Hitachino Brewing Lab unsurprisingly only sells Hitachino Nest beers, and even then the lineup changes from day-to-day, and is also dependent on what is being brewed in the lab. Yes, Hitachino brews their own beers here. There are ten taps available though they aren’t always on, as only seven were on during our visit. All beers are priced at ¥680, tax included, for either a glass or tumbler, though their sizes differ.
When we went, we were lucky to try the Hitachino Nest Oak Barrel, an 8% sour beer that was lip-smackingly sour and a good introduction for our friends. This was followed up by the Hitachino Nest Saison Du Japan and then the Hitachino Cider, both new and welcome additions to the range. The problem though was glass size. There was only one and it wasn’t really big enough to justify the prices we were paying.
Drinking beer is hard work and requires food to sustain us. The food menu at Hitachino Brewing Lab consists of some sandwiches or some tapas-style snacks that, interestingly enough, are served up in one-cup sake cups and the price depends on the colour of the lid. The BBQ Smoked Beef Sandwich comes highly recommended if you like mustard, but be warned, it’s spicy. The tapas, well, we didn’t try any because they were a little on the pricey side, though they do come bundled with a beer of your choice if you fancy doing that. The staff also helpfully pointed out that there was free wifi when I pulled out my computer to send some emails and the password is located in numerous places around the bar.For those wanting to brew their own beer, you can also do that at Hitachino Brewing Lab, though of course you do need to book in advance. The brewers will assist you in brewing the kind of beer that you want to try. Phone in advance and you can then organise a small party of friends to brew, eat, and drink at Hitachino Brewing Lab.
Hitachino Brewing Lab One Paragraph Review
Hitachino Brewing Lab is a great place to try some special Hitachino Nest beers though it’s pricey by our standards for what you get. Come here to try the specials that are brewed in-house and for the some tasty sandwiches, but leave the regular beers to the bottles.
Hitachino Brewing Lab Details
Open: Monday to Saturday 11:00 – 23:00 (L.O 22:30) Sundays and holidays 11:00 – 21:00 (20:30)
Website: Hitachino Brewing hompage
How to Get to Hitachino Brewing Lab
The closest station to Hitachino Brewing Lab is JR Akihabara and it is about a five minute walk from the central gates.
Hi, regarding this – The brewers will assist you in brewing the kind of beer that you want to try. How long is the whole process and did they need advance booking or just walk-in is fine? Can’t find info on their website.
Takes about a month to six weeks.
Booking can be done here: http://hitachino.cc/brewing-lab/en/#brew
I was there twice last year, each time in summer/early autumn, and enjoyed it very much. Sitting outside overlooking the river gives you a nice break from the rush and noise of Akihabara. Prices are a bit high, but for a central Tokyo location I cannot complain, as there are many places around there where you pay 700 yen for an Asahi/Kirin/…-and-other-like-water-taste-beers. Here at Hitachino you get very good beers, and the food is not bad either.