Naoki Mando/万度直樹さん, the owner of a few bars and restaurants in Shizuoka City achieved a lifelong dream when his brewery, the newest in Shizuoka Prefecture at the time, Aoi Brewing Co. produced its first craft beer on May 22nd, 2014.
“Aoi” is a name rarely recorded by Shizuoka City as it is the official emblem of Lord Ieyasu Tokugawa who more or less founded Sumpu, the old name of Shizuoka City. Naoki had to get not only Shizuoka City’s permission to use the name and crest but also that of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine in Kuno, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City, the shrine dedicated to Lord Ieyasu.
Aoi Brewing Company was built inside a former soy sauce manufacturer near Sengen Shrine, another sanctuary related with Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Now the brewery has its own Brew Pub, Beer Garage, where only Aoi Brewing Co. craft beers are served on the tap. The same pub also serves all kinds of food typical of a brew pub. Customers are mainly locals or beer lovers wanting to enjoy their past time away from the crowds in downtown Shizuoka.
On the other hand, Naoki Mando’s oldest property, Growstock bar & Restaurant in downtown Shizuoka City also serves a couple of Aoi Craft Beers on the tap.
This is a very busy place as it serves at least 6 beers on the tap, usually all from Aoi Brewing Co., although guest beers from Shizuoka Prefecture and far beyond also appear for the great pleasure of all aficionados.
Although Aoi Brewing Co. has already produced no less than 47 limited craft beers as of December 31st, 2015, it will soon also put out bottled craft beers including Weissen, Ales, Alt and Stouts.
Although customers at Aoi Beer Stand are basically for the beer, some unusual snacks such as the above mutton gyoza do appear from time to time, the food is not to be forgotten easily.
Look out for the Mexican hot dog, although these days they serve a Mexican pizza and a Japanese quiche.
They serve 4 Aoi Brewing Co craft beers on the tap plus 2 more guest tap beers, including overseas brews along with all kinds of bottled beers, wine, spirits and cocktails.
The food menu there is definitively more extensive and includes grilled lamb chops, succulent meat pies and others. A great place for late eating.
But always keep in mind that Aoi Brewing Co. is always putting out superlative brews fast gathering a lot of attention all over Japan such as this rare Christmas Ale, Abv: 10%.
Beer Junkie MOTEL
420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 11-5, IMAKKOKO Bldg. 1F
Opening hours: 18:00~25:00(Monday ~ Thursday), 18:00~26:00 (Friday & Saturday), Closed on Sunday
Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~24:00 (Saturday), 15:00~23:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK
Some Aoi beers are also available at Aoi Brewery’s restaurant in Shizuoka City.
420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Kouyamachi,6-9,Kouyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Monday~Thursday), 17:00~27:00 (Friday & Saturday), Closed on Sunday
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit cards OK