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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]
April 24 (Wed) - May 5 (Sun)
Belgian Beer Weekend 2019 Nagoya
Over fifty Belgian breweries take part each year, and 12.7 tons of Belgian fries are consumed at this very festive multi-city event.
Hisaya Odori Park, Hisaya Plaza - Angel Plaza
Price: Around Y2900 for a book of food and beer tickets
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
BeerFes Okinawa 2019
First launched in 1998 in Tokyo, the multi-city BeerFes is one of Japan's longest-running craft-beer festivals. Extra beer tickets are available inside the venue, and there will be several booths selling food.
Times Hall first floor event space (Kumoji 2-2-2, Naha; two minutes from Kenchomae monorail stop)
Ticket price Y3000 for ten beer tickets plus a glass. (May be subject to change)