The Red Dragon in Nagano, Nagano

Guest Review by Sam Dwyer- Check out his blog here! The Red Dragon: The Bottom Line The Red Dragon Pub is a British Style Pub here in Nagano city that features an ever changing menu of Japanese craft beers. Most of these beers are local, some are from further prefectures. Aside from beers there is some unreal pub style food …

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Yokosuka Beer in Yokosuka, Kanagawa

Yokosuka Beer Front

Yokosuka Beer The Bottom Line If you’re in the south east Kanagawa area – perhaps on base or visiting – then Yokosuka Beer is worth popping in for a few beers. It’s probably a trek for all but the hardened readers and drinkers of BeerTengoku. While the tap list is not as extensive as Nawlins across the road, the in-house beers are damned …

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Brasserie Beer Boulevard in Shimbashi, Tokyo

Brasserie Beer Blvd. Front

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 …

Brew La La in Shimbashi, Tokyo

Brew La La Front

Brew La La The Bottom Line Brew La La is great. The staff is friendly, the beer selection is wide, the food is solid pub fare, and there’s regular events such as pub quizzes (we didn’t stick around for the Star Wars pub quiz because neither Rob nor Aldo had allegedly seen arguably the most important cinematic series of the …

øl by Oslo Brewing Company in Shibuya, Tokyo

øl by Oslo Brewing Company Front

øl by Oslo Brewing Company The Bottom Line If you’re into chilled electro music a la Royksopp et al, and don’t mind paying over-the-top prices, then you’ll fit in at øl by Oslo Brewing Company. The prices are some of the most expensive in the area, regardless of the prices including tax, which left me feeling a bit short-changed. While I …

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Craft Beer Gau’s in Shibuya, Tokyo

Craft Beer Gau's Front

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 …

Mikkeller Tokyo in Shibuya, Tokyo

Mikkeller Tokyo Front

Mikkeller Tokyo The Bottom Line Right in the thick of Shibuya but tucked away in a secluded back street the beers here are an experience; not many do them like Mikkeller. Serving Mikkeller beers alongside a range of domestic beers this venue has great decor and plenty of room to move around. You are going to want to catch a …

Far Yeast Tokyo Craft Beer & Bao in Shibuya, Tokyo 

Far Yeast Tokyo Craft Beer & Bao Front

Far Yeast Tokyo Craft Beer & Bao The Bottom Line I liked Far Yeast Tokyo Craft Beer & Bao a lot – mainly because the food was simply brilliant. There is a good selection and variety of beers on tap but while the prices are a tad high compared to other bars that are closer to Shibuya station, it doesn’t have …

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Craft Beer Bar iBrew Shimbashi in Shimbashi, Tokyo

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Shimbashi Front

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 …

Alpha Beta Coffee Club in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo

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Alpha Beta Coffee Club The Bottom Line “Come for the beer, stay for the coffee” seems apt Alpha Beta Coffee Club. The whole atmosphere left me feeling cold – the bright white walls and the loud music left me with the feeling that I was either out of place for trying to have a conversation or that I didn’t belong there. …