Hikawa Brewery in Omiya, Saitama

Hikawa Brewery Front

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

Kawaguchi Brewery Front

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. …

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Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu in Ebisu, Tokyo 

Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu Front

Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu The Bottom Line Yona Yona Beer Works Ebisu 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 Ebisu is in danger of becoming the McDonald’s of the craft beer world. It would have been nice to have seen something …

Craft Beer Dodo House in Meguro, Tokyo

Craft Beer Dodo House

Craft Beer Dodo House The Bottom Line Craft Beer Dodo House may be off the beaten craft beer track in Tokyo, but I liked it. While it does involve a bit of a walk from Meguro station, the varied tap list and friendly, non-smoking atmosphere helped make Craft Beer Dodo House stand out. The main downside to Craft Beer Dodo House was …

Inazuma Dining in Roppongi, Tokyo 

Inazuma Dining Front イナズマダイニング店外

Inazuma Dining The Bottom Line Right now, Inazuma Dining doesn’t offer up anything spectacular nor any reason to go there, especially with cheaper places in the area. That’s not to say Inazuma Dining is a bad place by any means – it just doesn’t better anything else in the Roppongi area. I’ll definitely go back again one the brewery is up and …

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Beer House Molto in Umeda, Osaka

Beer House Molto Front

Beer House Molto The Bottom Line Beer House Molto does have a good range of beers but unless you’re a member of their program or are looking for a place to to get some incredible views of Osaka whilst drinking some slightly pricey beer, then it’s hard to recommend it over places in Osaka. The prices include tax and there is …

Craft Beer Works Kamikaze in Kitahorie, Osaka

Craft Beer Works Kamikaze Front

Craft Beer Works Kamikaze The Bottom Line Craft Beer Works Kamikaze is a definite go to place on our list of Osaka bars for it’s sheer selection of beers though the prices and sizes do leave something to be desired. It ticked most of all the right boxes on our (lengthy) list – free WiFi, no smoking, and no table …

Boku to Inu in Kitahorie, Osaka

Boku to Inu Front

Boku to Inu The Bottom Line If it hadn’t been for the tap takeover of Ballast Point (let’s leave the discussion about independence and craft beer until later), I would have stayed at Boku to Inu for much longer, perhaps even all night. Kazu, the owner and also a friend of mine, is a genial and hilarious host – both in …

Marca Cafe & Beer Factory in Kitahorie, Osaka

Marca Cafe & Beer Factory

Marca Cafe & Beer Factory The Bottom Line The minimalist design may leave some people feel cold in Marca Cafe & Beer Factory but it can’t be denied that it’s very much a hipster kind of place. Not to say it’s a bad place but it was one of the more expensive bars on our visit Osaka for beer; thankfully there …