Friday, November 7, 2014

Chicken Boy: Yakitori and Craft Beer in Imaike! チキンボーイ:名古屋市今池で焼き鳥やクラフトビール屋

Name:  Chicken Boy  (Yakitori and Craft Beer Shop)

Selection of Craft Beer:  various Japanese craft beers
Price of Craft Beer:      from 680 yen
                           (pints are from 800 yen)
Chicken Boy in Imaike combines two great things: craft beer and yakitori.  This restaurant offers a variety of Japanese craft beers including Imaike Beer.  The food goes well with the variety of beer.  The food mostly consists of small dishes and yakitori.  This place maybe small, but its comforting, relaxing atmosphere makes up for it.  The owner is really friendly.  He is quite knowledgeable of beer and can make suggestions for you.  Also, he can provide information on the local craft beer scene.  Chicken Boy offers great craft beer, delicious food, and friendly service at a reasonable price.

Budget:  between 2000 yen and 3000 yen

Address:  Aichi-ken Nagoya-shi Chikusa-ku Uchiyama 3-31-14
            Sunshine Imaike 1st Floor
Telephone:  052-732-3177
Business Hours:  Mon. to Fri.  17:00-24:00
                   Sat.          15:00-24:00
                    Closed on Sun. and Holidays

名前:チキンボーイ (クラフトビールや焼き鳥)

クラフトビールの選定: 色々な日本産クラフトビール
クラフトビールの価格: 680円から


TEL: 052−732−3177
営業時間:月曜日から金曜日 17:00〜24:00
     土曜日      15:00〜24:00
定休日: 日曜日・祝日

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cerasus: Craft Beer and Aged Hams (located close to Nagoya Station)

Name:  Cerasus (craft beer and aged ham brewpub)

Selection of Craft Beer:  various European and American craft beers
Price of Craft Beer:  550 yen to 900 yen (per glass/pint)
                              900 yen to 1100 yen (per bottle)

Review:  Cerasus is a new venture from the people who brought you 23 Craft Beerz, Cafe Lembeek, and Bier Markt.  The recently opened restaurant specializes in craft beer, aged hams, and handmade pizzas.  The craft beers are quite reasonably priced.  European beers make up the majority of the drink list.  There are some American beers on offer.  Besides beer, they have a small decent wine program.  The food program matches well with the drink list.  They have a selection of aged hams from mainly Europe and one from Japan.  Plus, they have handmade pizzas for a reasonable price.  The service is impeccable.  The staff are friendly and knowledgeable of their offerings.  The decor is modern and comforting.  It feels like a brewpub that you would find in the West.  If you are near Nagoya Station or the Nagoya International Center, check out Cerasus for aged ham and craft beer.

Budget:  3000 yen and Up

Address:  名古屋市中村区名駅南1−16−25第三森ビール1階
     Nagoya-shi Nakamura-ku Meiekiminami 1-16-25 3rd Mori Bldg.
Phone Number:  052-571-2611
Operating Hours:  5:30pm~11:30pm (everyday)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chubu Craft Beer Bars and Restaurants!!

The Chubu craft beer scene has growing over the years.  This guide will show you where you can drink craft beer in Chubu.  This list is constantly growing.  If you any bars and restaurants that did to be included in this guide, please write a comment and/or send an e-mail to, and we will check it out.  

Name:         Café Lembeek  (Belgian Brewpub)

Selection of Craft Beer:  variety of bottled and tapped Belgian beer
Price of Beer:      1000 yen (pint of beer)
                     varies (bottles of beer)

               In the heart of Motoyama, this Belgian beer oasis has over 400 bottles of beer on hand.  They, also, carry a selection of draught beers as well.  Enjoying Belgian beer can be a daunting task due to the numerous styles that the beer comes in.  Don't worry because the staff knows the different characteristics and styles of the beers.  To go along with the beer, their food menu stands up to the beer.  The menu is mostly focused on Belgian and Northern European dishes.  
Budget:     3000 yen and up
Address:  4640036 名古屋市千種区本山町4522 ハートイン本山1F
                    Nagoya-shi Chikusa-ku Motoyama-cho 4-52-2Hatto-in Motoyama 1F
Phone Number:  0527348558
Operating Hours: 18:00 - 03:00 (Tue. to Sat.)
                             18:00 - 24:00 (Sun.)
                            Closed on Sundays and First Sunday of the Month
Charge:  No Charge

Name:                               23 Craft Beerz  (Modern Craft Beer Bar)
Craft Beer Selection:        23 rotating craft beers taps      
Price of Beer:                    1000 yen (pint of beer)

From the owners of Café Lembeek, 23 Craft Beerz offers a   wide selection of draught craft beers in a brewpub setting.  Choose from 23 beers that originate from America, Japan, and Europe.  All of the beers are on tap.  Plus, the staff is quite knowledgeable about the different beers.  A pint of beer typically runs around 1000 yen.  They have an affordable food menu.  Their food program is decent, but it can be approved.  They, also, have an English menu. 
Budget:     3000 yen and Up
Address:   460-0002 名古屋市中区丸の内2-3-21 リヴィエー ル長者町 1F
                  Nagoya-shi Naka-ku Marunouchi 2-3-21 Revival Chouzyamachi 1F
Phone Number:  052-265-9777
Operating Hours:  Lunch: 11:00 - 14:00
                              Dinner: 17:30 - 01:00
                              Closed on Sundays
Charge:  No Charge

Name:              Craft Beer Keg Nagoya (Craft Beer Brewpub)

Selection of Craft Beer: Japanese Craft Beer on a rotating basis
Price of Beer:            1000 yen (per pint)

This uber-chic craft beer gastro-pub in the heart of Sakae offers a variety of Japanese micro-brews.  They have a decent food program that pairs well with the beer.  During the summer months, the front windows are completely opened to allow the cool fresh evening air to waft in.  It is not al fresco dining, but it is close enough especially for Nagoya.
Budget:  3000 yen and Up
               Aichi-ken Nagoya-shi Higashi-ku Higashi-Sakura 1-10-13
Operating Hours:  Lunch: 11:30~14:00 (Mon. to Fri.)
                              Dinner: 17:00~23:00 (Mon. to Fri.)
                              11:30~22:00 (Sat., Sun., and Holidays)
Charge:  No Charge

Name:  Craft Beer and Wine Grillman (Rustic Modern Brewpub)

Selection of Craft Beer:  Japanese Craft Beers on a rotating basis
Price of Beer: 1000 yen (per pint)

Located in the rejuvenated area of Fushimi's fashion district, this craft beer bar/ café is a located in a trendy gastro-pub space.  They offer a variety of Japanese craft beers and wine to try.  Also, they offer a meatier menu than their sister bars, Y Market Brewing and Craft Beer Keg Nagoya.  Expect to find steaks, burgers, and other heartier options.  They are open for lunch with a variety of burgers on the menu.  The burgers are packed with flavor but tend to small.  Be sure to check out the specials that are running throughout the week.
Budget:  3000 yen and Up
Address:  名古屋市中区錦2-11-13長者町トランジットビル1F
                Nagoya-shi Naka-ku Nishiki 2-11-13
                Chouzyamachi Toranzitto-biru 1F
Phone Number: (052) 204-2914
Operating Hours: Lunch: 11:00~15:00 (Mon. to Fri.)
                             Dinner: 17:00~23:00 (Mon. to Fri.)
                             11:00~22:00 (Sat.)
                             Closed Sun. and Holidays
Charge:  No Charge

Name:         Y Market Brewing (Brewery and Brewpub)

Selection of Craft Beer: In-house Brewed Craft Beers on a rotating basis
Price of Beer: 1000 yen (per pint)

In the heart of Nagoya's market district, Y Market Brewing is a craft beer lover's paradise because it combines a brewery and a brewpub.  All of the beer that is served at the restaurant is brewed in the first floor brewery.  The beer selection changes on a regular basis due to the fact that the breweries are always willing to try something new.  Their beer can only sampled at select craft bar beers in Nagoya.  They will never bottle their beer.  Besides the beers, they offer a variety of cocktails and homemade sangria.  For food, they offer a variety of affordable small plates to snack on and heartier options like steak, roasted chicken, and pork steak.  The food and drink menu is in Japanese and English, while, the beer menu is written in Japanese. 

  Budget:    3000 yen and Up
Address:    愛知県名古屋市中村区名駅4丁目17-6
                  Aichi-ken Nagoya-shi Nakamura-ku Meieki 4-17-6
Phone Number:  052-533-5151
Operating Hours: 17:00~23:00 (Mon. to Fri.)
                             11:30~23:00 (Sat., Sun., and Holidays)
Charge:  No Charge

Name:             7 Days Brew (Modern Craft Beer Bar)

Selection of Beer:  various Japanese and American Craft Beers 
Price of Beer: 1200 yen (per pint)

A recent addtion to the Nagoya nightlife. this modern looking bar near Nagoya Station opened its door.  7 Days Brew offers a variety of Japanese and American craft beers.  They offer many premium craft beers that are not offered at any other craft beer bar in Nagoya.  Their prices are quite high, but their selection makes up for it.  They have a decent food program, but their servings tend to be on the lighter side.  

Budget:   3000 yen and Up
                Aichi-ken Nagoya-shi Nakamura-ku Meieki 4-4-21
Phone Number:  052-581-8844
Operating Hours:  17:00~01:00 (Mon. to Fri.)
                              11:30~01:00 (Sat. and Sun.)
Charge:  No Charge

Name:  The Corner (Trendy Burger and Beer Saloon)

Selection of Craft Beer:  Japanese Craft Beers and Imports
Price of Beer:                  800 yen (per bottle)

This trendy burger establishment not only serves an impressive assortment of burgers but also has a drink program that is punctuated with great craft beers from Japan and various foreign beers.  Burgers are the main star at this establishment.  You can choose from variety of toppings and side dishes.  This is a gourmet burger bar.  The drink program is impressive.  They have about eight Japanese craft beers and over twenty beers from the USA to Europe.  
Budget:    3000 yen and Up
Address:  451-0042 名古屋市西区那古野2-18-7
                 Nagoya-shi Nishi-ku Nagono 2-18-7
Phone Number:  052-565-8008
Operating Hours:  5:30pm – 1am (Mon. and Wed. to Sat.)
                     11:30am – 9pm (Sun. and Holidays)
                     Closed on Tuesdays
Charge: 300 yen on bills settled after 23:00

Name:             The Curragh (Irish Pub)

Selection of Beer:  variety of Scottish craft brews 
Price of Beer:        800 yen (per bottle)
                              1000 yen (per pint of Punk IPA)

Looking for a small piece of Ireland in Nagoya?  The Curragh is a small bar that extrudes Irishness.  Of course, they have Guiness on tap, but also Brew Dog's Punk IPA is on tap.  Besides the Punk IPA, there is assortment of Brew Dog brews along with some other beers including Black Isle from Scotland.  Also, they have an impressive assortment of Irish whiskey.  The master of Curragh is very friendly and quite knowledgeable of his offerings.  
Budget:   3000 yen and Up
Address: 名古屋市中区錦3-16-8森万ビルB1F
                Nagoya-shi Naka-ku Nishiki Moriban-biru B1F
Phone Number:  052-265-9737
Operating Hours:  18:00-05:00 (Mon. to Sat.)
                              Closed Sundays
Charge: No Charge


Name:     Rock&Beer Pub Rolling Man (trendy bar)

Selection of Craft Beer: European  craft beer and Punk IPA on tap
Price:                              800 yen (per bottle)

This recent entry to the Shin-Sakae bar scene has a selection of craft beers including Brew Dog's Punk and Hardcore IPAs.  They, also, have a selection of cocktails and whiskies.  The food program is full of bar fare that matches well with the drinks.  The bar staff are friendly.  There is always rock music playing the background.

  Budget:  2000 yen and Up
Address:  名古屋市中区新栄3-18-27
                Nagoya-shi Naka-ku Shin-Sakae 3-18-27
Phone Number: 052-718-8035
Operating Hours:  18:00~01:30
Charge:  No Charge

Name:              Imaike Baru (Belgian Brewpub)

Selection of Craft Beer:  various bottled and tapped Belgian Beers
Price of Beer:                  varies from 700 yen 1500 yen

Imaike Baru is the newcomer to the Imaike night scene.  This bar primarily focuses on Belgian beers whether it would be in the bottle or on tap.  They, also, have a European influenced menu to accompany the drinks.  The food program needs help though.  They, also, serve various cocktails and highballs.  It has a beautiful rustic European bar feel.  Though, it can be cramped in places.

  Budget:  4000 yen and Up
Address:  愛知県名古屋市千種区今池5824
                Aichi-ken Nagoya-shi Chikusa-ku Imaike 5-8-24
Phone Number:  052-731-5889
Operating Hours:  17:00~01:00 (Mon. to Sat.)
                              16:00~24:00 (Sun. and Holidays)
Charge: 250 to 500 yen

Name:            Brick Lane (Trendy Burger and Brewpub)

Selection of Craft Beers:  Japanese and American craft beers
Price of Beer:                   1000 (per pint)

Recently opened modern brewpub, Brick Lane, has opened its doors.  They have a variety of 10 craft beers and ciders are on tap.  Also, they have a burger menu that would satisfy any burger lover.  Plus, they have a variety of side dishes.  This space is modern chic with concrete walls, exposed ceilings, and modern furnishings.  Be sure to check out the menus that are placed in LP jackets.  

Budget:  3000 yen and Up
Address:  愛知県名古屋市中区錦1-7-27三同ビル錦1F
                Aichi-ken Nagoya-shi Naka-ku Nishiki 1-7-27 
                Sando  Biru Nishiki 1F
Phone Number:  052-212-7088
Operating Hours:  14:00~02:00
                              Open Everyday
Charge:  No Charge


Name:  Coat of Arms (Sports Bar and Café)

Selection of Craft Beers:  Scotland's Black Isle 
                                  Coming Soon: Punk IPA on tap
Price of Beer:  880 yen (per bottle)

Looking for a trendy non-smoking sports bar/café with an outdoor patio in downtown Nagoya?  Then, head over to the Coat of Arms.  This friendly bar has been opened for less then two years, but it has been loved by Nagoya ever since.  This bar is owned and operated by three of the friendliest owners in Nagoya.  The bartender is well versed in a variety of cocktails.  The drink program has a variety of drinks including some craft beers, signature drinks, wines, and a wide selection of whiskies.  The food program is impressive.  They have a variety of foreign dishes from Canada to England to New Zealand.  Also, be sure to stop by for the Canadian and American Thanksgiving and Christmas meals that is chock full of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberries.

  Budget:   2000 yen and Up
Address:  Nagoya-shi, Naka-ku , Nishiki 2-6-12 
Phone Number:  (052) 228 - 6155 
Operating Hours:  Sun - Thu 11:30 - 24:00
                              Fri & Sat 11:30 - 1:00 am
Charge:  No Charge