TT Brewery Bottom Line
While TT Brewery is a welcome addition to the brewpub scene in Kanagawa, it suffers from pretty much the same things as the Bakushu Kobo range of brewpubs – beer that is unfinished and could do with a little longer in the tanks. While yeast is known to provide minerals and the ilk, it also imparts some other ill-effects if not careful. However, the beers are drinkable if not pricey due to no tax being included in the price. There isn’t any table charge and the menus are in Japanese only. The bar is fully smoking inside, though if you stand outside, then it’s non-smoking due to Kawasaki city rules around the station. If you’re looking for something new in Kawasaki, then it’s a possible choice but for the moment, stick to Tokyo and Yokohama.
TT Brewery The Long Review
TT Brewery opened in October 2013 and could be considered the first brewpub in Kawasaki city. It’s strange that Kawasaki has so far missed out on the craft beer movement, thought with Yokohama on one side, and Tokyo on the other, it’s perfectly situated between other areas.
The bar is located about five minutes from Kawasaki station. Inside, there is space for about 20 people seated, with plenty of room for standing groups as well; however, the bar is fully smoking – something I only found out after doing some online searching on their Facebook page. A shame as the ventilation wasn’t great when no one was smoking when I was there but could still smell all the cooking from the kitchen. If someone had been smoking when I was there, then it would have easily been noticeable. However, there isn’t any table charge at the end of the drinking session.
The beers at TT Brewery are all brewed in house and come in three sizes: small at 250ml for ¥480 to ¥680, medium at 350ml for ¥680 to ¥930 and also large at 500ml for ¥880 to ¥1080 with the prices depending on what beer you order. These prices change with the beers on tap, so beers maybe more expensive, or hopefully cheaper, if you go. There were seven taps on when I went: a stout, a porter, a pale ale, an IPA, an English ale, a soul pilsner, and also a lager. Beneath the name of each beer on the backboards is a short description along with a chart of the beers taste. Unfortunately, there isn’t any tasting sets available and prices don’t include tax.
The usual food was ordered – chips of course – though there are meals and other snacks available too. Again, food prices don’t include tax so be warned there if you think food has escaped the prices too. Though with the amount of yeast in the beer, who needs food when it has vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to make you healthy.
TT Brewery Details
Open: Monday to Thursday 17:00 to 24:00 (L.O. 24:00) Friday and day before holiday 17:00 to 02:00 Saturday 14:00 to 02:00 (L.O 02:00) Sunday and National Holiday 14:00 to 24:00 (L.O. 24:00)
Happy Hour: None
How to Get to TT Brewery
The closest station to TT Brewery is JR Kawasaki on the Tokaido, Keihin-Tohoku, and Nambu lines. Take the east exit out of the station and go straight out of the bus station, across the road. Turn right at the east exit traffic lights, then left at Kawasaki Ekimae junction. TT Brewery is on your left. It can also be reached from Keikyu Kawasaki but it’s a ten-minute walk from there.