Butcher’s Republic Grandtree in Musashi-Kosugi, Kanagawa

Butcher's Republic Grandtree Front

Butcher’s Republic Grandtree The Bottom Line I went to Butcher’s Republic for the beer, but ended up staying the food, and no doubt you’ll probably do the same. I was disappointed with the quality of the beers on tap, and would strongly suggest giving them a bit longer before going – unless you’re really desperate for some beers. Butcher’s Republic …

Craft Beer Sloth House in Tsunashima, Kanagawa

Craft Beer Sloth House Front

Craft Beer Sloth House The Bottom Line While Craft Beer Sloth House is a nice, cozy little place to have a beer or two, the prices means that those beers end up being very expensive, and you could just use the extra cash instead to get a train to either Ebisu or Yokohama, and save yourself some money in the …

Ibaraki Sato Saketen in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki

Ibaraki Sato Saketen Front

Ibaraki Sato Saketen The Bottom Line Ibaraki Sato Saketen is a nice little standing bar at Tsuchiura Station, and if you’ve got time to kill, with an urge for a beer, then pop along for a couple of beers, but be prepared to pay slightly more than usual for your beer. Of course, as it is a standing bar, there …

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 …

Carvaan Brewery & Restaurant in Hanno, Saitama

Carvaan Brewery & Restaurant

Carvaan Brewery & Restaurant The Bottom Line If you’re looking for some tasty vegan food, with some solid, well-made beers, and amazing views to boot, then Carvaan Brewery & Restaurant is up your street – figuratively, not literally. It’ll take some time to get to, but it’s worth combining this place with a hike in the area and then coming …

YYG Factory in Chiba, Chiba

YYG Factory Front

YYG Factory The Bottom Line Out of the two locations that YYG have, I preferred this branch over the Yoyogi one. The atmosphere was nice and chilled, there was a decent selection of beers on tap with enough variety to keep everyone happy, even though the glasses were on the small size, and the servings were. However, the food is …

Ryuda in Yoyogi, Tokyo

Ryuda Front

Ryuda The Bottom Line If you have plenty of money to spare, and you’re looking for somewhere fancy to impress someone, a craft beer bar may not be your first choice. However, with Ryuda, you can pay a fortune for some beers that you can find cheaper less than 5 minutes walk away, and also get some food – while …

Coffee and Beer &9 in Yokohama, Kanagawa

Coffee and Beer &9 in Yokohama The Bottom Line

Coffee and Beer &9 The Bottom Line If you’re in transit going through Yokohama station and don’t want to leave through the gates to get somewhere better, then Coffee and Beer &9 in Yokohama is your only choice. It’s got a decent range of craft beer on tap, with some cheap beers too with some nice little beer set options …

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, …