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.
A relative newcomer to the Osaka beer scene. There’s 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 I’ve seen outside Belgium. Eight or so Cantillons, Tilquin, Drie Fonteinen, Girardin, Hannsens, De Cam it’s 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.
Combination bottle shop and beer cafe. 10 minute walk from Osaka or Umeda station, through the pedestrian tunnel towards the Sky Building. (Tunnel doesn’t 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.
It’s 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 I’ve 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 selection’s 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 didn’t 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.
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 didn’t stay long, but the bartender seemed really nice and the prices were good. Will definitely be coming back next time I am in Osaka.
Local crowd seems to go there for US bottle shopping as they do have a large selection at market prices. They also have a few taps with sometimes a decent seasonal on but AVOID drinking bottles in there: total ripoff as they charge an extra 100% of the bottle price for no reason... Staff is not even that knowledgeable. Unless you really need to do some US bottle shopping, definitely skip that one.
Stopped in on my first night in Osaka. A little bit of a walk for a guy who doesn’t really know were exactly to go. But made it just before close. I was able to get some nice Japanese craft for take out. The owner was working and she set me up with some nice stuff. From the back little cave area.
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 can’t 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
Open for nearly three years now, and this is the first time I’ve made it here. Four taps -- the night I went all four were Oregon brews, and none of them really among the best that Oregon has to offer. Decent bottle selection in the coolers, though nowhere near the 200 mentioned in the listing -- my guess would be closer to 80 to 100. However, they do have an impressive selection of bottles in a large closet-like storeroom, and perhaps that’s where this figure comes from. Be aware (I almost wrote, "Be afraid... be very afraid") that the charge is DOUBLE for any bottles that are opened IN the bar (I have no idea why this is so; I haven’t seen this policy at any other beer bar). Many people simply buy bottles and then go outside to open and drink them. The biggest problem here, as mentioned by JapanTony below, is the service. I ordered a beer that came out of the tap with too much head, and so it took some time to get a full pour. But the server left the glass half-full under the tap and didn’t come back. I waited and waited (10 minutes or more), and eventually spotted him in the back eating and staring at the wall, clearly unconcerned about me or the lonely half-full beer. I finally called another guy to finish the pour. Later on, when I needed to use the restroom, another server/cook shouted at me not to go in because someone was in there. I waited and waited, and after too much time, I finally opened the door and no one was in there. The owner of Craft Beer Base is very active in the local beer scene, although rather a latecomer to it. She has just opened a second beer bar/restaurant, and usually when people do this the service/quality tend to suffer at both places. Anyway, I made it there finally, and I’m not sure if I’ll go back again.
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 wife’s comments:not so great and not better then the other bottle shops in osaka and kyoto.