Service: Easy-going and friendly
Facilities: Very clean overall. Beautiful washroom inside Den Bulding.
Strong points: Craft beers only!
Things are starting to move fast in Shizuoka City with Aoi Beer Brewery planned to start producing craft beer in early summer!
I ordered the Kurofune Porte by Baird Beer in Numazu City!
I paid a visit to Aoi Beer Stand in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, yesterday hoping to meet Naoki mando/萬藤直樹さん to have a chat about the progress of his new venture, namely Aoi Beer Brewery.
Unfortunately he was still away on a research trip but the present staff was more than helpful!
Color: dark brown
Aroma: Bread, caramel
Taste: Refreshing attack. Deep and dry. Caramel, bread.
Varies little with food but for a sweeter turn
I can’t wait to dink Aoi Beers in such a glass!
Naoki Mando is not only creating history by starting the first craft beer brewery in Shizuoka City and central Shizuoka Prefecture, he is also contributing to the devlopment of the local economy by building his brewery on the very site of Yasumoto sake and soy sauce Shop, which used to produce soy sauce on the same premises for 151 years until 1962 (the shop since had been stocking rice, soy sauce, sake and others in their warehouse).
In Spring 2013, Naoki struck an agreement with its owner, Mr. Masatoshi Yasumoto/安本正俊さん to reform the warehouse, located near Sengen Shrine in Miyazaki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City.
Actually Mr. Yasumoto had thought until then to eventually pull down the whole warehouse and transform it into a car park, but Naoki convinced him that the building was ound enough to be preserved and transformed into a craft beer brewery!
The outside facade will be preserved as such and only the inside will be reformed!
In Naoki’s words:”Beer is best enjoyed in its birthplace and if there is a supplementary story to the brewery and its buildings, so much for the better!”
For the moment Naoki is thinking of producing 6 types of craft beers including Pale Ale, Weissen, one very local with Shizuoka oranges and the like.
There is a new item on the menu these days!
“Very simple takoyaki”!
Simple maybe, but perfect with craft beer!
I had another craft beer before taking my leave:
North Island Brown Ale (Hokkaido)
Color: dark orange
Very clean, slightly smoky
Taste: Deep, refreshing,. Apricots, loquats
Lingers for a while with very dry citruses appearing later
Look forward to the next report!
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK
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