Written by James
Taproom Pherment is a nice new brewpub with daytime opening which is about four minutes walk from Shinjuku-Gyoenmae or Shinjuku-Sanchome.
It is actually inside Vector Brewing’s brewing room. Vector Brewing is still alive and well but they have rented some tanks out to Pherment. Vector Brewing has a lot of tanks and I think this pretty original (in Tokyo) style of cooperation is good for both parties.
The interior is nice and I think it adds to the atmosphere that you can see Vector Brewing staff making beer through the window behind the bar counter.
There are four seats at the bar counter. There is also another counter with four seats and two tables which would seat about seven.
Currently, there are four taps (but that could increase). All were their own beers. On my first visit the styles were; West Coast IPA, Mango IPA, Hoppy Saison and a Pale Ale. On my second visit, the Mango IPA had been replaced by a Hazy IPA.
My favorites were the West Coast IPA (basically, I always like this style) and the Mango IPA which I liked more than I’d expected.
I was surprised how good all the beers were considering that Taproom Pherment has just opened. Definitely better than most established brew pubs I’ve been to in Tokyo. If things go well the aim is to scale up production and sell to other bars too.
Beers came in three sizes. A small is 180ml and priced at ¥500-600. A half is 270ml and priced at ¥700-800. A Full is 480ml and priced at ¥1,100-1,200. All prices include tax.
These are definitely good prices considering the location.
The food menu has some vegetarian options but is dominated by the burgers. The burgers are good too and were what brought me back so soon.
Taproom Pherment is currently a one man operation. The owner is friendly and chatty. Soon, one of the owner’s friends will work mostly in the kitchen.
I really liked Taproom Pherment and definitely recommend it for both beer and burgers.
Japanese breweries on tap when I visited:
(But they also have some irregular holidays which are listed in the bio on Instagram, so be careful)
新宿 1-36-7, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo