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Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara in Akihabara, Tokyo

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara Front・クラフトビアバル IBREW 秋葉原フロント

Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara The Bottom Line If you have a winning formula, why change it? Craft Beer Bar iBrew Akihabara does exactly the same thing as the other bars, but to a larger scale and brings some much needed cheaper craft beer to an area in danger of becoming gentrified. If you’ve been to any other branch of …

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Midtown BBQ Yokohama in Kannai, Yokohama

Midtown BBQ Yokohama Front・ミッドタウンバーベキュー横浜店前

Midtown BBQ Yokohama The Bottom Line Midtown BBQ Yokohama brings a new challenger to the Kannai / Sakuragicho / Bashamichi area for some craft beer and BBQ meats, and along with a decent range of beers on tap, means you’ll come for the BBQ and stay for the BBQ with some tasty beers as well. The whole place is non-smoking, …

Two Fingers Craft Beer in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Two Fingers Craft Beer Front ・トゥー・フィンガーズ・クラフトビア店前

Two Fingers Craft Beer The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then Two Fingers Craft Beer is one of our picks in the Ikebukuro area to try some new craft beer in a warm, inviting atmosphere. While the prices do gravitate towards the higher end of Tokyo prices, the pours are spot on – no two fingers of head here. …

Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa Front・エンブレム ソーシャルバー金沢前

Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa The Bottom Line Emblem Social Bar Kanazawa isn’t a place you’re going to search out for beer – but come for one and the chicken will keep you seated, along with a warm and friendly atmosphere (c’mon – which place in Kanazawa isn’t friendly.) They are so friendly that they even started cooking again at 9:30pm when …

Oriental Brewing Korinbo in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Oriental Brewing Korinbo Front ・オリエンタル・ブルーイング香林坊店前

Oriental Brewing Korinbo The Bottom Line Oriental Brewing Korinbo is a nice little place to pick up some locally made beers at a reasonable price if you can’t get to the main branch in Higashiyama. Unlike the Higashiyama branch, the focus is purely on Oriental Brewing’s beers, though there is plenty of choice in terms of styles. The whole is …

Bakery & Beer Butchers in Hon-Atsugi, Kanagawa

Bakery & Beer Butchers Front 1・ベーカリーアンドビアブッチャーズ店前1

Bakery & Beer Butchers The Bottom Line While Bakery & Beer Butchers is not an official taproom for Sankt Gallen, it’s a worthy visit for going to try the whole range of Sankt Gallen beers and some tasty bread and burgers. The prices are cheaper than expected, with no table charge, but tax is not included in the prices. Moreover, the …

Oriental Brewing Higashiyama in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Oriental Brewing Higashiyama Front・オリエンタル ブルーイング東山前

Oriental Brewing Higashiyama The Bottom Line If you’re in the area then it’s worth popping along to Oriental Brewing Higashiyama for either a couple of beers and a light snack to eat, or a longer drinking session. The atmosphere, like many other places in Kanazawa, is chilled and friendly – something that made us stay for just a bit longer than …

Yggdrasil Brewing in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa

Yggdrasil Brewing Front・イグドラジル ブルーイングフロント

Yggdrasil Brewing The Bottom Line While it’s a bit soon to be reviewing a brewpub that doesn’t brew on site (at the time of writing), Yggdrasil Brewing brings something new to an area desperately in need of some craft beer. The guys behind Yggdrasil Brewing (Davido and Xavier) know their stuff and what they are promising to bring besides craft beer (think …

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Tap & Growler in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

Tap & Growler Front

Tap & Growler The Bottom Line If you want a place that has lots of beers on tap for you to tick off in your Untappd and don’t mind the price, then Tap & Growler is highly recommended. It’s important to remember that Tap & Growler is primarily a place for you to pick up some beer to takeaway in a growler, …

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Beer Kobo Shinjuku in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Beer Kobo Shinjuku Front

Beer Kobo Shinjuku The Bottom Line Shinjuku offers up plenty of places to drink craft beer that are better than Beer Kobo Shinjuku; however,Beer Kobo Shinjuku is the best of the chain across Tokyo. The beers were slightly better tasting than I expected and were better than the other branches that I’ve been to – guess that’s saying something. But the prices …