After the 2015 event being so popular, Craft Beer Holiday has moved to April for 2016 this year. Craft Beer Holiday is a four-day craft beer festival held at the park around Osaka castle, known as Osakajokoen from Thursday 21st April to Sunday 24th April. In 2015, over twenty breweries from across Japan came for the four days of drinking and relaxing in the park with an impressive view of Osaka Castle.
Craft Beer Holiday starts on Thursday 21st April at 17:00 until 21:00, then on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 21:00 while the last day Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00 to give people a chance to recover for the first day back at work on the Monday. Tickets cost ¥3,200 in advance, which go on sale from Tuesday 1st March, and for this you get ten beer tickets and an original glass. This year though the ticket system has changed with two tickets needed for one drink of 360ml of beer. Moreover, the tickets can be used to either buy beer or food on the day.
If you buy the ticket on the day, the price goes up to ¥3,500 for the same amount of tickets and original glass. It’s important to note that beers can only be served in the original glass or a specified glass from the events, so keep ahold of it and don’t lose it, drop it, break it, or other things that usually happen after too many beers. Additional tickets cost ¥1,000 on the day for a two drinks, while a special glass can be bought for ¥1,250.
Breweries Attending Craft Beer Holiday
At the time of writing, the list of breweries had not been confirmed, but the 2015 had the following:
- Ise Kadoya Brewery
- Ushitora Brewery
- Zakko Kobo Microbrewery
- Sankt Gallen
- Shiga Kogen / Tamamura Honten
- Johana Beer
- Shirahama Brewery
- Swan Lake Beer
- Daisen G Beer
- Hitachino Nest Beer
- Far Yeast
- Fujizakura Kogen Beer
- Baird Beer
- Shimane Matsue Beer Hearn
- Minamishinshu Beer
- Minoh Beer
- Morita Kinshachi Beer
- Yo-Ho Brewing
- Y. Market Brewing
How to Get Tickets For Craft Beer Holiday
Advanced tickets can be bought from the following places:
- Using E+ (E plus) at http://eplus.jp/holiday/
- FamilyMart and using the FamiPort
Craft Beer Holiday Details
Homepage (in Japanese): http://beerholiday.jp/
How to Get to Craft Beer Holiday
Craft Beer Holiday is going to be held at Osakajokoen and the closest station to it is Osakajokoen on the JR loop line. Take exit number 3 and the location is about a three-minute walk.