Uchida Biyori in Hinodecho, Yokohama

Uchida Biyori Front・内田日和フロント

Uchida Biyori The Bottom Line I liked the atmosphere at Uchida Biyori – it’s relaxed and fun – but it’s also on the pricy side. If you can handle that, and like craft beer, sake, locally grown food, or all three of those, then Uchida Biwa is worth a visit. The tap-list isn’t that extensive compared to other bars in …

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Midtown BBQ Yokohama in Kannai, Yokohama

Midtown BBQ Yokohama Front・ミッドタウンバーベキュー横浜店前

Midtown BBQ Yokohama The Bottom Line Midtown BBQ Yokohama brings a new challenger to the Kannai / Sakuragicho / Bashamichi area for some craft beer and BBQ meats, and along with a decent range of beers on tap, means you’ll come for the BBQ and stay for the BBQ with some tasty beers as well. The whole place is non-smoking, …

Craft Beer Dive Futa’s in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Craft Beer Dive Futa's Front・クラフトビールダイブ前

Craft Beer Dive Futa’s The Bottom Line If it wasn’t for the smoking and slightly higher prices compared with other places in Kanazawa, then Craft Beer Dive Futa’s would come highly recommended. It’s a shame as it ticks all the right boxes: decent selection of beer on tap – both with styles and breweries – as well as some tasty food …

Yggdrasil Brewing in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa

Yggdrasil Brewing Front・イグドラジル ブルーイングフロント

Yggdrasil Brewing The Bottom Line While it’s a bit soon to be reviewing a brewpub that doesn’t brew on site (at the time of writing), Yggdrasil Brewing brings something new to an area desperately in need of some craft beer. The guys behind Yggdrasil Brewing (Davido and Xavier) know their stuff and what they are promising to bring besides craft beer (think …

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Barley Wheat in Kamata, Tokyo

Barley Wheat Front

Barley Wheat The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, then Barley Wheat is the best choice in the wilderness that is Kamata – just. It doesn’t differ much from the Barley Wheat Hamamatsucho branch, though personally I found the beer menu to be rather narrow in terms of variety of beer styles on tap – the IPA craze is still strong here. …

Old Rock in Matsumoto, Nagano

Old Rock The Bottom Line If you’ve been to a British or Irish pub in Japan, then you’ve been to them all – Old Rock is no exception. It offers up that “traditional” pub experience of being in Britain or in Ireland – and a similar pub grub lineup too. Old Rock isn’t a bad place to sit and drink though that’s …

Craft Beer Market Kanda in Kanda, Tokyo

Craft Beer Market Kanda Front

Craft Beer Market Kanda The Bottom Line Out of the plethora of choices in the Craft Beer Market range, Craft Beer Market Kanda has some great food but can’t beat out the Craft Beer Market Jimbocho Terrace or Craft Beer Market Otemachi locations for atmosphere. Like the other ones in the range, Craft Beer Market Kanda is non-smoking, has a table charge, but includes tax in their …

Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Yona Yona Shinjuku Front

Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku The Bottom Line Yona Yona Beer Works Shinjuku doesn’t offer up anything different to the rest of the chain – and that’s a shame. With identical decor, beer, and food, Yona Yona Beer Works has become the McDonald’s of the craft beer world. It would have been nice to have seen something different – perhaps a …

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Cosugi Lodge in Musashi Kosugi, Kanagawa

Cosugi Lodge Front

Cosugi Lodge The Bottom Line If you’re in the area, and there isn’t much else to be in the area for, then Cosugi Lodge is worth a visit in. It doesn’t offer up a varied or wide range of selection of beers, so those looking for something new or rare will be out of luck. But Cosugi Lodge does offer up …

Baird Numazu Fishmarket in Numazu, Shizuoka

Baird Numazu Fishmarket Front

Baird Numazu Fishmarket The Bottom Line Sometimes the original isn’t always the best. That’s not saying Baird Numazu Fishmarket isn’t worth going to, but I’ve been spoilt by Baird Beer in Kanto too much – BBQ, Pizza, Yakitori, and fried food on sticks, along with tasty beer. Baird Numazu Fishmarket offers up the Baird Beer on tap, along with some of the …