*Author’s Note: Flow Inn has closed
The Fabulous FLOW inn, or FLOW inn for short, was a relatively new craft beer bar. It is really hidden and hard to find, so it was pretty empty when I went. I went at the end of Golden Week when people were back to work, so that might be another reason it was a little quiet. It is a nice little shop and I was happy to visit but it didn’t have anything that made me want to return again unless I was in the area.
FLOW inn is a good place with a lot of good beer. When I visited, they only sourced their beer from 2 companies, Nagano Trading and Hitachino Nest. They did have a good selection of their beers and I was a little surprised to see the Dai Dai Ale from Hitachino Nest. Unfortunately the Dai Dai Ale was not available when I went. They also have a good selection of IPAs to choose from.
The food was a mixed bag. I ordered the “mixed and chips” platter; basically it was fish and chips with fried shrimp. It was pretty big and probably too big for a single person to finish. I also tried the sausages which were pretty standard. They were good as all sausages in Japan are, but nothing stood out to make me want to buy it again.
Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend people to go to FLOW inn but I also wouldn’t say it stands out. The atmosphere inside is really nice and it was still a new shop at the time, but the prices are a little high for the food and the location isn’t very convenient. I think I would rather go to the Dry Dock which is a lot closer to the station and has an interesting character.