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Thrash Zone Yokohama in Yokohama

Thrash Zone Beers

Thrash Zone sounded like some dodgy, off-the-beaten track bar when I first heard about almost a decade ago now in 2006. It was originally on a second floor and if you scour the internet hard enough, you’ll find a picture of BeerTengoku at that bar looking worse for wear. Thrash Zone is essentially an outlet for Thrashzone Brew Labo beers with …

True Brew Hitachino Nest Tasting Room Mito

Hitachino Nest @ True Brew

True Brew is Hitachino Nest’s tasting bar, or taproom, located south of Mito station’s train barriers in Ibaragi. True Brew has a seven tap selection of Hitachino Nest beers; five regular, two special, and the Brooklyn lager that Kiuchi Brewery brews in Japan. Paired with some basic food, True Brew is a café style place to sample some Hitachino Nest …

Babel Bayside Kitchen in Yokohama

Babel Bayside Kitchen Entrance

Babel Bayside Kitchen is located in the very plush area that is Bay Quarter. I’m always a bit apprehensive when I go to Bay Quarter; is it a boat, is it an island, or is it just some floating deck on water? Anyway, Babel Bayside Kitchen is located on the M2F, just around the corner from McDonald’s. Difficult decision to …

Baird Beer Brewery Gardens Taproom in Shuzenji

Brewery Gardens Taproom View

On our recent trip to the Baird Beer Brewery, BeerTengoku was also lucky enough to sample some of the beers in the Brewery Gardens Taproom on the third floor. The Brewery Gardens Taproom is located above the brewery, giving you ample opportunity to observe the brewing process in action, try some of the Baird Beer range, and also take in some …

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Helios Pub in Naha, Okinawa

Helios Pub Facade

Helios is the “other” Okinawan brewery, and is almost as beloved as Orion on the islands. Their brewery is based in Kyoda, near Nago city on the main island of Okinawa. Helios Pub is situated on Naha’s Kokusai Dori (International Street), and opened in July 1996. BeerTengoku visited in August, 2014. I walked straight past Helios Pub at first; it looks …

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Craftheads Craftbeer in Shibuya, Tokyo

Craftheads sign

Craftheads has been open since September 2009, sprung up from Bar Sal in Kawasaki, and is located about 10 minutes from the Hachiko exit at JR Shibuya station. Craftheads sells a mixture of Japanese and import craft beers, with over 20 taps at any one time, and also a wide selection of craft beers, predominantly from the USA. The bar …

Urban BBQ Smokehouse in Shibuya, Tokyo

Urban BBQ Smokehouse by TY Harbor Brewery

Located inbetween Shibuya, Harajuku, and Meiji Jinjumae is Urban BBQ Smokehouse Tokyo, a craft beer bar and BBQ smokehouse by TY Harbor. Urban BBQ Smokehouse Tokyo sells TY Harbor’s own range of craft beers, brewed at their Shinagawa brewery, and pairs them with slow cooked BBQ food produced in the restaurant. On occasions, there are some craft beers from other Japanese breweries …

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Watering Hole in Yoyogi, Tokyo

Watering Hole selection

Watering Hole Yoyogi (there’s no “The” in the name) has been open for over two years and is located about 5 minutes from JR Yoyogi station’s east exit, behind the NTT Docomo building. Watering Hole serves both Japanese craft beer as well as imported American craft beer. With a selection of craft beers in bottles and around 20 taps, depending …

Campion Ale in Asakusa, Tokyo

Campion Ale Shop

Campion Ale, located three minutes from Tawaramachi on the Ginza line, one stop before Asakusa, is an example of a new breed of brewpubs opening up across Tokyo. These brewpubs make and serve their own beer on the premises, allowing thirsty drinkers to see the whole process of milling the malt through brewing and fermentation, right up to serving the …

CLOSED: Beer Republic in Yokohama

Beer Republic

Editor Note:Beer Republic has closed down. This review has been kept for posterity’s sake Opened in April 2011, Beer Republic is situated in a nondescript area about 5 minutes north of Yokohama station. The bar serves only Japanese craft beers from their 14-tap system, which also includes two hand pumps. The beers are strictly curated by the owner, who constantly …