The classiest beer venue in the city is up and running again. And the timing couldn't be better. Just as Mother Nature — aided by the architects of Tokyo's heat island — turns up the city's thermostat to the mid-30s (Celsius), the Park Hyatt Hotel brings back its popular Park Brewery.
Every evening, from 6 till 8 pm, the swish Deli on the ground floor of the Park Tower morphs into a beer "garden" offering nomihodai (all you can drink) craft ale accompanied by some excellent nibbles.
This is the fifth summer installment of the Park Brewery, and it features two ales on tap (also available in bottles): the ever popular aromatically hopped Park Brewery Ale; plus this year's special, a refreshingly sharp Citrus Amber Ale. Contract-brewed by Sankt Galen in Kanagawa Pref., these are good honest craft beers in the modern American tradition.
By contrast, this year the food is authentically German. You get an assortment of great cold cuts, such as Weisswurst, Bierwurst and Paprika Lyoner; bits and pieces of pickles and salad veggies; pretzels — the original kind, large and soft, which should perhaps be called by their German name, Brezeln — served with a creamy Bavarian obatzda dipping sauce.
Don't arrive too late: even though you can stay till 8 pm, the last entry is at 7. However, to really make it worth the ¥3,800 charge, you should aim to be in line at 6 when it opens.
It is of course wrong to think of the Park Brewery as a beer "garden" in any sense, even though it has outside tables that are most appealing if there is some breeze to dispel the humidity (though the view is hardly inspiring). For most people the place to be is at one of the inside tables. There is standing room if all the bar stools are taken.
Besides the cold cuts that come with the beer, there are plenty of other food items available from the Deli showcases. Here are some we had the other night (not all of them will be available every evening):
Park Brewery runs from 1st July (Mon) through 16th Sept (Mon). Daily 6-8 p.m. (last sitting 7 p.m.); ¥3,800 per head (tables not reservable)
More about the Park Hyatt's Deli in an earlier post here…