Murmur Biiru Stand in Nikko, Tochigi

Murmur Beer Stand Front・マァマー ビールスタンドフロント

Murmur Biiru Stand The Bottom Line While the beer at Murmur Biiru Stand is not world class, or anything to really rave about, it does offer up a nice little spot to have a couple of beers after a hard day’s walking, while chatting with some friendly locals too. While it is primarily a standing bar, there are some chairs …

Craft Beer House Schlenkerla in Okayama, Okayama

Craft Beer House Schlenkerla Front・クラフトビアハウス シュレンケルラフロント

Craft Beer House Schlenkerla The Bottom Line Craft Beer House Schlenkerla is a quaint little craft beer that is more than just a bar based on a smoked beer. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, though the bar owner’s perchant for standing and not moving or talking is a little unnerving at times. However, it is a little on the …

Bakushu Shouten in Okayama, Okayama

Bakushu Shouten Front・麦酒商店フロント

Bakushu Shouten The Bottom Line Bakushu Shouten is a peculiar place and as I write this, I’m still in two minds whether I liked it or not as it ticked off both positives and negatives. It has craft beer on tap, with plenty of taps to choose from with a decent atmosphere going on, but the service was a bit …

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 …

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Craft Beer Bar Oiseau in Kumamoto, Kyushu

Craft Beer Bar Oiseau Front・クラフトビールバーオワゾーフロント

Craft Beer Bar Oiseau The Bottom Line Craft Beer Bar Oiseau is everything I want in a craft beer bar, and no doubt you’ll enjoy it too if are in the area. The atmosphere is chilled and friendly, a good range of local craft beer on tap, and with some tasty food as well. To round-off the enjoyable experience, the …

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 …

Shizu Bar in Shizuoka, Shizuoka

Shizu Bar Front・しずバルフロント

Shizu Bar The Bottom Line Shizu Bar is a nice little place to sit down, have some tasty food, and a couple of quiet beers before jumping on the shinkansen home. While the tap list might not excite hardened craft beer hunters, there’s something for everyone on the menu at reasonable prices though they do not include tax. The staff …

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 …

Beer Cafe Barley in Nishinomiya, Hyogo

Beer Cafe Barley The Bottom Line For an afternoon or night out with craft beer in Nishinomiya, there aren’t many options available, but fortunately Beer Cafe Barley is not a bad option. The venue is a bit small, and the beers a bit pricey, but their large selection of beer and warm atmosphere are strong draws if you have money …