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3-4-14 Mejiro, Toshima-ku
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| Reviews: 16
quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $
This place is less than two min. from Mejiro station on the Tokyo Yamanote loop line. And I'll tell you right away it's worth the trip.
You walk up to the 1st floor entrance that's hard to miss and work your way down the stairs to a warm cedar themed cellar. The numerous whiskey and wine bottles might make you think, "oh it's just another booze shop." But don't worry. Walk around the corner and your eyes will be treated to a wall of 400 plus beers.
There are about 8 lockers full of 50+ beers each. Each organized roughly by country of origin. Expect brews from all along the U.S. West coast (extremely hard to find in Japan), The UK, Germany, Austria, Holland, and of course about 100+ Belgians.
After I picked my jaw off the ground my only problem was choosing.
It's also worth noting that for the amazing selection the prices were very reasonable. Most beers I saw for 5-20% less than other places. Prices ranged from about 250 yen for a well known import like Guinness to around 800 yen for hard to find barley wines and imperial stouts.
I will without a doubt keep going back here as long as I live in Tokyo.
*Note payment is cash only $
11-03-2009 13:35:38 |
More by jeranbrews
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
This place, not to easy to find, is your place to go for craft beer in Tokyo. I have never seen anything like it. Its the shop equivalent to Popeeye. The also have bourbon, wine, rum, you name it, they may have the best selection in Tokyo (okay maybe not for wine).
Price are super cheap for Japan(tho not as cheap as the stuff you can find in the US). I do not know how they do it.
There is an amazing selection of Stone Brewing, JW Lees, Dogfishhead, several avery and more. also best selection of Belgians I have ever seen. The take amazing care of their beers, putting them in appropriately lighted and conditioned cabinets.
There selection of Japanese craft is decent, though its a shame that the way these are displayed, in an ice chest, makes it difficult to see what they have.
10-02-2008 12:59:08 |
More by Naerhu
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I'd been meaning to check this place out since I'd heard about it almost 2 months ago. I finally went today...
It. Was. Awesome.
When I saw that row of of coolers filled to the brim with beers I never thought I'd see in Japan, I couldn't wipe the smile from my face. It was like Christmas morning when I was 8 (I got my first bike that year. My reaction today was only slightly more restrained in comparison)
I wonder if the employees at this place are used to foreigners coming in there and smiling stupidly as they gaze at what surely must be Tokyo's beer promised land.
Anyway, on to the specifics.
The place itself is super accessible which is nice. 2 minutes from Mejiro station on the Yamanote Line. It's in the basement. The store itself is really nice, you can tell they're doing good business. Everything is wood, very high class feel.
There are about 6 or 7 (can't remember exactly) wood-trimmed coolers with beers (roughly) divided by region. North America, England, Germany, and of course Belgium are very well represented. There's also an open supermarket style cooler(not sure what else to call it) filled with Japanese micros; from which I grabbed beers from Hitachino, Shiga Kogen, and Harvestmoon. Reviews to follow.
Belgians aren't so rare in Japan so I steered clear of them this time and focused on hoppy and big beers I've been missing sooo much. Stone, Dogfish Head, Speakeasy, Green Flash, and others. (mostly west coast, I'm noticing as write this. however, midwest and east coast were pretty well represented as well.)
Prices were as expected for Japan. Expensive. But as we all know, sacrifices must be made.
If you're a beer lover in the tokyo area, go. Go now.
09-08-2008 07:35:26 |
More by toweringpoo
United Kingdom (England)
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Tanakaya is totally, thoroughly awesome. The only comparable selection I've seen in Japan to date was at Mugishu-tei in Sapporo, and that was a bar, not a bottle shop. Especially exciting to me is their spectacular selection of American craft beer: AleSmith, Stone, Southampton, Dogfish Head, Avery, Great Divide, Full Sail, Bear Republic, North Coast, and several others I can't remember are all represented. Among them, many (most?) are what might be called extreme beer-barleywines, IPAs and double IPAs, imperial stouts, wood-aged ales, and the like. These aren't necessarily my favorite styles, but it's always thrilling to find them in Japan because they're so rare here.
They also have a cooler full of Japanese craft beer that seemed small at first glance, but upon closer inspection, it was easily the most comprehensive selection of ji-beer I've ever seen: Baird, Minoh, Iwatekura, Kiuchi, Echigo, Hakusekikan, Swan Lake, Coedo, Yo-Ho, and the list goes on. Even Kyushu is represented with Hideji Beer! I picked up a Harvest Moon Yuzu Ale and a Sankt Gallen El Diablo Barleywine, mostly for the bizarre, opaque violet spire it comes in. I also got an adorable hand-painted ceramic Hitachino Nest cup (their glassware selection is great, too).
And of course, Tanakaya's European selection is fantastic as well. Their assortment of Belgians would be enough to keep any monk-loving yeast-freak happily drunk for months, and their German shelves are stocked with the crème de la crème of Pilseners, Bocks, Doppelbocks, Hefeweizens, Weizenbocks, and Altbiers. The UK section is somewhat small, but I can't call it disappointing thanks to their lineup of barrel-aged J.W. Lee's Harvest Ales, which had me seriously geeking out (these are exceptionally rare in Japan).
Recently there has been some debate in the Beer Advocate Asia group forum as to whether Tanakaya or Tobu is the best beer store in Tokyo. I went to Tobu, too, and having been to both stores, I can't believe this debate ever took place. Tanakaya is absolutely, positively, hands-down, no-doubt-about-it the better beer store. I can't say for sure, but it is probably the best in Japan. Definitely worth a visit, whether you live in Japan or you're just visiting.
04-17-2008 13:04:56 |
More by soulgrowl
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Mejiro is located between Takadanobaba and Ikebukuro on the JR Yamanote line. It took me 25 minutes to get there from Shinagawa station.
This store was well worth the trip, I assure you! They have quite the selection of imports - I was seriously impressed. A very nice selection of Belgians, Germans, English, and even American micros are housed in the back case. Larger, mostly corked bottles, are in an open case on the floor in the back and contain around 15-20 varities alone.
Sam Adams Triple Bock for around 750yen ($6.33), good selection of Rogues for around $3/bottle, a few Anchor varities, four from Unibroue, even Rochefort 8 for $5 and 10 for less than $7. AS Rauchbier Marzen + Weizen and some Samuel Smith to name a couple of others.
1/2 point deduction for a fairly weak selection of Japanese crafts in comparison, also - service was just average. I purchased 8 bottles and they were all thrown into one flimsy plastic bag. Not much care, although the glasses I purchased were individually wrapped. Scrapped my receipt, so I can't do an individual tally, but for 8 brews (3 Japanese), two glasses (Fin du Monde + Orval), and a Grimbergen opener - my total came to about 4,900yen ($41.36).
If you're in Tokyo, do yourself a favor and check this one out. Kanpai!
P.S. Closed on Wednesdays, also only open till 9pm.
02-10-2006 03:35:16 |
More by nouseforotacon
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Directions: Take the JR Yamanote line to Mejiro Station. When you exit the station you will be facing Mejiro Dori (Ave.). Turn left and walk less than one block. Tanakaya is well marked in English on your left.
This store is pretty good sized. Most of the store is devoted to liquors and sakes, but in the back is a large selection of imported beers, including many from Belgium (including several lambics and saisons, for example). On the left side of the store is the comparatively smaller selection of Japanese beer. The standards are here (Asahi, Kirin, Yebisu, etc.), but there is also a small but good selection of Ji-Biru (Japanese microbrews). On my visit they apologized to me that they were out of both Yona Yona and Ginga Kogen, but told me that they would have it tomorrow.
This is a pretty easy to find store, and has a decent selection of beer. The store also sells some food items.
06-15-2003 22:57:43 |
More by UncleJimbo
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