Yona Yona Beer KitchenWith a craft beer scene on the up, it seemed about time that ‘original’ Japanese brewery Yo-Ho Brewery finally opened its first brick and mortar ‘gastropub’ in Tokyo, turning on its taps in October much to the joy and relief of devoted locals. With prime Akasakamitsuke Station position, Yona Yona Beer Kitchen (named for the brewery’s flagship Yona Yona ale) has quickly gained a glowing reputation, delighting both beer aficionados and hip neighbourhood revellers in search of a low-key evening.
Inside, tidy high-top wooden tables conceal individual drawers filled with both the menu and flatware, though the centrepiece is surely the gleaming long bar, over which hangs a U-shaped industrial pipe with 16 taps and two hand pumps, pouring a rotating selection of the brewery’s best beers. The ‘big four’ staples you’ll find regardless of season, however, are the eponymous Yona Yona, a fruity American Pale Ale, as well as the Aooni IPA, the Suiyoubi no Neko Belgian White, and Tokyo Black Porter. As for the food menu, YYBK is working with local and regional farmers and boasts an all-domestic offering including roast chicken, sausages, and a to-die-for Bagna Cauda. Perfect to pair!
2/F Akasaka Tokyu Plaza / 2-14-3 Akasaka / Chiyoda-ku / +81 3 5510 4789 / yonayonabeerkitchen.com