Evoking the feeling of the Setouchi sea and islands, the hops used in the creation of the clear tasting “Shimanowa Beer” have a lovely citrus aroma. The Shimanowa Beer range includes “Kure Ginjō” which is brewed using Hiroshima Ginjō, a type of yeast also used for brewing Sake, “Koelsch (Kölsch)”, a type of ale with a refreshing flavor, the fruity “Weizen”, the nutty, rich “Altbier”, and a traditional (forever popular) lager style “Pilsner”, among others.
Ingredients include malt, hops, yeast, and the famous local “Haigamine” ground water (also used by a Sake brewer called Sempuku). That’s it! You can see these brewing “kettles” at the store.
A great location, only 3 minutes on foot from Kure station, from spring to autumn you can enjoy outside BBQs with a lovely ocean view.
At 3700 yen for gentlemen and 3200 yen for ladies, “the all-you-can-eat BBQ with the all-you-can-drink plan (includes 6 kinds of local beer, etc.)” is a great deal !!
If you visit Kure, you must try the famous “Tori Kawa Nikomi (chicken skin stew)”, one of the beer house’s wide range of local a-la-carte specialties.
Kure is a shipbuilding town with a large Navy presence. Since before World War 2, it has been filled with shipyard workers. They say the stew was originally created as a dish that workmen could wash down quickly with beer.
Speaking of Kure’s special dishes, apparently Heihachirō Tōgō ordered a navy cook to recreate the beef stew he ate when he was studying in England and had it served onboard ship. They say that was the origin of “Nikujaga”, a dish popular all over Japan.
As it was served on a naval ship that was apparently how the dish was brought to Kure. Another very popular menu item is the original “Nikujaga croquette”.
Sausages, of course, go with German beer (from “Tottori Ōyama Ham” in the neighboring prefecture).
Pondering the history of the port of Kure, and/or chatting, and enjoying fresh-out-of-the-tank beer… This is a precious place to ‘stay cool’ !!
Kaigun san no Beer House:
1st floor View Port Kure, 1-1-2 Nakadōri, Kure-shi, Hiroshima
Open: Weekdays 17:00- 23:00, Saturdays 11:30- 23:00, Sundays & Holidays 11:30- 21:00
Website (Japanese): http://www.kurebeer.com/f06.html
Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring.
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