One of the newest craft beer bars in Tokyo, Good Beer Faucets is located in Shibuya, about a ten minute walk from Shibuya station Hachiko exit. Well, it is ten minutes unless you’re like me, you keep getting lost every time you go there, but that says more about my lack of map reading skills than of the place. Open since October 2011, Good Beer Faucets serves up over 40 different kinds of craft beer, mainly from Japan and the US and have also started to release their own beers under the Nide brand, which are brewed by Baird Beer, located in Shizuoka, and Brimmer Brewing, located in Kawasaki.
Good Beer Faucets is open plan and fairly spacious, but at the weekends it can get pretty busy, so make sure you have made reservations. There is also a smoking area as well but inside is smoke free. A blessing for both smokers and non-smokers in the current trend of reducing the first. We got there on a Friday at 5:30 and whilst it wasn’t busy, as soon as offices in the area closed for the weekend, Good Beer Faucets became packed.
Good Beer Faucet’s changes its beer menu daily; however, the Nide beers are always on the menu and are a good choice to start with. Nide produce a wide selection of beers which are the cheapest on the menu: a cream lager, a stout and an amber ale, amongst others. The staff certainly look after the system as the beers tasted good and the glasses were kept clean. A little point that is sometimes overlooked in craft beer.
Prices range, for a US pint, from ¥900 for the Nide brand beers, to ¥1300 for the imported US beers on average. ¥600 to ¥750 for half servings, which are about 250ml. Pitchers are also available as well, for 1500ml jugs and vary in price from ¥2000 to ¥3000. Bottle beers are also available, including some Belgian beers and fruit beers. During happy hour from 5pm to 8pm, Sunday to Thursday, all pints are ¥200 off, with the beers becoming even better value. However, there is no happy hour at all on Friday or Saturday, so be warned.
Food wise, the selection is good, but pricey for what you get. ¥600 for some shoestring fries won’t last a group very long; however, the honey mustard chicken was delicious. Crispy fried with a honey mustard dip on the side. We went a little OTT on it but it was good. The falafel was also very tasty, slightly spicy but a tad expensive, ¥500 for five balls of it.
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Good Beer Faucets is leading the way forward in terms of affordable craft beer in Tokyo and other bars could certainly learn a lot from it. The only disappointment is the lack of daily beer lists on the website and on their twitter feed. It would have been nice to see some more Japanese craft beers, such as from Minoh, Hitachino, and others, but then you can’t have it all.
Good Beer Faucets Bar Details
Address: Shibuya Crossroad Building 2F, 1-29-1 Shoto, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Closest station: Shibuya Station (Yamanote, Shonan-Shinjuku, Ginza, Hanzomon, Fukutoshin, Denentoshi, Tokyu Toyoko, Keio Inokashira lines), Hachiko exit