West Coast Brewing Taproom in Shizuoka, Shizuoka

West Coast Brewing Taproom Front・ウエストコーストブルーイング タップルームフロント

West Coast Brewing Taproom The Bottom Line While it may be some way from the city centre of Shizuoka, there’s nothing better than getting some good beers at the source and that’s exactly what you get at West Coast Brewing Taproom – plus the option of being able to get some cans to take away too. It’s fun being able …

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Aoi Beer Stand in Shizuoka, Shizuoka

Aoi Beer Stand Front・アオイビールスタンドフロント

Aoi Beer Stand The Bottom Line If you’re looking for a place to pop in for a quick beer throughout the day and don’t mind a limited choice on tap, then Aoi Beer Stand is right for you. It’s highly unlikely you’ll stay here past one or two drinks, mainly because of the lack of food and space really; however, …

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Tachinomi Beer Boy Shibuya in Shibuya, Tokyo

Tachinomi Beer Boy Shibuya Front・立飲みビールボイ渋谷フロント

Tachinomi Beer Boy Shibuya The Bottom Line Like it’s older sibling in Tachinomi Beer Boy in Naka-Meguro, Tachinomi Beer Boy Shibuya tweaks the tried-and-tested idea of Craft Beer Market to create something different, and it works. The casual atmosphere of being able to pop in for a quick beer, without the hassle of waiting for a seat, or having even to …

Cruz Burgers & Craft Beer in Yotsuya, Tokyo

Cruz Burgers & Craft Beer Front・クルズバーガーズ アンド クラフトビアフロント

Cruz Burgers & Craft Beer The Bottom Line Calling Cruz Burgers & Craft Beer a bar may be a slight stretch but they do offer up some good craft beer as well as very good selection of freshly made burgers that means I will definitely be going back there if I am in the area. And that’s the catch – …

Quays Pacific Bar & Grill in Minatomirai, Yokohama

Quays Pacific Bar and Grill Front・キーズ パシフィック グリル フロント

Quays Pacific Bar & Grill The Bottom Line Quays Pacific Bar & Grill is pricey – no two ways about it. If you’ve got the cash to splash, and the legs to walk, then make a move over to Quays Pacific Bar & Grill. While the beers are well-made, (almost) nothing is really worth almost ¥1,500 for a US pint. …

Craftrock Brewpub in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

Craftrock Brewpub Front・クラフトロック ブリューパブフロント

Craftrock Brewpub The Bottom Line Usually we give a new brewery or brewpub some time before trying out their beers, and Craftrock Brewpub has the potential to do well, as long as they introduce some variety in their beers and improve them – hopefully with some feedback they will. The bar itself is a bit of style over substance too …

Kokopelli in Ishikawacho, Kanagawa

Kokopelli Front・ココペリフロント

Kokopelli The Bottom Line Kokopelli is definitely one of the nicest little bars I’ve been to and I will be going back again – both for the beers and for the great food served there. That’s not to sound dismissive about the beers – the three taps they had did have some variety on there and was good value for …

Barchie’s Kamakura in Kamakura, Kanagawa

Barchie's Front・バーチーズ カマクフロント

Barchie’s Kamakura The Bottom Line Barchie’s Kamakura was a great little find for us and we’re definitely going back down there – but for the food and not for the beer. Not to say that the beer is bad, but the narrow range of taps meant that it was pretty much limited to one or two types of beer. Make …

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer in Nagoya, Aichi

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer Front・トランクコーヒー&クラフトビアフロント

Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer The Bottom Line Trunk Coffee & Craft Beer was a surprise for me as a random find and is a bit off the beaten track, but if you’re in the area then pop along to get a decent selection of craft beer from Japan, while your friends can drink some very nice coffee. The chilled …

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Aoi Brewing and Grill in Nagoya, Aichi

Aoi Brewing and Grill Front・アオイ ブリューイング タップアンドグリルフロント

Aoi Brewing and Grill The Bottom Line If you’re wanting to try some of Aoi Brewing’s efforts while you’re in Nagoya, then pop along to Aoi Brewing and Grill, but otherwise, there are better places in the area to be honest. While Aoi Brewing and Grill is non-smoking and has no table charge, the place felt like it used to …