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Nihonbashi Brewery in Ningyocho, Tokyo

Nihonbashi Brewery Front・にほんばしブルワリーフロント

Nihonbashi Brewery The Bottom Line If you’re going to call yourself a brewery and have you own beer on tap, make sure you have plenty of your own beer on tap – and that was the biggest problem with Nihonbashi Brewery, besides some small niggles that you can probably guess. The place promises so much – a great chilled out …

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 …

Used Like New Beer in Nagoya, Aichi

Used Like New Beer Front・ユーズドライクニュービフロント

Used Like New Beer The Bottom Line I’m going to stick my neck out here and say Used Like New Beer should be on your list of places to visit if you go to Nagoya – think of it as the Beach Muffin of the West. It’s quaint and cost atmosphere is enticing and I could have easily stuck around …

Magnetico in Kamakura, Kanagawa

Magnetico Front・マグネチコフロント

Magnetico The Bottom Line Magnetico was never going to live up to the expectation that I had for it – but I did really like this place and its break from the bustling tourist areas in Kamakura. Its chilled out atmosphere was a perfect relaxant after a busy day of walking and if I am in the area again, I …

Craft Beer Keg Nagoya in Nagoya, Aichi

Craft Beer Keg Nagoya Front・ケグナゴヤフロント

Craft Beer Keg Nagoya The Bottom Line Craft Beer Keg Nagoya is more of an upmarket kind of craft beer bar than usual, but don’t let that detract you from it. The bar has a chilled-out atmosphere, and is even better when the big bay doors are opened up. The prices aren’t as high as to be expected but seeing …

TDM 1874 Aoyama in Aoyama, Tokyo

TDM 1874 Aoyama Front・TDM 1874青山フロント

TDM 1874 Aoyama The Bottom Line If you’re in the Aoyama area, and are looking for somewhere to drink, then TDM 1874 Aoyama should be on your list – either for a quick couple of beers, or for a more substantial sessions upstairs. While we didn’t get to sample the food we’ll definitely be popping along another time soon when …

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 …

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Boulevard Cafe &9 in Kannai, Yokohama

Boulevard Cafe &9 Front・ブールバードカフェ アンドナイン前

Boulevard Cafe &9 The Bottom Line The south end of Kannai is getting a bit busier with some more craft beer places opening, and if you’re in the south end of Kannai and looking for a place for a quick beer, then Boulevard Cafe &9 is one of the best choices to have one or two beers before a baseball …

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 …

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 …