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These Japanese breweries and bars are now delivering craft beer

Get quality beer delivered to your doorstep from these breweries, taprooms and bars in Tokyo and across Japan

By Kasey Furutani and Youka Nagase
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It’s 6pm, you just finished a long day of working from home and you’re ready to kick back, indulge in some delivery food from your favourite restaurant, and wind down with a cold one. Already tried making konbini cocktails? Then you’re ready to explore the world of Japanese craft beer, one bottle at a time. 

These breweries and bars are delivering their IPAs, saisons and stouts throughout Tokyo and Japan. So you can get your beer fix while also supporting local businesses. The best part? By the time it's safe to go out again, you’ll be ready to lead your friends on a craft beer crawl.

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Delivery in Tokyo only

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Jolly's

Shopping Specialist food and drink Ebisu

A liquor store and music studio with over 100 years of history, Jolly’s is a staple in Ebisu. The store is now offering delivery of its international beers, along with Japanese drinking snacks (such as nuts, rice crackers and dried fish) and bento lunch boxes. Grab a bottle of Hawaiian beer from Kona Brewing, a Lagunitas IPA or even just your regular Asahi Super Dry or Strong Zero if you’re unable to go to the convenience store.

Order on Uber Eats, delivery to Shibuya, Minato, Meguro, Setagaya and Shinagawa only.

Delivery throughout Japan

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DevilCraft Brewing Company

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Nihonbashi

DevilCraft serves Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas in Tokyo but is also known for its delicious American brews. Taps are always stocked with about a dozen craft beers, most of which can be delivered to your home in 330ml glass bottles. If you’re a first-timer, we recommend trying the brand’s six most popular brews with the ACCJ Select Beer Set (¥3,000), which features a fruity yuzu ale, pilsner-style lager, New England IPA, smoked baltic porter, American pale ale and a golden ale.

Order online.

Baird brewing
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Baird Beer

Bars and pubs Breweries

Shizuoka’s Baird Beer, known for its taproom in Nakameguro, sells a 12-pack featuring all its classic beers including stout, pale ale, IPA, porter and lager. If you don’t feel like sampling them all,  just grab a six-pack – or more – of your favourite brew. If you really want to support the brewery, get the year-long Baird Best Membership, which offers free shipping within Japan, discounts and access to the newest limited-edition beers.

Order online.

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Craft Rock Brewing
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Craft Rock Brewing

This brewpub inside Coredo Muromachi Terrace seats a whopping 140 people and serves seven of its original craft beers on tap, alongside American-style dishes like barbecue ribs and loaded fries. Some of Craft Rock Brewing’s beers, including a range of IPA, stout and pilsner, can now be delivered to your home in massive 1L cans. You can order just two cans (¥2,560) if you like, but a six-pack (¥6,912) will get you a 10% discount, so it works out to just ¥1,152 per can.

Order online.

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Far Yeast Brewing Company

Born and bred in Tokyo, Far Yeast Brewing makes Tokyo-inspired blondes, saisons and IPAs. Far Yeast ships larger shipments of beer, so you can order a package of up to 24 beers (from ¥6,400) for your quarantine bunker, but six-packs are also available. Don’t miss out on the classic Tokyo IPA or try some scented Kagua ales – the Kagua Rouge mixes roasted malt with Japanese sansho pepper for an innovative and distinctly Japanese flavour.

Order online.

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Hitachino Brewing Lab

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Akihabara

Ibaraki prefecture’s Kiuchi Brewery makes one of Japan’s best craft beer brands, Hitachino Nest, and even has a couple of Hitachino Brewing Lab pubs in Tokyo. No need to commit to purchasing an entire case here – you can purchase as little as a single can or bottle from the brewery’s online shop. It's a great way to try the award-winning Hitachino Nest beers – we love the yuzu lager (¥418).

Order online.

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OctOne

Located in Minakami, Gunma prefecture, OctOne brews natural-tasting, fresh beer using water from Lake Ocutone. OctOne believes you can taste those natural surroundings in each of its beers. The small brewery offers six-packs (starting from ¥3,300) of its saison, porter, IPA and ales, or a tasting set with six OctOne beers chosen at random. Each beer has a suggested pairing – try the Kayaba Saison with sashimi or the Mori-No Porter with meat or dessert.

Order online.

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Kyoto Brewing Company

Inspired by American and Belgian craft beers, Kyoto Brewing Company has created its own style of beer with Japanese flavours. Try the seasonal Natsu no Kimagure, a session IPA with notes of peach, apricot, grapefruit and coconut, only available during the summer. First-timers should opt for the Core Series Set (¥3,200 for a six-pack) featuring standard beers, including the saison-inspired Ichigo Ichie.

Order online.

Schmatz
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Schmatz

Restaurants German Akasaka

One of the best German breweries in Tokyo, Schmatz is delivering its hefeweizens in six- and 24-packs. Using water sourced from Hokkaido and Mt Fuji, Schmatz has a completely German taste but is crafted all in Japan. Keep an eye out for the upcoming bottles of Schmatz pilsners and dunkels. Need a drinking vessel? Add a beer glass to your online order – it’s the same one used at Nakameguro, Ark Hills and the brewery’s other locations throughout Tokyo.

Order online

 

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Rise & Win Brewing kamikatz
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Rise & Win Brewing Company

Sustainable taproom Rise & Win Brewing Co comes from the eco-friendly town of Kamikatsu on Shikoku and offers its beers in growlers so you can enjoy its brews at home without any beer can waste. But if you don’t live near Higashi-Azabu, you can still purchase bottled beers from its online shop

Although you can’t go wrong with the standard beer set (¥4,290), which features six of its all-time favourite brews, go for the IBC award beer set (¥4,290) if you’re interested in trying more experimental flavours – all the beers in this set won awards at the International Beer Cup in 2019.

Order online.

TY Harbor beer
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TY Harbor Brewery

Bars and pubs Breweries Tennozu

At TY Harbor, you can sip on a range of Californian-style ales and porters in a picturesque canalside brewpub on Tennozu Isle. Now, you can also enjoy this Tokyo-born craft beer at home with a 20% discount on all TY Harbor beers until May 31. Get the seasonal beer set (¥3,070), which includes its five standard beers, empirical stout, amber ale, pale ale, IPA and wheat ale, plus an all-new citrus Hazy IPA which is only available for a limited time.

Order online.

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