Yona Yona Beer Works (Kanda)

Yona Yona Beer Works, formerly Beer Kitchen, has grown.  A year ago I visited the Akasaka branch and loved it.  They have a lot of great food and a lot of good beers.  If you are a fan of Yona Yona beer, rather Yo-ho Brewing, then you will love this place.  At the end of 2015, I had a little time and decided to visit the Kanda branch as I had never been there before.  It was a lot of fun and the food and beers were just as I expected.

Yona Yona Beer Works (Kanda)

Yona Yona Beer Works (Kanda)

The Kanda branch is a lot smaller compared to the Akasaka branch and the menu is slightly different.  For the beers, they have the same beers so I was not really excited about the selection.  The beers are wonderful but they don’t really bring a lot of interesting and rare beers through their shops.  I had the staple Aooni IPA which surprisingly came in a wonderful Spiegelau IPA glass.  This is the first shop that I know of in Japan to have these glasses and knowing where Yo-ho gets their money, I wasn’t surprised.  I also had a pint of their Tokyo Black which was as good as can be expected.

Aooni IPA by Yo-ho Brewing

Aooni IPA by Yo-ho Brewing

Abbey Beer by Karuizawa Kogen (Yo-ho Brewing Brand)

Abbey Beer by Karuizawa Kogen (Yo-ho Brewing Brand)

When I go to Yona Yona Beer Works, I usually go for the food.  It isn’t a cheap restaurant but the food is really good.  The roast chicken is wonderful but I really go for the sausages.  I had a lot of different dishes this trip from the carpaccio to the yuzu pepper sausage, and I was happy with what I had.

Carpaccio at Yona Yona Beer Works (Kanda)

Carpaccio at Yona Yona Beer Works (Kanda)

Duck and Green Onion at Yona Yona Beer Works (Kanda)

Duck and Green Onion at Yona Yona Beer Works (Kanda)

Sausages and Tokyo Black

Sausages and Tokyo Black

When you go to the shop, you may have a little trouble trying to find the place as the area doesn’t allow for good signage from the sidewalk.  I was able to find it easily but unfortunately they were busy.  I ended up waiting outside for about an hour, and considering it was a couple days before the New Year, it was cold.  It wasn’t bad but I was happy to go inside when a table opened up.

Yona Yona Beer Works (Kanda)

Yona Yona Beer Works (Kanda)

The interior of Beer Works was really nice and very similar to the Akasaka branch.  There are a lot of wood tones, but the main difference is that the kitchen is more open compared to the Akasaka branch.  I really enjoyed the look and it reminded me of beer shops back home.  The main company that is running this restaurant did a very good job with the details but I wonder who made most of the decisions.

Yona Yona Beer Works (Kanda)

Yona Yona Beer Works (Kanda)

Yona Yona Beer Works is definitely a place to visit if you are in Tokyo.  I may be a beer snob but I know what I like and I like Beer Works.  Yona Yona is no longer considered a “true” craft brewery as they are now partly owned by Kirin, but that won’t stop me from stopping by and enjoying a nice pint or two, or more.  The creativity of their beers is still there but they do appear more commercial than before.  I really hope to see them improve a lot more and to be surprised by what they make.

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