The New York beer company called Japan its “homes-away-from-home” and Tokyo its “first international market,” dating back to 1989 when Brooklyn Lager was imported into the city. The opening is just in time for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The project began two years ago as the brewery teamed up with Media Surf, Backpackers Japan, and others to find the perfect spot to call their own and connect with the Japanese community.
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B at K5 is located in the basement level of the brand new K5 in Kabuto Cho in the middle of “Old Tokyo,” close to the bustle of Tokyo Station and Ginza. Originally a bank and once the home of the Japan Stock Exchange, the building is now filled with a variety of places to eat, drink, and hang out. The first floor features CAVEMAN, a new restaurant from the team behind Kabi in Meguro, Tokyo; Ao, a speakeasy-style bar produced by Kai Tanaka and Karin Nomura; SWITCH COFFEE, their third location in Tokyo; and plants throughout by Yardworks. The second through fourth floors feature the immaculately designed Hotel K5, with 20 rooms available for visitors.
Once you’re inside B at K5, you’re one of us. This is a global stage for collaboration, where our friends (and yours, of course) can come together to create, inspire, and have a raucous good time. The bar menu is full of Brooklyn Brewery classics and rarities, some delicious new beer cocktails, and a rotating list of wines and sakes from Japan and Brooklyn. If you’re feeling hungry, turn to our list of tacos and Mexican street-food inspired snacks. You might encounter live bands, DJs, painters, tattooists, and artists from the local community, or share a table with a visiting group of Brooklynites. It’s the sort of scene where stories happen.
At the core of the space is our Corner Room, a dedicated space for parties, art shows, shoe shines, and whatever else we find interesting. Check in with our staff when you arrive and see what’s going on inside— chances are you’ll be invited in to check it out. Or, bring your own ideas and we’ll find some space to show them off. The Corner Room might be a small space, but it’s always welcoming.
International expansion is nothing new for Brooklyn, which operates several joint ventures around the globe. Brooklyn’s ties to Japan go even deeper; Japanese beer maker Kirin owns 24.5% of its U.S. business (the share is less than 25%, thus meeting the Brewers Association’s definition of craft brewery in America).
Surprisingly enough, this new venture marks Brooklyn Brewery’s first taproom in the world outside its home in New York.