Kyoto Beer Lab in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Kyoto Beer Lab Front

Kyoto Beer Lab The Bottom Line It may be off the beaten (tourist) track in Kyoto, but put Kyoto Beer Lab on your list if you’re looking for some reasonably priced craft beer in a great location. The whole place is non-smoking and mostly standing but the chilled out atmosphere, with the babbling brook-like river just outside bringing some cracking views …

29BY in Kannai, Yokohama

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29BY The Bottom Line Craft Meat and Baird Harajuku Taproom both show that with the right prices and menu, you can’t really go wrong with meat and craft beer – if it’s priced right and the servings are good. Perhaps someone should have told 29BY about these two places as it’s hard to recommend the place in its current form. At the …

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Minami Yokohama Beer Labo in Kanazawa Bunko, Kanagawa

Minami Yokohama Beer Labo Front

Minami Yokohama Beer Labo The Bottom Line While the beers at Minami Yokohama Beer Labo were drinkable (more on that later), it’s the cosy atmosphere that I liked more than anything else. It felt like I was sitting in someone’s living room drinking their beer. There was a real mix of clientele – families with young kids, families with teenagers, your …

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Yokosuka Beer in Yokosuka, Kanagawa

Yokosuka Beer Front

Yokosuka Beer The Bottom Line If you’re in the south east Kanagawa area – perhaps on base or visiting – then Yokosuka Beer is worth popping in for a few beers. It’s probably a trek for all but the hardened readers and drinkers of BeerTengoku. While the tap list is not as extensive as Nawlins across the road, the in-house beers are damned …

TK Brewing in Kawasaki, Kanagawa 

TK Brewing The Bottom Line TK Brewing is definitely the better of the two brewpubs in Kawasaki and offers up some excellent beers at reasonable prices. It might be an unusual location – well it did appear to be in a food court in a residential area of Kawasaki – but don’t let that hold you back. If you’re in …

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Zakkoku Micro Brewery in Ogawamachi, Saitama

Zakkoku Micro Brewery Front

Zakkoku Micro Brewery The Bottom Line Zakkoku Micro Brewery is a trek for anyone who doesn’t live in the area – heck, from Omiya itself it’s an hour train journey at best, so from Tokyo it’s about two hours. However, if you’re in the area, then there is no excuse not to go there. The whole bar is non-smoking and …

Hikawa Brewery in Omiya, Saitama

Hikawa Brewery Front

Hikawa Brewery The Bottom Line Hikawa Brewery offers up something needed, but also different, in a city that lacks choices for craft beer. The atmosphere reminded of a British pub – lots of people talking to each other and warm inside. The only downside is the prices, which seemed to be quite high for a brewpub but don’t worry about …

Kawaguchi Brewery in Kawaguchi, Saitama

Kawaguchi Brewery Front

Kawaguchi Brewery The Bottom Line Saitama doesn’t have much to offer – nor does it have many craft beer bars in the area, let alone brewpubs. If you’re in the area though, Kawaguchi Brewery is worth a visit, now they have their own beers on tap. Their beers are better than most brewpub efforts I’ve had and are reasonably priced too. …

Inazuma Dining in Roppongi, Tokyo 

Inazuma Dining Front イナズマダイニング店外

Inazuma Dining The Bottom Line Right now, Inazuma Dining doesn’t offer up anything spectacular nor any reason to go there, especially with cheaper places in the area. That’s not to say Inazuma Dining is a bad place by any means – it just doesn’t better anything else in the Roppongi area. I’ll definitely go back again one the brewery is up and …

Beer Belly Tosabori in Tosabori, Osaka

Beer Belly Tosabori Front

Beer Belly Tosabori The Bottom Line Despite Beer Belly being all smoking, it’s hard not to recommend it due to the sheer variety of beers on tap and the great atmosphere inside – especially late in the evening in a wet and soggy Osaka.. There is no table charge and all prices include tax as well; however, there is no wifi. …