Yggdrasil Brewing The Bottom Line
While it’s a bit soon to be reviewing a brewpub that doesn’t brew on site (at the time of writing), Yggdrasil Brewing brings something new to an area desperately in need of some craft beer. The guys behind Yggdrasil Brewing (Davido and Xavier) know their stuff and what they are promising to bring besides craft beer (think ciders and meads!) should provide something new for people to drink. The eight taps are varied enough for even the die-hard beer hunter in terms of variety, but the distance from the station is a little bit on the far side. If you don’t mind that then it’s worth a trip to try something new. Yggdrasil Brewing is completely non-smoking and has no table charge. We’ll definitely be back though to try some of the in-house beers once the brewery is up and running.
Yggdrasil Brewing The Full Review
Heavy Metal and craft beer – perhaps Yggdrasil Brewing is only the third place in Japan (after Thrash Zone Yokohama & Thrashzone Meatballs) to offer up this combination. The owners behind Yggdrasil Brewing – Davido and Xavier – also have a long and storied history with craft beer in Japan, having worked on some collaboration beers with Yorocco Beer, for example, their Motorhead-inspired beer Yorocco Ace of Space and the Sakurament Nightmare, and also with Barbaric Works. They have also had some experience running a bar in Japan when the owner of Hatagaya’s Gremlin bar disappears to leave them in charge – and the bar still remains in one pice. It was only natural then that a brewpub would soon follow-up.
Situated about ten minutes from JR Hiratsuka station, Yggdrasil Brewing is a shining beacon in the wilderness of the area. Hiratsuka, probably more famous for tanabata, where once a year the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively) occurs. There is an annual three-day festival in the area along the shopping street where massive crowds congregate to drink and party. Yggdrasil Brewing is a bit further away but offers up space for 16 people, with six seats at the counter and also some tables dotted around the walls for around 10 people. The whole of the bar is non-smoking, though the outside area is open for smoking. Yggdrasil Brewing also does not have a table charge system going either.
There are 8 taps at Yggdrasil Brewing with all of them being dedicated to domestic craft beer at the time of writing. The beers come in two sizes: small (about 270ml) at ¥600 to ¥700 and regular (about 380ml) and ¥800 to ¥900. Their beers are priced at the lower of the spectrum while the guest beers from across Japan are at the higher end. Their is no happy hour on at Yggdrasil Brewing nor are there any take out beers; however, that may change in the future during the festivals and events held in the area.
The food at Yggdrasil Brewing lends itself heavily towards French inspired food, but we didn’t have any when we went, but once the brewery is up and running, we’ll try some.
Yggdrasil Brewing Details
Open: Wednesday to Friday 17:00 – 23:00 Saturday 15:00 – 23:00 Sunday 15:00 – 22:00
Closed: Monday / Tuesday
Happy Hour: None
How to Get to Yggdrasil Brewing
The closest station to Yggdrasil Brewing is JR Hiratsuka on the Tokaido Main Line and also Shonan-Shinjuku Line. It’s about a ten minute walk from the station.