Yamaoka Sake Shop

Mayor: KansaiBeerLvrs (17) | Taps: 0 | Bottles: 80-120
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Beers At Yamaoka Sake Shop

NameABVEntered
Shiga Kogen Salty Hop4.5%8/5/2016
Baeren Yamabudo Radler2.5%7/31/2016
Niigata Golden Edinburgh7%7/26/2016
Daisen G Beer Grand Saison5%7/25/2016
Shiga Kogen Isseki Sancho10%7/25/2016
Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro 11.5%7/23/2016
Hideji Yuzu Ale5%5/29/2016
Kita Shuzo Kirakucho 2007 Junmai Sake 18%5/26/2016
Iwate Kura Arigatou Pale Ale 4.8%4/21/2016
Tamamura Honten (Shiga Kogen) Imperial Indian Summer Saison 8.5%4/19/2016
Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen) Drunk Coffee / Kibiru5%4/6/2016
Iwate Kura Nagisa5%4/1/2016
Harvestmoon London Style Porter5%3/9/2016
Baeren Yuzu Wit4.5%2/25/2016
Baeren Chocolate Stout7%2/8/2016
Baeren English Perry6%1/25/2016
Sankt Gallen Strawberry Chocolate Stout 6.5%1/21/2016
Nagisa Beer Heaven Helles5%1/21/2016
Kaibutsu Shima Kuro Beer5%1/16/2016
Baeren English Cider6%1/11/2016
Daigo Yamizo Morino5%1/10/2016
Baird Hatsujozo 2015 India Pale Lager 7%1/7/2016
Daigo Weizen5%12/31/2015
Shiga Kogen Saison Blanc5.5%12/22/2015
Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen) Smoky Brown6.5%12/21/2015
Daigo Helles5.5%12/18/2015
Y Market Table Pils4.8%10/19/2015
Baird Shinshu Wase Wet Hop Ale5%10/19/2015
Niigata Weizen 4.5%9/1/2015


82
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138  (333) Falls Church, Virginia | December 26, 2014
Thanks to KansaiBeerLvrs for taking me here! Unassuming shop with five or so refrigerators of Japanese craft beer. Pretty small and narrow space so it can get a little cramped with more than two people shopping. Very nice selection of bottles including some rarities. Prices about average for Japan. A bit out of the way but well worth a stop.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo  (3) Kyoto, Japan | February 4, 2014
Completely unsuspecting shop away from the city centre. Run by a nice, friendly family, with three marvellous fridges full of beer from all over Japan.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
KansaiBeerLvrs  (483) Kyoto, Japan | December 31, 2013
The first time I went there I wasn’t sure I was in the right place but after going in past all the bins of fruits & veggies out front I found a few large fridges full of Japanese beers. To give you an idea of the selection available there you should know that Yamaoka is the shop that helped start up the Kyoto Craft Beer Festival so they have a great relationship with the breweries. When I went to a few festivals in Kansai and asked breweries “Where can I get your beer in Kyoto?” the answer was always “Yamaoka”. So as is typical in Japan, almost all beers are kept refrigerated and they have all the regulars and many seasonals that change often. A nice thing is that they don’t seem to favor any one style so you’ll find whatever kind of beer you’re looking for: IPAs, barleywines, weizens, stouts, porters, etc. Their prices are reasonable and the staff are friendly. They also organize events at their shop from time to time. The only real negatives I can think of is the location. It isn’t so easy to get there using public transportation. You have to take a bus from Kyoto Station or Hanku Omiya, get off at Senbon-Imadegawa, and walk North about 100m (Yamaoka’s on the left). Otherwise, you have to grab a subway to Imadegawa and walk west quite far(or hop on a bus) to Senbondori Street.
76
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
nate2g  (1094) Boomtown!, Australia | July 3, 2012
Great little shop. A couple fridges full of micros including seasonals. Extensive sake selection too but honestly I had no idea what I was looking at there. Picked up a few bottles to drink later. I didn’t try the vegetables so can’t comment on the food. Lady in the store was friendly and made for a pleasant transaction for both parties involved. I’m happy to recommend.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
laiti  (17) Helsinki, Finland | October 1, 2011
Visited on 09.09.2011
The best place to buy Japanese microbrews! Stands next to a green arch (grey in google street view) and looks like a vegetable shop. But once you look right, you see lots of microbrews in two fridges. Had to ask for Hitachino Beers from the staff (I could do that much Japanese) and they moved some bottles. And there they were. Much rarities I found nowhere else on my two-week trip to Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Like elsewhere in Japan, the beers are cold and only cash is accepted.
78
  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 2/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
worldbeertaste  (143) , England | September 29, 2011
This is a litte tiny shop thats very easy to miss. But from what I’ve been able to see this may be the best Liquor shop in all of Japan. It has many Japanese craft beers and seasonals that change. The people who work thier are nice. But it doesn’t offer a place to sit or any REAL food options. Its also strangly hard to find. Nonetheless amazing selection for Japan
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
defresh  (16) , Japan | January 31, 2010
Followed KyotoLefty’s directions and found it quick enough. The ambiance is lovable with the fresh vegetables outside. We picked up 8 beers of which the best (in our opinion) were the Takahashi Imperial Stout and Hitcahi’s Commemorative Ale. The store clerk helped with some English to answer a question or two. Reasonable prices. Overall a great spot to pick up some jbeer.
84
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
TimE  (316) Tokyo, Japan | May 8, 2009
Wow. It looks like any other mom and pop vegetable store - it doesn’t even have a front door - but with a huge twist. Bar none the best place to get Japanese craft beer in Japan. 100% exclusive focus on Japanese micros with top names and lots of seasonals. This guy is doing it right. A must stop if you are in Kyoto - much better than Tanakaya for local stuff. Thanks Mark for taking us there.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
kabutomushi  (3) , Japan | October 1, 2008
This place is easy to miss but shouldn’t be if you can make it. Most amazing selection of local sake and Japanese micros I know of. No English spoken but it doesn’t really matter.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty  (661) Kyoto, Japan | September 2, 2008| Updated September 27, 2015
Small, traditional sake store with local vegetables out front. Many local sakes from all over Japan, and usually around 100 Japanese micro beers. Surely the best store for J-Micros in all of Japan. Usually there are 2 craft sake tastings and 2 craft beer tastings a month. ¥2300 and you will try several, along with some tasty snacks. Can’t beat it, but you really need to speak Japanese at the tasting. From Kyoto Station or Hanku Omiya, take a bus to Senbon-Imadegawa, and walk North about 100m. It’s on the left.

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