Japan > Osaka
maekchu (88) Hirakata, Japan | December 7, 2014| Updated December 8, 2014
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 12/20
Three small fridges at the back end of the wine/liquor section of Hnashin Department Store. Easy access from the Hanshin station area. Small but good selection of Japanese craft (Shiga Kogen, Baird, Yo-Ho), along with US West coast stuff (The Bruery, Green Flash), and a few bottles of German and Belgian beers. Service was minimal -- you take what you want and go to the cashier. Prices are just a bit high. Worth a look if you are passing through Hanshin station
JapanTony (91) , Japan | January 23, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
This stand was really easy to find, just meters from the Hanshin station exit (underground). It is inside the Hanshin Department store in the booze section. Selection is one of the best you will find in Osaka, and nice way to pick up a primer or beer to take home. Hoofing it 10-15min over to CCB’s shop will save you a little (10%?). Some less common brews such as Lagunitas, Stone, Green Flash and assorted Belgians. Also a Japanese section with Baird, Shiga Kogen etc. There was a guy on hand giving advice. No beer tastings, but you could get ripped tasting all the sake, wine and whiskey they had on offer in the section.
KyotoLefty (492) Kyoto, Japan | November 27, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Little stand inside the Hanshin Department store food floor. Very nice to see such a selection of craft beers in this place. Closer to the JR, Hankyu and Subway lines than CBB, so very convenient. Rent must be high, though, since prices are higher than at CBB. It’s a welcome store, great to pop in for a couple beers to take home. If you plan on buying a lot, though, take the extra 10 minutes’ walk to Craft Beer Base. When I went, there were just Hanshin people around, tough I suspect that knowledgeable people are also often working here.
KansaiBeerLvrs (237) Kyoto, Japan | October 13, 2013| Updated July 11, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
This is basically a row of Craft Beer Base Branded fridges in the alcohol section of Hanshin Department stores depachika. It has roughly 100 or so different varieties of beer. Probably 1/3 Belgian/German, 1/3 Japanese Craft Beer and 1/3 American Craft Beer. It’s a nice mix but I didn’t see anything so unique, it’s a good place to stop by when transiting through Umeda station though. Prices are reasonable enough though possibly slightly higher than CBB. The service seemed good as they had someone on hand to guide people new to beer into making a good selection. Basically this is what all department stores in Japan should be like. Not great but solid with a nice variety of styles. They occasionally have events on the 11th floor with tons more beer + draft beers as well.
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