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 …

Ramen & Bar Abri Kanazawa in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Ramen & Bar Abri Kanazawa Front・ラーメン&バーABRI金沢前

Ramen & Bar Abri Kanazawa The Bottom Line It may have been the last bar on the first night of our run in Kanazawa, but Ramen & Bar Abri Kanazawa should definitely have been earlier. With its decent selection of beers that come in three (reasonably) priced sizes, Ramen & Bar Abri Kanazawa also scores highly on both the atmosphere and food …

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Brewpub Ergo Bibamus in Kannai, Yokohama

Brewpub Ergo Bibamus Front

Brewpub Ergo Bibamus The Bottom Line I hate using the word potential, but Brewpub Ergo Bibamus has it – now it just has to live up to what its planning on offering, and fast. In its current form, I can’t see Brewpub Ergo Bibamus being high up on craft beer fans’ list of places to go – it’s out of the way, …

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 …

The Life by Marche Baton in Kashiwa, Chiba

The Life by Marche Baton Front

The Life by Marche Baton The Bottom Line Kashiwa doesn’t offer up much in terms of craft beer, considering the population in the area, but The Life by Marche Baton brings something much needed to the area. While it is not the cheapest bar we’ve come across, the fact of the matter is that there is very little competition in the …

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Kazenori Merry in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

Kazenori Merry Front

Kazenori Merry The Bottom Line Kazenori Merry felt a Ushitora Mk 1.1 – which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your view point of the bar. The whole interior and decor hasn’t changed since opening and it seems that neither have the prices either. It’s one of the more expensive places to drink in Shimo-Kitazawa but …

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, …

Gastropub Gozo in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

Gastropub Gozo Front

Gastropub Gozo The Bottom Line If you like Hitachino Nest Beer or hamburgers with lots of melted cheese on top, then Gastropub Gozo is the place for you. Else, give it a wide berth to be honest. While the atmosphere is great at Gastropub Gozo – very chilled and relaxed – the smoking policy lets the bar down as well as the …

August Beer Lab Kitchen in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

August Beer Lab Kitchen Front

August Beer Lab Kitchen The Bottom Line They say you shouldn’t go back to old loves – August Beer Club “B” in Hiroo was mine and I regret going back to the chain with this branch. August Beer Lab Kitchen is located a bit far from anywhere in the area, and the beers on tap are expensive for what you get. Plus the …

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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 …