El Nubichinom in Noge, Yokohama

El Nubichinom Front

El Nubichinom is not an easy place to find. I’ve tried numerous times to find it but either get stuck at Bay Brewing asking for directions, a little rude perhaps, and then end up staying there for a few beers, or giving up and walking back to Bay Brewing. Yet without realising, I’ve walked past it numerous times and this …

House of Beer in Ebisu, Tokyo

house of beer front

House of Beer One Line Review Yes. Usually it’s a paragraph but we don’t need that much to review this place. Avoid. Avoid like the plague. Don’t even suggest it to your friend. Your enemies though would love this place. With the bar being fully smoking, and high prices that get even higher after 7pm due to a ¥500 table charge, …


Mokichi Trattoria in Kagawa, Kanagawa

Mokichi Trattoria Outside Main

After our extensive trip around the Shonan Beer brewery, we were pretty hungry and fancied some grub. The problem though was did we fancy some bread or a proper meal with some beer? Stupid question really and off we went to Mokichi Trattoria, located on the site of the brewery and the best place to get the freshest Shonan Beer going. …


Swan Lake Pub Edo in Kyobashi, Tokyo

Swan Lake Pub Edo Front

Nested amongst the high righ buildings that surround the Yaesu exit of Tokyo station is Swan Lake Pub Edo, Swan Lake Beer’s own taproom, supplying the business workers with decent beer that perhaps don’t know the difference between a Asahi and a Kirin. Opened in 2012, Swan Lake Pub Edo was opened to celebrate Swan Lake Beer’s 15th anniversary and has proven to be …

Nawlins BBQ & Craft Beer Bar in Yokosuka, Kanagawa

Nawlins BBQ & Craft Beer Bar Front

Yokosuka. Famed for curry, Commander Perry, and the US Navy; yet with all of the American influences, there has always been a distinct lack of craft beer outlets in the area, considering the influence the American craft beer industry has had. Nawlins BBQ & Craft Beer Bar goes a long way to remedying that situation. Nawlins BBQ & Craft Beer Bar is …


Hitachino Brewing Lab in Akihabara, Tokyo

Hitachino Brewing Lab Outside

Way back in August 2014, BeerTengoku visited the Kiuchi Brewery in Ibaraki and were told about their plans for Hitachino Brewing Lab, though told to keep quiet. We’d done so well in that respect we had almost forgotten about the place until an email came through telling us about it, and ever since that email, we had been trying to find …


Tadg\’s Gastro Pub in Kamikorikichō, Kyoto

Tadg's Gastro Pub

It wasn’t easy locating Tadg’s Gastro Pub. Looking on the internet, we found Tadg’s Irish Pub and then had found out that it had closed. Luckily we stumbled upon the website only to find it hadn’t been updated since Christmas. Not the most auspicious of starts. Then, purely by chance, the Facebook page popped up so we quickly sent a …

Blue Room Craft Beer and Pizza in Kamakura

Komachi-dori in Kamakura may be the shoppers’ paradise at the weekend but early evening, bars open up and people stand outside trying to entice customers to rest those weary feet with some beer. Blue Room is on the same street as those bars and izakayas though it is hidden upstairs on the second floor of a nondescript building on Komachi-dori …

Hops125 in Ebisu

Hops125 Ebisu

Hops125 is an enigma of a place. I had to get that out of my system before I carry on writing. Located on a side street around Ebisu station, Hops125 seems like it has been around for ages yet I’ve only ventured in there twice, perhaps three times, in the last four years or so. Its decorative exterior seems to …

Baird Harajuku Taproom in Harajuku, Tokyo

Harajuku Taproom 1

Harajuku Taproom is, for me, a safe haven in the throngs of the Harajuku masses that envelop me every time I go there. The screaming schoolgirls, the crazy cosplayers, the tiny teenagers. They all scare me. Yet knowing there is a craft beer bar near Harajuku station makes the experience so much easier to cope with. Like the other taprooms …