photos by Ichisei Hiramatsu
Have you ever had beer made from honey produced by the bee hives of Shimane Prefecture’s Hagi Iwami Airport? What about a kumquat and coriander ale from Shiga Prefecture? You never really know what you’ll find at Tokyo’s craft beer bar Special End but you can be certain that whatever is on tap will hit the spot, especially during summer’s horrendous humidity.
Produced by Omori Sanno Brewery, Special End opened late last year in the Kamata neighborhood of southern Tokyo. Located along the Nomi River, the distinct bar with a muted color scheme of grey concrete and pink tiles was designed by local architecture firm Studio CHAr. Those who have visited Hi-Time, the brewery’s original store in neighboring Ota city (map), will appreciate the visual connections made by the details such as the colors and neon signage of the new location.
If you’re ever in the area, stop by Special End and cool down with one the bar’s craft beers from around Japan. They also offer growlers if you feel compelled enough to bring some home with you.