Brimmer Beer Box
This is a very small tap room for the larger Brimmer Brewing. I did not enjoy this beer at all and neither did my friends. With less than a handful of different styles, it's not a destination spot. But if you are in the area, why not...
Update: Brimmer Beer Box has recently permanently closed.
Updated Jun '16
Hitachino Brewing Lab
Hitachino Brewing Lab brews the Hitachino Nest beer. If you've been anywhere in Asia, you undoubtedly have come across Hitachino Nest beer. Located in the Manseibashi Station complex, which is a strip mall-like shopping area. It also overlooks the Kanda River. I was rushed, trying to squeeze in a quick beer before heading to the airport, so it as a very short visit for a quick beer and a sandwich. Light food fare is served. Although I didn't get a chance to talk with anyone, supposedly hands-on beer classes are provided here.
This is not the main brewery at this location but they do brew some beers on-site.
Location: Maach Ecute Kanda Manseibashi N1, 1-25-4 Kanda-Sudacho, Chiyoda
Nearest Metro: Akihabara Station, multiple lines, including Yamanote and Hibiya Lines
Updated Nov '15
Ushitora Beer Bar 1 and 2
These 2 beer bars are in opposite direction and equidistant from the Shimo-Kitazawa metro station in the bar and cafe heavy district of Setagaya. Besides being in the opposite direction they are also completely opposite as far as style and appeal.
Ushitora 1 is larger and more formal with about 15 places to sit at the bar and another 30-40 seats around tables. A nice Japanese pub food menu is available and they are open for lunch. There are 30 taps, of which 3 are hand-pump. About a third of the taps are serving their own beer and the others are pouring good Japanese craft beer.
Ushitora 2 is a small, standing only bar that holds a maximum of 10-15 people. About half the taps of the other bar and serving a combination of their own beer and Japanese craft beer. Not open for lunch and the food menu is much lighter Japanese pub snacks.
The Ushitora beer is quite good - all styles, and I highly recommend it. Beer is not brewed on-site at either location and the main brewery is located Shimotshuke Tochigi.
Location 1: 世田谷区Daita, 6 Chome−３−２７, Setagaya
Location 2: 三久ビル2F, 北沢 2-9-3 Setagaya
Nearest Metro: Shimo-Kitazawa Station, Keio-inokashira and Odakyu Lines
Updated May '17