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Carvaan Craft Beer & Grill in Hanno, Saitama

Carvaan Craft Beer & Grill

Carvaan Craft Beer & Grill The Bottom Line If the main Carvaan up the road is too far for you, or you’re feeling like a quick beer before the train, then popping into Carvaan Craft Beer & Grill is a good choice. It doesn’t have the atmosphere, variety of food on offer, or the views though – and also the …

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 …

LaLaChai in Hatagaya, Tokyo

LaLaChai Front

LaLaChai The Bottom Line Hatagaya might not be on your list of places to go for craft beer, but LaLaChai should definitely be on your list you like Thai food or craft beer as it excels in both those areas. The atmosphere and friendliness of the staff was relaxing but not to the point of being annoying. The beers were …

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho in Yurakucho, Tokyo

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho

Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho The Bottom Line It’s not often that I highly recommend a bar, but I do with Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho – but please don’t call it T.A.S.T.Y. Tokyo Aleworks Station Taproom Yurakucho hits all the right spots for me with a craft beer bar – plenty of beers on tap, a decent variety of …

Beer O’Clock in Chiba, Chiba

Beer O'Clock Front

Beer O’Clock The Bottom Line If you don’t mind paying a lot for your beer, then you’ll be happy at Beer O’Clock, but it’s hard to recommend when thinking about the price alone. While the prices are high, they do include tax, and there is a decent selection of beers on tap. The whole place is non-smoking, has no table …

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 …

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Shiokaze BrewStand in Soga, Chiba

Shiokaze BrewStand Front

Shiokaze BrewStand The Bottom Line In spite of travelling for almost 90 minutes to get here, I was pleasantly surprised by Shiokaze BrewStand and would happily travel again to get here. It ticks off everything I want in a bar – a decent amount of taps with enough variety on them, cheap prices that include tax, and some decent music …

Murmur Biiru Stand in Nikko, Tochigi

Murmur Beer Stand Front・マァマー ビールスタンドフロント

Murmur Biiru Stand The Bottom Line While the beer at Murmur Biiru Stand is not world class, or anything to really rave about, it does offer up a nice little spot to have a couple of beers after a hard day’s walking, while chatting with some friendly locals too. While it is primarily a standing bar, there are some chairs …

Craft Beer Shop Doppo in Okayama, Okayama

Craft Beer Shop Doppo・クラフトビアショップ独歩

Craft Beer Shop Doppo The Bottom Line If you don’t mind drinking in food court with screaming kids and stressed out families, then Craft Beer Shop Doppo is a top-notch little spot to get some early beers in when you’re in Okayama. As you’re also able to get beers to takeaway, it’s a good place to pick up some local …