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If you are serious about your beer and you live in or are visiting Tokyo then dropping into Yeast is a must. Get off at Kinshicho train station and head out the north exit. It is a very short walk. It is a microbrew bar that opened recently that is around the corner from my cousin’s apartment, luckily for us.

It had the best English ale I have tasted outside of England (or dare I say ever?), as well as a great selection of microbrews form around Japan and the world (and wine if you want it). You can get caged up in the room atop of the bar (where we were smoked out) as there is not a lot of room in this place, but that’s Japan for you. They are still smoking.

There is food if you want it. Snacks and the like. And good soft white cheese as there should be in all good microbrew bars.

Highly recommend it. Very highly.

Top of the Menu

Top of the Menu

English Ale

English Ale

I have noticed that this category is a bit empty. I will attempt to start adding a few more.

If you love beer then Belgium is a must.

And if you love Belgium beer then De Garre will be top of the visit list.

Last time I visited you could not purchase the beer outside the bar. You must visit and then they allow you to purchase bottles to take home with you.

But before you do that, have a fresh glass, and have some cheese with it. They will most probably bring it out to you. The beer and the cheese that is.

Not only is the beer good but the atmosphere is relaxed and very quaint, much like Brugge itself.

This beer is in my top 10 beer I have tasted globally.

Fair warning, the beer in around 11%, although it does not taste like it.

De Garre beer and cheese.

De Garre beer and cheese.

We stumbled across this bar returning to our hotel from dinner in Kyoto. We were staying at the Kyoto Royal Hotel and Spa. If you leave the hotel lobby turn left, then left again onto the main street, then left at the first street next to the hotel. The bar is on the left just before you cross the creek/river.

It’s furnished with wooden benches and seats. There are several booths with cloths for privacy. The music is light and relaxing and the atmosphere very welcoming.

There is food, and there is a menu in English. We had several dishes, all which we enjoyed. The speciality is fried chicken wings.

The beers are not varied. There is a German, English and Japanese beer.

If you are a fan of Belgian beer, this place is a must. The beer is displayed in the window, but not on the menu. The trick is, you have to ask.

We assumed the gentleman helping us with our selections and discussing with passion Belgium beers was the owner, going by the name of Jack. If you ask for Belgium beer you are bound to meet him. We have not had a more accommodating host.

I am here again in Kyoto, two years later. We walked past the bar hoping it would still be there. It was, and we saw a man setting up through the window. It was Jack. He recognised us, and rushed out to greet us. We booked a table and returned last night to also find he had remembered our names.

What more can I say? Pay it a visit.

Jack and Co.

Jack and Co.

I loved Krakow. It is said to have more bars and cafes per capita than any other city in Europe, which is quite a feat.

We visited many bars, many were very good, modern and the Polish make a good coffee and cocktail.

For the beer lover there is the CK Browar bar and restaurant. This was my favorite bar in Krakow, but I am rather bias considering I am a beer lover.

It is the only pub left in Krakow where you can purchase the beer straight from the vat.

There are the four types of beer, two of which we tried. The CK Weizen was very light on the palette, and the CK Dunkel, which was my preference, had a nice smooth finish. The meals are reasonably priced as they were quite large, and pretty good. It was close to the best meal we had in Poland.

CK Browar is a must for the beer lover who visits Krakow.

On the global beer table, I would place this a close forth or fifth, level with a microbrewery in Prague.

I will reveal the best global beers from my travels thus far, in due course.

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