Beer festivals and other events
Beer events 2019
American Craft Beer Experience
Run by the Brewers Association in the US, this small festival is a good chance to sample some American craft beers that aren't yet available in Japan, as well as exploring the best of what's on the market already. There will be booths serving barbecue and other American-style food.
Takeshiba New Pier Hall. Use the front entrance (not on the waterfront) to access the venue.
Free admission, pay as you go.
Tokyo Suidobashi, Tokyo Dome
January 10-19 (Jan 10-89 10am-9pm; Jan 19: 10am-6pm)
Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2020
Celebrating the food culture of local regions around Japan, this weeklong "hometown festival" has been adding more and more locally produced craft beers in recent years to complement the hundreds of food stalls. This year there will be more than 100 craft beers to accompany the local delicacies. Weekends are jam-packed, but the throngs are manageable on weekdays and weeknights. Note that evening tickets, good for admission after 4pm, are Y400 cheaper than daytime tickets.
Tokyo Dome, Koraku 1-3-61 (Suidobashi, Korakuen, Kasuga stations)
Y1800 admission for same-day tickets, Y1400 for evenings (after 4pm), with discounts for advance purchase
January 24-26 (Fri 4-10pm; Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-7pm)
Japan Brewers Cup Festival 2020
Try 300 different beers, mostly priced from Y300 per cup (although the average price is Y500). Thirty-seven craft breweries, including representatives from Taiwan and Czech Republic, will be taking part. There will also be six craft beer importers and five food vendors on hand.
Price: Y500 admission, and pay as you go for beer