Finding a mug of icy cold beer has never been a problem in Japan. The big domestic brands are everywhere, imported bottled beers are now common in cafés and, recently, domestic craft beers have earned admiration from serious beer connoisseurs. However, one style of beer, the British real ale, has been conspicuously missing in Fukuoka. Brewed with top quality malt and hops, the smooth texture of hand-pumped British ale is unmistakable and (warning) possibly addictive! Thankfully, Gastropub Ales has come to the rescue. Opened in autumn 2011, it’s the only pub in Kyushu where highly acclaimed ales such as Yonayona Beer and Tokyo Black Real Ale can be enjoyed. They have other beers on tap, including “Brewdog Punk IPA” (Scotland), Hideji (Miyazaki), Hoegaarden (Belgium), Guinness (Ireland) and more. Beers aside—and as its name implies—Gastropub Ales serves good food too. Pub classics such as Fish and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie and a bevy of reasonably priced tapas (¥380~) are on offer, but our favorite is a warm dish of Choucroute (sauerkraut, potatoes, pork). High stool seating makes it ideal for both singles and groups, and the terrace seating is obviously the best place to enjoy your mug of fresh British ale in the summer.
Address: 1F Koenoki Bldg. 1-3-14, Chuo-ku, Maizuru, Fukuoka
Open: 15:30~25:00 (LO 24:30)
Closed: Jul. to Sep., never closed
Choucroute ¥1,260, Fish & Chips ¥1,260, Shepherds Pie ¥840, White veal sausages ¥580, Beef & beer stew w/ baguette ¥1,370, Hoegaarde (White Beer) ¥840, Yonayona Real Ale 1/2 pint ¥680, Tokyo Black Real Ale 1/2 pint ¥680. Items subject to change.
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn161, May 2012)