Hug Hop in Shizuoka, Shizuoka

Hug Hop Front・ハグ ホップフロント

Hug Hop The Bottom Line Hug Hop has pretty much everything I look for in a craft beer bar – lots of taps with a good variety of beers on tap and also no table charge but unfortunately the prices do not include tax. Thethe friendly, chilled out atmosphere and tasty food (the gapao was amazing) should be the effort …

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Golden Gate Hamburger and Craft Beer in Okachimachi, Tokyo

Golden Gate Hamburger and Craft Beer Front・ゴールデンゲートフロント

Golden Gate Hamburger and Craft Beer The Bottom Line Golden Gate is a peculiar place and I don’t know whether to recommend it or not. It’s got a quaint little atmosphere going on, with reasonably well-priced beers that have tax included and there is also no table charge either. However, it’s the unusual smoking rules that get my goat – …

Beer Stand Molto in Umeda, Osaka

Beer Stand Molto The Bottom Line Beer Stand Molto is a standing bar in the center of Umeda with a great selection of drinks. I recommend it if you’re passing by and notice that it’s not too crowded, but because of its great location and small size, it’s often quite full of salarymen. The best time to visit is during …

Y Market Brewing Taproom in Nagoya, Aichi

Y Market Brewing Taproom ・ワイマーケットブルーイングタップルーム

Y Market Brewing Taproom The Bottom Line There’s no better place than a brewery to get the freshest beers going, and with Y Market Brewing Taproom, you have another choice after Y Market Brewing Kitchen to do that. However, Y Market Brewing Taproom is a trek out of the city to do it, so it’s probably only the die-hard Y …

Used Like New Beer in Nagoya, Aichi

Used Like New Beer Front・ユーズドライクニュービフロント

Used Like New Beer The Bottom Line I’m going to stick my neck out here and say Used Like New Beer should be on your list of places to visit if you go to Nagoya – think of it as the Beach Muffin of the West. It’s quaint and cost atmosphere is enticing and I could have easily stuck around …

Craft Beer Ghent in Nagoya, Aichi

Craft Beer Ghent Front・クラフト酒場 ゲント店前

Craft Beer Ghent The Bottom Line If you’re desperate for craft beer and there’s nowhere else in the area, then I guess Craft Beer Ghent is worthy of a visit, but there’s so much that it does wrong that personally I would give it a wide miss unless you’re really wanting some craft beer. When we went, Craft Beer Ghent was …

Rise & Win Brewing Co. Kamikatz Taproom in Minato-Ku, Tokyo

Rise & Win Brewing Co. Kamikatz Taproom Front・ライズアンドウィンブルーイングカンパニー カミカツタップルーム店前

Rise & Win Brewing Co. Kamikatz Taproom The Bottom Line If you really want to try the range of beers from Rise & Win Brewing Co. Kamikatz Taproom, or you like their beers, then there is no other better place than here, but don’t expect a brewpub or even the atmosphere of one. Rise & Win Brewing Co. Kamikatz Taproom is far more …

Tri Star Beer Restaurant in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Tri Star Beer Restaurant Front・トライスタービアレストラン前

Tri Star Beer Restaurant The Bottom Line With Kanazawa’s highest number of taps, there is bound to be something on tap that you want to drink, despite the lineup being narrow on the day we went to Tri Star Beer Restaurant, I’d still recommend the place. The whole place is non-smoking and has no table charge; however, even though there is …

Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Factory in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Factory Beer 1・Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Front・東海度ビール川崎工前

Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Factory The Bottom Line If you enjoyed the beers Tanoue-san was making at Kazekami Brewery, you’ll like the (restrained) versions he is making at Tokaido Beer Kawasaki Factory. The whole place has traditional Japanese vibe to it, with some smooth background music and gleaming tanks behind the bar to look at. The whole place is non-smoking and has no …

Oriental Brewing Korinbo in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Oriental Brewing Korinbo Front ・オリエンタル・ブルーイング香林坊店前

Oriental Brewing Korinbo The Bottom Line Oriental Brewing Korinbo is a nice little place to pick up some locally made beers at a reasonable price if you can’t get to the main branch in Higashiyama. Unlike the Higashiyama branch, the focus is purely on Oriental Brewing’s beers, though there is plenty of choice in terms of styles. The whole is …