Oriental Brewing Higashiyama in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Oriental Brewing Higashiyama Front・オリエンタル ブルーイング東山前

Oriental Brewing Higashiyama The Bottom Line If you’re in the area then it’s worth popping along to Oriental Brewing Higashiyama for either a couple of beers and a light snack to eat, or a longer drinking session. The atmosphere, like many other places in Kanazawa, is chilled and friendly – something that made us stay for just a bit longer than …

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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, …

Fukuoka Kitchen in Matsumoto, Nagano

Fukuoka Kitchen Front

Fukuoka Kitchen The Bottom Line If it wasn’t for the table charge and lack of tax included in the price, then Fukuoka Kitchen would be the craft beer bar to go to in Matsumoto. Right now, it’s just a recommended place but don’t let that get you down too much. Fukuoka-san is a great host – even on a Monday night – …

Matsumoto Brewery Taproom in Matsumoto, Nagano

Matsumoto Brewery Taproom Front 1

Matsumoto Brewery Taproom The Bottom Line Matsumoto Brewery Taproom is a great little place in an area of Nagano that is deadly in need of some decent craft beer bars. The main downside to Matsumoto Brewery Taproom, at the time of writing, is the hours that the bar is open; however, if you take a walk around Matsumoto then it’s …

Tap & Growler in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

Tap & Growler Front

Tap & Growler The Bottom Line If you want a place that has lots of beers on tap for you to tick off in your Untappd and don’t mind the price, then Tap & Growler is highly recommended. It’s important to remember that Tap & Growler is primarily a place for you to pick up some beer to takeaway in a growler, …

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Goto Jozo in Kyodo, Tokyo

Goto Jozo Front

Goto Jozo The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then it’s worth popping into Goto Jozo for a couple of standing beers. But there in lies the problems with Goto Jozo – it’s a nice little place but the atmosphere is more conducive for a quick beer or two then leave. If there was seating then I would recommend Goto …

BeerMa Kanda in Kanda, Tokyo

BeerMa Kanda Front

BeerMa Kanda The Bottom Line BeerMa Kanda – what is it trying to be? The taplist can be found in other places for cheaper but the bottle selection is one of the best in Japan – let alone Tokyo. If you’re going to buy bottles, then BeerMa Kanda is a great place to do that but make sure you take …

Gora Brewery & Grill in Hakone, Kanagawa

Goya Brewery & Grill Front

Gora Brewery & Grill The Bottom Line Perhaps Gora Brewery & Grill should be renamed Gora Grill & Brewery because I’m sure the grilled food is miles better than the beer produced. The setting for Gora Brewery & Grill is second to none – beautiful views over the valley, Japanese zen garden, a foot bath for you to rest your weary feet. But …

Bayern Meister Beer in Fujinomiya, Yamanashi

Bayern Meister Beer Front

Bayern Meister Beer The Bottom Line Bayern Meister Beer suffers from the same fate as Sylvans Restaurant – they have some cracking beers on tap but you have to be willing to drive to get there or be with someone that doesn’t mind driving. The beers are really good representations of the styles they are supposed to be and are …

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Sylvans Restaurant in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi

Sylvans Restaurant Front

Sylvans Restaurant The Bottom Line Let’s get the negative out of the way first – Sylvans Restaurant is a pain to get to. However, it’s worth the effort if you do make it out there. The beers are world class fresh, cheap, and the outside gardens make you want to stay for much longer. While we did go the anniversary on …