Libushi in Nozawaonsen-mura, Nagano

Libushi Front

Libushi One Paragraph Review Libushi is pretty expensive compared to other taprooms that we’ve been to so make sure you have plenty of cash with you as it can get pricey quickly and they don’t accept credit cards. The whole bar is standing and if the weather is bad, it can get very hot and steamy inside. Moreover, make sure …

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Koenji Bakushu Kobo in Koenji, Tokyo

Koenji Bakushu Kobo Outside

Koenji Bakushu Kobo The Bottom Line If you’re looking for some cheap homemade Japanese craft beer that is unusual then Koenji Bakushu Kobo is the place for you. The warm, friendly atmosphere and cheap beer make it a winner. Moreover, the chance of you getting the same beer twice is very low as the recipes are always changing. The beers are …

Dogo Beer at Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama, Ehime

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Dogo Onsen is an onsen town which is now part of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture’s main city. The onsen is said to be the oldest in Japan, and, while claims that it dates back three thousand years are difficult to prove, it is certainly mentioned in Japanese literature almost from the start, in the 6 onsen features prominently in Natsume Soseki’s …

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TY Harbor Brewery in Tennozu Isle, Shinagawa

TY Harbor Outside

  TY Harbor Brewery The Bottom Line TY Harbor Brewery comes across as a fancy place that just doesn’t seem to have the philosophy of craft beer in the way it does business. It’s a place with large, grandiose goals but the prices for beer and food left me feeling cold when I knew it was cheaper elsewhere. TY Harbor Brewery The …

Bay Brewing Yokohama Interview

Bay Brewing Yokohama Brewmaster, Shinya Suzuki.

It seems that every couple of months, a new brewery opens up in Japan riding the coat tails of the craft beer revolution. Yet Bay Brewing Yokohama was one of the first brewpubs to have come through the process with a reputation for great beer. That reputation came about because of Shinya Suzuki, the brew master of Bay Brewing Yokohama. …

Yokohama Bay Brewing Kannai in Kannai, Yokohama

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If you’ve read the article here with Shinya Suzuki about Bay Brewing Yokohama then you’re one step ahead of those who haven’t. I’ll wait for you to go read it. Ok, now that you have read it, we can dispense with the back story and history of Bay Brewing Yokohama and move swiftly on. Opened in 2011, Bay Brewing Yokohama …

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Thrash Zone Yokohama in Yokohama

Thrash Zone Beers

Thrash Zone sounded like some dodgy, off-the-beaten track bar when I first heard about almost a decade ago now in 2006. It was originally on a second floor and if you scour the internet hard enough, you’ll find a picture of BeerTengoku at that bar looking worse for wear. Thrash Zone is essentially an outlet for Thrashzone Brew Labo beers with …

Campion Ale in Asakusa, Tokyo

Campion Ale Shop

Campion Ale, located three minutes from Tawaramachi on the Ginza line, one stop before Asakusa, is an example of a new breed of brewpubs opening up across Tokyo. These brewpubs make and serve their own beer on the premises, allowing thirsty drinkers to see the whole process of milling the malt through brewing and fermentation, right up to serving the …