie. Hop Juice, etc nad 800 yen for Japanese craft). This is a must for any beer geek who is in the Tokyo/Yokohama area. Awesome
A small bar not too far from Yokohama station (see map on website). Punk rock memorabilia lines the wall, but the music is surprisingly played at reasonable levels unless you ask the owner to turn it up. Seven micros on tap, which all rotate except for the house beer, which is Nagahama ale and Minoh Stout. Only place in Tokyo/Yokohama that I have seen Shinano and Inawashiro beers on tap. The latter is just average, but the former is really nice. The owner will also dry hop beers just for his bar. The night I was there Minoh IIPA was on and was fabulous with Centenial dry hopping. Food is only smoked stuff and yaki-udon (like yaki-soba). Only seven taps, so given limited beer range, there are better places around. However, given that it is only a 5 min walk from Cheers, it seems like a mandatory stop over. Proof that Yokohama is the most improved beer city in the world for 2007. From Yokohama Station go out the North Gate, then go out the West exit (essentially the NW part of the statio
GenDV138 (269) Falls Church, Virginia | December 25, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty small bar not too far from Yokohama Station. Stayed at Hotel Camelot while in Yokohama so it was a convenient 5 minute walk. Actually visited twice in the same day, once after 3 PM and again around 10 PM.
Small beer list with 5 of their house beers on at the time and 1 guest beer (Green Flash) on. Half and full pints available for pretty good prices. Beers are higher ABV except for their Frontside Grind collaboration which was under 4%.
Food is just french fries with a choice of sauce. Fries seem to be hand-cut and were pretty tasty. Tried them with the West Coast IPA mayo which mostly just tasted like regular mayo.
Friendly service, the bearded bartender that was working at 3 PM was friendly but pretty quiet. At 10 PM, there was a different bartender who I assume is the owner. Good service with him too and he was happily chatting with the locals/regulars.
Well worth a stop in Yokohama, maybe bring a buddy or two to help tackle the beers if youíre looking to rate everything.
shoulderbroken (244) Tokyo, Japan | February 1, 2013| Updated April 1, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice place, but once didnít bother staying as there seemed to be a load of rowdy sailors (apparently) stinking the place up. So atmosphere variable I guess. Bit unfair on the bar though. Prices are pretty good and a decent selection. The metal is not really that in your face. Or maybe I was just a bit leathered. Liked it though and will be back definitely. Certainly dominated by IPA type beers but there is other stuff too. House beers are excellent value and stumbling distance from Yokohama station. Canít complain.
AndySnow (217) Stockholm, Sweden | April 1, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Small place. Metal music played on vinyl. A selection of their own beers and other micros. Was rather tired when I got there so didnít get to appreciate it as much as I wanted to. A different place well worth a drop by.
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