Microbrews and Heavy Metal go together like peanut butter and pickles. You might not think you will like it, but once your mouth is puckering with a super hoppy American West Coast style IPA, and your head starts bobbing to some ‘80s Metallica, you’ll soon get it.
Koichi Katsuki opened Thrashzone in homage to his love of Microbrews and Heavy Metal, and he has developed a loyal following of locals and expats to his utilitarian brewpub. The décor consists of concrete, vintage Metal and Punk posters, and a huge façade of Marshall amps. At a nearby location, he has a one-barrel brewery where he crafts his own beers to serve in his shop.
Koichi-san has taken several extended trips to the US to research his favorite breweries, to decide which beers to import, to source hops, and to get brewing tips from his American counterparts. In addition to American microbrews, usually of the heavy-hopped varieties, he rotates fine crafted Japanese small batch brews, and one or two of his own creations as well.
In addition to the beer, he serves delicious Belgian style fries with a twist: You choose which type of three different heirloom potatoes and unique sauces to combine to wash down your beer. The prices are reasonable- ranging from 500 to 1000 yen for a pint, and 500 yen for the fries.
Thrashzone is just a 3 minute walk from the Northwest exit of Yokohama station.