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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 …

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Craft Beer Base Bud in Umeda, Osaka

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Craft Beer Base Bud The Bottom Line Craft Beer Base Bud should be on your list of places to drink in when you’re in Osaka – as long as you can navigate going underground among Osaka’s labyrinthine passages that seem to go everywhere in a loop. The friendly and chilled atmosphere helps out and the bar staff really know their beers. …

Beer Garage 87 in Irie, Yokohama

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Beer Garage 87 The Bottom Line While the beer list at Beer Garage 87 is interesting, and the owner is generally one of the most friendly and interesting bar owners I’ve met on my BeerTengoku travels, neither of those points can save the fact that as Beer Garage 87 is in the middle of nowhere, you have to have some special reason …

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Yona Yona Beer Works Kanda in Kanda, Tokyo

Yona Yona Beer Works Kanda Front

Yona Yona Beer Works Kanda The Bottom Line Yona Yona Beer Works Kanda doesn’t differ at all from the rest of the Yona Yona range of bars, so you know what you are expecting if you’ve been to any one of them. All prices include tax and there isn’t a table charge. The only gripe I have about the places …

Le Petit L’Ouest in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

Le Petit L'Ouest

Le Petit L’Ouest is a shop that we’ve visited before but kind of forgot to do a review of it or post any information, so here we (finally) go. It’s a small little craft beer shop, located about 10 minutes from Shimokitazawa station, with a unifying theme of craft beer and Star Wars. The owners are huge Star Wars fans, …

Hitsuji in Noge, Yokohama

Hitsuji Front

Hitsuji The Bottom Line Hitsuji had so much going for it – nice setting and a great atmosphere but with the table charge and the additional tax that are added on at the end left a bitter taste in my mouth. From having a reasonable price for a beer to then ¥1,326 just to have a single beer means I won’t …

Thrashzone Meatballs in Kannai, Yokohama

Thrashzone Meatballs

Thrashzone Meatballs One Paragraph Review If you’re looking for more of Thrashzone in Yokohama, then having Thrashzone Meatballs here will sort you out perfectly. It doesn’t offer much compared to the other bars in the area besides heavy metal music and some high ABV beers. With no table charge and taxes included in the price, along with cash on delivery, then …

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Sakazuki Brewing in Kita-Senju, Tokyo

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Sakazuki Brewing One Paragraph Review Sakazuki Brewing is a welcome addition with lots of potential to do well though the beers do need to either be aged or better planned out to ensure that customers have something to drink. The prices are cheap for the beer you get and the atmosphere feels like what a brewpub should be like. All the …

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Pigalle in Sangenjaya, Tokyo

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Pigalle One Paragraph Review It’s really hard for us to recommend Pigalle really. While the beers on tap are varied and the prices included tax, they are expensive for the amount of beer you get, considering Shibuya is two stops along and has far more bars that are cheaper and give you more beer for your money. It does have a …

CLOSED: Beer Republic in Yokohama

Beer Republic

Editor Note:Beer Republic has closed down. This review has been kept for posterity’s sake Opened in April 2011, Beer Republic is situated in a nondescript area about 5 minutes north of Yokohama station. The bar serves only Japanese craft beers from their 14-tap system, which also includes two hand pumps. The beers are strictly curated by the owner, who constantly …