YYG Factory in Chiba, Chiba

YYG Factory Front

YYG Factory The Bottom Line Out of the two locations that YYG have, I preferred this branch over the Yoyogi one. The atmosphere was nice and chilled, there was a decent selection of beers on tap with enough variety to keep everyone happy, even though the glasses were on the small size, and the servings were. However, the food is …

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Shiokaze BrewStand in Soga, Chiba

Shiokaze BrewStand Front

Shiokaze BrewStand The Bottom Line In spite of travelling for almost 90 minutes to get here, I was pleasantly surprised by Shiokaze BrewStand and would happily travel again to get here. It ticks off everything I want in a bar – a decent amount of taps with enough variety on them, cheap prices that include tax, and some decent music …

Makuhari Brewery in Makuhari, Chiba

Makuhari Brewery Front

Makuhari Brewery The Bottom Line If you live, or shopping, in the vicinity of Makuhari Brewery, then you’ve got somewhere to get beer from, but personally I wouldn’t travel this far to the middle of nowhere to come here. Makuhari Brewery does offer up a nice relaxing atmosphere for some family time with food and beers, and a cozy coffee …

Ryuda in Yoyogi, Tokyo

Ryuda Front

Ryuda The Bottom Line If you have plenty of money to spare, and you’re looking for somewhere fancy to impress someone, a craft beer bar may not be your first choice. However, with Ryuda, you can pay a fortune for some beers that you can find cheaper less than 5 minutes walk away, and also get some food – while …

Craft Beer Tap Fam333 in Sendagaya, Tokyo

Craft Beer Tap333 Front

Craft Beer Tap Fam333 The Bottom Line I came here not expecting much but I ended up being pleasantly surprised – a warm, welcoming atmosphere, coupled with some top notch pours; however, the prices do leave a lot to be desired. While Craft Beer Tap Fam333 may not have the widest range of taps, there at least is some variety …

Coffee and Beer &9 in Yokohama, Kanagawa

Coffee and Beer &9 in Yokohama The Bottom Line

Coffee and Beer &9 The Bottom Line If you’re in transit going through Yokohama station and don’t want to leave through the gates to get somewhere better, then Coffee and Beer &9 in Yokohama is your only choice. It’s got a decent range of craft beer on tap, with some cheap beers too with some nice little beer set options …

800 Degrees Craft Brew Stand in Yokohama, Kanagawa

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800 Degrees Craft Brew Stand The Bottom Line If you’re looking for a place with some great views of the Yokohama skyline and some local craft beers on tap, then 800 Degrees Craft Brew Stand is right up you street. However, those are pretty much the only reasons to recommend this place over others in Yokohama. The beers are expensive …

Best of The Bunch: Music

Music and Beer

We’re heading back to Kanto for this one but hear us out – sometimes you want to listen to some music as you drink your pint – loud enough to drown out the inane chatter of a drinker talking about the difference between an IPA and a double IPA (heard it!), someone talking to their date about cheese (heard that …

Best of Bunch: Views

In the long six years that BeerTengoku that has been around, we’ve clocked up over 330 visits to bars across Japan – only covering about one-quarter of what is out there. It’s a long way to go, and at this rate, will take us another 18 years of drinking, cycling, and travelling on trains, planes, and automobiles to get to …

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Best of The Bunch: Closed

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They say you should never reminiscence on old loves, beers change, breweries develop new beers, and bars close. Since BeerTengoku has been up and online for over 6 years – an age in blogs it seems – we’ve seen a fair few close. Reasons are abound – lack of customers, being priced out of the area, or changing tastes. Someone …