Craft beer brewery with restaurant opens in Tenmonkan, Kagoshima City

PUBLISHED Feb 1, 2023

Restaurant with a view of brewing facilities

Two months have passed since MOONRISE brewery Tenmonkan (Phone: 099-248-7839), a craft beer brewery with a restaurant, opened in Tenmonkan, Kagoshima City.

Madres, which operates the chanko-nabe restaurant Asa no Umi and the shabu-shabu and sukiyaki restaurant Fukuwaraji in Kagoshima City, opened the brewery on November 28. Daisaku Tomioka, the president, had experienced the craft beer culture in the U.S. when he was studying in Hawaii and desired to produce his own beer someday. Last November, he obtained a license to brew happoshu (low-malt beer) and started brewing with friends who are experts in beermaking.

The brewery also houses a restaurant, BrewPub MOONRISE. Currently, it offers three kinds of original craft beer: Moonrise Pale Ale, which has a citrus-like hop aroma; Lady Moon IPA, with a distinct bitterness and aroma obtained by heavy use of hops (Small size: 660 yen, Medium size: 880 yen each); and Matcha Wheat (990 yen), a wheat-based beer made in collaboration with the Kagoshima-based tea company Ikeda Seicha, which is Tomioka’s personal recommendation.

The interior is based on the concept of an English-style pub, with an ambiance reminiscent of “a social gathering place for adults in the good old days.” It has 30 seats, including counter, table, and sofa seating. Customers can see the brewing facilities directly from their tables. They chose the name “MOONRISE” in contrast to its sister restaurant in the same building, “Asa no Umi (Morning Sea),” which displays a logo with the image of the rising sun.

The restaurant offers various snacks (from 330 yen to 880 yen) to go with beer, such as fish and chips, steamed mussels, and grilled sardines with herb bread crumbs. A la carte menu (from 660 yen) includes meat dishes, such as Austrian sausages, cured ham plates, and rillettes, and it also offers six types of sandwiches, such as Reuben Sandwich (1,210 yen) with home-made black Wagyu beef pastrami. The restaurant also offers wine, with four types of each red and white wine in bottles.

In the future, the brewery plans to commercialize its bottled beer and market it through its e-commerce site. Tomioka said, “We want to make the beer available at other lounges in the Tenmonkan and help boost the area.”

Opening hours: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays.

  • Brewing facilities of MOONRISE brewery

  • Inside MOONRISE brewery

  • Sofa seating of MOONRISE brewery

  • Craft beer and sandwiches from MOONRISE brewery

  • Example of sausage dish from MOONRISE brewery