Matsuya Kyoto Machiya Beer Brewery
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Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 13
Beer Avg: 3.32
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Reviews by bobsy:
3.43/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
The Machiya Brewery has a small cafe/bar attached to the side of the premises, which serves all three of their beers - an alt, schwarz and kolsch. Its a simple affair with a distinct lack of bells and whistles. Thankfully a lot of its character comes from the matronly old lady who runs the place like a steel fist in a velvet glove. We loved her, and the service she provided was excellent. After a while a tour group of elderly Japanese bachelors arrived, which added an extra element of the surreal.
We found that all three of the beers were in good shape, and made for excellent refreshers on a swelteringly hot day which nearly had us collapsing from heat exhaustion in the shogun's gardens. The alt in particular was quite delicious.
The food menu is extremely limited and simple. I did enjoy the Japanese curry I had though, and the price was pretty hard to beat. I don't think you'd get gourmet here, but it sure isn't bad for a cheap lunch with some good beer.
I think the highlight of the visit for my wife, was the fact that we could see the gent's washroom from where we were sitting and every time the door opened you'd see a little old Japanese guy at a urinal.
05-29-2009 15:09:45 | More by bobsy
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3.83/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
This is a small place with just a few coasters of European beers framed on the wall. It's kept very clean and has entirely wooden floors, walls, and tables. The environment was nice, but nothing to write home about.
However, the quality of the beer was surprising for such a small affair. The dry stout was solid, but the alt and kolsch were quite delicious. The kolsch may well have been the best of that style I've had- light and refreshing yet a little sour with some barely present sweet fruit notes... I picked up strawberry.
The service was also very good. The elderly woman who was running the establishment was very helpful in selecting beer, telling us the history of the place, and in sake recommendations. This was in Japanese, but I'm sure she'd do her best with people who don't speak the language as well.
All in all, I think this is a must-go for the beer enthusiast in Kyoto. All the beer is great and the sake is actually the best I've had (if you're into that sort of thing). Just make sure that you have someone write down the address in Japanese and you take a cab there, otherwise it could easily turn into a wild goose chase.
02-28-2011 11:29:42 | More by THEBEERBAR0N
Matsuya Kyoto Machiya Beer Brewery in Kyoto-fu Kyoto-shi, Japan
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