Another day, another new brewery! Although once again, I visited before the place actually started brewing. ‘And Beer’, or ‘& Beer’, or ‘アンドビール’, take your pick, is situated in a nice new building almost smack between Asagaya and Koenji stations. Brewing is due to start sometime around March. Here’s what you need to know.
– Nice looking place. Pretty small with a L-shaped counter for six, a couple of tables for four and a small counter/standing area round the back. From the main bar area you can see through to the brewery which is due to be in operation soon. Will pop back when it is and update this post.
– Six taps which are at the moment all Japanese guest beers. I guess when they start brewing they will be a mix between their own beers and guest beers. Beers are served in two sizes and all priced the same, 250ml (¥500) and 490ml (¥900). Tax is added on at the end though, so bear that in mind. There’s no cover charge which is very welcome! Beer flights are apparently available, but they weren’t anywhere on the menu, so maybe you have to ask specially. Guess it will be more of a thing when they are brewing and selling their own beers.
– Food available and their speciality is apparently curry and they have a selection of them available with special toppings to add if you want. Also, there are other typical style Japanese pub dishes. I only had the edamame but they were very nice.
– WiFi is available, the place is no smoking and they have daytime opening (during the week for lunch only, but for the whole day on the weekend). Usually closed on Monday and Tuesday, but the best thing to do before you visit is check their facebook page as each month they seem to post a photograph of their monthly opening hours which seem to vary a little. Scroll back through their timeline photos till you find a pic of a calendar.
Once again, I guess I have jumped the gun a little by visiting before the beer is being brewed, but this is a nice place even if you ignore the fact that there’s a brewery there. I’m looking forward to trying their beers! It seems to be quite popular, so I’d advise going early if you’re planning to visit. More info to follow when I’ve made it back after the brewing starts.
Japanese breweries seen on tap when I visited:
Wednesday & Thursday, 11:30-14:00, 17:00-22:00
Friday, 11:30-14:00, 17:00-22:30
Saturday & Sunday, 11:30-22:00
Closed Monday & Tuesday
4-2-24-105 高円寺北, Suginami-ku, Tokyo