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Beer Available At Tanakaya Liquor Store (arranged by most recent)
BrewDog Mix Tape 8 99, Shiga Kogen Nigai Lager Pilsner!? (Bitter Lager) , Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Apricot Saison , Tiny Rebel The Full Nelson 91, Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 4: Saison Brett , Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale 92, Hitachino Nest XH 97, Brewfist Terminal Pale Ale 85, Avery White Rascal 70, Oh! La! Ho Bossa Nova IPA , Shiga Kogen African Wheat Ale , Anchor Summer Beer 30, Stone Ruination IPA 100, Kerkom Hopverdomme 45, Coronado Idiot IPA 98, Lagunitas A Little Sumpiní Sumpiní Ale 99, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Ale 99, 8 Wired Mighty Imperial Ale 97, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 99, Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA 99
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jonno (116) , 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 (457) 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.
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.
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 wonít 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 itís 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? Címon guys.
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
wetherel (83) Encinitas, California | June 18, 2007
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what a great store. You would never know Japan has serious beers from the ratings, but I think this store shows we need more Japanese rate beer members from Tokyo. Some 4-7 yr old Japanese barley wines. No english (that`s OK, I speak a little Nihongo). Lot of Cantillion, 5 Alesmiths (at >$20 bottle). I bought an Abbey des Rocs Brune, Lindemans Tea Beer, and a 2003 Gales Prize Olde Ale. Gales went out of business in March 2006, so it was cool to get this one.
DarkMagus (33) San Diego, California | May 7, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
This place is amazing. Really nice interior--it felt more like a museum or art gallery, not a liquor store. A huge selection of beers from all over that were (for the most part) reasonably priced. More Belgian than Japanese beer. There is also a large selection of wine and different types of liquor. I was overwhelmed by the selection, and had a difficult time making up my mind. There were many obscure beers there that I had never actually seen "in person" (including Vintage Gulden Draak). If you are anywhere near Tokyo, you must spend some time here!
Marc (13) Yokosuka, Japan | March 18, 2007| Updated December 9, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful wall to wall ceder colored wood and temperature controlled storage areas for there beer and wine. Certainly a class act of a liquor store. Out of the approximately 400 beers present there may have been 10 macros all together. A decent amount of Japanese micros and a ton of assorted beers from around the world.
Pricing was a bit erratic as can be expected. Where some things had a decent markup (even for Japan) there were certainly deals to be found especially amongst the Belgians.
Out side of the beer they also boast a rather large collection of wines, single malt scotches and bourbons, as well as boutique rums and other assorted spirits.
Worth going into even if you will not be in the area long, you never know what you will find.
Capa (268) 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 (247) 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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