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Beer Available At Craft Beer Base (arranged by most recent)
Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA 10.1% (2015) 97, The Bruery / Smog City Atomic Kangarue 95, Evil Twin Hipster Ale 92, Evil Twin Yin 99, Nebraska EOS Hefeweizen 81, Lagunitas DayTime 96, Schooner Exact Hoppy the Woodsman 89, Gueuze Tilquin (Draft Version) 99, Victory Storm King Imperial Stout 100, Saint Archer Coffee Brown 91, Ballast Point Victory at Sea 100, Adnams Wild Hop Amber Beer 50, Ushi-Tora Luc Lafontaine 6 to Go: Black Light "Non" Pale Ale , Baird / Great Leap Brewing Blind Monk Amber Ale , Mikkeller Winbic 94, Revolution Bottom Up Wit 84, CAP Exciter IPA 84, Harvestmoon Christmas Porter , Chris Banker / Insurgente / Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout 100, Brussels Beer Project Delta 92
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Ferris (732) 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.
nate2g (688) Boomtown!, Australia | July 6, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
A relative newcomer to the Osaka beer scene. Thereís just the four taps but usually something noteworthy to try. The real draw is whats sitting in the cellar. Amazing selection of Belgian ales and harder to find local seasonals. Also more common J-Beer and US micros are heavily represented. What really caught my eye was the selection of lambic here...best Iíve seen outside Belgium. Eight or so Cantillons, Tilquin, Drie Fonteinen, Girardin, Hannsens, De Cam itís all here - quite remarkable. Very attractive take away prices. Simple bar snacks can be ordered. The owner is lovely and really knows her stuff about beer. Excellent.
KyotoLefty (503) Kyoto, Japan | June 4, 2012| Updated November 27, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Combination bottle shop and beer cafe. 10 minute walk from Osaka or Umeda station, through the pedestrian tunnel towards the Sky Building. (Tunnel doesnít appear on the RB map, but connects the streets under the train depot.) Standing bar downstairs; cozy tables and counter upstairs. 4 taps mix Belgian and Japanese craft at good prices. Bottle selection is extensive and interesting. Very good range of Belgians. American and Japanese craft bottles as well. Takeout prices on bottles are very good. They double if you drink them in house, which makes takeout more appealing. The owner is very knowledgable, especially about Belgian beer, and she speaks English. One of the top 2 beer choices in Umeda now.
KansaiBeerLvrs (260) Kyoto, Japan | March 10, 2014| Updated June 22, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 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.
Recently, when I head to events the service seems to go down each time. Served the wrong beer, drink it. Order a beer, they tap a new keg it is flat - why are you complaining??? Ummm, why didnít you tell me so I could order something else? Can I have a beer that is NOT flat??? Nope. Seriously service here continues to go downhill... they seem to be resting on their laurels.
shoulderbroken (208) 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.
JapanTony (96) , 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
left_bank (58) , 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.
flyer50 (48) Seattle, Washington | August 26, 2012| Updated October 21, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Cool new place thatís all about the beer. I was the only one there between 9-10 on Sunday night. Helpful bar tender, who told me his boss spoke better English! (he did fine and was super helpful)
Four taps, three ji-beers and one US (Lagunitas IPA). Outstanding bottle selection, donít miss the walk in cellar! Edging out Doll Dress for Belgian bottles, and a nice contrast to Q-Brick for everything else.
Hope his business builds so he can offer a few more taps. A new must visit in Osaka, you just have to find the elusive tunnel and youíre there- 10 mins from Osaka station.
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.
HKAndy (16) , 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.
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