A local craft beer brewery in Yamanouchi Area
So Shiga Kogen has once won a prestigious status amongst all the domestic ski resorts because,
- It hosted some of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics races
- Being one of the largest area for skiing with 19 resorts combined
- The location was used for filming a hugely popular movie in the 80s, when skiing was so popular
With that prestigious name as the brand, Shiga Kogen Beer has been around for quite many years.
Tamamura Honten 玉村本店 is the brewer of that legendary beer, based in this region, Kutsuno right across Shibu Onsen.
Duration: 2 hours round trip on foot from Yudanaka Station, including the time to enjoy a pint of beer
Tamaura Honten is originally a Sake maker, founded in 1805, and have been producing Sake for more than 200 years at the same location!
Then in 2005, they have started brewing beer and selling those, which became “Shiga Kogen Beer”.
Also, apparently this region once produced hops to make beer until 1950s.
So using local pure water, locally grown hops with the knowledge and Sake making kind of started this beer.
Tamamura Honten Website (Unfortunately available only in Japanese)
It’s only 10 min walk from Shibu Onsen, up on the hill of Kutsuno, you can get to their main store.
First you will come across this brewery after walking a gentle uphill.
You keep turn left on the street and go further 30m or so then you’ll find their main office/store/gallery on your right.
Once inside, you’ll find retail section, a bar counter, and the gallery upstairs.
They have Sake and Beer tasting. When I went there a pint of beer on tap was ¥648.
I tried their IPA, Indian Pale Ale, on tap and that was beautiful.
Where else do you find their beer?
As far as I have seen, there are numerous local restaurants and liquor stores around Yudanaka who stock this brand. It shouldn’t be too hard for you to find.
usually the bottle is for ¥600, which is reasonable for a craft beer I think.
They do have an online store too. However, they seem to have the Japanese site only and it will be a good challenge to navigate through for purchase if you don’t read the language.
Give me a private mail if you need help. See what I can do.
If you like fresh beer and the smell of brewery, 2 hours well spent!
See you next time.
Biru Wa Oisii Desu ビールは美味しいです = Beer tastes good!