Initially I had decided not to visit Ebina Beer until they started brewing. I had heard that the brewery had been started by a Czech friend of the Nihonkai brewer but at the moment the beers were all Nihonkai. It just so happens that I really like Nihonkai beers though, and despairingly looking at the huge backlog of places I have on my list, and also with a yearning for Nihonkai pilsner, I decided to bite the bullet and head off down the Odakyu line.
– Fairly small place but with a surprisingly large amount of seating, situated opposite LaLaPort in Ebina. Bar is adjacent to the brewery and has two counters for round about ten, one looking out the front window and one at the bar, and tables for around 16. There’s also a standing counter outside (you pay cash on delivery there).
– Eight taps, of their own beer which mostly fall into the category of classic European styles (mainly Czech, but with some German in there). Beers served in two sizes, 260ml for ¥500 and 480ml for ¥850 which is really very nice pricing. [Tax is now added at the end though].
– Bar snacks with a bit of a European slant. I liked the fried cheese a lot. Also reasonably priced. And this place has what I will now always refer to as the ‘holy trinity’ of no cover charge, no smoking and some daytime opening. (And now also there’s wifi). What’s not to like?
It’s not often that I visit a place for this blog and immediately start thinking about going back, but I have been thinking about Ebina Beer a lot! Maybe this is due to the pilsner, but I did also like the feel of the place and will be interested to see how it is when they start brewing. Sure it’s a little way out of the centre of Tokyo, but it doesn’t really take that long if you’re on an express train. Will definitely be going back soon!
Japanese breweries recently seen on tap:
Saturday & Sunday, 14:00-22:30
扇町5-4, Ebina-shi, Kanagawa