Tokyo beer bars with US craft beers and/or IPA selections
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Here are some Tokyo-area beer bars with especially good selections of American craft beers.
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Tap Stand - Beer bar: Shinjuku
Tap Stand Craft Beer and Pizza is the full name of this shop, and their creative dishes like Pulled Pork Jalapeno Pizza are worth a try. Half of the twenty taps are devoted to well-chosen Japanese micros and half to good US craft imports. Beers...
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Hohokam Cafe - Burgers: Harajuku
Excellent burgers and sandwiches, good American craft beers by the bottle, and outdoor terrace seating are some of the attractions at this stylish all-day burger joint in the heart of Harajuku. Choose from more than two dozen burger variations...
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PDX Taproom - Beer bar: Harajuku
There are maps of Portand Oregon on the wall and music from Portland indie bands on the stereo; the bartender sports a lumberjack shirt and a beard. Most important though, they sell Portland's greatest export - a rotating selection of ten craft...
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Craftheads - Beer bar: Shibuya
There's an excellent range of nineteen craft beers on tap (mostly US and Japanese) at this stylish basement bar, plus some very hard-to-find bottled imports for when you want to splurge. It's also one of Tokyo's best bars for bourbon whisky. The...
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Good Meals Shop - Beer bar: Shibuya
Run by the friendly folks at Tokyo Family Restaurant, Good Meals is most notable for their comfortable second-floor "stand" area, where you can pick out some nice imported craft beers from the refrigerators and either take them home or drink them...
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Pacific N.W. - Brewpub: Nishi-Azabu
This Pacific Northwest-themed bar (and future brewpub) offers five taps of US imports from relatively hard-to-find breweries like Airways, Culmination and Breakside. The small food menu features dishes like Seattle-style tuna steak with apple...
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DevilCraft - Beer bar: Gotanda
This third branch of the pioneering Tokyo craft-beer chain is the largest so far, attracting a thirsty after-work crowd in addition to the usual crew of beer aficionados. Twenty taps dispense one of the better selections of craft beers in town,...
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Antenna America - Beer bar: Shinagawa
Located inside a bustling shopping-mall food court, this is one of the noisiest craft beer bars we've been to in Tokyo. The bar is run by a beer importer, and their six taps dispense American craft beers from breweries like Saint Archer and Sierra...
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DevilCraft - Beer bar: Hamamatsucho
One of Tokyo's best craft beer bars, DevilCraft Hamamatsucho serves thirsty visitors from a nicely chosen roster of over twenty brews on tap, from both Japanese and American breweries, and, since late 2015, from their own Tokyo brewing facility. ...
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Hop-Scotch - Bar: Iidabashi
Craft beers and whiskey are given equal billing at this small but well-stocked bar. Eight taps dispense mostly US craft imports, typically priced at around Y700-800 per glass and Y1000-1100 per pint, while whiskey drinkers can choose from some...
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DevilCraft - Beer bar: Kanda
Excellent Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is served here, and the fifteen taps in the cozy ground-floor bar area dispense a good selection of craft beers from Japan and the US, including some from DevilCraft's own Tokyo brewery.
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Beer Wars - Beer bar: Bakurocho
A solid selection of US craft beers, good food, and a friendly atmosphere make this a popular destination for neighborhood beer lovers. Six taps are devoted to US breweries like Karl Strauss, Victory and New Belgium, with 400ml glasses priced at...
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Titans - Beer bar: Otsuka
Established by two beer importers - Beer Cats and AQ Bevolution - this combination bar and retail shop offers a nice selection of mostly US craft beers, from breweries like Heretic, Elysian, Schooner Exact and Left Hand. And unusually for Tokyo...
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World Beer Market - Liquor shop: Adachi-ku
Not only does Beer Market offer the best selection of imported craft beers in Tokyo, but you can drink whatever you buy right in the shop, with just a Y100 corkage charge. They also have ten taps of craft beers (they were half Stone Brewing and...
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Stone - Bar: Asagaya
A half-dozen beers from San Diego's Stone and other craft brewers are served on tap here, at prices ranging from Y980-Y1300 per pint. There's also a well-stocked retail shop with some fifty microbrews from both Europe and the US, ready to take home...
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Hangover - Beer bar: Nakano-Sakaue
"Craft beer, craft food" is the raison d'etre of this ambitious beer bar, and they do an excellent job on both counts. There's a well-chosen selection of craft beers from the US and Japan on tap, and they also stock a good number of bottles from...
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Antenna America - Beer bar: Yokohama Kannai
An ever-changing selection of American craft beers - all from top-class breweries like Southern Tier, Coronado and Anderson Valley - is on tap at this tasting room run by beer importing company Nagano Trading. They also carry more than a hundred...

IPA heaven

Here are a few bars that are especially strong in IPAs.
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V.B. Factory - Beer bar: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
This second outlet of Vector Beer specializes in IPAs - of their seventeen taps, twelve are devoted to various Japanese IPAs on any given day. Glasses are Y450, pints Y750, and three-glass tasting flights are Y1000, with a Y300 table charge that...
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PDX Taproom - Beer bar: Harajuku
There are maps of Portand Oregon on the wall and music from Portland indie bands on the stereo; the bartender sports a lumberjack shirt and a beard. Most important though, they sell Portland's greatest export - a rotating selection of ten craft...
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Stone - Bar: Asagaya
A half-dozen beers from San Diego's Stone and other craft brewers are served on tap here, at prices ranging from Y980-Y1300 per pint. There's also a well-stocked retail shop with some fifty microbrews from both Europe and the US, ready to take home...
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Thrash Zone - Beer bar: Yokohama Sta.
Extreme beers are the speciaty at this cozy little beer bar - heavy on the hops, and generally higher in alcohol content than your average mainstream lager. Many of the beers are made by Thrash Zone itself, with names like "Speed Kills IPA" (7.8%...
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Thrash Zone Meatballs - Beer bar: Yokohama Nihon-Odori
Thrash Zone is one of Japan's better craft-beer brewers, specializing in strong, hoppy IPAs and other "extreme beers." This second branch of the Thrash Zone bar (open since mid-April 2016) serves a line-up of their own creations, plus an equal...

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