Sakuragicho. If you travel three minutes on the Keihin-Tohoku line in either direction, you end up at two stations (Yokohama and Kannai) that have a plethora of craft beer bars or craft beer shops, yet in Sakuragicho, I can only think of Sakura Taps and now Kitano Ace. I had just come back from a day of fun with the kids when I was looking for some beer but Sakura Taps was not open.
Kitano Ace is located in the north end of JR Sakuragicho station which underwent a massive overhaul in 2014 and 2015, getting rid of some decent shops (Bubby’s Pie Shop) and some bog standard ones that can be found anywhere (Uniqlo). While Kitano Ace won’t win any awards for stocking obscure rare Japanese craft beers, it does have a solid range of some of the big craft beer manufacturers, such as Baird Beer, Kiuchi Brewery (makers of Hitachino Nest), Yo-Ho Brewing with some local breweries in Kanagawa such as Yokohama Beer and also Sankt Gallen. There were also some random cans from Helios Brewery from Okinawa as well as Roman Beer from Nagano too thrown in for good measure. The best thing about the display was that the craft beers are placed centre and upwards, with the domestic range of Kirin, Asahi et al thrown in the bottom of the fridge.
Kitano Ace Sakuragicho Details
Open: 10:00 ~ 21:00
Homepage (in Japanese): https://www.ace-group.co.jp/store/182_348.html
How To Get ToKitano Ace Sakuragicho
Kitano Ace is located at the north end of JR Sakuragicho station. Take the north exit gates, and walk through the building in front of you. It’s located on the left hand side. It can also be reached from Sakuragicho on the Yokohama Blue Line subway too.