Monday, October 19, 2015

京都醸造株式会社試飲スペースオープンの日 / Kyoto Brewing Company Tasting Room Opens

Kyoto Brewing Company, one of the newest craft breweries in Japan, has been getting rave reviews since it began operation earlier in the year. Their first brews have been available at beer festivals and tap takeover events since spring, and they are increasingly appearing on bar taplists throughout the nation.

Their on-site tasting room opened for business on the weekend of October 10-11, finally making their brews available locally on a regular basis.


The room, clean and minimal in design, is a standing-only space with small wooden bar shelves along the walls. Wooden lattice work adorning one wall and part of the ceiling features the company's logo. A large window along two walls gives a view of the brewing area.

Six beers were on tap, including a new fresh-hop debut beer (Yosano no Chosen).

Outside, plastic crates were set up for seating. A small stand from Kyoto's Shinrin Shokudo offered tasty curries. 

Chris Hainge, the lead brewer, also gave brewery tours to interested patrons.

The taproom offers a limited amount of branded merchandise, including T-shirts, German-made glassware, and bottle openers.

Located about five blocks from Kintetsu Jujo Station, the tasting room is currently open on weekends from 1pm to 6pm. Check their Facebook page for updates on beer releases.

25-1 Takatomi-cho, Nishikujo,
Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8446