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, …

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 …

Platinum Fish Beer Marche in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Platinum Fish Beer Marche Front

Platinum Fish Beer Marche The Bottom Line Platinum Fish Beer Marche puts me in a dilemma – if you live, or are shopping, in the area then Platinum Fish Beer Marche is well worth a visit for a couple of relaxing beers. However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this is more of a bar for that – a quick beer …

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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 …

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 …

Craft Beer Market Jimbocho Terrace in Jimbocho, Tokyo

Craft Beer Market Jimbocho Terrace Outside

Craft Beer Market Jimbocho Terrace The Bottom Line If you’ve been to one Craft Beer Market bar, then you’ve pretty much been to all of them. Craft Beer Market Jimbocho Terrace doesn’t stray too far from the tried and tested formula of cheap craft beer, served at varying degrees of wellness, with tax included. However, Craft Beer Market Jimbocho Terrace has been the …

Craft Beer Market Jimbocho in Jimbocho, Tokyo

Craft Beer Market Jimbocho Front

Craft Beer Market Jimbocho The Bottom Line Craft Beer Market Jimbocho is a marmite bar – sometimes the beers you get are well-served and in good condition, and at ¥780 a pint (includes tax!) then there are few better places in Japan, let alone Tokyo, that can beat the price. However, at other times, the beer comes up with a massive …

TBE Brewing in Ebisu, Tokyo

TBE Brewing Outside

TBE Brewing One Paragraph Review TBE Brewing got us caught in with the ¥100 (plus tax) craft beers on the opening weekend but the regular prices for medium and large beers are standard for Tokyo craft beer bars it seems. The lack of inclusion of tax in the prices and table charge meant our bill increased at the final moment …