Nuttari Beer The Bottom Line
Nuttari Beer is very much a work in progress in terms of its beer though with it being so young and with them wanting feedback on their beer, they are going the right way to improving. It’s a fair trek from Niigata station though it’s easy to find, especially as you’re walking around for a portacabin in the middle of nowhere it seems. The prices all include tax and there is no table charge and also non-smoking too.
Nuttari Beer The Full Review
It was after drinking some beers at Craft Beer Kan [add review link] that we found out about Nuttari Beer. One of the workers there had turned up out-of-the-blue and told us about this “new” style of pub for Niigata – a brew pub. After much discussion, complaining about why more of BeerTengoku wasn’t in Japanese, and then some general laughter as to brewpubs becoming popular in Japan, business cards were exchanged and we promised to go along the next day – after the Niigata Beer Festival. What could go wrong?
Nuttari Beer is located about 15 minutes from the Bandai exit of Niiagta station – turn right and walk straight until you come to Shiroyama shrine and then turn left. Well those were the directions and you know what? Trying to find a brown portacabin in the middle of nowhere is pretty easy. Nuttari Beer opened in January 2015, with the brewery itself located behind the portacabin. The name “Nuttari Beer” stems from the area of Niigata it’s located – Chuo-Ku, Nuttari. Nothing too fancy of imaginative there.
Inside the well ventilated and air condition portacabin, there is space for 8 people to sit comfortably, or 12 if you feeling amorous or super-friendly, while there is standing room for the remainder of the crowd. Sometime the big glass patios doors are opened up if there is a breeze going coming through, as it could get pretty sweaty in there if the AC isn’t on. There isn’t a table charge either, and the whole place is non-smoking – unfortunately, the smoking area is just around the corner though we didn’t detect any smoke coming through.
There were only three beers on when we went to Nuttari Beer: the IPA, Pale Ale, and a Weizen. The IPA was drinkable but the pale ale needed either toning down or some serious reflection as to why it had turned out so, well, funky. The staff wanted feedback and it was duly noted, though maybe the piece of paper was thrown away after we had left. Beers come in one size which appeared to be just under 400ml for ¥600. There is also a beer tasting set of their three beers, with some side dish thrown in, for ¥1,000. All prices include tax too.
We didn’t have any of their food but they did offer some snacks and side dishes, so if you are hungry, then do it before you go. A thirty minute walk round-trip from Niigata station is thirsty, and hungry, work.
Nuttari Beer Details
Open: Thursday to Saturday 17:30 to 20:30
Closed: Sunday to Wednesday
Homepage (in Japanese): http://nuttaribeer.co.jp/
How to Get to Nuttari Beer
The closest station to Nuttari Beer is Niigata station on the Hakushin Line, Echigo Line, and Shinetsu Main Line. Take the Bandai exit and the bar is about a 15-minute walk.