By Sherilyn Siy
I don't normally seek out beer. I drink it occasionally when served to me but I don't go out of my way to buy it for myself. I'm not sure what the appeal is other than for its alcoholic buzz. So when I visited Carvaan for the first time at their stunning restaurant by the Hanno River, I ordered non-alcoholic sparkling wine for my first drink. But as I was enjoying my drink, I overheard the many others around me -- both men and women -- rave about the craft beers that they ordered so I decided to get it for my second drink. I was converted. Carvaan beer is beer as it should be -- naturally fruity, velvety, bright and hands-down the most delicious beer I have ever had in my life. It is no surprise that they have garnered top awards in world beer competitions. If 'The Most Interesting Man in the World' has ever been to Carvaan, he would renounce Dos Equis in a heartbeat. At ¥700 a glass for the lowest priced brew, Carvaan's beers are not cheap, but people have been known to go to this out of the way restaurant just to have a glass fresh from the tap.
Just this April 27, 2019, Carvaan opened a branch right at Hanno Station, making their craft beers more accessible. Beer aficionados also don't have to worry about drinking and driving -- they can simply hop on and off the Seibu Line. While only a fraction of their main restaurant in size, this small branch did not scrimp on the interiors. Stepping inside, you enter an exotic Arabian haven lit with Ottoman glass lamps.
Should you find yourself at Hanno Station, don't miss trying probably the best beer in the world.
At Hanno Station (Seibu Line), take the North Exit. Go down the escalator. Carvaan will be on your right side opposite the rotary.
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.