A quick post today on a brewery that can be visited at certain limited times. So far, so tricky. Also, it’s not easy to get to! But it was a lot of fun so I thought it merited a mention on here. Given the limitations when it comes to opening times and accessibility I’m not going to write too much. So, without further ado, here’s what you need to know.
– Small brewery taproom. Very small! Seats for five or six and not really any standing room. If the weather’s good there are a few benches and boxes to sit on outside too. The focus here is very much the fact that it is a brewery. The mini taproom is an add on.
– Three taps of their own Belgian style beer available in big wine glass servings for ¥500 each (I think). In addition, a couple of big sharing bottles and maybe six or seven small bottles to either drink on site or takeaway. The small bottles were around ¥600 and the big ones were around ¥1200. So all in all, very nice prices!
– That’s… about…. it.
There’s not much to say but there’s lots to like about this place. I had a great time going through the tap list and then starting on the bottles. A few things to bear in mind. The train to get there from Kisarazu is very much a branch line and is not very frequent. In fact it’s quite infrequent so make sure to keep an eye on the timetable. Also, the train doesn’t take Suica or other prepaid transport cards. You also don’t seem to be able to buy tickets at the stations on the line. On the way there I’d recommend going out through the barriers and then buying a new ticket for the couple of stops to Kazusa Kiyokawa. You need to give the train driver your ticket as you get off. On the way back from the brewery to Kisarazu you need to go to the office next to the barriers and tell the guy where you’ve arrived from. I think this is the easiest way to do things anyway. Also, be aware that the brewery’s opening hours are quite short and infrequent. Their website usually seems to be up to date and mentions when they’ll be open but generally speaking it seems to be Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 12:00-19:00. They might also be open on holidays too. Also, their website seems to have the current tap list up which shows they are pretty good at regularly updating it. Their beer is available at a few places in Tokyo so I guess if you’re going here it’s for the fun of it rather than for any kind of intense beer search. I really enjoyed it though, and the slight inconvenience of getting there was definitely worth it. Will certainly go back when I’m next in the area.
Japanese breweries on tap when I visited:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 12:00-19:00
清川1-14-12, Kisarazu-shi, Chiba-ken