Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Loose ends/various places Part 2

This is part two of what will be constantly updated posts with brief descriptions of places that possibly deserve to be on here but which I have either no time or inclination to visit. Part one is here, part three here and part four here, or you can view all of them by clicking the digest tag, or just clicking here. I have tried various ways of keeping up to date with the crazy amount of places that are opening and have been struggling with deciding which places warrant including and which don't. This seems to be a reasonable way of dealing with them. They will remain on the map with a question mark as I can't vouch for any of these. The map will link to this post where places will be listed in alphabetical order with a short description and link which should give you some idea of what to expect and whether it's worth going to. There will be no tags, as that will just confuse matters I think. If I end up going to any of these places and they are worthy of a full write up, I'll remove them from here and make them a post of their own. Not everything on the backlog will be on here. This is mainly intended for what I imagine to be a bit less interesting but still worth mentioning places.


August Beer Lab Kitchen - Nihonbashi
I have to say, I quite liked the old August place in Roppongi. It certainly was much better than many other places in that area. From the name I’m guessing that this is food focused. Think they have quite a few other bars around town now. If you’re going to choose one, I’d probably still recommend Yanaka Beer Hall.
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Bakushuan - Nihonbashi
Fancy looking sake restaurant that serves some Japanese craft beer too. I would guess it’s not the kind of place you’d got to knock back the beers, but if you’re interested in sake and mixing your drinks, go for it.
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Bar i.o - Tachikawa
Six taps with some local stuff you don’t see around so much. Seems to be quite whisky focused too.
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Bay Brewing - Totsuka
The ‘new’ brewery that Bay Brewing expanded into a few years ago. Bit out of the normal Yokohama area which is one reason I’ve never got round to going there. The old brewery and pub is much more centrally located, but if you want to go to the (new) source, this is the place for you.
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Beer & 246 - Aoyama
Another August beer place. The fact that they have a ‘standard craft beer’ section to their website and looking at some of the photos suggest to me that they might be in the beer cocktail business! Not heard much about this.
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Beer Bar Crowd - Shinkoiwa
7 taps of Japanese craft, seems fairly small locals kind of place. When I finally manage to get out in this direction will tick off all these Koiwa places.
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Beer Chimney (Gotemba Kogen) - Marunouchi
Bit of a mystery as it has been around for years, long before the recent craft beer boom, but has very little internet presence and not many people seem to know about it. Serves as a taproom for Gotemba Kogen beer and is also an Izakaya. Walked past one and it looked quite ’traditional’ (ie. old) but is probably a bit of fun if you’re up for Gotemba Kogen beers.
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Beer Pub Scent - Meguro
Intriguingly named pub with a mix of Japanese craft, imported craft on five taps and some macro. Three handpumps if that’s your bag. Apparently it’s 'cosy'.

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Boulevard Cafe & 9 - Yokohama
Not exactly a beer bar, but something to do with the Yokohama Baystars baseball team. Bay Brewing make beers for. Seems that you can get three taps of those beers here including a seasonal. Open in the daytime too.
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Craft Beer & Wine The Dodo House
Seven taps of what is usually Japanese craft but with an occasional import. To be honest, I know nothing about this place, but a look at their facebook tap lists suggests they get some of the more unusual breweries in.
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Cranc Brewing - Itabashi
Pretty small looking brewery and taproom with six taps, two of their own and the rest being mostly Japanese craft. Going to go here soon I think.
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Distant Shores Taproom - Higashimurayama
Brewery tasting room for the Distant Shores brewery, located just about in Tokyo, but very close to Saitama and not particularly close to a station. Possibly only open on Sunday and as their beers are quite often seen around, you’ve really got to want to go here to make the trip.
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Fam333 - Shibuya
Eight taps of craft, mix of imports and domestic, seemingly not very exciting. Pub food. Interesting glasses!
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Fujimaru Craft - Mizonokuchi
Wasn’t at all aware of this place till very recently. Seems import heavy, in fact maybe exclusively import. Makes it on as the only craft beer bar in the area. Will try to visit and provide some more info.
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Haburashi Beer & Potato - Shibuya
I've heard this place attracts a lot of male customers as the staff are young and female. Winning combination of beer and chips/fries. Seems to offer mainly Scandinavian beers and apparently is priced as you’d expect. Not sure why it’s named as it is (toothbrush).
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Hinomoto Beer Parlor - Jinbocho
'Japanese craft beer and sake' is its slogan. 10 taps of beer from some interesting small breweries plus some nice big hitters. Seem to make their own beer too, but not sure if this is on site or not. I would guess not.
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In De Bourgondische Hemel - Shibuya
Nominally Belgian bar in Shibuya with a good reputation. Taplist is dominated by non-Belgian stuff (mainly imports with a couple of Japanese beers), for some reason. The Belgian selection they have on tap is a bit crappy to be honest. But I believe they have a big bottle selection. Has been around for a long long time, so I guess they’re doing something right.
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Karakuri - Kanda
Craft beer and oden. A new spin on the whole beer and food thing I guess. Mainly Japanese craft with a few imports in there I think. I know people who go here quite often, but it’s never quite grabbed me yet. Perhaps because it’s another food concept I can’t eat.
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Liquor Base Fussa - Fussa

Beer and other booze shop with what seems like a reasonable selection of Japanese craft and imports. Check their twitter (https://twitter.com/liquorbasefussa) for their new arrivals. If you’re in the area, seems like a decent option. There may be some on site drinking, but I haven’t even above to confirm it, so don’t go depending on that.

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The Lower Right - Ebina
Craft beer, steaks and tapas. In Ebina. Near Ebina Beer. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s like the other Lower Right, but with a bit less of a weird salaryman feel. Am basing this on instinct alone though.
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Magnetico - Kamakura
A place that I’ve been meaning to go to for ages. Have heard good things about it. Best check the opening hours on their facebook before you go, as I believe it’s a low key operation.
Five taps of Japanese craft including some interesting local stuff.
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On Tap/Edo Tokyo Beer - Kiyosumishirakawa
Located out east, this is a bar with its own brewery, although I’m not sure if it’s on site. It does say that their beers are made in Koto-ku. Pretty sure you won’t get these anywhere else. Nine taps of craft and one macro. Bit of a mystery.
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Prost - Hachioji
10 taps of Japanese craft. Think this place has been around for quite a while so I’d imagine they know what they’re doing.
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Ramen & Bar Abri - Ebisu
Presumably connected to the Abri in Kanazawa posted about here, this is a ramen restaurant with craft beer in snazzy Ebisu. Seems like one of the only (maybe the only) place in Tokyo where you can get Kanazawa Brewery beer so I guess I’d probably better go to try that. At the same time, it’s a restaurant, so that might not really work out well for me.
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Rise & Win Brewing Co. Kamikatz Taproom - Azabujuban
Normally this place would have been done and on here already, given that it’s a brewery whose beers you don’t see around that often with a centrally located taproom. But, I’ve heard it’s crazy expensive and has a cover charge too. Seems like a nice looking place with (perhaps) four taps of Rise & Win and four (usually imported I think) guest beers.

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Sakeria Sakebozu - Yoyogi Hachiman
Trendy looking sake bar that apparently has some good Japanese and imported bottles and cans of craft beer too. Have been recommend this place by a few people but shamefully have still not gone, even though it’s close to my house.
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Shishi Bone - Koiwa
Another place to tick off when in Koiwa. I really should do that soon. Cafe with coffee, sandwiches (including veggie options apparently!) and of course beer. Six taps, but seem to normally have four Japanese craft beers on. Check the facebook for the selection. Some weird opening hours, so better check that too.
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Tachinomi Beer Boy - Nakameguro 
Part of the Craft Beer Market family, one of its Beer Boy bars (more like craft beer izakayas I’ve heard). Standing bar with 10 taps (one macro) made up of a mix of Japanese and imported craft. Good pricing as you’d expect from a CBM.
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Taki - Shibuya

The ‘Japanese beer and sake’ branch of the Cerveza Gym chain. Much like Wailele and Wasserfall (see below), they seem to post their beer list on facebook. Might just be my preference, but this seems like the best of the lot, selection wise. Not sure why I’ve never been here to be honest.
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TDM 1874 - Aoyama
TDM’s Tokyo city centre branch with four taps of their beer (plus one macro) and also bottles and cans from TDM and other breweries. As I’m yet to visit, I don’t know if you can drink these on site or they are for take away only. There is some confusion online about this.
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Wagaya - Tachikawa
10 Ants Brewing’s tap room and restaurant but seems to have other beers on too. Think it is quite Japanese food focused.
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Wailele - Shibuya
The ‘Hawaiian and American beer’ branch of the Cerveza Gym chain. Much like Taki and Wasserfall (see above and below), they seem to post their beer list on facebook. 

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Wasserfall
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The ‘German and Austrian beer’ branch of the Cerveza Gym chain. Much like Taki and Wailele (see above), they seem to post their beer list on facebook.
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