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Beer Available At Tanakaya Liquor Store (arranged by most recent)
De Molen White Witch Saison 92, Baeren Iwate no Komugi Beer , Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast 99, Mike Hess Jucundus Orange Honey Wheat 59, Evil Twin Soft Dookie 99, Weird Beard Mariana Trench 95, Mikkeller Årh Hvad?! 95, Oude (Gueuze Tilquin)² à l’Ancienne 100, The Bruery Or Xata (2015-) 94, Garage Project Pernicious Weed 98, Alvinne Sigma 85, Epic Sour Apple Saison 85, Ballast Point Even Keel 93, Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping 98, Garage Project Garagista IPA 95, Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde Shoubu 51, Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait 99, Modern Times Black House - Cocoa Nibs & Coconut 97, Stillwater Contemporary Works - Stereo 94, BrewDog Electric India (5.2%) 72
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SweetHorizon (13) , New Zealand | November 28, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Picked up some rare beer here, had a great time just looking over what to get. Good range of local stuff as well as imports. The spirit selection was out of this world.
GothGargoyle (17) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 21, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed my visit to Tanakaya but it emptied my wallet. Great selection of beers from around the world - Belgium, Denmark, Norway, USA, UK, Germany and more. I went in planning to buy just some top Japanese beers but couldn’t resist buying some rare "retired" brews from Mikkeller and Nøgne Ø as well as a couple of bottles of the BrewDog/Nøgne Ø/ Mikkeller Black Tokyo* Horizon. These were quite expensive but the Japanese beers were quite reasonably priced.
When I was there one of the staff went into the room behind the fridges to grab a bottle for someone - from what I could tell from peeking though the fridges from the front, it looked like the shelves in that room had more than just overstock - I suspect they may keep some special stuff back there for requests by people "in the know".
Pity they are cash only, otherwise I could have spent a LOT more :)
laiti (16) Helsinki, Finland | October 1, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Wow – I am pretty sure I’ve never seen this much American beers at a time. Lots of imports also from Great Britain, Belgium, Germany and others too. The prices are rather high on certain labels but then again it is rather certain that this is the only place to get those rarities.
Japanese beer has its own section – a cold bin nearby the cashier. And that section is rather small compared to all other beers I found in this shop. And one has to pick up bottle by bottle to see what there is.
Bear in mind that like in other shops in Japan, cards are not accepted and beer is sold cold. Easy to find once you do not believe the RB map. Take north exit and turn left on Mejiro Dori. Once you find Mc Donalds, it is in front of your eyes.
Stew41 (157) Woodend, Australia | June 16, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty sure I haqve never seen a better range of craft beer stocked in a fridge. Some focus on the US but otherwise barely any crap. Would have liked to have seen more Japanese micros but had I read the previous reviews properly I wouldn’t have had an issue. Good service. I thought pricing as ok with a selection of IPAs and PAs (from the likes of Shiga Koen etc) costing around 400 yen on average.
EdKing (157) London, England | April 2, 2011| Updated October 25, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great selection, mainly of wines and spirits. I went there to find Japanese craft brews and wasn’t disappointed. Good range of local stuff although not huge. Lots of Baird, Shiga Kogan etc. Very near to Meijiro station too. Get the ’Beer in Japan’ iphone app to help you find it. Expensive too, although beer is always expensive in Japan. Update: Visited in 2014. US selection isn’t as awe inspiring (they no longer had Russian River in stock!) but still a decent store. ON the international front probably best for Belgian or Italian stuff now. Lots of Brewfist and Birrifico etc. Japanese selection is same. Mainly Baird, Shiga Kogen and then selection of others. No Kuichi. Prices still a little high and they still don’t accept credit cards.
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?
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...
KyotoLefty (550) 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.
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.
hogfodder (34) Seattle, Washington | February 19, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
I had really high hopes for Tanakaya. In fact I intentionally went there at the end of my trip, figuring it would be the go-to store for major bottle shopping before returning to the US. I won’t say it was disappointing, but as others have noted it was really lacking in the local craft selection department. And I mean REALLY lacking. There was probably no more than 20 Japanese craft beers total. And this is a world-class beer store? Sure they had a lot of cool stuff from Belgium and the states, but many of their other selections from Germany & the UK were sub-par based on my travels elsewhere in the world. I suppose if you live there it’s pretty awesome, but as a traveler it was just pretty good. I will say that they take tremendous care in their storage. This place is more about scotch & sake. One thing I found odd (humorous) was that they had Baird beers in the US micro section, not in the local Japanese section. While Brian Baird is a white guy from the states, he lives, brews, and operates his pub in a small town in Japan. Racial profiling in a beer set? C’mon guys.
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