Gremlin in Hatagaya, Tokyo

Gremlin Front

Gremlin The Bottom Line I had heard many things about Gremlin in the past, from craft beer fans, brewers, and brewery owners so the bar was never going to live up to my expectations. However, for what it is, it is a cozy little place in the basement of a shopping complex that has a decent range of well-served beers …

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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 …

800 Degrees Craft Brew Stand in Yokohama, Kanagawa

800 Degrees Craft Brew Stand・エイトハンドレッドディグリーズクラフトブリュースタンド

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 …

Beer Island in Okayama, Okayama

Beer Island Front・麦酒島フロント

Beer Island The Bottom Line Despite Beer Island being in the red light district, or so it seemed, of Okayama, I thought Beer Island was one of the better places – if not best place – in Okayama for a couple of cold, craft beers. The inside does look like something out of Japanese snack bar – because it is, …

Ohashi Denki in Kumamoto, Kyushu

Ohashi Denki Front・大橋電機フロント

Ohashi Denki The Bottom Line If you don’t mind walking for a bit, and are sure that Ohashi Denki is open then it’s a bar worthy of a visit. While Ohashi Denki isn’t really designed for sticking around – it’s standing room only here – there is more enough to keep you entertained with its quaint interior and friendly owner …

Voyager Craft Beer & Book Bar in Kumamoto, Kyushu

Voyager Craft Beer & Book Bar Front・クラフトビール&ブックバーフロント

Voyager Craft Beer & Book Bar The Bottom Line I was expecting Voyager Craft Beer & Book Bar to be one thing – i.e. a taproom fro Voyager Craft Beer in the area – but it turned out to be something else, and I rather enjoyed it there. It was a shame that it was so quiet on the day that …

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Aoi Brewing Cafe in Shizuoka, Shizuoka

Aoi Brewing Cafe Front・アオイブルーイングカフェフロント

Aoi Brewing Cafe The Bottom Line The only thing that Aoi Brewing Cafe offers over other places in the area is its in the vicinity of the station and that it is open from 8am, perfect for the (early) morning drinker. Besides that, it’s got the usual requirements in a bar – free WiFi, some English menus, takeaway beers, and …

Craft Beer Station in Shizuoka, Shizuoka

Craft Beer Station Front・クラフトビアステーションフロント

Craft Beer Station The Bottom Line If all bars were as friendly and as warming as Craft Beer Station then I’d never be able to leave. While the prices are on the more expensive side for Shizuoka they do thankfully include tax in the price, the atmosphere and generosity of both the bar man and the other customers could not …

Hug Hop in Shizuoka, Shizuoka

Hug Hop Front・ハグ ホップフロント

Hug Hop The Bottom Line Hug Hop has pretty much everything I look for in a craft beer bar – lots of taps with a good variety of beers on tap and also no table charge but unfortunately the prices do not include tax. Thethe friendly, chilled out atmosphere and tasty food (the gapao was amazing) should be the effort …

Aoi Beer Stand in Shizuoka, Shizuoka

Aoi Beer Stand Front・アオイビールスタンドフロント

Aoi Beer Stand The Bottom Line If you’re looking for a place to pop in for a quick beer throughout the day and don’t mind a limited choice on tap, then Aoi Beer Stand is right for you. It’s highly unlikely you’ll stay here past one or two drinks, mainly because of the lack of food and space really; however, …