Umaya no Shokutaku One Paragraph Review
If you want to try the range of beers from Yokohama Brewery in the best condition, then there is no better location than at Umaya no Shokutaku. The inclusion of tax in the prices, the reasonable prices of beers, and the chilled atmosphere makes it a good little place to come along to as well. There is a smoking area; however, it is behind closed doors and is the smaller area of the second floor. With Bashamichi Taproom down the road though, it’s hard to ignore that it does have to struggle against some very strong competition.
Umaya no Shokutaku Full Review
Umaya no Shokutaku, or as well are going to call it Umaya, wasn’t the second place on our little walking beer tour of Kannai (it was in fact Bashamichi Taproom to try some of the Hatsujozo 2016 IPL), though Umaya was our third place on our walk as it’s located on the same street, just a bit further down towards Sakuragicho. If you haven’t heard of Umaya, then you will have heard of Yokohama Brewery as they use the same premises behind the bar window to brew their beers. During the day, you can see Gojo-san and others scurrying around the bar and sometimes meet them after work too. It’s a bar we’ve been to before but failed to review as we’ve either:
- forgotten to take pictures while drinking,
- drunk too much to remember to take pictures, and
- forgotten to remember to review the place.
Umaya is located right between Sakuragicho station and Kannai station and is within easy walking distance of them. It’s surprisingly close to Sakuragicho station so much so that when we left Umaya to go towards Sakura Taps, the bridge that cross the Ōoka river is right outside the bar and lands you right at the base of Sakuragicho station. As it’s a working brew pub, the first floor can be a bit noisy if you’re sitting by the bar but the second floor is a much much larger seating area that is far quieter, except in the evening when businessmen come in to drink and can get quite rowdy after one too many beers.
As Umaya is the Yokohama Brewery pub, the only beers on tap are the Yokohama Brewery range of beers, along with some seasonal craft beers too. The beers come in three sizes: small (120ml) for ¥350 for medium (330ml) for ¥700 and large (500ml) for ¥1,000. There is also a five-beer tasting set, with each glass being 120ml, of the Yokohama Brewery beers which costs ¥1,500. All prices included tax so there wasn’t any surprise at the end of the evening. Moreover, without any table charge and pay as you go drinking, it meant you can really keep a tab on your drinking. If you’re on the second floor though, it isn’t pay-as-you-go so do keep an eye out on how many beers you’ve drunk.
Because we weren’t there for eating, we didn’t have any of the food at Umaya besides a small bowl of nuts – there was too much drinking to be done on the day and more places to visit. There are two different menus at Umaya – a lunch menu and a dinner menu – that do differ greatly. However, the main thing in common between the two menus is that the restaurant uses locally sourced produce from the Kanagawa area, be it meat, vegetables, fruits, or condiments.
Umaya no Shokutaku Details
Open: Weekdays Lunch 11:30 ~ 23:00 (Food L.O 22:00 Drink LO 22:30)
Saturdays 11:30 ~ 23:00 (Food L.O 22:00 Drink LO 22:30) Sundays and national holidays 11:30 ~ 21:00 (Food L.O 20:00 Drink LO 20:30)
Homepage (in Japanese): http://www.umaya.com/
Social Network: Facebook
How to Get to Umaya no Shokutaku
Umaya no Shokutaku can be reached from either Sakuragicho station on the JR Keihin-Tohoku / Yokohama lines or the Yokohama Municipal Subway. It can also be reached from Kannai station on the JR Keihin-Tohoku line or the Yokohama Municipal Subway. We’ve included maps below for both locations.