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 …

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Craft Stand in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Craft Stand Front

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

Len Kyoto Kawaramachi Front

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 …

Kyoto Brewing Company Taproom in Minami-ku, Kyoto

Kyoto Brewing Company Front

Kyoto Brewing Company Taproom The Bottom Line Ok, while this is the taproom for Kyoto Brewing Company, and you can get their beers at other places, this place HAS to be on your list of places to go and drink at while you’re in Kyoto. It’s the cheapest place to get some of Kyoto’s best craft beer on tap at some …