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Minami Yokohama Beer Labo in Kanazawa Bunko, Kanagawa

Minami Yokohama Beer Labo Front

Minami Yokohama Beer Labo The Bottom Line While the beers at Minami Yokohama Beer Labo were drinkable (more on that later), it’s the cosy atmosphere that I liked more than anything else. It felt like I was sitting in someone’s living room drinking their beer. There was a real mix of clientele – families with young kids, families with teenagers, your …

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Brasserie Beer Boulevard in Shimbashi, Tokyo

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Brasserie Beer Boulevard The Bottom Line BBB was alright, they had a good selection and weren’t terribly expensive but it felt more like a date spot than an actual craft beer bar. The seats for lonely loners are all directly in front of the door which really made me feel like they just wanted us out of there as quickly …

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Craft Beer Gau’s in Shibuya, Tokyo

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Craft Beer Gau’s The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something of the beaten track in Shibuya, then Craft Beer Gau’s is right up your street. However, the beer list will neither excite you nor will it entice you away from other well established places in the area. All the prices include tax as well as having some English on the …

TK Brewing in Kawasaki, Kanagawa 

TK Brewing The Bottom Line TK Brewing is definitely the better of the two brewpubs in Kawasaki and offers up some excellent beers at reasonable prices. It might be an unusual location – well it did appear to be in a food court in a residential area of Kawasaki – but don’t let that hold you back. If you’re in …

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Shimbashi in Shimbashi, Tokyo

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Craft Beer Bar iBrew Shimbashi The Bottom Line If you like cheap craft beer, and who doesn’t, then Craft Beer iBrew Shimbashi doesn’t stray from the successful formula that has worked so well for the other two places. In fact, with this branch opening at 13:00 and with Shinshu Osake Mura a stone’s throw, you’ve got the makings of a potential …

The Lower Right Ebina in Ebina, Kanagawa

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The Lower Right Ebina The Bottom Line If you’re in the Ebina area for some shopping, or happen to want some cheap craft beer, then it’s hard to beat The Lower Right Ebina on price, just like the Daimon location. The staff might not want to appear helpful or knowledgeable about what is on tap or what the beers taste like, …

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Zakkoku Micro Brewery in Ogawamachi, Saitama

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Zakkoku Micro Brewery The Bottom Line Zakkoku Micro Brewery is a trek for anyone who doesn’t live in the area – heck, from Omiya itself it’s an hour train journey at best, so from Tokyo it’s about two hours. However, if you’re in the area, then there is no excuse not to go there. The whole bar is non-smoking and …

Hikawa Brewery in Omiya, Saitama

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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 …

Beer Hunting Urawa in Kita-Urawa, Saitama

Beer Hunting Urawa

Beer Hunting Urawa The Bottom Line Saitama doesn’t offer up anything new in terms of craft beer, but without much else in the area, I guess Beer Hunting Urawa can charge however much and people will pay it. I wouldn’t recommend people travel there if you’re not in the area, unless you are desperate to get to Beer Hunting Urawa …

Kawaguchi Brewery in Kawaguchi, Saitama

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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. …