Japan > Osaka
Beer Available At Craft Beer Base (arranged by most recent)
Pizza Port Swamis India Pale Ale 97, Pizza Port Doctor Brew , Fujizakura Schwarz Weizen , Tamamura Honten (Shiga Kogen) Indian Summer Saison 91, Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro Pete!? , Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro , Ballast Point Longfin Lager 44, Modern Times Lomaland 80, Avery White Rascal 70, Coronado Stoopid Stout 96, BrewDog How To Disappear Completely (2.8%) 80, Avery IPA 96, Sankt Gallen Mint Chocolate Stout , Schneider Weisse Tap 5 Meine Hopfen-Weisse 99, Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout 97, Heretic ChIMP , Daisen G Beer Kohaku (Amber) Weizen , Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny 95, Southern Tier Plum Noir 94, The Bruery RugbrÝd 94
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KansaiBeerLvrs (148) Kyoto, Japan | March 10, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Itís conveniently located near the Umeda Sky building (take the underground tunnel from JR Umeda station).
It is a nice place to drop by for a few drinks and the staff are very friendly and helpful. As noted by JapanTony during events things quickly get chaotic and service suffers so Iíve edited my rating to reflect that.
It only has 4 taps but they change often and the draft beer is reasonably priced. They also offer growler refills!
The real draw here is as a bottle shop, the to-go prices are good (double the marked price if drinking at the bar) and the selection is pretty good. Recently, they mostly focus on Nagano Trading beers and so get them before anyone else, they also have AQ Bevolution beers, a decent selection of Japanese micros and German/Belgian imports though nothing really rare. The selectionís continued to grow but the variety has suffered.
They also organize tons of events. A must if you are in Osaka, especially if you want to grab a few bottles to go. Bonus, it is opened during the day.
JapanTony (69) , Japan | March 5, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I really wanted to give this place a higher rating, especially as the owner is a firm supporter of the craft beer (and homebrewer) scene, but there are a couple things that need to be ironed out before that happens.
First off, ordering a beer does not mean you will get it. I was told they would bring it, yet waited 10 minutes and nothing. Back down, reminded them, 5 min later nothing. Then reminded them again and finally, after 20 min I got my drink. They were busy, but 3-4 staff should be able to handle 20-30 people. And I was not the only one in this situation. Servers would go upstairs not knowing who ordered what beer and just put them on the table or ask out loud who was waiting. One guy shouted down he was waiting for a pizza for a long time and was told they sold out (although he had already paid). Secondly, the draft selection is pretty poor. What they have is good and priced typically at 1000-1200, but only 4 taps. The bottle selection is wonderful, but charging double to drink in house as opposed to take away is a huge disincentive to stick around. For example a can of Avery to go is 500, but 1,000 to drink on site. Pretty steep for a 350ml serve. While the upstairs is comfortable, the downstairs gets busy and can block ordering. Plus we are subjected to the smokers puffing away next to the bar. I canít say much about the food, seemed they had a few items in small servings, but not really sure. My suggestions: 1. ban smoking (too small to separate them out, really), 2. charge 25-50% markup on bottles/cans, 3. figure out a serving system, 4. add a few more taps
Ferris (212) Burnaby, British Columbia | November 29, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
My first real craft experience in Japan, so rating may change. Nice and quaint, standing room for a dozen and a neat bottle selection. Owner and staff were friendly with a decent knowledge. Take out bottles decent priced, but double to drink there is a bit much. Had fun and would recommend.
HKAndy (11) , Japan | April 23, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Small but good selection. Very nice ambiance, although it can be a bit cramped on the first floor. Limiting the fliers on the second standing bar would behoove them. Service is great and the guys are very friendly. I really like the food, especially the sandwiches.
defresh (16) , Japan | March 10, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice place with a cafe style to it (especially the upstairs). The staff and ambiance is comfortable and inviting. I enjoyed checking out the bottle room and tend to like bottle shops that allow you to drink. Unfortunately I think that double the bottle price is pretty steep. So far Iíve stuck to the drafts and taken my bottles to go.
Westkyoto77 (4) Kyoto , Japan | March 7, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
The staff here are friendly and helpful, and the prices on the draught taps and take-out bottles are quite reasonable. Strengths lie in Japanese (always good range of Bairds), Belgian, and West Coast US. Inside the place itself is a little cramped, and coming down the steep stairs is tricky after a few high-percentage brews, but itís cosy, clean and welcoming.
left_bank (44) , Japan | January 18, 2013
38 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
i want to say to the 6 of the 7 people that positively rated cbb,fu for wasting my time!
i did not have the same great experience;i found many beers past date,about 50% of the beers have no price marked,and i was not allowed to bring my backpack in the cellar(maybe i would steal)?
for the 10 yen that i might save going here,it is not worth the trip!
my wifeís comments:not so great and not better then the other bottle shops in osaka and kyoto.
POSTMD (3) , Japan | January 12, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
If you have not yet been to CBB, you are missing out. This is one of the best craft beer places in Osaka and has been setting the pace in the Osaka area since they opened in June of 2012. CBB has slowly been earning its reputation as the IT place in the downtown area for craft beer takeout as a bottleshop (double price if you drink bottled-beer on-site, however there is no table charge for drinking pints there) and decent prices for Japan. Itís located just south of Umeda Sky Building. The selection of beer is now at around 200-300 and the shop also has a walk in freezer. The owner, Ai, is very friendly and enjoys talking with customers about beer (in English or Japanese) as does the rest of the staff who are also very friendly. While there are only 4 taps, there is generally a good selection of at least one IPA, a Belgium, Pale Ale, a Japanese craft brew and so on. Can usually choose from a UK half-pint, American pint or UK pint. Very easy to meet other beer enthusiasts here in the downstairs standing area or hang out with friends in the upstairs area. CBB also does regular events (recently they hosted Hoppy Happy Xmas, a joint event with pizza from Devilís Craft in Tokyo, an IPA Day, etc). The selection here is very good for Japan and CBB is always adding new beers to their lineup while maintaining customer favorites in their lineup. Canít recommend CBB enough.
mike12da (10) Osaka, Japan | October 16, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good as a bottle shop if youíre buying stuff to go. Excellent selection of bottles, though nothing I canít get elsewhere. 4 beers on tap, sometimes interesting, and good price for Japan. Lighting is way too bright, so itís not a place where I could relax, but Iíll tolerate it for one or two beers.
shoulderbroken (164) Tokyo, Japan | August 28, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to KyotoLefty for taking me here. Modern place with decent tap selection. Great fun looking around the walk in cellar. Lots of interesting bottles in there. We were on a crawl so didnít stay long, but the bartender seemed really nice and the prices were good. Will definitely be coming back next time I am in Osaka.
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