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Beer Available At Yamaoka Sake Shop (arranged by most recent)
Niigata Beer Sakura , Harvestmoon Valentine Stout , Niigata Beer Here’s to you Chocolate Ale , Niigata European Kolsch , Niigata Espresso Beer , Baird Shikoku Wit , Oze No Yukidoke IPA 87, Niigata Black 36, Osaka Kuni no Cho Kijou Black , Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro Pete!? , Shiga Kogen Takashi Ichiro , North Island M’s Lager Masaji the Great , Shiga Kogen IBA 90, Oettinger Hefeweizen 22, Oze No Yukidoke Brown Weizen 49, Baeren / Light Up Nippon Hanabeer Pilsner , Echigo Pilsener 17, Baeren Chocolate Stout 78, Nagisa Eyepatch Stout 44
GenkiGonzo (3) Kyoto, Japan | February 4, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Completely unsuspecting shop away from the city centre. Run by a nice, friendly family, with three marvellous fridges full of beer from all over Japan.
KansaiBeerLvrs (157) Kyoto, Japan | December 31, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
The first time I went there I wasn’t sure I was in the right place but after going in past all the bins of fruits & veggies out front I found a few large fridges full of Japanese beers. To give you an idea of the selection available there you should know that Yamaoka is the shop that helped start up the Kyoto Craft Beer Festival so they have a great relationship with the breweries. When I went to a few festivals in Kansai and asked breweries “Where can I get your beer in Kyoto?” the answer was always “Yamaoka”.
So as is typical in Japan, almost all beers are kept refrigerated and they have all the regulars and many seasonals that change often. A nice thing is that they don’t seem to favor any one style so you’ll find whatever kind of beer you’re looking for: IPAs, barleywines, weizens, stouts, porters, etc. Their prices are reasonable and the staff are friendly. They also organize events at their shop from time to time.
The only real negatives I can think of is the location. It isn’t so easy to get there using public transportation. You have to take a bus from Kyoto Station or Hanku Omiya, get off at Senbon-Imadegawa, and walk North about 100m (Yamaoka’s on the left). Otherwise, you have to grab a subway to Imadegawa and walk west quite far(or hop on a bus) to Senbondori Street.
nate2g (550) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | July 3, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great little shop. A couple fridges full of micros including seasonals. Extensive sake selection too but honestly I had no idea what I was looking at there. Picked up a few bottles to drink later. I didn’t try the vegetables so can’t comment on the food. Lady in the store was friendly and made for a pleasant transaction for both parties involved. I’m happy to recommend.
laiti (16) Helsinki, Finland | October 1, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Visited on 09.09.2011
The best place to buy Japanese microbrews! Stands next to a green arch (grey in google street view) and looks like a vegetable shop. But once you look right, you see lots of microbrews in two fridges. Had to ask for Hitachino Beers from the staff (I could do that much Japanese) and they moved some bottles. And there they were. Much rarities I found nowhere else on my two-week trip to Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Like elsewhere in Japan, the beers are cold and only cash is accepted.
worldbeertaste (109) , Austria | September 29, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
This is a litte tiny shop thats very easy to miss. But from what I’ve been able to see this may be the best Liquor shop in all of Japan. It has many Japanese craft beers and seasonals that change. The people who work thier are nice. But it doesn’t offer a place to sit or any REAL food options. Its also strangly hard to find. Nonetheless amazing selection for Japan
defresh (16) , Japan | January 31, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Followed KyotoLefty’s directions and found it quick enough.
The ambiance is lovable with the fresh vegetables outside. We picked up 8 beers of which the best (in our opinion) were the Takahashi Imperial Stout and Hitcahi’s Commemorative Ale.
The store clerk helped with some English to answer a question or two. Reasonable prices.
Overall a great spot to pick up some jbeer.
TimE (238) Tokyo, Japan | May 8, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Wow. It looks like any other mom and pop vegetable store - it doesn’t even have a front door - but with a huge twist. Bar none the best place to get Japanese craft beer in Japan. 100% exclusive focus on Japanese micros with top names and lots of seasonals. This guy is doing it right. A must stop if you are in Kyoto - much better than Tanakaya for local stuff. Thanks Mark for taking us there.
kabutomushi (3) , Japan | October 1, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
This place is easy to miss but shouldn’t be if you can make it. Most amazing selection of local sake and Japanese micros I know of. No English spoken but it doesn’t really matter.
KyotoLefty (435) Kyoto, Japan | September 2, 2008| Updated May 18, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Small, traditional sake store with local vegetables out front. Many local sakes from all over Japan, and usually around 100 Japanese micro beers. Surely the best store for J-Micros in all of Japan. Usually there are 2 craft sake tastings and 2 craft beer tastings a month. ¥2300 and you will try several, along with some tasty snacks. Can’t beat it, but you really need to speak Japanese at the tasting. From Kyoto Station or Hanku Omiya, take a bus to Senbon-Imadegawa, and walk North about 100m. It’s on the left.
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