CLOSED: Gold’n Bub in Tsujido, Kanagawa

Editor Note: Gold’n Bub has moved to Chigasaki. This review has been kept for posterity’s sake The sleepy town of Tsujido has seen a lot of change in recent years. The north side has exploded into a sprawling plaza of shopping malls, wide roads and brightly lit buildings. The south side, however, has remained largely untouched by the march of …

Bungalow in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Bungalow Outside

Walking from Karasuma station is a funny experience; bright lights punctuated by traditional Japanese style buildings and then Bungalow pops up on the corner. You can’t miss it as it looks out-of-place as the plastic sheet that both covers the front area and protects you from the elements is unique in the area. Bungalow is a cross between a standing …

Hops and Herbs in Kofu, Yamanashi

Hops and Herbs Logo

Hops and Herbs One Paragraph Review If you’re ever in the Kofu area and looking for some craft beer, then look no further. Hops and Herbs is definitely on the list of places you should visit, besides the temples and waterfalls in the area. The bar has free wifi, no table charge, all prices include tax, and is non-smoking. What …

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S-46 Beer Market in Tsujido

S-46 Beer Market Front

S-46 Beer Market is a Shonan Beer joint, located in Tsujido a stone’s throw away from the glimmering plateaus of Terrace Mall. In fact, leaving the football-pitch-strength lights of TeraMo when walking there makes the bar feel as if it’s plunged into darkness. This is the second time I’ve visited the awkwardly named S-46 Beer Market. The first time was …

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Baird Bashamichi Taproom in Kannai, Yokohama

Baird Bashamichi Taproom Front

Baird Bashamichi Taproom One Paragraph Review Baird Bashimichi Taproom is another great place by Baird Beer to try some of their craft beers on draft, along with some delicious food. It can get a bit pricey if you are not careful but as tax is included in the price and no table charge is added on, then that gives you a …

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TY Harbor Brewery in Tennozu Isle, Shinagawa

TY Harbor Outside

  TY Harbor Brewery The Bottom Line TY Harbor Brewery comes across as a fancy place that just doesn’t seem to have the philosophy of craft beer in the way it does business. It’s a place with large, grandiose goals but the prices for beer and food left me feeling cold when I knew it was cheaper elsewhere. TY Harbor Brewery The …

DevilCraft Hamamatsucho in Tokyo

Devilcraft Hamamatsucho Front

DevilCraft Hamamatsucho One Paragraph Review DevilCraft Hamamatsucho is well-worth a visit for some Japanese craft beer and pizza; however, come between the happy hours if you want to save some cash. For those worried about the language barriers, the menus are written in both English and Japanese and the majority of the staff speak English and Japanese too. and if you …

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Grano Pizzeria in Fujisawa

Grano Oven

Living down in the Shonan area of Kanagawa, as I do, means that decisions to head into Tokyo (or Yokohama, for that matter) are not taken lightly. Expeditions to Antenna America or Devilcraft take an hour or two door-to-door respectively, and when you’re short on cash that train fare also means two or three fewer beers when you’re there. Bummer. …

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Craft Beer Bar iBrew in Yurakucho/Ginza, Tokyo

Craft Beer Bar iBrew

What is a dive bar? I had never heard of one before this place as growing up in the U.K. meant that I was well-protected, aka ignorant, from American idiosyncrasies and their associations. Craft Beer Bar iBrew is a dive bar. Now I’ve been there, I know what it means. A run down shack that is frequented by well-dressed customers who like …

Mokichi Craft Beer in Fujisawa

Mokichi Craft Beer

Yeast. One of the best fungi ever discovered and something that contributes to two staple pieces of our diet: beer and bread. Without yeast, beer and bread would still be possible but would probably taste lame. Mokichi Craft Beer knows this and sells bread alongside the range of Shonan Beers. In fact, it only sells Shonan Beers, as Mokichi Craft …