Gastropub Gozo in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

Gastropub Gozo Front

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 …

August Beer Lab Kitchen in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

August Beer Lab Kitchen Front

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

Beer Kobo Shinjuku Front

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 …

Gora Brewery & Grill in Hakone, Kanagawa

Goya Brewery & Grill Front

Gora Brewery & Grill The Bottom Line Perhaps Gora Brewery & Grill should be renamed Gora Grill & Brewery because I’m sure the grilled food is miles better than the beer produced. The setting for Gora Brewery & Grill is second to none – beautiful views over the valley, Japanese zen garden, a foot bath for you to rest your weary feet. But …

Bayern Meister Beer in Fujinomiya, Yamanashi

Bayern Meister Beer Front

Bayern Meister Beer The Bottom Line Bayern Meister Beer suffers from the same fate as Sylvans Restaurant – they have some cracking beers on tap but you have to be willing to drive to get there or be with someone that doesn’t mind driving. The beers are really good representations of the styles they are supposed to be and are …

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

Swan Lake Pub Edo Roppongi Front

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 …

Repubrew in Numazu, Shizuoka

Repubrew The Bottom Line Repubrew started out as a craft beer bar that was worth a visit because there wasn’t much in the area. With the recent improvements in its in-house beers, Repubrew has proven itself to be worthy of a visit if you’re remotely in the area. The in-house beers proved to be very tasty and good value for money, …

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Hakone Beer in Hakone, Kanagawa

Hakone Beer Front

Hakone Beer The Bottom Line Hakone is better known for its onsens and ryokans in the area, but if you find yourself down in Hakone, then Hakone Beer is worth a visit but because of the distance involved, make sure someone else is driving. The beers are cheap considering its in a relative popular tourist area, has some great views, and …