Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku Front・スワンレイクパブエド修蔵 新宿店フロント

Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku The Bottom Line Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku is nothing like the other two branches in Kyobashi or Tamachi – it’s far more upmarket and not really aimed at craft beer drinkers. Instead, it’s aimed at the local office workers – as I found out on the day. While it follows a similar vein to …

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Brunton’s in Ishikawacho, Kanagawa

Brunton's Front ・ブラントンズフロント

Brunton’s The Bottom Line It’s great to see a place styled like Brunton’s, more in tune with its surroundings and with some character, and I wanted to like Brunton’s – but the prices for the beer and food left me feeling a bit like I was paying for the style of the bar, rather than actually for the beers. The …

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Sidewalk Stand Nakameguro in Nakameguro, Tokyo

Sidewalk Stand Nakameguro Front・サイドウォーク スタンド中目黒フロント

Sidewalk Stand Nakameguro The Bottom Line While Sidewalk Stand Nakameguro stretches the boundaries of what is classified as a craft beer bar, it is a cosy little place that should be on your list for a quick beer while you’re going to Deguchiya or perhaps for a nice respite from the crowds along the River Meguro. Sidewalk Stand Nakameguro ticks off …

Barchie’s Kamakura in Kamakura, Kanagawa

Barchie's Front・バーチーズ カマクフロント

Barchie’s Kamakura The Bottom Line Barchie’s Kamakura was a great little find for us and we’re definitely going back down there – but for the food and not for the beer. Not to say that the beer is bad, but the narrow range of taps meant that it was pretty much limited to one or two types of beer. Make …

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Rudy Brew in Kamakura, Kanagawa

Rudy Brew Front ・ルーディーブリュー店前

Rudy Brew The Bottom Line If Rudy Brew can succeed where Xrosk failed, then they’re onto a winner – however, Kamakura is a fickle place it seems. There ska-punk-esque atmosphere in Rudy Brew is completely the opposite of what Xrosk was – and I liked it. The staff are friendly, there is a variety of beer on the menu, and …

Gather @ Eating House in Bashamichi, Yokohama

Gather @ Eating House Front・ギャザー イーティングハウスフロント

Gather @ Eating House The Bottom Line Gather @ Eating House offers up a solid, if uninspiring, lineup of craft beer throughout the year that supports some local breweries. Moreover, if you’ve got a pet, i.e. a dog, and want to drink outside with them in Yokohama, then Gather @ Eating House is also a good choice. However, for the …

Kanei Shoten in Noge, Yokohama

Kanei Shoten Front・金井商店フロント

Kanei Shoten The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something upmarket in Yokohama to have your craft beer and food, then get to Kanei Shoten, else give it a miss if you’re worried about the price. It’s far more upmarket than other places in the area and you’ll pay for it, but the fun, lively atmosphere, paired up with some …

Patreon Guide #5 – Shibuya

Shibuya Drinking Guide

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Craft Beer & Chips in Kanto

Craft Beer & Chips Guide Front

For those that have been following and reading BeerTengoku for a while now, know that we LOVE our chips. Wedges, crinkle cut, steak cut, shoestring, roast – there are so many ways that the versatile potato can be served up in the form of something that has been cut and fried in oil. Then there comes dips – mayonnaise, BBQ …

Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Factory in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Factory Beer 1・Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Front・東海度ビール川崎工前

Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Factory The Bottom Line If you enjoyed the beers Tanoue-san was making at Kazekami Brewery, you’ll like the (restrained) versions he is making at Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Factory. The whole place has traditional Japanese vibe to it, with some smooth background music and gleaming tanks behind the bar to look at. The whole place is non-smoking and has no …