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brewpubAozora Ale - Brewpub: Miyazaki-ken
This cozy taproom serves a full line-up of beers from Aozora Ale, Miyazaki City's first microbrewery, along with a fairly big food menu. The drinks list includes brown, red and pale ales, IPAs, stouts, weitzens and cider. Small (260ml) and regular...
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 beerIchi-ya - Beer bar: Kyoto
Ichiya's spacious dining room is definitely a cut above your average beer bar, with stylish modern decor, comfortable seating and an invigorating musical soundtrack. Launched in August 2016 by Kyoto's Ichijoji Brewery, the bar serves excellent food and very reasonably priced craft beers in the heart of downtown Kyoto....[Continue reading]
Belgian Beer Weekend 2019 Osaka
Over fifty Belgian breweries take part each year at this very festive multi-city event. In general the beers here are a better deal than the food.
Osaka Castle Park
Price: Y2950 for a book of food and beer tickets, available from Family Mart on onsite.
July 12-14 (Fri-Sun)
BeerFes Osaka 2019
One of Japan's longest-running craft-beer festivals, BeerFes gives you the chance to try over 100 kinds of beer for a single admission price. Cheaper admission on Friday night; check the website for details.
My Dome Osaka
Ticket price TBA
July 19 (Fri) - 28 (Sun)
Tenjin Oktoberfest 2019
This very popular week-long outdoor event offers German food, beer and music. While there are many imports, beers from Yamanashi brewery Fujizakura are probably the best value for money.
Fukuoka Fureai Park
Price: Free admission, pay as you go
Shizuoka Craft Beer and Whisky Fair 2019
Now in its fifth year, this small local event features a number of seminars as well as tasting opportunities. Last year there were four whisky booths, seven beer booths and four food vendors participating, although the organizers plan to expand it this year, with a venue that's twice as large as last year's.
Shizuoka Granship Great Hall
Price: Y2000 for a book of ten tickets