2015 sees the Nippon Craft Beer Festival make its first appearance in the Enoshima area on Shonan’s shores on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July. The Enoshima area is a hugely popular area in the summer months for its hundreds of beach bars, though the nightlife leaves a lot to be desired as the majority of those bars close by 9 or 10pm. With the Nippon Craft Beer Festival comes over twenty breweries from across Japan bringing over 50 beers with them over two days of events along with a dating session too for you to get some beach romance.
The Saturday of the Nippon Craft Beer Festival 2015 starts from 11am and goes on until 4pm and the Sunday starts at the same time; however, it runs until 7pm. For those single readers looking for a craft beer partner, there is a beer con (or beer speed-dating event) on the Saturday from 5:30pm until 8pm. Tickets are ¥3,900 for men, and ¥3,900 for women. Tickets included the entrance fee and 8 beers.
The line up at Nippon Craft Beer Festival is also impressive, considering the Keyaki Hiroba Festival and Great Japan Beer Festival in Yokohama are the two main events in the Kantō area. The line of breweries with 60+ beers on tap includes:
Hokkaido / Tohoku
- Aqula Brauhaus (Akita)
- Tazawako Beer (Akita)
- Hokkaido Beer (Hokkaido)
- Iwate Kura (Iwate)
- Michinoku Fukushima Ji-Beer (Fukushima)
- August Beer (Tokyo)
- Virgo Beer (Tokyo)
- Craft Liquors (Tokyo)
- Coedo (Saitama)
- Sagami Beer (Kanagawa)
- Shonan Beer (Kanagawa)
- Kamakura Beer (Kanagawa)
- Nasu Kogen Beer (Tochigi)
- Hitachino Nest Beer (Ibaragi)
- Brimmer Brewing (Kanagawa)
- Preston Ale (Tochigi)
Chubu / Kōshin’etsu
- Swan Lake Beer (Niigata)
- Fujizakura Heights Beer (Yamanashi)
- Morita Kinshachi Beer (Aichi)
- Yo-Ho Brewing (Nagano)
Kanasai / Shikoku / Kyushu
- Umenishiki Beer (Ehime)
- Matsue Beer Hearn (Shimane)
Tickets can be bought in advance for ¥3,900 and include 10 beer tickets that will get you 10 100ml servings of beer though numbers are limited to 400 people on both days. There are also a limited amount of special edition tickets that are the same price but include a limited edition glass, and limited to 350 people on both days. Tickets can also be bought on the day for ¥4,500.
Tickets can be bought from convenience stores using the Pia, Lawson ticket machine, or from e-plus.
How to Get to Nippon Craft Beer Festival in Enoshima
Nippon Craft Beer Festival in Enoshima can be accessed by either the Odakyu Line, terminating at Katase-Enoshima, or from Enoshima station on the Enoshima Electric Line which starts at JR Fujisawa or JR Kamakura. It’s about a ten-minute walk from the Enoshima station to the event.