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Beer Available At Ushi-Tora (arranged by most recent)
Ushi-Tora 12 to Go: Session Pale Ale , Coedonado Ichiro Malt Barrel Aged Version , Coedo Paradoxical IPA 72, Ushi-Tora 6 to Go: Black Light "Non" Pale Ale , Ise Kadoya Yuzu Ale 69, Shiga Kogen/Nøgne Ø Not So Mild Ale 58, Shiga Kogen Even Prime White IPA 83, Shiga Kogen Harvest Saison , Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 1 89, Ushi-Tora 15 to Go: Dryhopped Session Blonde Ale , Ushi-Tora 14 to Go: Non American Pale Ale , Ushi-Tora Test Batch #01 , Shiga Kogen 10th Anniversary IPA 90, Stone 18th Anniversary Golden Brown IPA 95, North Island Summer Crystal Ale , Daisen G Beer Scottish Ale , Oh! La! Ho Bossa Nova IPA , BFM La Meule 77, Hideji Kinkan Lager , Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA 83
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prestonshute (12) Georgia | March 25, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Insanely expensive. If you can get beyond that, then you’ll enjoy yourself. All the finest Japanese microbrews are offered here in a very calm, relaxed setting.
JapanTony (92) , Japan | July 16, 2009| Updated March 6, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great selection, second only to Popeye’s.
Very pricey, even for Tokyo. For example, a Pint of Green Flash was about 1500yen (US$18), so bring a fat wallet.
Was a smoky place but they just opened a new room next door which is non-smoking (but standing only).
KyotoLefty (492) Kyoto, Japan | May 12, 2009| Updated May 11, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely a must stop in Tokyo. Very good selection, with interesting imports and older beers. Guys seem to know their stuff and get in nice beers. Definitely expensive. Hand pump beers from Yo-Ho were cheap, though. The smaller #2 bar is standing only, but more hardcore geeks were in there. Interesting draught sake as well. Great.
jonno (123) , Japan | April 21, 2009| Updated March 30, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 12/20
Very expensive and doesn’t quite have the atmosphere of popeyes or other places. Only really worth going to If they have something on tap you really want to try or you have cash to burn..the staff can be surly too,
miketd (125) Cleveland, Ohio | August 17, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 19/20
Very cool place in an interesting part of Tokyo. Had a very distinctive Japanese feel...if that makes any sense at all. Pretty small. Maybe 7-10 tables and room for another 10 at the bar. Very nice selection of Japanese micros along with some American stuff...Stone and Rogue to name two. Very expensive, but I felt the need to try 4-5 Local brews. They ranged from good to borderline awesome. Staff was very friendly, but spoke almost no english. Thanks to TimE for being my interpetur. Pretty sure you could get by without knowing the language...beer is spoken fluently here. If I’m in Tokyo again,this will be on my shortlist.
wetherel (83) Encinitas, California | July 6, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Pretty nice restaurant with a great tap list. About 3 stops south of Shinjuku on the Odakyu line. Went there with TimE, Cappa, and a few people from his beer club. A great place to take a date, because of the restaurant like feel, but far too expensive to just try some beers, because of the environmental pressure to buy food. They do have a bar, where I suppose you could drink without ordering food, and that is what I recommend, unless you have money burning holes in your pocket. I tried 1 beer and 1 sample and spent $31. Ouch! On the plus side, I opened a ’06 BA speedway bottle I brought myself and they were cool about letting us open it. Everyone had a sample, including the staff who enjoyed it too.
Capa (270) Manama, Bahrain | June 1, 2008
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
At first I thought I walked into the wrong place. Itstruck me as a new age version of a traditional Japanese eatery. Thank goodness I eventually saw the array of taps behind the bar. The Master welcomed me warmly and gave me a menu of all the beers and food they have. I looked at it and tried to pretend I could read Japanese but before I could get a word out he laughed and asked me what type of beer I like (Meaning no English menu). From there things just kept getting better. The 20 taps and 3 hand pumps had beers you don’t normally see even at the better beer bars around Tokyo. Plenty of Ji-Beer and an assortment of international brews as well. Rouge was the American offering. I had a few of there offerings and all were at the proper temperatures and pulled with care. Prices weren’t bad- for Tokyo. I only had the cheese plate to eat but it was tasty and very well presented which went with the classy but not overbearing mood of the joint. Smoking is permitted. I’d say that Ushi-Tora and Popeyes are the main players in Tokyo but Ushi-Tora doesn’t get any where near the attention. I’ll definitely be back.
hogfodder (34) Seattle, Washington | February 19, 2008| Updated May 3, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Meet the future of the Japanese beer scene. Ushi-Tora is at the cutting edge of craft beer bars in Tokyo, specializing in Ji-Biru (regional craft beer from Japan). It is owned & operated by 2 young beer geeks who seem pretty hardcore...in a good way. I was lucky enough to be there when an interpreter was on hand so communication was both easy & fun. These guys are not afraid to throw down and tell you what they think, good or bad. I like that. Their obvious passion for beer spills out from each tap, easily the most thoughtful draft line up I saw in Japan. Do not miss this place if you go to Tokyo.
Note: I rated 11 out of 15 for selection because I am comparing to all beer bars in the world. If it was just Japan, it would be a 14-15. Same with the overall rating (17). If it were just Japan, it would be a 19. We didn’t have food.
oberabcbbsok (38) Hoboken, Belgium | September 7, 2007
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Nice place easy to find on Time i have this comment 1st aniversery and 50 meters in front of you. Tasted 10 beers on draft that were not availlable at Popey
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 30, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Check out my article for pics and comments about this excellent ji-biru bar: http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer-News/Article-687.htm
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