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Beer Available At Tokyo Station (Daimaru and Hasegawa Liquors) (arranged by most recent)
Hitachino Nest XH 97, Harvestmoon (Japan) Pumpkin Ale , Nøgne Ø Red Horizon 2. edition 97, Hitachino Nest Dai Dai IPA 61, Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA 95, August Maduro Dark Pilsner , Yo-Ho Yona Yona Ale 78, OWA Kuro 50, Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale 77, Hitachino Nest New Year Celebration Ale 95, Yo-Ho Aooni 74, De Molen Pijl & Boog 83, Samurai Surfer Black , Sankt Gallen Kitakamakura no Megumi , Samurai Surfer Lager , Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia 90
KansaiBeerLvrs (252) Kyoto, Japan | June 1, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
I popped in on my way home to Kyoto from Beer Keyaki. Daimaru set me up with a bottle of August Beer’s Dark (which I’d never seen in a shop, they also had a scattering of other Japanese craft and common imports) and the nice lady behind the counter could tell I’d been drinking so she gave me a free bottle opener so I could continue! I then asked where Hasegawa was she pointed me down the underground hallway. I went in there to grab some more Japanese craft and peruse their eclectic list of imports. I’d have spent a bit more cash but was tapped out. I grabbed a few bottles went to pay and the man at the counter complimented me on the Lagunitas sticker on my t-shirt I explained I got it at Keyaki got a big smile and a thumbs up. Friendly service at both places, together they have a decent mix of Japanese craft and imports. Le Collier has more Japanese craft beer (as does Nomono in Akihabara Station) but these guys have a better mix between imports + domestic. Worth stopping by when transiting through Tokyo Station.
JohnRMurdoch (306) Glasgow, Scotland | March 30, 2014| Updated April 1, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Small market stall in the Yaesu shopping mall at Tokyo Station. Good selection of bottles (mainly foreign, including Scottish beers from BrewDog, Fyne Ales & Black Isle) and some Japanese glasses. Japanese beer selection was small but decent. Prices were good and service helpful. Decent place to buy beer in Tokyo in a convenient location. Update - I have now visited both branches of the store. The larger shop closer to the station has a much bigger selection of beers but no glasses. This is probably the best place to buy Japanese beer in Tokyo.
JorgeLee (150) , England | November 12, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Eventually managed to find one of the Hasegawas. Massive spirits shop, really quite good. Beer selection relatively modest. The foreign section was amazing, not huge but very high quality. Slightly disappointed with the Japanese selection but still picked up a few hopefully tasty bottles. Seemed reasonably priced.
jonno (123) , Japan | November 8, 2012| Updated April 1, 2014
58 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Not much to say on top of what the others have said, other than the other Hasegawa (there are two in the underground area), in the vicinity does whisky, rum, bourbon etc tastings for uber cheap - just pick them off the shelf, get them poured and pay the ticket price!. JW Blue, Highland Park 30 yrs and Van Winkle 12 yr for 700 yen? Forgetaboutit!...also this Hasegawa has a wider range of beers too.
shoulderbroken (206) Tokyo, Japan | November 7, 2012
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Worth popping in to Hasegawa if you are in the area. Decent selection of Japanese micros and some other interesting stuff too. It is no match for Tanakaya, but then not many places are. Prices were about normal. Good if you consider it is pretty much in the station. Daimaru was much less exciting, but still some interesting cans. Was there on a Saturday and the whole shopping centre was insanely busy so took me a while to find Hasegawa, but if you find the Daimaru beer section and then walk in the opposite direction to the station it’s on the left hand side.
KyotoLefty (498) Kyoto, Japan | October 24, 2012| Updated March 8, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
New note: Hasegawa has expanded their beer selection, and it is pretty good. Not exactly cheap for imports, but easy to go to from the station.
I stop in one or both of these joints every time I get on the bullet train heading back to Kyoto. All the bottles at Daimaru have pull-off tabs for train travelers, and they sell plastic cups as well. Is it a place to go out of your way for? No. But everyone goes thru Tokyo station, and the selection is, well, decent. These are actually 2 different stores, as TimE notes, but hey, they are about 20m apart. Hasegawa has the better choices, with some interesting stuff for sure, though going in that tight shop with a backpack or suitcase is like a camel passing through the eye of a needle. Best if you have someone to wait outside with your stuff. A very convenient place in Tokyo to get ji-beer.
And I think that Hasegawa is on the left, not right.
TimE (263) Tokyo, Japan | October 23, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
This is probably the second best option in Central Tokyo for finding good beer, after Tanakaya. Essentially take Yaesu Central Exit at JR Tokyo Station in the B1 (basement 1st floor) and you will soon get to Daimaru Department store. There is a path that runs through the middle of the store and on the left side you will see the alcohol section. The beer never rotates, but you can find 20 or so Japanese craft beers, including some lesser known brands like Susukino (oddly they only sell cans of beer, no bottles). Continuing on that same path way, walk past Daimaru about 30 seconds and you will see a liquor store on your right hand side called Hasegawa Liquors. At the back of the store, they have a small beer fridge. The selection isn’t huge (maybe 40 or so), but they generally stock lots of seasonals/rare Japanese beers and the rotation is always changing. Plus there is a smattering of random import beers, some of which are also very interesting. Given the location it is very convenient for out of tourists and it provides broad enough selection between the two stores that will make most people happy.
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