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 …

Tri Star Beer Restaurant in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Tri Star Beer Restaurant Front・トライスタービアレストラン前

Tri Star Beer Restaurant The Bottom Line With Kanazawa’s highest number of taps, there is bound to be something on tap that you want to drink, despite the lineup being narrow on the day we went to Tri Star Beer Restaurant, I’d still recommend the place. The whole place is non-smoking and has no table charge; however, even though there is …

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Craft Beer Mugibatake in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Craft Beer Mugibatake Front・クラフトビア麦畑前

Craft Beer Mugibatake The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something family friendly and straight-forward, then Craft Beer Mugibatake is right up your street. Its family restaurant orientated decor left us feeling a bit cold, but it is this design that makes it good for those trying to find somewhere they can take their kids. The tap list won’t excite the …

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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, …

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Barley Wheat in Kamata, Tokyo

Barley Wheat Front

Barley Wheat The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then Barley Wheat is the best choice in the wilderness that is Kamata – just. It doesn’t differ much from the Barley Wheat Hamamatsucho branch, though personally I found the beer menu to be rather narrow in terms of variety of beer styles on tap – the IPA craze is still strong here. …

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 …

29BY in Kannai, Yokohama

254 Beer 29 BY

29BY The Bottom Line Craft Meat and Baird Harajuku Taproom both show that with the right prices and menu, you can’t really go wrong with meat and craft beer – if it’s priced right and the servings are good. Perhaps someone should have told 29BY about these two places as it’s hard to recommend the place in its current form. At the …

Beer Belly Tosabori in Tosabori, Osaka

Beer Belly Tosabori Front

Beer Belly Tosabori The Bottom Line Despite Beer Belly being all smoking, it’s hard not to recommend it due to the sheer variety of beers on tap and the great atmosphere inside – especially late in the evening in a wet and soggy Osaka.. There is no table charge and all prices include tax as well; however, there is no wifi. …

Oonoya in Shinmachi, Osaka

Oonoya Front

Oonoya The Bottom Line Oonoya combines two of my loves – grilled meat on sticks, aka yakitori, and craft beer but it’s hard to recommend Oonoya – the smokey atmosphere and slow service meant our time there was less than enjoyable. It’s a shame as the atmosphere was fun and jovial with groups of people laughing and joking together. The place …

Craft Beer House Devinchi in Sonezaki, Osaka

Craft Beer House Devinchi Front

Craft Beer House Devinchi The Bottom Line Perhaps because it was the end of a long day of travelling and drinking but Craft Beer House Devinchi really didn’t hit the spot for me. While it had a good atmosphere, the smoking across the bar wasn’t welcome and I could have sworn that one of the beers I had was off but …