THIS Brewing – Tokyo Beer Drinker


Written by James

THIS is a comparatively new brewery and stylish bar very near Yushima station and about ten minutes from Ueno. The format of THIS is a bit uncommon. There’s a standing solely counter on the primary flooring (see photograph). The counter may be very trendy and the entire place is spotless. No less than six folks may comfortably drink right here however, because it’s standing solely, you would match fairly a number of extra folks in. The brewing tanks might be seen behind the counter which undoubtedly provides to the ambiance. Even supposing this appears to be a one man operation, there’s a second flooring. It’s additionally very swish and trendy. I counted a minimum of sufficient tables for 14 folks.

There are six faucets. Once I went three have been their very own beers and three have been visitor beers. This appears to be customary right here. I actually like the truth that there are at all times visitor beers too, though I’ve to say that THIS brew excellent beers! The three beers brewed by THIS have been a Double IPA (I liked it), a Juicy IPA and a Saison with Rosemary and Lime. If I attempted to explain the beer right here in a single phrase it will be, “clear”. They’re completely balanced and the brewer is unquestionably gifted.

Brewing licenses in Japan can both be restricted to “Happoshu” or embrace “Beer”. There’s a definition for what constitutes beer and what’s thought of Happoshu. Happoshu was initially invented to save lots of tax as a result of beer has increased tax than every other alcohol in Japan. It appears loopy {that a} litre of Shochu is taxed lower than a litre of beer however that’s simply the way in which it’s right here. The overwhelming majority of craft beer breweries (together with THIS) solely have a Happoshu license. Principally, there are many methods to make something you brew go the Happoshu definition so it’s simpler and cheaper to not hassle with the beer license.

Beer costs for their very own beers vary from ¥1,200 to ¥1,350 for a big and from ¥800 to ¥900 for a daily. The glasses aren’t pint formed however are tasting glasses, so it was tough to guess the amount. I felt the big was most likely rather less than a pint (perhaps 400ml) however I might be unsuitable. I actually preferred the form of the glasses and I felt that the costs have been cheaper than common for Tokyo nowadays. The visitor beers have been a bit of costlier. A big ranged from ¥1,350 to ¥1,500 and a daily price between ¥900 to ¥1,000. There’s a take-out possibility for all of the draught beers too. There may be additionally a fridge with cans that you could drink in or take out. There’s a cost (often ¥200) to drink cans on website.

Being a one man bar, meals was very restricted. Principally simply crisps, olives and different snacks. The one exception was a very good panini made utilizing pizza dough from an area store.

THIS is an uncommon place. It have to be very tough for one particular person to run a bar with two flooring. In some way it appears to work although and the pleasant proprietor even manages to make time to speak to the purchasers on the counter. THIS is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays however has daytime opening, from 1 p.m. at weekends and three p.m. on weekdays. I extremely suggest you pop into THIS for a beer if you end up within the Ueno space. I’ll undoubtedly return the following likelihood I get.

Japanese breweries on faucet once I visited:
Kakegawa Farm
Shiga Kogen

Opening Hours:
Wednesday-Friday, 15:00-21:00
Saturday, 13:00-21:00
Sunday, 13:00-20:00
Closed Monday & Tuesday

上野 1-3-7, Taito-ku, Tokyo


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