Kirin is on a roll recently, bringing out their first craft beer, the interestingly named Galaxy Hop (Micro Review: very decent; great packaging and bottle design) and opening Spring Valley Brewery (SBV), a brand new brewery cum bar restaurant in a newly refreshed part of the upscale Daikanyama area.
Launched in mid-April this year, SVB sits right at the entrance of Log Road, a development built on land that the Tokoyo train line used to run through. Shiori sniffed it out a couple of weekends ago and we went to check it out with our pals Chris and Ayaka.
The first thing you have to try is the sampler set that gives you a taste of all six craft beers on tap. The big surprise here was that it’s only 1,000 Yen, which is a steal. It’s an introductory price that probably won’t last for long, but even at the regular price of 1,200 Yen it’s still great value.
I’m not a sophisticated beer person, but I liked On The Cloud and Daydream the best. To go with our drinks we ordered the avocado hummus with rye crisp bread, charcuterie board and shoestring fries with truffle dip. They were all quite delicious (the fries were fantastic), although the girls thought that the rye crisp bread that came with the avocado hummus was too dry.
But for Chris and me, the star of the afternoon was the oven kissed chocolate cake (800 Yen), which is one of the best I’ve ever tasted. I’m actually getting some major cravings as I write this. It’s like chocolate crack. That stuff is addictive. I’ll be heading back there soon for my fix.
Service was prompt and friendly, and it’s obvious that Kirin’s experience running their successful Kirin City chain of bar restaurants is paying off here. The atmosphere is lovely – fresh and modern with lots of wood and sunlight. The place is also an actual brewery, and you’ll get to see the machinery and staff working through the glass panels.
They have a branch in Yokohama too, so you can still give it a go if you’re in the area.
“Chocolate and dessert lovers – don’t miss the oven kissed chocolate cake! Moist, rich and chocolatey with a hint of sea salt and a smack of fresh cream. OH MYYY! Available during snack and dinner time only.”
Daikanyama Station (Tokyu Toyoko line), 5 min walk
Ebisu Station (JR and Tokyo Metro lines), 10 min walk
03 6416 4960
10.00am – 11.30pm daily
Monday to Saturday 8.00am – Midnight (L.O. food 10.30pm, drinks 11.00pm)
Sunday 8.00am – 10.00pm (L.O. food 8.30pm, drinks 9.00pm)
2,000 – 4,000 Yen