A Must Do Japanese Craft Beer Tour
Baird Brewery Gardens Shuzenji
It's been a little over a year since Baird Beer realized their dream of opening (another) brewery in the quiet hills of Shuzenji, Izu, and some 15 years since opening their first taproom in Numazu, Shizuoka - making beer history in Japan as the country's first operating technically non-Japanese craft beer brewery.
Their new beautiful country brewery is situated on the banks of the pristine Kano River in the idyllic Shuzenji area of Izu city. By brewing, and farming, there they aim to highlight the intricate connection that exists between land and beer. It is the perfect setting, too, for the enjoyment of their delicious selection of craft beer.
They've built a beautiful 20-tap tasting room called the Brewery Gardens Taproom on the brewery's third floor. It includes an outdoor beer deck with a spectacular view of the surrounding valley and mountains, a gift shop, and an observation corridor where you may spy down on the brewing activity below.
Since they only serve light snacks, the brewery invites its guests to bring their own food. Such a great idea for those who like to pair their favourite beers with their favourite foods!
In front of the brewery, nestled between it and the west bank of the Kano River, is an outdoor seating area where you can also enjoy your drinks while reveling in nature.
They farm as well as brew on the grounds, having planted hop and vegetable gardens and a fruit orchard too.
Sometime in the near future, Baird Beer plans to open a small campsite on the grounds where nature- and beer-lovers can spend the night.
It may be a three-hour trek from Tokyo, but it's very much worth the trip; I highly recommend a visit. No excuse if you're a craft beer lover!
Address: 1052-1, Odaira, Izu-shi, Shizuoka-ken
(To make a booking for the tour, phone on 0558-73-1225)
At JR Mishima station, switch trains to the "Izu-Hakone Railroad Sunzu-Line" to Shuzenji station.
Take the bus from the 3rd and 4th bus line to "La-Fore Shuzenji Iriguchi" stop and walk for about 10minutes to our brewery.
Baird Beer Brewery Gardens Shuzenji is open daily, weekdays noon to 21:00, weekends and holidays 11:00 to 20:00.
You can take a taxi from Shuzenji Station that will cost around 2,000 yen.
Former Deep Japan Writer