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Nihonkai Club By Bryan Harrell

Nihonkai Club  Noto, Ishikawa One of the most beautiful and scenic coastlines in Japan is certainly the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. Naturally, it is a fitting place to have a nature-themed craft brewery producing superb brews. Most a...

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Hideji Beer By Bryan Harrell

THE LOCAL BREW By Bryan Harrell Hideji Beer Nobeoka, Miyazaki   Nestled at the northern edge of Miyazaki Prefecture’s coastline, Nobeoka City is one of the most beautiful places in Japan, with lush green mountains and stunning...

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Oni Densetsu Beer By Bryan Harrell

The Local Brew By Bryan Harrell Oni Densetsu Beer Noboribetsu, Hokkaido  Founded in 1998, Oni Densetsu is operated by a company that makes all manner of confectionery treats purchased by tourists visiting Hokkaido. Since the island is a...

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Baeren Beer (Morioka, Iwate) By Bryan Harrell

Baeren Beer Morioka, Iwate Baeren stands apart from the typical Japanese microbrewery by focusing on German styles of beer. Founded in April of 2003, the brewery is less than ten years old, but brews up some well-crafted beers, the most famous be...

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Yatsugatake Beer & Brewpub ROCK By Bryan Harrell

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Baird Beer By Bryan Harrell

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Daisen G-Beer By Bryan Harrell

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} Daisen G-Beer may be one of the most remote breweries in Japan, but there is nothing remote about the familiar flavors of their four mainstream beer...

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Hida Takayama Beer By Bryan Harrell

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Arial} Founded in July of 1996 on the western side of Japan’s Northern Alps, Hida Takayama Beer is one of Japan’s earliest microbreweries. Unfo...

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Yokohama Beer By Bryan Harrell

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Arial} span.s1 {font: 15.0px Arial}   Yokohama Beer is one of Japan’s first craft breweries, opening in June 1...

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Nasu Kogen Beer By Bryan Harrell

Located in the northern end of Tochigi Prefecture, Nasu Kogen Beer has always been one of the more classy and elegant craft brewers in Japan, from the lovely stillness of its restaurant to its rather complete line of well crafted ales in tall bottles ...

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Isekadoya Beer By Bryan Harrell

Isekadoya began in April 1997, primarily brewing English-style ales. These beers gave them a fair amount of attention in their first 10 years of operation. In recent years, however, they have been brewing more unique styles of beers with bold flavor...

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Moku Moku Beer By Bryan Harrell

The inception of beer was a result of the advent of agriculture, the organized human activity that puts food on our collective tables. So, before we celebrate beer, we should pay tribute to farming. One of the most enjoyable places bringing these tra...

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Sagami Beer at Restaurant Selvaggina By Bryan Harrell

The Tanzawa mountain range in northwestern Kanagawa Prefecture offers residents of greater Tokyo numerous hiking opportunities, not to mention a great deal of off-road mountain biking courses. While its rugged terrain and steep slopes challenge the ri...

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Fujizakura Kogen Beer at Sylvans Restaurant By Bryan Harrell

The lure of Mt. Fuji goes beyond its symbolic representation of Japan. While hiking to the top is one of the country’s most popular outdoor endeavors, even more people flock to the area at the base of this dormant volcano for practically everyth...

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Harvest Moon By  Bryan Harrel

If you have young children in Japan, it is practically inevitable that a trip to Tokyo Disneyland will be considered an outdoor activity in your household. For those not keen on theme parks, the Roti’s House brewery restaurant in the Ikspiari co...

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Chateau Kamiya Beer By  Bryan Harrell

It’s probably still cold as you read this, but spring is just around the corner. Here’s a suggestion for good beer in an expansive park-like setting, less than an hour from Tokyo. Chateau Kamiya appears to have been hauled out of the Fren...

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Hitachino Nest Beer By Bryan Harrel

Hitachino Nest beer from Ibaraki Prefecture distinguishes itself from other Japanese microbrews in that it is arguably the most famous overseas. Indeed, about half of their production is exported, mostly to the United States, where beer enthusiasts wi...

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Tama Beer at Restaurant Beer Club By Bryan Harrel

Tama Beer at Restaurant Beer Club Tama Hills Area – Hachioji, Tokyo The area surrounding this small brewery restaurant affords quite a number of opportunities for family-oriented “un-extreme” activities. There’s the Tama Zoo,...