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April 27 - May 6 (11am-9pm)
Kyushu Beer Festival 2019 in Oita
This is the fifth annual appearance of this regional beer event in Oita. The festival showcases local Kyushu craft breweries but also features plenty of beers from other areas of Japan as well as local food specialties.
Oita Station North Exit Plaza (Kanamemachi 1-1)
Free admission. Beer tickets are Y500 per glass; pay as you go for food.
Craft Beer Live 2019
Now celebrating its tenth year, this is one of Osaka's major beer events, focusing on Kansai breweries large and small. Forty-four breweries will be taking part this year, pouring more than 130 different beers, and twelve local bars and restaurants will be running food booths.
Minatomachi River Place, Plaza 3 Open Space, 1-3-1 Minatomachi
Ticket price TBD; check their website for details
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craft beerBrewers - Beer bar: Fukuoka-ken
Brewers feels like an old-school bar for craft-beer enthusiasts, with its wood-heavy decor, its pub-style menu and the classic Japanese-bartender garb (white shirt and black vest) of the proprietor. The twelve taps pour a nice selection from...
craft beerFukuoka Craft - Mexican: Fukuoka-ken
By far the hippest and most fun craft-beer bar we've found in town, Fukuoka Craft offers an excellent menu of casual Mexican cuisine along with a decent selection of Japanese and imported craft beers on tap. If you enjoy the variety and excitement...
craft beerCraftsman - Italian: Sendai
A combination beer bar and restaurant, Craftsman offers 31 craft beers on tap as well as a big Italian-Mediterranean food menu. The bar area is a reasonable place to grab a quick drink on your own, or if you want a full meal. there's ample table...
craft beerBrick Lane - Beer bar: Nagoya
Four-part tasting flights are one of the attractions at this friendly, late-night beer bar; they're priced at Y1200 for four 100ml pours. The 6-8 taps dispense mostly Japanese craft beers, with additional US imports and ciders depending on the day....
craft beerMolto!! - Italian: Osaka Fukushima
Molto's Fukushima branch stands out among Osaka's many craft-beer bars for its excellent food - a selection of a dozen or so home-made artisanal sausages alongside a full menu of casual Italian cuisine. If you're just popping in for a drink the sauteed foie gras and sausage platter (Y800) is highly recommended. Some of the tempting sausage variations here include apple-ginger, yuzu-kosho...[Continue reading]
craft beerAB - Cafe: Kyoto
This very fashionable cafe-bar and boutique serves gourmet coffee, meaty sandwiches, and a rotating selection of Japanese craft beers on draft from five taps. The beer selection leans heavily towards local brewery Kyoto Brewing; on a recent visit there were three beers from Kyoto, plus one each from Swan Lake and Talmary (a small Tottori brewery).... [Continue reading]