Oeuf, Toyama, Japan

The review sites and the map of Japanese craft beer bars pointed me towards Oeuf so I jumped on the tram from outside my hotel and around 25 minutes later I was walking down the side street towards Oeuf.

It was getting dark as I walked up the stairs at around 5:30 and then I entered an empty bar – just me and the staff. Oh well…

I perused the beer menu and wasn’t overwhelmed but I thought I should stay and see if the place picked up a little so I ordered a Minoh Peach Sour Ale and a small dish of 3 sausages.

The beer was OK and quenched my thirst. The sausages were so-so.

As I finished my beer around 6:15pm I was still the only person in the place so I decided to settle up and find somewhere else for dinner. Stay tuned!

Craft Beer Market, Toramonom, Tokyo, Japan

I’d arrived in Tokyo the previous evening for my 4th holiday in Japan and after exchanging my JR Pass I’d hopped on the Yamanote Line heading towards Shimbashi Station and started walking back towards my hotel.

As I was heading through Toramonom I bought up the magnificent map of Japanese craft beers to see what was on offer and open for lunch in the area which pointed me towards a bar that I visited during my last trip, Craft Beer Market, Toramonom.

I was the first in the door around 11:45am and was offered a seat at the bar. Within about 15 minutes though the place was packed!

There were several lunch deals available so I chose the spicy curry (which was pork), salad and soup. The soup and salad turned up pretty quickly, and the curry about 10 minutes later. The meal was extremely tasty and not over-the-top spicy.

Of course you can’t eat at the Craft Beer Market and not have a drink, so I chose a New England IPA from Sennan Schinken Factory based in Kakuda in Miyagi Prefecture. It was a relatively good brew.

Mingle Mush, Den Haag, The Netherlands

I’d jumped on the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Den Haag (The Hague) Cantraal and arrived around 70 minutes later and true to form I turned right when I should have turned left as I exited the platform so ended up in the piazza in front of Mingle Mush.

While I got my bearings I sat down in the sun and was able to order a Kornuit, a pilsner, technically for breakfast.

As I was finishing my beer and looking at a map I worked out I was on the wrong side of the railway tracks so I finished my beer, went back through the station and headed into main part of Den Haag to explore for the day.

What I didn’t know at the time was that Mingle Mush is not just a single bar, rather it’s a food court of around 12 or 15 restaurants and bars. If I’d known this I would have stopped for a snack before I jumped back on the train to Amsterdam in the afternoon.

One thing I found interesting was that you can only pay via credit card, even for small purchases. This meant that I don’t end up with a pocket full of coins and there’s no chance of the establishment being robbed. Really cool.

Café Mooy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I was originally heading to the Beer Tasting Room In The Wildeman but, as I was to find out, they are closed on Sundays. Luckily, right across the narrow laneway was another bar called Café Mooy.

Café Mooy is an old fashioned / traditional Dutch bar serving a good selection of beers with both inside and outside seating areas.

I sat inside on one of the comfy leather seats by the window while I had a couple of beers.

Firstly I had an Affligem Blonde from the Belgian Affligem Brouwerij, a middle of the road blonde – light, smooth and fruity.

My second beer was Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Antwerp based Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle. This was a great tasting strong beer that I really enjoyed.

Café Mooy is a pleasant place for a Sunday afternoon beer.

Café ‘t Monumentje, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

For Sunday brunch I headed into the western part of Amsterdam. The destination for my trek was Café ‘t Monumentje.

Café ‘t Monumentje is a cosy and quaint cafe that serves coffees, pastries and importantly local beers.

I settled in at the large table towards the back of the cafe with a stubby of Saison Brûût from the local Amsterdam Bruut Bier. It was a sour, fruity bitter beer that I liked very much.

My second beer was another local Amsterdam beer by Oedipus Brewing. The Mannenliefde was another Saison which has a spicy taste to it. A good, middle of the road saison.

I think the Saison Brûût was the better of the two beers but only by a small margin.

If you’re over in the western side of Amsterdam do yourself a favor and drop into Café ‘t Monumentje, you won’t be disappointed.