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. …

Marca Cafe & Beer Factory in Kitahorie, Osaka

Marca Cafe & Beer Factory

Marca Cafe & Beer Factory The Bottom Line The minimalist design may leave some people feel cold in Marca Cafe & Beer Factory but it can’t be denied that it’s very much a hipster kind of place. Not to say it’s a bad place but it was one of the more expensive bars on our visit Osaka for beer; thankfully there …

Ebina Beer in Ebina, Kanagawa 

Ebina Beer Front

Ebina Beer The Bottom Line I liked Ebina Beer a lot – a nice little friendly place with a good chilled atmosphere about it that is easily accessible if you live on the Odakyu line. The whole place is non-smoking and there was no table charge either when I went. What more could you want? Reasonable prices? You got those as …

Gold’n Bub in Chigasaki, Kanagawa

Gold'n bub ext

Gold’n Bub The Bottom Line The Bub is moving on up, with a fancier albeit slightly less cosy and intimate atmosphere. But they’re working their socks off to make a bunch of varied ales, and the food is as fantastic and inventive as always. They remain an important part of the craft beer landscape of Kanagawa. Gold’n Bub The Full …

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Anchor Point in Nagatacho, Tokyo

Anchor Point

Anchor Point The Bottom Line Anchor Point might not be the brew pub you’re looking for – I certainly felt out of place in jeans and a t-shirt in what appeared to be an upmarket bar, but if you’re in the area, it’s worth popping in. Just. The beers, while young and had some dodgy pours, were tasty for a …

Nuttari Beer in Chuo-Ku, Niigata

Nuttari Beer

Nuttari Beer The Bottom Line Nuttari Beer is very much a work in progress in terms of its beer though with it being so young and with them wanting feedback on their beer, they are going the right way to improving. It’s a fair trek from Niigata station though it’s easy to find, especially as you’re walking around for a …

TT Brewery in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

TT Brewery Front

TT Brewery Bottom Line While TT Brewery is a welcome addition to the brewpub scene in Kanagawa, it suffers from pretty much the same things as the Bakushu Kobo range of brewpubs – beer that is unfinished and could do with a little longer in the tanks. While yeast is known to provide minerals and the ilk, it also imparts some …