Stop number four on my Chuo line pub crawl and there was something of a feeling that I was building towards the highlight of the day. I’m pleased to say that Sakamichi didn’t let me down and was a really nice place to have some really nice beers. I’m getting old and I’m perpetually skint, so my pub crawls don’t quite have the length they used to. I was working on the plan that I’d have one beer in each place but in Sakamichi the combination of satisfaction over finishing my crawl and delicious beers, complimented by a little bit of unexpected cash jingling in my pocket due to buying nothing in the record shops I visited, all meant that I had three beers before I called it a night. There were more I wanted to try, but I was getting quite hungry, and the excesses of walking around a bit in the hot Japnese summer made me return home, but with a desire to come back again soon. Here’s what you need to know:
- About five minutes walk from Tachikawa station and the first Brewpub of the day where I could actually see the brewery. Sakamichi has plenty of wood with a counter where you buy your beers and pay as you go, but where you can also stand and drink if you want. In addition there’s a nice little counter facing out the front window where I parked myself for some people watching, and seating for maybe 10-15 more at a few tables.
- 12 taps of beer, half of which are Sakamichi beers and the rest are a mix of Japanese guests and US imports. As far as I could see, all the beers are the same price (¥880) and are served in one size, 400ml. Please someone correct me if that’s not the case for the guest beers. (Please see the comments below for a price explanation from the brewer himself!). Very good value! Very, very good value actually! They also have a fridge full of guest beers in cans that are for takeaway only as far as I know.
- No cover charge, lots of daytime opening every day. Closes a little earlier than some other places, but that’s not a problem for an old git like me. They don’t serve food, (apart from nuts), but I believe it’s ok for you to take your own food and eat there. If I’d know that before, I probably would have got a sandwich and then could have stayed for another beer. Oh and they have WiFi too. What’s not to like?
This was a really nice end to my crawl and was the one place I am sure I will be returning to. The prices are really good, but good prices are nothing without good beers and I’m pleased to say I liked the beers as much as I liked the prices. Also, I’m a big fan of the 400ml serving size. So all very positive here. You should definitely go.
Japanese breweries on tap when I visited:
柴崎町 2-6-5 青木ビルディング 103, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo