Garapago Racing Kaisei Handmade Beer in Keisei, Kanagawa

Garapago Racing Kaisei Handmade Beer Front

Garapago Racing The Bottom Line If you’re looking for a bar with amazing views, cheap beers, and well-made food, then Garapago Racing Kaisei Handmade Beer (to give the place its full name) is right up your street – if you don’t mind getting there that is! It was fantastic being able to sit outside on the top deck, with a …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

Makuhari Brewery in Makuhari, Chiba

Makuhari Brewery Front

Makuhari Brewery The Bottom Line If you live, or shopping, in the vicinity of Makuhari Brewery, then you’ve got somewhere to get beer from, but personally I wouldn’t travel this far to the middle of nowhere to come here. Makuhari Brewery does offer up a nice relaxing atmosphere for some family time with food and beers, and a cozy coffee …

Nomi Nalu in Adachi, Tokyo

Nomi Nalu Front・ノミナルフロント

Nomi Nalu The Bottom Line What Nomi Nalu lacks in a wide range of craft beer, it makes up in a solid range of beers on tap along with some tasty burgers to boot as well. The main downside to getting to Nomi Nalu is the long walk, or cycle, need to get there from the closest station. The whole …

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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 …

Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku Front・スワンレイクパブエド修蔵 新宿店フロント

Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku The Bottom Line Swan Lake Pub Edo Shinjuku is nothing like the other two branches in Kyobashi or Tamachi – it’s far more upmarket and not really aimed at craft beer drinkers. Instead, it’s aimed at the local office workers – as I found out on the day. While it follows a similar vein to …

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Draft Pub Bevvy in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Draft Pub Bevvy The Bottom Line Sometimes a place is good because of the sum of its individual parts – and that applies to Draft Pub Bevvy. As a standalone place, it’s expensive, cramped, and has really slow service. However, take it as part of the Food Blast complex, then the place is a good little place to get some food, and …