Baird Beer Brewery Gardens Taproom in Shuzenji

Brewery Gardens Taproom View

On our recent trip to the Baird Beer Brewery, BeerTengoku was also lucky enough to sample some of the beers in the Brewery Gardens Taproom on the third floor. The Brewery Gardens Taproom is located above the brewery, giving you ample opportunity to observe the brewing process in action, try some of the Baird Beer range, and also take in some …

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Helios Pub in Naha, Okinawa

Helios Pub Facade

Helios is the “other” Okinawan brewery, and is almost as beloved as Orion on the islands. Their brewery is based in Kyoda, near Nago city on the main island of Okinawa. Helios Pub is situated on Naha’s Kokusai Dori (International Street), and opened in July 1996. BeerTengoku visited in August, 2014. I walked straight past Helios Pub at first; it looks …

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Closed: Craftheads Craftbeer in Shibuya, Tokyo

Craftheads sign

Closed: Craftheads Craftbeer closed. This review has been kept up for posterity’s sake. Craftheads has been open since September 2009, sprung up from Bar Sal in Kawasaki, and is located about 10 minutes from the Hachiko exit at JR Shibuya station. Craftheads sells a mixture of Japanese and import craft beers, with over 20 taps at any one time, and …

Urban BBQ Smokehouse in Shibuya, Tokyo

Urban BBQ Smokehouse by TY Harbor Brewery

Urban BBQ Smokehouse One Paragraph Review If you like your TY Harbor beers and some BBQ food, then Urban BBQ Smokehouse is a great place to come to; however it won’t be cheap. Moreover, the guest beers are cheaper elsewhere so it is best to stick to the TY Harbour beers. Urban BBQ Smokehouse Full Review Located inbetween Shibuya, Harajuku, and …

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Watering Hole in Yoyogi, Tokyo

Watering Hole selection

Watering Hole Yoyogi (there’s no “The” in the name) has been open for over two years and is located about 5 minutes from JR Yoyogi station’s east exit, behind the NTT Docomo building. Watering Hole serves both Japanese craft beer as well as imported American craft beer. With a selection of craft beers in bottles and around 20 taps, depending …

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 …

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 …

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Good Beer Faucets in Shibuya, Tokyo

Goodbeer Faucets Front

Good Beer Faucets The Bottom Line Good Beer Faucets is leading the way forward in terms of affordable craft beer in Tokyo and other bars could certainly learn a lot from it. The cracking happy hour deal makes drinking some craft beer in one of the busiest parts of Tokyo cheaper than expected and for that alone, Good Beer Faucets …