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Beer Available At Ushi-Tora (arranged by most recent)
Ise Kadoya Yuzu Ale 69, Coedo Paradoxical IPA 69, Shiga Kogen/Nøgne Ø Not So Mild Ale 57, 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, Iwate Kura Red Ale 43, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2012 99, Iwate Kura Stout 89
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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.
EdKing (148) London, England | November 2, 2014| Updated November 3, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Despite a few visits to Japan over the years it’s taken me a while to get down to Kitazawa. Finally made it on Halloween Night. Two small bars up on a balcony, about a 5 min walk from the station. The larger bar with food, lacks enough tables, so it’s a standing bar mainly. The second smaller bar is even smaller and is standing room only. I found the layout of the first bar a bit uncomfortable but weirdly the second bar is more cozy and comfortable to stand. They do a list of different beers in each bar. The main bar didn’t really have anything too exciting. Beers from Stillwater and another average American brewer, plus the last of the Ushi Tora beers from Luc Bim. I had the Test Batch #1 and it was pretty poor. Others were much better. In the smaller bar they had a huge beer list of Shiga Kogen beers, so great timing to be there. Big thumbs up for the number of beers. Service is very friendly. Overall a great little set of bars, maybe starting to get surpassed by some of the newer bigger craft beer bars, and now getting beaten on price, which were above average.
KansaiBeerLvrs (235) Kyoto, Japan | December 31, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
As it was Dec.30th when I popped in they had 700 yen half pints and 1000 yen pints but they decided to cancel the 1100 yen tasting set even though it was on the menu. That being said, service was knowledgeable & friendly enough but for the event it was cash on delivery. The selection was good with a Masaji Beer I was trying to track down & some really nice ales on hand pumps-all beers I had were in great condition. The atmosphere was nice with the sitting bar being all dark woods & a bit classy whereas the standing bar was more of a rough hewn rowdy atmosphere. A really nice place but after hearing tons of effusive praise for it in Kansai I was expecting to get my socks knocked off.
john_henry (14) , | August 6, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Went here at a pretty quite time, so would be unfair to really comment on ambiance, but the service was very good, with an OK selection of beers, some good Japanese brews. Would definitely go back if nearby.
nate2g (651) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | June 28, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely warrants a visit to the two pubs. A few beers I hadn’t seen elsewhere. Simple food on offer. Friendly bartenders. Small space in both bars but probably won’t be a problem. They’ve turned an empty key-keg into a fish bowl.
ultimatepoche (59) Lille, France | April 22, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Just visited one of the two Ushi-Tora ( the other one was closed on mondays ). We were a large group of foreigners in a very small pub, but the staff was very friendly, the pub itself pretty cool and the selection was awesome . Strictly Japanese micro brews on tap there, even if the place is decorated with lots of things from U.S micros such as Rogue etc... Staff spoke very little english, but enough to understand and give some ( good ) advice. A must go when in Tokyo, even if it is a bit tricky to find...
SweetHorizon (13) , New Zealand | November 28, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
The staff here spoke a little English, I was with a friend who could speak Japanese so all was good. Good beer, great food, Wasabi pizza anyone? Had their ’house’ beer made by Baird and it was great. Went next door to the other venue and was just as good.
Theis (114) Frederiksberg, Denmark | November 7, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great place, well actually 2 places. One sit-down/different food (fx. small bar/snack dishes)/nice beer selestion ..... another stand-up,/1 food (a nice soup)/a bit less beers. They have Sake on tap, fantastic. I will come back.....
laiti (16) Helsinki, Finland | October 1, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Visited on 16.09.2011
Very well calculated selection here – much rarities you do not see elsewhere. Prices are rather high but so they are all around Tokyo. Good service like in all places around here. The non‐smoking place is not stand‐only anymore. Actually the smoking section looked more like that.
TheGrandMaster (105) Auckland, New Zealand | October 10, 2010
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 19/20
A close call as to whether this or Popeye was my favourite pub in Tokyo (or in Ushi-Tora’s case, should that be ’pubs’). Ushi-Tora 1 - had a great chat with the bar man, really friendly, and impressive range of Japanese and US micros. Ushi-Tora 2 - all 8 Mikkeller Single Hop IPA on tap...enough said.
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.
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