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Beer Available At Tanakaya Liquor Store (arranged by most recent)
Modern Times Black House - Cocoa Nibs & Coconut 97, Stillwater Contemporary Works - Stereo 94, BrewDog Electric India (5.2%) 74, Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA 97, Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René 97, Minamishinshu Komagatake Ale 67, Shimane (Beer Hearn) Special Zakuro Beer , Stillwater Contemporary Works - Mono 96, Shiga Kogen Wheat Ale 77, 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
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prestonshute (12) Georgia | March 25, 2010
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Easy to find. Take a left outside Mejiro Station. Then before you catch your breath, look left just before the McDonald’s, go downstairs to the best beer selection in Tokyo. Expensive, but what isn’t in Tokyo?
beerbrat99 (21) Shanghai, China | April 27, 2013
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
A great bottle shop with a very impressive bottle list. The staff was amazing as they even bubble wrapped each of my bottles so I could secure it in my luggage. My only critique would be to carry more Japanese beer. Massive liquor selection as well!!
melush (33) , 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.
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 it’s 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.
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 you’re 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
Don’t 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 it’s easy to miss the sign and the stairs down. Remember: 75 paces from the exit of Mejiro.
Lon3_Wolf84 (1) , Japan | September 25, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
I really like this place, one of my favorite places to visit. Could spend 3 or 4 hundred dollars here easily. Check it out
jonno (123) , Japan | October 19, 2008| Updated March 20, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
what can you say that hasn’t been said before? great selection, although more of a focus on higher alcohol brews, particularly from the US. good prices and you will always find something surprising. If you’re spending an extended period in japan then this is the place to get hold of your beer. I would like a few more german and english beers, but this is a small quibble. enjoy...
defresh (16) , Japan | July 8, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Best liquor store for beer in Japan, though a little lacking in Japanese micros. Staff is pretty good, but can feel a bit cold even if they’re not. Gave me a discount once when my total added up to 11,111.
JonnyBeer (2) Vancouver, British Columbia | December 24, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
This place is crazy. I could easily have spent $1000 here. They have an amazing collection of US beers I can’t even find in Canada...
The beer ’fridge’ is a work of art, all wooden. Japanese beer selection was a little weak, but they had some good ones like Isseki Nicho and a few Baird seasonals.
Lots of rare Brewdog, Mikkeller, and Nogne O. Expensive, but about what it would cost me in Canada. If you’re in Tokyo and love alcohol of any kind it’s worth a visit or two!
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.
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