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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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 …

Tap & Growler in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyo

Tap & Growler Front

Tap & Growler The Bottom Line If you want a place that has lots of beers on tap for you to tick off in your Untappd and don’t mind the price, then Tap & Growler is highly recommended. It’s important to remember that Tap & Growler is primarily a place for you to pick up some beer to takeaway in a growler, …

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 …

29BY in Kannai, Yokohama

254 Beer 29 BY

29BY The Bottom Line Craft Meat and Baird Harajuku Taproom both show that with the right prices and menu, you can’t really go wrong with meat and craft beer – if it’s priced right and the servings are good. Perhaps someone should have told 29BY about these two places as it’s hard to recommend the place in its current form. At the …

Boku to Inu in Kitahorie, Osaka

Boku to Inu Front

Boku to Inu The Bottom Line If it hadn’t been for the tap takeover of Ballast Point (let’s leave the discussion about independence and craft beer until later), I would have stayed at Boku to Inu for much longer, perhaps even all night. Kazu, the owner and also a friend of mine, is a genial and hilarious host – both in …

Marca Cafe & Beer Factory in Kitahorie, Osaka

Marca Cafe & Beer Factory

Marca Cafe & Beer Factory The Bottom Line The minimalist design may leave some people feel cold in Marca Cafe & Beer Factory but it can’t be denied that it’s very much a hipster kind of place. Not to say it’s a bad place but it was one of the more expensive bars on our visit Osaka for beer; thankfully there …

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Craft Beer Bar Marciero in Dōyamachō, Osaka

Craft Beer Bar Marciero Osaka

Craft Beer Bar Marciero The Bottom Line If you’re in Osaka, then I strongly recommend getting to Craft Beer Bar Marciero – if you can find it and you don’t mind the smoking environment. The tap list rotates often enough and the atmosphere is chilled, yet fun. The food is also tasty and thankfully the owner will explain what’s on the …

Dragonfly Beer Hall in Kiyosumi, Tokyo

Dragonfly Beer Hall Front

Dragonfly Beer Hall The Bottom Line This is what a Baird Beer bar should be like, in fact, it’s by far and away my favourite place, in terms of atmosphere, to drink at. While it may be a place that serves Baird Beer, it is not a Baird Beer bar. However, it does share a lot of similarity – prices …