- November 20 2015
Craft Beer at a Famous Beer Bar, Ushitora, in Shimokitazawa
When you think of beer in Japan, beers like Asahi are the most famous, but recently “craft beer” is becoming very popular.
Craft beer is beer from a small brand, brewed on a small scale. They are mostly made to advertise tourist sites and for town revitalization. They’re a little bit more expensive than regular beer, but they have great quality and original tastes. People who want to drink many types of craft beer are getting addicted!
Today I will inform you about a beer bar in Shimokitazawa, Ushitora, where you can drink craft beer.
A small, Shimokitazawa-like beer bar, Ushitora
Shimokitazawa is a place for young people who love music, theaters, and fashion. There are bars everywhere, and this beer bar Ushitora have been popular for a very long time.
There is a first and second store in the same building. Here’s the first store.
You can take your time and drink on counters and tables.
Here’s the second store which is a stand-up bar, so it’s even smaller.
They have different drinks and foor, but you can order menus from both bars, so it might be fun to go back and forth.
The Japan-made craft beer in Ushitora
Ushitora has its own beer factory, and make their original beer…!
This beer is named “Natsu Shityatteru Boy” (The boy enjoying summer). Its smell was like a rich apple flavor.
Here is Swan Lake Beer Koshihikari Lager from Niigata. This is the first beer to be made with the best rice brand, Koshihikari. They have won beer contests inside and out of Japan many times.
There was YONA YONA REAL ALE tap beer from Karuizawa, Nagano, which is said to have made this craft beer popularity a sensation.
Rare craft beer from outside the country!
Here is a very rare Californian craft beer, Stochasticity Project - Quadrotriticale. It doen’t look like beer, but when you taste it, the creamy hop spreads into your mouth.
This is also made in California. It’s called the Imperial Russian Stout. Not just its pompous name, but the taste was stout too.
There many more varieties of craft beer from Japan and foreign countries. You can go with a big group of people and try a little bit of everything!
Many snacks that go great with beer
I personally loved these spicy burdock fries! They are spicier than expected, so you end up drinking more beer.
Ushitora has a good rating on the site called TripAdvisor too, and there were several foreigners when I went there. There are still a few restaurants that are used to having foreigners, so beer bars might be the easiest place to order and talk to people.
Make sure you visit the beer bar, Ushitora!