Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Loose ends/various places Part 5

This is part five 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 two here, three is here, four is 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.


Abbot's Choice - Machida
I’ve been meaning to check out, and perhaps add, some places in Machida for a long time but have never quite been tempted enough. This place is part of a chain of Irish style pubs but seems to have quite a few taps or interesting stuff. I wonder if they all do? Apparently has good pub food too. Daytime AND super late opening. Interesting…
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All(w)right - Sakeplace - Asakusa
As you can guess from the name, this is a sake place. They are apparently making / going to make their own sake too which is interesting. They do have three taps of craft beer though. Selection seems decent but perhaps prices are a little at the higher end of normal. Daytime opening.
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Ant ’n Bee Ryudocho - Roppongi
20 taps of imported craft. No idea about prices but I’d imagine they are similar to the other branch so check that here. Looks small from the Facebook photos.
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Awajicho Mugishuya - Kanda
Seems reasonably priced with seven taps which are a mix between imported and domestic craft. Daytime opening helps it stand out a little in a area crowded with drinking options.
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Beer Bar Moon Beams - Yokohama
Doesn’t seem to have many taps, but the beer selection looks pretty interesting. No idea on prices.
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Beer Stand Stoop - Unoki

Looks like a mini bar with five taps of reasonably interesting beer from over Japan. The name would suggest it’s a standing bar, but I’ve been to enough Japanese beer places to know that you can’t always presume that the name reflects the place. Nothing much else in this area so must be a welcome addition!

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Butcher Republic - various locations
Seems to be connected to the Delirium chain of Belgian pubs and seems to have the same beer list. I guess the the idea being that not everyone wants to eat Belgian food, but everyone will drink Belgian beer. The Delirium pubs are alright I think, but I don’t go very often. Which means I probably won’t go here very soon. It’s becoming a huge chain, but the experience looks like it could be decent. All the branch details are on the website linked below. Maybe I missed some on the map as there are so many.

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Cafe Club Key (Caghiya brewery) - Kawasaki

Brew pub of the Caghiya brewery. Have only seen these beers at a Kawasaki beer fest so if you want to try them this is the place to go. Have no idea what kind of place this is apart from looking at a few photos on Facebook which make it look like a British pub. But smaller. Of course.
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Carvaan Tokyo - Shibuya
The fact that this place has opened on the 12th floor or a new building in central Shibuya should give you an idea that they’re not messing around. The brewery was a fancy kind of place and I expect this is too. Definitely a much easier option for Tokyo people than trekking to Hanno if they want to try their beers. I guess that, like the brewery restaurant, this place is mainly focused on its food.
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Craft Bar Kokopelli - Yokohama
Pretty small place just a little of the beaten track. Looks like it has only three taps of Japanese craft but the prices seem good (but without knowing exact sizes it’s hard to tell).
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Craft Beer House Border - Kugayama
Four taps of reasonably priced Japanese craft including one from the local brewery Mountain River. Looks like a nice, small, local place.
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Craft Beer Server Land - Akasaka

The new sister bar of the original Craft Beer Server Land in Iidabashi. Seems to be the same kind of set up with lots of taps from lots of Japanese breweries at a decent price (although I think they might have gone up a little since I last visited the original branch which was admittedly a long time ago. Cover charge of ¥380 as you’d expect in these many-tap/low-price bars.
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Craft Beer Sloth House - Yokohama
7 taps of Japanese craft, with some local Yokohama stuff and some more unusual selections. Seems nice looking and quite cosy and has a focus on food. No idea about prices. 
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Devil Craft - Jiyugaoka
New branch of the Devil Craft chain, this time in fancy Jiyugaoka. 16 taps, half of which are their own beers and the rest a mix of imports and Japanese craft. Haven’t been here, but I guess the rest of the vibe is pretty much like the other Devil Craft branches.
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Full Monty British Pub & Cider House - Yokohama
British pub and cider house with British food too. Beer doesn’t seem so exciting, but maybe it’s just not my kind of beers. Cider is perhaps their speciality and that's what they import, I think. Quite popular with the gaijin population I’ve heard.
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iBrew Ebisu - Ebisu
Surely only a matter of time before this gets a (probably) well deserved full post as iBrew bars are always winners. Seems to have lots of seats and almost as many taps. Check the other iBrew posts here if you don’t know what you should expect.
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Kompal - Osaki
Unbelievably, this is another public bath with craft beer, the first being the more simply named BathHaus. I never imagined that I would have one of the them on here, let alone two. Perhaps this is a new trendy concept. Beer mentions are few and far between on their Facebook but someone must have recommended it as I don’t really ever check out public baths. Nothing much near this station though, so it makes it on for now.

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Matsudo Beer And Taproom - Matsudo
The new location and name for Eitai Brewing who have moved quite a long way from their previous city centre location. Generally seem to have five taps of their own beer on. No sign of prices on the facebook but check the old post here and it might give you an idea of what to expect. Or not.
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Mugi No Oto - Shinjuku
Music and craft beer in a semi dodgy neighbourhood. Have heard it’s expensive and smoky. Posts almost nothing about beer on Facebook which could be a warning maybe. Six taps of Japanese craft. Tax added at the end and a table charge later on in the evening.
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New School - Waseda
Mainly added as there don’t seem to be many places for beer in Waseda aside from the new brewery which I have yet to go to that serves weird exotic meats, (Craft Beer Gran Zoo / Kanpai Brewing). Looks pretty laid back, but make some Facebook posts about beer which is encouraging. No idea about prices or number of beers but they had Shiga bottles in the window and they have some craft taps I believe. Food is a big thing it seems too.
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Nihonbashi Brewery T.S.
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Still not sure if the brewery is actually brewing but they’ve opened a new super central taproom and seem to be serving beer in a sake style with the cedar box and pouring till it overflows. The check ins on untapped are mainly guests. Check the original listing here for some ideas of what to expect I guess.
 This is just a bar as far as I know. The 'brewery' is in the original location.
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Number 6 - Nihonbashi
Six taps of Japanese Craft with some different selections (may or may not be a good thing...). Seems to have some promotion on dates ending in six or multiples of six but I’m not sure what that means. Looks kind of stylish and quite Japanese. Prices look ok, and they do flights. Not so many places in the neighbourhood so good luck to them.
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Ochiratoya - Daimon
Think this used to be On The Table and is still run by the Good Beer Faucets chain. Seems to have refocused itself and now the Izakaya type food seems to be the main draw. Some mention of beer occasionally on their Facebook, but it’s a bit of a mystery to me.
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Ottotto Brewery - Shibuya
Ever expanding chain of craft brewery taprooms that seem to have a lot of money behind them. The brewery was mentioned on digest post 3 so check that for slightly more details than there are here.
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Pitmans - Kiyosumishirakawa
I somewhat unfairly discarded this place as I thought it was just another August beer place, but this time with loads of meat. As you can guess from the name, there’s a lot of BBQ going on here. There also happens to be a brewery too. Not sure quite how many of their on site beers make it on to the taps, but I guess I need to visit now, given that they’re making their own stuff. I think the seasonal always is a beer they’ve made themselves. Prices are at the top end of normal. Not sure how many taps. To be honest, you’d probably be going here for the food anyway with the beer as a bonus, right?
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P2B Haus - Kichijoji
Recently opened place, 12 taps of mainly Japanese craft. Looks quite nice with a counter and some table seats. Beer served in three sizes and prices look pretty reasonable.
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Tachinomi Bar Fukuro - Kamata
Not much in this neighbourhood and the places that open here seem to close down quickly so good luck to Fukuro. Some interesting beers mentioned on their Facebook but haven’t got a clue about this place really. Name suggests it’s a standing bar and seems to stay open very late. Party!!!
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TBE Brewing - Ebisu
Some connection with iBrew I think, although you wouldn’t notice that in the pricing which is pretty standard. Perhaps this is the iBrew version of CBM's Kichijoji Beer Boy, which is much pricier than the rest of the chain. 10 taps, mostly Japanese but with some imports. I guess you’re mainly paying for the location. In spite of the name, this is not a brewery as far as I know. Their beer menu is usually on their Facebook.
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Uchida Biyori - Yokohama
Bit of a mystery. The Facebook page occasionally has hints of beer and they have some check-ins on Untappd, but they don’t really seem to be pushing it as a beer venue. Nonetheless, it made it on to my list which probably means someone recommended it or suggested it so it will stay on this post till I know better. Completely useless lack of actual details from me here.
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World Beer & Dining Mihamabase - Mihama, Chiba
10 taps but maybe only six or seven are craft and they all seem to be imports, mostly from the US. They have a happy hour and even though they don’t mention their normal prices this has to be a good thing. Seems to be open pretty late.
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Yell! Ale!! - Gifu
Y Market’s place in Gifu with quite a few guest taps alongside the obligatory few Y Market beers. Quite big but was pretty popular when we visited and seemed like somewhere people went to eat and drink rather than just booze it up. From memory there were about 15 taps I think. I really should have posted about this at the time. Damn. Will do a proper post when I go back.
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