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Beer Available At Isetan Department Store, Kyoto Station (arranged by most recent)
Sankt Gallen Hop Relax IPA , Tamanohikari Junmai Ginjo Sake 48, Pirkawakka Weizen , Shinsei Ginjo Sake , Mimurosugi Tsuyubakaze Junmai Ginjo Sake , Hakurei Junmai Hakurei Sake 30, Kinshi Masamune Tokubetsu Junmai Sake , Miyajima Pale Ale 13, Ryoma Sakamoto , Asahi Beer Spritzer , Shiro Nigori 26, Onuma Alt , Kozaemon Miyama Nishiki Tokubetsu Junmai Sake 74, Daishichi Junmai Kimoto Sōkai Reishu Sake
maekchu (114) Hirakata, Japan | February 2, 2014
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Small liquor shop in the basement of Isetan Department Store at Kyoto Station. Selection of some Kyoto craft brews (Kyoto Machiya, Syuzan Kaido, Kizakura) and a few others (Kinshachi and Karuizawa), which are not the easiest beers to find -- but none of which are really worth seeking out. At the time of my visit, they also had several from Celt, but at pretty high prices. Takes a little time to find it among the crowded food stalls. This place is a better source for wine and sake than beer.
KansaiBeerLvrs (384) Kyoto, Japan | January 19, 2013| Updated June 15, 2014
54 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
This place carries 2 of the 4 local breweries (Kyoto Machiya & Kizakura Kappa Country) but has their full ranger including the Kizakura Egyptian beer line & a Kyoto Machiya-Isetan collaboration beer. It also has a range of world beers (mostly macrobrews) with a couple of belgians and a few things I haven’t seen before (Haneda beer & Celt).
Prices are ok but finding the place is kind of annoying as the basement is somewhat maze like and it is back in a corner in one of the basements. Service is good as you’d expect from a large Japanese Department store.
I dropped by today as I happened to be on the same floor and while the Kyoto micros were still there and a few canned craft beers the selection went WAY down in variety it is not mostly generic "world beers" not worth it beyond the kyoto beers...
-----Aug. 1st 2013 update-----
Well they have now reorganized everything and have a great selection of Japanese craft beer with Hitachino Nest, Minami Shinshu, some Kyoto Beers & for some odd reason a ton from Hokkaido while the selection of foreign beers has gone down.. ----Feb 2014---- As maekchu stated, most of the beer is now Karuizawa’s substandard beers, a large amount of Kyoto beers though the variety went down. I work nearby so pop in for a look as it seems to change on an almost monthly basis. Usually this places score should be 50-60, depending on the selection they have when you visit. As you can see from my rating it is quite variable. The easiest way to find it is go down one level from the JR central exit, go through the souvenir shops/stands on the left into Isetan, take the little halfway on the right to get to the liquor section.
BuckeyeBoy (173) Boise, Idaho | May 7, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
Stopped in while staying in Kyoto. This place is a quick walk from were I am staying. Nothing to crazy but looks like a good selection of local craft stuff and a few imp. Lots of Sake and other stuff.
worldbeertaste (131) , England | September 29, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
The liquor section of the department store has some rare Japanese beers and some exclusives too. I went here periodically to check if there was anything new but most of the selection stayed the same. About 20 Kyoto Beers. Sometimes the foreign beers change a little
Theis (115) Frederiksberg, Denmark | September 17, 2010
52 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty good selection of macro beers - I got about 2 ratings from the place.....
KyotoLefty (578) Kyoto, Japan | September 22, 2008| Updated December 28, 2010
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
This liquor store in the 1st Basement of Isetan Department store is one of the better places to get beer and sake in Kyoto. If you’re heading off on a train from here, stop in and pick some up. They have all the Kyoto micros. About 40 beers, 15 are Japanese micros. There used to be more. Huge selection of local and other craft sakes, and you can sample many of them for free. They really get good sake here.
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