Beer Island in Okayama, Okayama

Beer Island Front・麦酒島フロント

Beer Island The Bottom Line Despite Beer Island being in the red light district, or so it seemed, of Okayama, I thought Beer Island was one of the better places – if not best place – in Okayama for a couple of cold, craft beers. The inside does look like something out of Japanese snack bar – because it is, …

Bakushu Shouten in Okayama, Okayama

Bakushu Shouten Front・麦酒商店フロント

Bakushu Shouten The Bottom Line Bakushu Shouten is a peculiar place and as I write this, I’m still in two minds whether I liked it or not as it ticked off both positives and negatives. It has craft beer on tap, with plenty of taps to choose from with a decent atmosphere going on, but the service was a bit …

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Craft Beer Bar Oiseau in Kumamoto, Kyushu

Craft Beer Bar Oiseau Front・クラフトビールバーオワゾーフロント

Craft Beer Bar Oiseau The Bottom Line Craft Beer Bar Oiseau is everything I want in a craft beer bar, and no doubt you’ll enjoy it too if are in the area. The atmosphere is chilled and friendly, a good range of local craft beer on tap, and with some tasty food as well. To round-off the enjoyable experience, the …

Voyager Craft Beer & Book Bar in Kumamoto, Kyushu

Voyager Craft Beer & Book Bar Front・クラフトビール&ブックバーフロント

Voyager Craft Beer & Book Bar The Bottom Line I was expecting Voyager Craft Beer & Book Bar to be one thing – i.e. a taproom fro Voyager Craft Beer in the area – but it turned out to be something else, and I rather enjoyed it there. It was a shame that it was so quiet on the day that …

Nomi Nalu in Adachi, Tokyo

Nomi Nalu Front・ノミナルフロント

Nomi Nalu The Bottom Line What Nomi Nalu lacks in a wide range of craft beer, it makes up in a solid range of beers on tap along with some tasty burgers to boot as well. The main downside to getting to Nomi Nalu is the long walk, or cycle, need to get there from the closest station. The whole …

Mugi no Oto in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Mugi no Oto Front ・麦の音フロント

Mugi no Oto The Bottom Line Mugi no Oto is a place I really wanted to like – went in with an open mind, looking forward to some craft beer and relaxing music in the background. I definitely had some beers but the music and prices of beers left me a bit cold, despite the beers being well served. The prices …

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 …

Kanei Shoten in Noge, Yokohama

Kanei Shoten Front・金井商店フロント

Kanei Shoten The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something upmarket in Yokohama to have your craft beer and food, then get to Kanei Shoten, else give it a miss if you’re worried about the price. It’s far more upmarket than other places in the area and you’ll pay for it, but the fun, lively atmosphere, paired up with some …

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Craft Beer Mugibatake in Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Craft Beer Mugibatake Front・クラフトビア麦畑前

Craft Beer Mugibatake The Bottom Line If you’re looking for something family friendly and straight-forward, then Craft Beer Mugibatake is right up your street. Its family restaurant orientated decor left us feeling a bit cold, but it is this design that makes it good for those trying to find somewhere they can take their kids. The tap list won’t excite the …

Fukuoka Kitchen in Matsumoto, Nagano

Fukuoka Kitchen Front

Fukuoka Kitchen The Bottom Line If it wasn’t for the table charge and lack of tax included in the price, then Fukuoka Kitchen would be the craft beer bar to go to in Matsumoto. Right now, it’s just a recommended place but don’t let that get you down too much. Fukuoka-san is a great host – even on a Monday night – …