Sunday, 5 November 2017

Another hiatus

Just a quick post to let you know that I'm taking another break. Not sure how long for, possibly forever. As I always have said this blog takes a lot of enthusiasm, time and money to keep up to date and I don't think I have enough of any of these to make it worthwhile for me anymore. There are a huge amount of places opening, many of them barely indistinguishable from each other. There's no way for me to wade through the swamps of mediocrity to find the good stuff without a load of effort and to be honest, I've got a lot of other things that I enjoy doing a lot more that I have been neglecting. The donation button on here seemed like a good idea to ease the financial burden a little, but it hasn't in any way helped. Literally no help actually. But to be honest, it's more a matter of time and enthusiasm. The beer scene here was fun, but it seems to have decayed into an online swagger fest with loads of people shouting as loud as possible to show how much they know and tell others how little they know. I would rather stay as far away from that kind of thing as possible.

At the moment, I'm not sure what I'll do with this going forward. I'll try to delete anywhere that closes and I might continue adding places to the map, but part of me thinks I'd be better off just leaving things behind completely, at least for a while. It's pretty unlikely that there will be any new posts on here, at least in the immediate future. But thanks for reading over the last few years, and thanks for bearing with me through these strops. A special thanks to all those who have helped out with posts. And thanks to those who have left comments too. I've met some great people through this blog and it's been a pleasure to share beers with some of you. Hopefully it will still be some use, even in its dormant state.


Saturday, 4 November 2017


Cluster is a beer bar with a bottle shop quite near Kashiwa station out in Chiba. It has its own dedicated group of regulars but was still very welcoming on the couple of occasions that I’ve been there. Here’s what you need to know.

- Counter for around ten and tables for four more. Lots of wood as we have come to expect.
- Ten taps and a selection of around 70 bottles which can be drunk on the premises or taken away. Beer selection is import heavy with German, Belgian and US dominating, but with a sprinkling of Japanese stuff. Beer is served in two sizes, 240ml and 480ml and prices range from ¥700-900 for the half and ¥1000-1400 for the pint. There is also a beer flight available for ¥1600 (4 x 120ml of the staff’s recommendation it says, so maybe you can’t choose). What seems like a decent selection of ‘craft’ spirits too.
- No smoking and no cover charge and it’s open during the daytime!

Japanese breweries recently seen on tap:
Shiga Kogen

Opening Hours:
Daily, 12:00-23:30

1-10-5 旭町 2F, Kashiwa, Chiba-ken