Otaru Soko No.1

Mayor: maekchu (1) | Taps: 4 | Bottles: 4
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
maekchu  (156) Hirakata, Japan | September 5, 2017
Very pleasant German-themed place, located in an old stone warehouse right on the Otaru canal. Lots of carved wood inside. Very spacious, with a variety of seating, including a balcony area on three sides. German drinking songs fairly loud on the sound system. The three basic beers on tap are Pils, Weiss, and Dunkel, along with seasonal (in late summer, a Schwarz), and a Radler. Also, two fruit/herb infused wheat beers: Himubea (w/ raspberry syrup) and Waldmeister (w/ woodruff). Bottles for sale, along with 1-liter growlers and 5-liter kegs. Servers were quick and efficient but a bit curt and unsmiling. Basic prices are ¥470 for small, ¥610 for medium, and ¥1,200 for large; the seasonal beer is a bit higher. No sampler sets available I did like this place, but I also wish some of the harder-to-find beers had been available here at the source. The beers on tap here are fresh and tasty, and much better than bottled versions you may find online or elsewhere.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken  (393) Tokyo, Japan | April 12, 2015
A fun place and my clear favourite out of the two Otaru breweries. Very German feel, massive place and similar beer and food selection and prices to Beer Horn in Akasaka. Well worth stopping in if you are in Otaru as there’s not a great deal else to do there! As stated below, 3 regulars and 1 seasonal.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Hoser  (178) Cowtown, Alberta | October 22, 2014| Updated November 2, 2014
On a three week trip of Japan we visited this at the start of week three. The place although there was hints that it was in Japan the place seemed more like it was suited to being in Germany. A grand German beer hall. Thanks to the brewery and the head of sales showing us around. Ein Prosit.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs  (531) Kyoto, Japan | January 4, 2013| Updated September 6, 2017
This brewery up in Otaru has a fantastic atmosphere. From the outside you have a cool 19th century warehouse along a canal and inside you have high ceilings, wood everywhere and a giant copper brewkettle in the middle of the room. They have tours of the facilities lasting about 20 minutes which is nice though I think you’re better off calling ahead if you want it in English. They have four taps, a Dunkel, Weizen, Pilsner & a seasonal. When I was there it was a Dunkelbock which was a bit more expensive than their standards. Prices here are great, plus they have growlers (1800 yen for the bottle & 700 yen for the beer), take out beers (500 yen) as well as bottles, tons of glassware and other beer gear. I hear on Thursdays & Saturdays it is all you can drink for 2200 yen! The beers are solid examples of the styles, my favorite was the weizen so maybe they tweaked it after hogfodder went in 2008. If you want innovative beer this isn’t the place for you but if you want good beer, great atmosphere & a German vibe in Japan you should definitely visit. If I lived in Hokkaido I would have picked up a growler...
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
hogfodder  (34) Washington | February 19, 2008
First of all, Otaru itself is a beautiful little town. The 30 minute train ride from Sapporo is scenic, cheap, easy, and all the reason you need to go. Do it. The brewery & pub enjoy an idyllic location on bank of a charming picturesque canal, and they certainly made a big attempt to match that beauty on the inside. Looking for Munich in Japan? Found it. The feel is supposed to be Bavaria I think, but there is an undercurrent of costumey kitch that is unintended (lost in the translation of style I would guess). Still, I found those shortcomings charming. The food was great and the menu vast, almost too westerny for what I was seeking, but good nonetheless. Lots of cheesy items. The pils & dunkel were both excellent. Probably the best lagers I had in Japan. The weiss was less impressive, but still good. While more for the visuals & overall experience versus the beer, I would go back here in a heart beat. Thanks for the tour TimE!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
TimE  (352) Tokyo, Japan | February 13, 2008
Boxy and big, it is unusual for Japan. Interesting decorations, which make it despite its size feel very comfortable. Well attended by tourists. Prices are a bit higher than I expected, but beer quality is great. Three regulars, plus one seasonal, usually. food is fairly good too (try the baked potato in salt). Given the quality of beer (bottles are a shadow of the draft at the brewery), this is pretty much a must stop in Otaru.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | November 6, 2007
Check out my article for information about this delightful restaurant owned by Otaru Beer: http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer-News/Article-700.htm

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