UPDATE October 2010: I was very sad to learn recently that this fine establishment has now closed.
The Flying Keg is a superb beer emporium on the crossroads of Mikage Dori and Higashioji Dori. Literally, hundreds of delicious beers are on offer from over 25 different countries, all of which have been personally tasted by the owner (wow!). And because he knows his stock so well, he can make astute recommendations if you are not sure what you fancy. Each beer of course, comes with it’s own designated glass, which in the case of banana flavored, and delightfully named, “Mongozo” is a kind of gourd:
Here’s a picture of myself and a Tripel Karmeliet from Belgium. Lovely.
The Flying Keg is a quiet relaxing place to enjoy a few quiet ones. It is also, in a radical departure from the norm here in Japan, a non-smoking bar. The reasoning being that tobacco fumes might impair the tasting process. And “hear, hear!” to that I say. Now just look at the range of tastes to choose from. Ah, tis a beautiful thing:
For those drinkers not interested in beers, there is also an impressive range of wines and whiskies which will cost you a whole lot less than they would in downtown Kiyamachi. To find The Flying Keg, head north on Higashioji Dori past Hyakumanben, till you get to Mikage Dori, go west and it’s a few steps further on your left. The nearest station is the Moto-Tanaka stop on the Eiden line or you can take buses ２０６・３１・６５ to the Moto-Tanaka stop. Here are some maps: Maps
Opening Hours: 19：00～0：30 (Till 1:00 a.m. on weekends)
Closed on Sundays
thanks for making my day!
I thought the LAST thing I would be able to get in kyoto is a good selection of belgian beverage!
Michael (B) says
Now that is a selection! Kirin and Yebisu are good beers for their style, but I am always longing for the variety of flavors available back home. I will have to check this place out. Being near Bar 探偵 will make that easy for me.
Thanks for the info!
Yeah, it’s an excellent spot for slow and relaxed beer appreciation. Having moved down to Gojo I miss being near it now though.