Y Market Brewing Kitchen in Nagoya, Aichi

Y Market Brewing Kitchen Front・ワイマーケットブルーイングキッチンフロント

Y Market Brewing Kitchen The Bottom Line If you go to Nagoya, then you have to go to Y Market Brewing. Heck, if you live in Nagoya and haven’t been to Y Market Brewing Kitchen, then what are you doing?! Y Market Brewing Kitchen ticks all the right boxes that we love in a craft beer and we could have …

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Rudy Brew in Kamakura, Kanagawa

Rudy Brew Front ・ルーディーブリュー店前

Rudy Brew The Bottom Line If Rudy Brew can succeed where Xrosk failed, then they’re onto a winner – however, Kamakura is a fickle place it seems. There ska-punk-esque atmosphere in Rudy Brew is completely the opposite of what Xrosk was – and I liked it. The staff are friendly, there is a variety of beer on the menu, and …

Japan Craft Beer and Wine Grillman in Nishiki, Nagoya

Grillman Front・グリルマンフロント

Grillman The Bottom Line I would have liked to have stayed at Grillman for longer, alas, the dinner was waiting for me. However, the chilled cozy atmosphere here stuck with me – the friendliness of the staff, the cool breeze coming in, the quirky beer glasses used, and a decent selection of beer on tap too. The main downside to …

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Kazenori Merry in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

Kazenori Merry Front

Kazenori Merry The Bottom Line Kazenori Merry felt a Ushitora Mk 1.1 – which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your view point of the bar. The whole interior and decor hasn’t changed since opening and it seems that neither have the prices either. It’s one of the more expensive places to drink in Shimo-Kitazawa but …

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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 …

Kyoto Beer Lab in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Kyoto Beer Lab Front

Kyoto Beer Lab The Bottom Line It may be off the beaten (tourist) track in Kyoto, but put Kyoto Beer Lab on your list if you’re looking for some reasonably priced craft beer in a great location. The whole place is non-smoking and mostly standing but the chilled out atmosphere, with the babbling brook-like river just outside bringing some cracking views …

Mikkeller Tokyo in Shibuya, Tokyo

Mikkeller Tokyo Front

Mikkeller Tokyo The Bottom Line Right in the thick of Shibuya but tucked away in a secluded back street the beers here are an experience; not many do them like Mikkeller. Serving Mikkeller beers alongside a range of domestic beers this venue has great decor and plenty of room to move around. You are going to want to catch a …

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Zakkoku Micro Brewery in Ogawamachi, Saitama

Zakkoku Micro Brewery Front

Zakkoku Micro Brewery The Bottom Line Zakkoku Micro Brewery is a trek for anyone who doesn’t live in the area – heck, from Omiya itself it’s an hour train journey at best, so from Tokyo it’s about two hours. However, if you’re in the area, then there is no excuse not to go there. The whole bar is non-smoking and …

Beer Cafe Hopman in Chigasaki, Kanagawa

Beer Cafe Hopman Front

Beer Cafe Hopman: The Bottom Line I wasn’t made to feel particularly welcome at Beer Cafe Hopman, and the decor design was dull as dirty dishwater, so it’s a good job there’s a huge menu to bury your head in. If you’re expecting friendly chat with the locals or staff, though, or an atmosphere more habitable than Venus, or, y’know, …

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Highbury The Home Of Beer in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Highbury - The Home Of Beer Front

Highbury The Home Of Beer The Bottom Line With me being an Arsenal fan, I should love Highbury The Home Of Beer. It’s got everything an Arsenal fan would love: Arsenal memorabilia, Arsenal fans, Arsenal games, and the library atmosphere to boot. But the prices left me feeling a bit cold and confused considering I could get the same beers for …