Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho The Bottom Line
Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho isn’t a bad place to pick up some beers but there are better, and cheaper, places in the area. With Devilcraft Hamamatsucho and The Lower Right just around the corner from the brewery, it might be worth stopping at Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho for a quick warm-up beer rather than a big session – especially if you want the guest beers. That being said, Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho does have a chilled out atmosphere with some awesome music at a reasonable, conversational level. There is a small smoking booth by the front door but that’s the only smoking area in the whole building. The prices don’t include tax though there is no table charge and free WiFi is available too.
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Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho The Full Review
Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho is the first in the range of brewpubs in the Ottotto Brewery chain, with this one having opened up in October 2017. Unlike other brewpubs in Tokyo, Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho suffered from not having a license at first, with all of their beers brewing contract brewed elsewhere. However, in January 2018, the in-house brewery came online and the beers began to flow though with some still being brewed elsewhere.
Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho is located about 2 mins from Daimon station, though it’s also near JR Hamamatsucho station as well. The bar itself is located in the basement of what appears to be an office building so make sure you remember that, else you may find yourself struggling to find the entrance. The whole place is non-smoking, though there is a small booth by the front door as you come in. You’d be hard pushed to notice it. There is LOTS of space inside, perhaps enough for about 125 or so people, with various tables, benches, and sofas dotted around the bar. There wasn’t any table charge either. However, if you’re unlucky, you may get sat in front of the huge projector screen that had a promo video up for Sierra Nevada – on repeat. Yeah, not fun after a few hours. The menus had some English on them; just enough to order some beers.
There are 15 taps or so on at Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho, with a split between in-house beers, contract beers, and also domestic beers too. The weird thing is that the contract beers are cheaper than the in-house brews, with the staff trying to push you towards the in-house beers instead. All the beers come in two sizes: half pint (265ml) from ¥520 to ¥620 and regular (435ml) from ¥800 to ¥980, with the guest beers being more expensive. The prices didn’t include tax so factor that in at the end. There was a good variety of styles on tap most surprisingly with a decent selection on tap when we went – IPA, pale ale, rauch, stouts, fruit beers, maibocks, weizens, and lagers. Personally, the in-house beers are drinkable but the servings do need a lot of work – one or two came back with large heads and needed topping up. Make sure you do that too!
The food…well I had the chips at Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho but that was to be expected, wasn’t it? The main food though is oysters; however, I do not like them at all. Not one bit. However, for those people interested in oysters, they are sourced from various locations across Japan, and can be prepared to your liking. Fresh? Sure. Fried? Sure. Sliced and diced with some lemon? Go on then. There wasn’t much choice for vegetarians though.
Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho Details
Open: Weekdays Lunch 11:30 – 14:30 Dinner 17:00-23:30 Weekends 15:00 – 22:00
Happy Hour: None
Homepage (in Japanese): http://ottotto-brewery.jp/
How to Get to Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho
Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho is located near Daimon on the Toei Asakusa Line (Station A-09) Toei Oedo Line (Station E-20) and JR Hamamatsucho on the Yamanote and Keihin Tohoku lines.