Koenji Bakushu Kobo The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for some cheap homemade Japanese craft beer that is unusual then Koenji Bakushu Kobo is the place for you. The warm, friendly atmosphere and cheap beer make it a winner. Moreover, the chance of you getting the same beer twice is very low as the recipes are always changing. The beers are of ok enough quality to make you stay for a session but don’t go expecting something mind-blowing.
Koenji Bakushu Kobo The Full Review
Koenji Bakushu Kobo is part of the chain of Bakushu Kobo’s slowly making its way across the Chuo line in Kanto. Koenji Bakushu Kobo, which literally translates to “beer workshop” is best described as a brewpub. The chain started out in 2009 when Nomura quit his job as an advertising executive to start making ‘tezukuri’ as he calls it or hand-made beer. He also built the interior, and some of the exterior of Koenji Bakushu Kobo by himself too. Industrious…
Koenji Bakushu Kobo is located in what appears to be a residential area and if you’re not careful, you’ll walk straight past it. The wood deck could be someone’s back yard and it was only when I asked a local that pointed me in the right direction I found it. Admittedly, after visiting Cafe Bankan and then Craft Beer Market Koenji, my codrinker and myself were a bit worse for wear, so I’m blaming that for my inability to find it on my first go.
The inside of Koenji Bakushu Kobo is decked out in so much would, I wondered how many trees had been cut down to decorate it. Bags of crisp malt laid neatly organised on the floors though after who-knows how many number of beers, they resembled platforms in a video game to jump over. Tables are encrusted with hops that appear to be set in resin on the tables. Possible fossils in the making perhaps? We arrived around 3pm and Koenji Bakushu Kobo had already become half full with people continuing to come in.