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Beer Available At Tanakaya Liquor Store (arranged by most recent)
Pardubickż Porter (Boom) 19į 90, 32 Via dei Birrai 3+2 67, Base Camp Ripstop Rye Pilsner 72, Timmermans Tradition Blanche Lambicus 53, Ichtegems Grand Cru 88, 8 Wired HopWired IPA 99, NÝgne ō Red Horizon 3. edition 95, HaandBryggeriet Humlesus 91, Mikkeller X-mas Porter 2013 Via Til Fra (Via To From) 98, St Feuillien Cuvťe de NoŽl 97, 21st Amendment Fireside Chat 55, Locobeer Super Saison (Saison de NoŽl) , Locobeer Barley Wine 2013 , De Molen Rasputin Laphroaig/Caol Ila Barrel Aged 82, St. Bernardus Abt 12 100, St. Bernardus Prior 8 99, Rochefort Trappistes 8 100, Stone Ruination IPA 100, Ballast Point Victory at Sea 100, Mikkeller 1000 IBU 99
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Travlr (1324) 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 (541) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | 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.
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
KyotoLefty (430) Kyoto, Japan | July 25, 2008| Updated January 24, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
Capa (259) Manama, Bahrain | 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.
TimE (237) 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.
Ferris (212) 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.
shoulderbroken (163) Tokyo, Japan | June 6, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 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.
austinpowers (152) New York, New York | April 7, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
A truly outstanding store: 500 beers, about 90% of them foreign. All in coolers with cedar lining. Gorgeous method of display. The staff tries, but barely speaks english. About 400 high-end sakes, if youíre into that (which I am). They have Dogfish Fort, Utopias at about $160/bottle, Cantillon vintage lambics stored on their sides, a Traquair Jacobite (!) for $6, and rare scottish brews like Ossian and Inveralmond Sunset. They carry the Baird line plus about 30 other rare Japanese micros. No sapporo, asahi or macro stuff. brbr
Donít get lost - take the JR Yamanote line to Mejiro. Once you emerge, the store is on Shin-Ome-Kaido Ave. to your left (West) on the South side exactly 75 paces from the exit to Mejiro Station. It is in a basement, so itís easy to miss the sign and the stairs down. Remember: 75 paces from the exit of Mejiro.
KansaiBeerLvrs (148) 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.
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