Fujiyama Beer in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi

Fujiyama Beer Front

Fujiyama Beer The Bottom Line I had been warned beforehand about this place, but I’m not surprised that Fujiyama Beer’s aren’t more readily available as the quality of the ones I had were sub-standard, considering the amount of time the brewery has been around for. While the bar / restaurant itself is a nice little place in the countryside, that is …

Swan Lake Pub Edo Roppongi in Roppongi, Tokyo

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Swan Lake Pub Edo Roppongi The Bottom Line I so wanted to like Swan Lake Pub Edo Roppongi but I left feeling cold and done over. Having visited two of their other branches in Tokyo – the Kyobashi branch and also the Tamachi branch – this one just pales in comparison. The beers are some of the most expensive in the area and the dreaded …

Gambrinus Roppongi in Roppongi, Tokyo

Gambrinus Roppongi Front

Gambrinus Roppongi The Bottom Line It’s hard to recommend Gambrinus Roppongi over Two Dogs Taproom mainly because of the prices for the beer and the food but Gambrinus Roppongi does offer up a nice cosy drinking atmosphere with a decent selection of beers on tap. The pairing of tempura and craft beer works well enough that you will eat and drink plenty but …

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Cosugi Lodge in Musashi Kosugi, Kanagawa

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Cosugi Lodge The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, and there isn’t much else to be in the area for, then Cosugi Lodge is worth a visit in. It doesn’t offer up a varied or wide range of selection of beers, so those looking for something new or rare will be out of luck. But Cosugi Lodge does offer up …

Hansharo Beer Homura in Izunokuni, Shizuoka

Hansharo Beer Honmura

Hansharo Beer Homura The Bottom Line If you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere and you see Hansharo Beer Homura and are hungry, then you’re in for a decent amount of food at reasonable prices. If you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere and you want beer, keep on going to the FamilyMart down the road instead and then come back for …

Barley Wheat Hamamatsucho in Daimon, Tokyo

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Barley Wheat Hamamatsucho The Bottom Line It’s really not worth trekking out to Barley Wheat Hamamatsucho considering what is in the area. While it does have a nice chilled out atmosphere, especially at the weekend where it seems the whole area is cleared out due to the lack of office workers, the prices and servings just do not justify going there. …

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Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho in Daimon, Tokyo

Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho

Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho The Bottom Line Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho isn’t a bad place to pick up some beers but there are better, and cheaper, places in the area. With Devilcraft Hamamatsucho and The Lower Right just around the corner from the brewery, it might be worth stopping at Ottotto Brewery Hamamatsucho for a quick warm-up beer rather than a big session – especially …

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Craft Stand in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

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Craft Stand The Bottom Line In all of the bars I went to in Kyoto for the #BTinKyoto trip, none of them had as good as an atmosphere as Craft Stand did. It’s located in an unusual area of Kyoto that is neither in the tourist area or the main shopping area, but it is highly recommended. Serving only beers from …

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 …

Len Kyoto Kawaramachi in Kawaramachi Kyoto

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Len Kyoto Kawaramachi The Bottom Line It kind of feels like cheating reviewing Len Kyoto Kawaramachi as it’s a hostel more than a bar, but they have craft beer on tap daily so it counts. If you’re walked a bit too much and want a break from the crowds of tourists, then pop over to Len. While there are only three taps …