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Beer Available At Tanakaya Liquor Store (arranged by most recent)
Minamishinshu Komagatake Ale 67, Shimane (Beer Hearn) Special Zakuro Beer , Stillwater Contemporary Works - Mono 96, Shiga Kogen Wheat Ale 73, Pizza Port Ponto Sessionable India Pale Ale 96, Baeren Classic 73, Achel 8 Bruin 98, Moinette Brune 93, Asahi Stout 80, The Bruery Mischief 97, BrewDog / Weihenstephan India Pale Weizen 85, Achel 8 Blond 98, Baeren Weizen (Summer) 85, Prairie / Saint Somewhere Prairie Somewhere 97, Boon Oude Kriek 98, Cazeau Saison 82, Rochefort Trappistes 6 98, Westmalle Tripel 99, Baird Dougís Belly 75, Baird Natsumikan Summer Ale 86
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Travlr (1869) 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.
nate2g (1016) Boomtown!, Australia | June 26, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A beautiful liquor store found downstairs that has a warm, cellar feel. A great beer selection no doubt, mostly from fan favourite breweries stateside and Europe. Not many Japanese beers in store, though I did pick up a few canned micros to quench the thirst with all that walking around the city. Quality beers here, not to mention all the other booze. Nice glassware selection as well, but pricey.
Ferris (793) 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.
KyotoLefty (543) Kyoto, Japan | July 25, 2008| Updated April 22, 2015
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Best bottled beer selection for a store in Japan, as far as I know. Good selection of American Micros and Belgians, at reasonable prices; many things I have seen no where else in this country, especially American and Scandinavian stuff. Just a few meters from the Mejiro station. The staff is getting better, maybe, but still can be unhelpful. Have had to beg for bubble wrapping most times. Japanese craft beer selection is decent, maybe the best in Tokyo, but pales next to Yamaoka in Kyoto. Lately tons of Mikkeller and BrewDog.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 30, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Check out my article for pics and comments about this well-stocked liquor store: http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer-News/Article-687.htm
JohnRMurdoch (330) 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.
Capa (322) Kitsap, Washington | February 3, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Absolutly beautiful store. The beer selection is very nice. Many belgians and a good sslection of American micros as well. I was hoping for more Japanese micros than they had, but Itís still the best Iíve seen so far. The wine and liquor stock is very nice as well. Many scotches available. Had a nice glassware selection as well. The best place Iíve seen in Tokyo, will be spending too much time and money there Iím sure, ha.
KansaiBeerLvrs (319) Kyoto, Japan | December 31, 2013| Updated April 22, 2015
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 fear 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 knowledgeable 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.
TimE (271) Tokyo, Japan | July 22, 2006| Updated January 22, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
This is the liquor store to go to in Japan. Prices are middle of the road, but seleciton is not. 400 beers. It is the ONLY liquor store I know of that brings in seaonals from the micros . Import selection ranges from Tabeh to Bush Prestige to vintage Alaskan Smoked Porter.
Located 1 min from Mejiro Station (only one exit) on the Yamanote line. From exit turn left walk about 20 meters. Located beside McDonalds.
Not in the same league as top US stores, but would still hold up pretty damn well considering the turnover of the selection.
They will deliver avialable for a nominal price.
Update Jan 07 -
I also stopped by Tanakaya yesterday, which was the first time to see their new set up in the basement. WOW. This place is becoming legend. Absolutely beautiful wooden interior. One whole wall dedicated to a beer fridge that is at cellar temperature, plus a small cooler for seasonal/extra beers. We counted last night and they had about 500-550 beers. Slowly, but surely, this place is moving into the world ranks.
What is missing is more J - beer. I would say only about 10-15% of stock is from Japan, though all very well picked and lots of rare Japanese beers. Ambiance and selection ratings adjusted to reflect new store. BTW, this is also a great place to find rare scothes. It is kind of a malt specialty shop.
shoulderbroken (244) Tokyo, Japan | June 6, 2012| Updated December 1, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
What an amazing place. Loads of choice and a good variety from all over the world. Glassware too. Prices are pretty good for Japan. I could have spent a lot of money here, and intend to over the course of the next few years. Like people have said, the selection of Japanese micros is a little small, but there is still plenty to choose from. And yes, the store looks lovely too. Very pleased to have somewhere like this not too far from my place.
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