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Tsukinowaguma in Gakugeidaigaku, Tokyo

Tsukinowaguma Front・ツキノワグマ店前

Tsukinowaguma The Bottom Line If you’re in Gakugeidaigaku, and you’re desperate for some craft beer, then you can get the train to either Nakameguro or Jiyugaoka, as it is hard to recommend Tsukinowaguma over anything else that’s close by. While there are some taps of craft beer, the place is pricey for what you get both in terms of beer …

Craft Beer Ghent in Nagoya, Aichi

Craft Beer Ghent Front・クラフト酒場 ゲント店前

Craft Beer Ghent The Bottom Line If you’re desperate for craft beer and there’s nowhere else in the area, then I guess Craft Beer Ghent is worthy of a visit, but there’s so much that it does wrong that personally I would give it a wide miss unless you’re really wanting some craft beer. When we went, Craft Beer Ghent was …

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 …

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 …

Korinbo Jibiruba in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Korinbo Jibiruba Front・香林坊ジビルバ前

Korinbo Jibiruba The Bottom Line Korinbo Jibiruba is a bar for craft beer fans with its ever-changing lineup of both regular and harder to find craft beers. While the prices are on the slightly higher side, for some of the rarer beers on tap, they are very good value for money. As with all other places it seems in Kanazawa, …

Owaricho Beer Stand in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Owaricho Beer Stand Front・尾張町ビヤスタンド前

Owaricho Beer Stand The Bottom Line Owaricho Beer Stand is pretty much the idea kind of standing bar for BeerTengoku – no air of pretentiousness, just beer on tap with some snacks to go. It’s very easy to pop in here for one, but end up staying for more, especially as there is no table charge (it is a standing …

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 …

Craft Beer Bar & Pub Tatemachi Che in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Craft Beer Bar & Pub Tatemachi Che Front・クラフトビール タテマチ チェ前

Craft Beer Bar & Pub Tatemachi Che The Bottom Line Craft Beer Bar & Pub Tatemachi Che may not have an expansive lineup of beers compared to other places in Kanazawa, but its chilled, welcoming atmosphere makes up for that and the slightly higher than average prices in the area. The owner of the bar is chatty – not in …

101 Tokyo in Ebisu, Tokyo

101 Tokyo The Bottom Line I really wanted to be able to recommend 101 Tokyo, but the prices for beers and the food push it into the realm of needing a second mortgage to be able to have more than four or five beers with some food. Moreover, the peculiar table charge system ticked me off as well – sit at a …

Standing Bar Beer Boy in Naka-Meguro, Tokyo

Standing Bar Beer Boy・立飲みビールボーイ

Standing Bar Beer Boy The Bottom Line Standing Bar Beer Boy tweaks the tried-and-tested idea of Craft Beer Market to create something different, and it works. The casual atmosphere of being able to pop in for a quick beer, without the hassle of waiting for a seat, or having even to book a table, is still welcome. The prices do …