Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery The Bottom Line
Go to Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery for the pizza, but the beer was pretty underwhelming to be honest after the ones I had at Fukuoka Craft. That’s not to say that Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery is a bad place, it does what it’s supposed to do but feels like a secondary thought to the hotel. There are some good things going for Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery – it’s quite cheap considering it’s in the basement of one of Fukuoka’s largest hotels, and if you like German-style beers, then it’s good for those. The whole place is non-smoking, has no table charges, and the prices include tax – quite a surprise for a brewpub in a hotel to be honest. The menus are also fully in English too, though the translations do leave a little to be desired at times. There’s also some choices for the vegetarian readers / drinkers among you. And as no surprise, there is also free WiFi.
Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery The Full Review
After stuffing my face with Mexican food at Fukuoka Craft, I went off in search for the next place to drink some beer – and then the skies opened. I had tried to get into a couple of other places, only to be rebuffed as either (a) no Japanese beer was on tap, or (b) the bars were full up. So I was left to walk around in the pouring rain trying to find somewhere to drink when Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery popped up on the map. I wasn’t in the mood to eat pizza – I know, shock horror – but I was in the mood to sit down and drink some more beer, and perhaps have some chips too. Hey, don’t be so surprised.
Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery is in the basement of the Hotel Okura Fukuoka, one of the biggest hotels in the city, and also part of the Okura Hotels chain. It’s also one of the few hotels in Japan that actually has a brewery on site too. The Okura Brewery opened in 1999, the same time as the hotel, and was originally run by a German brewer. Located just behind the amusingly named Nakasukawabata Station, it’s quite easy to walk around the basement and miss the place. Inside Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery looks kind of like a German beer hall – not surprising considering how the early days of craft beer in Japan were influenced by German brewers, and there is space for around 70 people inside, with just 6 seats at the counter. The whole building is non-smoking, and there is also free WiFi too. There is also no table charge either at Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery.
There are only four taps of beer on at Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery, and with the heavy German influence, it was only natural that the beers at Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery would all be German influenced. There is only one non-German style beer on and that is an IPA; however, that is not always on and is sometimes replaced with a stout. The beers come in two sizes: 1/2 pint (236ml) at ¥617 and US pint (473ml) at ¥992. There is also a three beer tasting set, which gets you any three beers on the menu in 1/2 pint form for ¥1,452 – a bargain really considering it saves you about ¥400. There is a happy hour set at Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery whereby you can get the three beer tasting set and some food for ¥1,800 from 17:00 – 19:00 – not a bad option if you get hungry or want something to munch on.
In terms of food, well there is pizza obviously but looking at the hilariously translated menu, there are a variety of vegetarian options too. The most helpful thing about the menu, and this is something that I haven’t come across that often, is the usage of allergen symbols too to indicate to people the contents of the food. A nice little touch there.
Craft Beer & Pizza Okura Brewery Details
Open: Weekdays 17:00 – 22:30 (L.O Food 21:30 Drink 22:00) Weekends and Holidays 17:00 – 21:30 (L.O Food 20:30 Drink 21:00)
Happy Hour: Three beer tasting set and some food for ¥1,800 from 17:00 – 19:00