Matsumoto Brewery Taproom in Matsumoto, Nagano

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Matsumoto Brewery Taproom The Bottom Line Matsumoto Brewery Taproom is a great little place in an area of Nagano that is deadly in need of some decent craft beer bars. The main downside to Matsumoto Brewery Taproom, at the time of writing, is the hours that the bar is open; however, if you take a walk around Matsumoto then it’s …

The Life by Marche Baton in Kashiwa, Chiba

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The Life by Marche Baton The Bottom Line Kashiwa doesn’t offer up much in terms of craft beer, considering the population in the area, but The Life by Marche Baton brings something much needed to the area. While it is not the cheapest bar we’ve come across, the fact of the matter is that there is very little competition in the …

Kazenori Merry in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

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Kazenori Merry The Bottom Line Kazenori Merry felt a Ushitora Mk 1.1 – which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your view point of the bar. The whole interior and decor hasn’t changed since opening and it seems that neither have the prices either. It’s one of the more expensive places to drink in Shimo-Kitazawa but …

Tap & Growler in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

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Tap & Growler The Bottom Line If you want a place that has lots of beers on tap for you to tick off in your Untappd and don’t mind the price, then Tap & Growler is highly recommended. It’s important to remember that Tap & Growler is primarily a place for you to pick up some beer to takeaway in a growler, …

Gastropub Gozo in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

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Gastropub Gozo The Bottom Line If you like Hitachino Nest Beer or hamburgers with lots of melted cheese on top, then Gastropub Gozo is the place for you. Else, give it a wide berth to be honest. While the atmosphere is great at Gastropub Gozo – very chilled and relaxed – the smoking policy lets the bar down as well as the …

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Goto Jozo in Kyodo, Tokyo

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Goto Jozo The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then it’s worth popping into Goto Jozo for a couple of standing beers. But there in lies the problems with Goto Jozo – it’s a nice little place but the atmosphere is more conducive for a quick beer or two then leave. If there was seating then I would recommend Goto …

BeerMa Kanda in Kanda, Tokyo

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BeerMa Kanda The Bottom Line BeerMa Kanda – what is it trying to be? The taplist can be found in other places for cheaper but the bottle selection is one of the best in Japan – let alone Tokyo. If you’re going to buy bottles, then BeerMa Kanda is a great place to do that but make sure you take …

August Beer Lab Kitchen in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

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August Beer Lab Kitchen The Bottom Line They say you shouldn’t go back to old loves – August Beer Club “B” in Hiroo was mine and I regret going back to the chain with this branch. August Beer Lab Kitchen is located a bit far from anywhere in the area, and the beers on tap are expensive for what you get. Plus the …

Beer Kobo Shinjuku in Shinjuku, Tokyo

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Beer Kobo Shinjuku The Bottom Line Shinjuku offers up plenty of places to drink craft beer that are better than Beer Kobo Shinjuku; however,Beer Kobo Shinjuku is the best of the chain across Tokyo. The beers were slightly better tasting than I expected and were better than the other branches that I’ve been to – guess that’s saying something. But the prices …

Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku in Shinjuku, Tokyo

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Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku The Bottom Line Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku doesn’t offer up anything different to the rest of the chain – and that’s a shame. With identical decor, beer, and food, Yona Yona Beer Works has become the McDonald’s of the craft beer world. It would have been nice to have seen something different – perhaps a …