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Beer Available At Tanakaya Liquor Store (arranged by most recent)
Mikkeller X-mas Porter 2013 Via Til Fra (Via To From) 97, St Feuillien Cuvée de Noël 97, 21st Amendment Fireside Chat 52, Locobeer Super Saison (Saison de Noël) , Locobeer Barley Wine 2013 , De Molen Rasputin Laphroaig/Caol Ila Barrel Aged 81, 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, Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale 89, Stone Levitation Ale 94, BrewDog IPA Is Dead - Waimea 78, BrewDog IPA Is Dead - Dana 43, Arran Dug IPA (Bottle) 82, Mikkeller Yeast Series 2.0: American Ale 83, Fyne Ales Zombier 96, Victory HopDevil 99
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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!!
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 (108) , 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...
shoulderbroken (148) 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.
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!
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.
Ferris (154) Edmonton, Alberta | 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.
TimE (234) 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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