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3-4-14 Mejiro, Toshima-ku
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| Reviews: 16
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After a year and a half in Korea I almost ejaculated when I entered this beautiful looking bottle shop.
Just turn left out of Mejiro station and it's a few shops down.
Went there a few times during my week in Tokyo and the service was mostly impartial but one girl was very nice. Only once did they wrap up bottles for me.
The American and Belgian ranges seemed the most complete. Belgians included Westvleteren 8 (at over ¥2,000!), every St Bernardus, Achel, Chimay, a few Cantillons and many more but certainly not the whole gang. The two St Bernardus 12's I bought were off, even though they were dated 2017.
American beers included a couple of Racer 5's, some Anchor brews, a couple of Sierra Nevadas and a whole heap of American IPA's and porters I'm unfamiliar with.
What little selection of Japanese beer they had I didn't pay any attention to.
The English and German selection was disappointing (although outstanding for East Asia!); a couple of dopplebocks, a marzen, a few weizenbiers. Only two Schneider & Sons and a drizzling of more German randoms. English beers included a few from Fuller's, JW Lees, Spitfire and a couple more. Half the section was filled with nuevo Scottish beers by the likes of Brewdog and Harviestioun, which, as lovely as they are, have more to do with American craft than English brewing. It'd have been lovely to have seen more regular English pale ales instead of barley wines and old ales but this was clearly geared towards the American craft-minded drinker.
PRICES: For non-special beers about ¥585-685. JW Less cost ¥1,000 each, about £7.
OTHER: There were loads of lovely French brandies, whiskys and whiskeys, sakes, wines and so on. Great selection of beer glasses, too.
01-20-2013 08:31:16 |
More by Hoppsbabo
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Located just a minute's walk away from Mejiro Station on the famous Yamanote line, Tanakaya is every bit worth going out of your way for. One of (if not the single) best selections of craft beer I've come across in Japan, it is sure to carry something you'd enjoy drinking.
The beer selection is loosely organized by cooler into country/region, with the States, UK, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia, and of course Japan well represented. They must work with most of the primary craft-beer importers in Japan, so if it makes it to the Land of the Rising Sun, then it's probably made it's way to Tanakaya. It wouldn't be uncommon to find things not normally imported, either, so be sure to keep a look out. Perhaps they personally import a select few offerings, or know someone who does it for them, but that is just speculation. Absolutely check out the regularly updated Japanese craft cooler to the side, as seasonals make the rounds. Baird seasonals, Shiga Kogen, Daisen G-biru, Isekadoya, Hitachino Nest, and quite a few others are all well represented.
The prices are pretty standard, considering Japan. Not particularly good, although you do get your value buys here and there. It doesn't feel like I pay too much more for Stone or many Belgians than I would in Chicago, so that's pretty good to me.
One huge plus is that they will ship from the store for you. If you're traveling or simply don't want to lug around your beer haul on the trains, etc, then a pretty reasonable fee will allow you to Takkyubin (courier) it to your house or place of lodging.
Overall, one of the best liquor stores I've been to in Japan. I would much prefer to give them my business, than the huge department stores that get most of higher-end liquor sales. Staff is always ready to help, and will be significantly more knowledgeable than the aforementioned department stores.
Side note: the single best selection of Scotch and whiskey I've come across in Japan, loaded with special and limited releases.
01-19-2011 06:21:21 |
More by TylerTallen
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
I went over here based on numerous recommendations during my first visit to Tokyo in late November. I won't do much to add to the texture of other reviewers, so I'll just note some of the ludicrous finds I had (none of which I managed to purchase -- low on time in a cash-only store in a society that hates American ATM cards!).
-- 375s of Cantillon Geuze, Kriek, and Rose, each 800 yen
-- Lost Abbey/Brewdog collab Lost Dog for 2000 yen
-- Brewdog/Mikkeller/Nogne Tokyo Black Horizon blend
-- HotD Bourbon Fred from the Wood 2012 (?!) for an outrageous 3500 yen
-- 50/50 BART 2011 for a totally reasonable (for Tokyo) 1800 yen
Just go. It's like no other bottle shop in the world.
12-31-2012 18:35:38 |
More by drgarage
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$$
When I visited a couple years ago, the owner had 2 boxes of each Westy's (blonde, 8, & 12. ¥3000 for each bottle. This store was craaazy.
Ironically the beer buyer doesn't drink beer at all. This elderly Japanese man just reads up on tasting notes. He took a liking to me though, if you know what I mean.
07-02-2013 17:09:36 |
More by yuichituba
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped by Tanakaya the other day on the way out of Tokyo to Saitama and was pleasantly surprised,
All the department stores I`d been to had no craft beer at all, except for maybe the occasional Ginga Kogen White or Pale. In terms of selection, this place was a Godsend. They had a large number of US brews I can`t get in my home state (Russian River, Hair of the Dog, Green Flash, Boulevard, Maui) as well as a decent number of beers from the UK, Belgium, and Germany. Plus, multiple Cantillon 375 ml bottles for about 875 yen (can`t beat that)! The Japanese selection was also pretty good. Found some Minoh stuff I wasn`t able to get on tap at their bar, plus plenty of Baird, Daisen G, Ise Kadoya, and a few smaller brands. What really impressed me was that all the beer was kept in some form of a cooler. I can`t recall any bottles sitting out in the open. Oh, they also have a nice range of brewery-specific glassware at really good prices.
They also have an exceptional Scotch selection spanning several walls. Rounding out the other alcohols is a decent selection of shochu, sake, and a separate room for wine.
The only thing I was disappointed with was their small selection of Japanese whiskey. It was pretty much only 6-8 different bottles of rare Ichiro`s Malt brand. While it`s awesome they had such a rare selection, at the same time I was more in the market for something under 9,000 plus yen.
The prices were pretty reasonable for Japan and I ended up feeling like I got a pretty good deal, given the higher prices of craft beer in this country.
Overall, I will definitely be making a trip back here before I leave. With good prices, a great selection, and a nice atmosphere why wouldn`t I?
06-13-2011 00:46:53 |
More by msabin
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
This place is crazy. I could easily have spent $1000 here. They have an amazing collection of US beers I can’t even find in Canada...
The beer ’fridge’ is a work of art, all wooden. Japanese beer selection was a little weak, but they had some good ones like Isseki Nicho and a few Baird seasonals.
Lots of rare Brewdog, Mikkeller, and Nogne O. Hair of the Dog, Dogfish, Stone. Russian River. Expensive, but about what it would cost me in Canada. If you’re in Tokyo and love alcohol of any kind it’s worth a visit or two!
12-25-2011 07:18:46 |
More by Jonathan604
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