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Beer Available At Tanakaya Liquor Store (arranged by most recent)
De Molen Rhythm & Blues 95, Traquair Jacobite Ale 99, Brewfist Spaghetti Western Grappa Barrel 96, Baird Wabi Sabi Japan Pale Ale 76, Noboribetsu (Oni Densetsu) Ki Ichigo Framboise , North Island Weizen 49, Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Apricot Saison , Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 1 Aged in Oak Barrels 93, Moylans Ryan Sullivans Imperial Stout 99, Daisen G Beer Weihen Hop 45, Stone Ruination IPA 100, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA 100, BrewDog Mix Tape 8 99, Shiga Kogen Nigai Lager Pilsner!? (Bitter Lager) 72, Tiny Rebel The Full Nelson 91, Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 4: Saison Brett , Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale 92, Hitachino Nest XH 97, Brewfist Terminal Pale Ale 87, Avery White Rascal 71
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rdespain008 (10) , Japan | January 14, 2015
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Tanakaya is a great liquor/wine/beer store. Very close walk to the Mejiro JR station (right on the Yamanote line). It has a huge beer selection, mostly American, British, Belgian, and Japanese. Very heavy on Belgian lambics and krieks. The one kick is that itís cash only. Sent me looking for an ATM on my first visit.
In addition to beer, this shop has one of the most extensive collection of various liquor that I have seen in Tokyo, at very nice prices. Huge selection of tequila, mezcal, armagnac, cognac, vodka, rum, gin, jenever, aquavit. Very nice single-malt and blended whisk(e)y section, with great representation from all over the world.
Might need to head back soon.
left_bank (58) , Japan | November 29, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
The service was very good.
Not as happy as others about this store.The number of bottles past their bbd was wayyyy too many;the first 6 american beers that i took out of the fridge were past their bbd.
Would of like a a better selection of German biers.
Best thing about going was the bakery across the street.
melush (31) , Spain | June 2, 2014| Updated June 17, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
A basement shop next to Mejiro station. Great selection of international craft beers. They also have a dedicated cooler for japanese beers. Prices are not expensive.
AndySnow (208) Stockholm, Sweden | April 20, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Been a while since I was here, but itís hard to forget this place. Good selection of beers, but local and foreign. Probably the best selection I found in Tokyo. Luckily my hotel was close by, so didnít have to carry the bags of beer and glassware that far. Great place to stop by and stock up before heading out.
JohnRMurdoch (305) Glasgow, Scotland | April 1, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
In a basement 30m away from Mejiro Station. Mainly a spirits store but has a fantastic selection of international craft beers. Japanese selection is poor and they are not even displayed properly which is very disappointing. Prices not bad and service satisfactory. Has signed photo of Jodie Foster on counter. Donít waste your time coming here for local beers but it is great for other countries.
KansaiBeerLvrs (260) Kyoto, Japan | December 31, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
I visited on their last day open of 2013 so they were crazy busy. The selection is great, I think if you go here youíre looking at the width & breadth of basically all you can commercially find in Japan. They had a scattering of stuff I hadnít seen before but most Iíd seen on Rakuten/online. About 2 fridges of Italian Craft when I went, 4 of Belgians(seriously about half their stock), the rest a grab bag of the US & the rest of the world. Small open fridge of Japanese craft beer. Their main fridges are PACKED and it is really hard getting bottles out of them-everyone does so exceedingly carefully for free of knocking some down and breaking them. Prices are average(some beers higher than Iíve seen others lower), service was subpar. The atmosphere here was kind of snobbish, I get the feel they prefer their cognac/whiskey/bourbon customers. Not at all welcoming & aside from the older guy I assume is the owner not even that knowlegeable about beer, they didnít know about lots of breweries I asked about. While chatting with my friend I think the owner overheard my complaints so when we left we suddenly got much friendlier service. I would have bought more but honestly the service turned me off so I decided to buy those other bottles online. After the great things Iíd heard about this shop I was expecting much more. For Japan, it is the best youíll find in terms of selection (Asahiya in Osaka blows them out of the water in terms of service-it isnít even close) but compared to a good place in the US or Europe it is lacking.
Ferris (732) Burnaby, British Columbia | December 8, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great shop that I could and did spend too much time and money in. Although the local stuff is underrepresented, they have a stellar import selection to rival many American bottle shops. Prices were reasonable and service was only limited by language. A must.
Travlr (1715) Washington, Washington DC | September 4, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice place, large selection from around the world, in addition to interesting local stuff. Glassware too. A bit pricey, but worth a look.
biirusaikou (83) , | September 2, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
The main beer geek shop in Tokyo. They focus on importing the best of international craft beers, rare items and glassware.
Even though, they mostly seem to focus on major crafts such as Stone, Mikkeller, Brewdog and Belgian abbaye brews, they also have some other geeky breweries as well as some rare large bottles in limited quantity.
Their Japanese selection is surprisingly poor and badly presented in a corner though.
Prices are steep but not shocking for Tokyo, and thatís the price for finding your favorite wishlist items.
john_henry (14) , | August 6, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great bottle shop, carrying some really good beers, some of which are pretty hard to find by any standards, let alone in Japan.
Downside is the terrible selection of Japanese craft beer. Having had some awesome beers in Japan, thereís no excuse.
Certainly worth a trip if you live in Japan and want to stock up your cellar.
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