Crafthouse Kyoto – a Kyoto townhouse full of craft beer pouring conversationalists
Opened on January 30, 2019, Crafthouse Kyoto is a beer bar located on Shichijo Takasegawa near Kyoto Station. Even though it is called a beer bar, you can have a beer at noon, a slow espresso, a substantial meal, or visit it as a second stop in the evening. No matter when you go or how you feel, this place will meet your expectations. There is a guesthouse close by and it has a welcoming atmosphere with many international guests, making it easy for travelers to enter. The staff member Inaba says that he hopes you will feel free to drop by anytime!
The concept of Crafthouse Kyoto is "Kyoto machiya townhouse, craft beer, espresso, good food and music. With a stylish white exterior, it is a renovated machiya townhouse built in 1942. Upon entering, visitors will find a spacious and bright space, while taking advantage of the machiya's qualities. There are a whopping 12 taps of craft beer servers right at the entrance. Furthermore, there is no standard craft beer menu, so what craft beers you will encounter depends on what they have on hand at the time. The extensive lineup is gathered from Kyoto and other parts of Japan, so there may be beers that you can only find here.
Crafthouse also pays a lot of attention to acoustics. Four speakers are mounted on both the first and second floors, creating a space where visitors can enjoy three-dimensional sound, as if they are surrounded by music. Whether alone, with friends or family, or with someone you've just met sitting next to you, when you listen to music and have a beer, the language barrier doesn't really matter.
No matter whether you are a local or a tourist, you will definitely have a good time at Crafthouse Kyoto, so be sure to stop by when you have a little time to kill in the Kyoto area.
Various types of beers
/ *Prices vary depending on the type of beer, but about ￥1,200 (inc. tax) for M size and ￥1,400 yen (inc. tax) for L size.
At "Crafthouse Kyoto", you can enjoy a wide variety of unique beers, from fruity to bitter and full-bodied beers. There are 12 taps in the restaurant, and the variety changes daily, but two or three are international beers and the rest are craft beers from around Japan, always including one from a Kyoto brewery.
They may not add foam to avoid bitterness, or add it to bring out the creaminess. By changing the pouring method according to the characteristics of the beer, they try to make it even more delicious.
*From left to right, Kyoto Brewing Co.'s "Ichigo Ichie" (Kyoto), Swan Lake (Niigata)
"Amber Ale"; "Dope" by Barbaric WORKS (Kanagawa). The photo is an example.
Conger Fish & Chips ~Shibazuke Tartar Sauce~
/ ￥1,600 (inc. tax)
The fish and chips, a popular snack with beer, is made with ingredients unique to Kyoto. One is the hamo conger eel used for frying. This fish is commonly eaten in Kyoto in summer and is characterized by its soft texture. The other one is shibazuke, which is one of Kyoto's representative pickles, and is made by pickling vegetables with perilla leaves in salt, and incorporates it into the tartar sauce. That is why they are pink, and the acidity of the shibazuke pickles gives the fries a refreshing taste.
Craft beer is added to the batter to make it crispy. Please enjoy fish and chips that are a bit different from other stores.
/ ¥700 (inc. tax)
Coyote's beans, which are imported by direct trade from El Salvador, are used. Coyote is a coffee maker that purchases, roasts, and sells coffee beans from producers who are visible to the public. The beans are changed seasonally and coffee that matches the season is served.
The caffe latte has a mellow and creamy finish with foamed milk, and is a beautiful looking drink.
/ ¥400 (inc. tax）
This popular dish has been served since the opening of the restaurant and is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.
The mellow sweetness with a strong vanilla bean flavor goes well with stouts and other black beers. It is also recommended to enjoy it with their specialty coffee.