Craft brewing has been slow to catch on in Japan. We learned this after almost 2 weeks of only Asahi and Kirin, so we were yearning for some cold beer with big flavor and at least the hint of malt and hops. YYG Brewery was our godsend. It's set in a back alley (very safe, but somewhat difficult to find) in the Shinjuku District. We tried 6 different beers (there were 4 of us), and liked them all. Being from the SF Bay Area, we tend to have West Coast palates, including moderate to big hoppiness and a solid base. YYG, whose master brewer studied on the West Coast, had several IPAs and a pale ale that met our needs.
We were in the downstairs taproom, where the food selections were limited and appeared to be a Japanese spin on American pub food. Since we were there for just a mid-afternoon break, we decided to share a Quesadilla - luckily we weren't too hungry as the portion size was quite small. We particularly enjoyed the two young fellows behind the bar - they spoke good "beer English" and were more than helpful describing the selections. All in all, a nice oasis.
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