Sunday, February 07, 2010

Tanakaya Bottle Shop

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The clouds part and a heavenly angel appears, riding a golden chariot pulled by a unicorn. There are rainbows. Not the lame kind, but the kind that Michael Jackson wore on his shirt. You are sober, but not for long. You avert your eyes from the miracle in the sky, and head down into the basement. The symbolism isn't important.

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This is Tanakaya, a liquor store in Mejiro. If you want to drink, let's say, a beer, you might want to check this place out.

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Looks to be around 300 different bottled beers, mostly from American microbrewery and Belgian providers. In cask-cooled condition. I may have broken my New Year resolution to only read Japanese manga, but finding a place like this lets me fulfill resolution #2. Progress!

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With prices that are completely acceptable. Expect to pay around 1000 yen for a pint of good American, and more for Belgian, in an average Tokyo beer pub. Here at Tanakaya, bottles ranged from 400 yen for normal-ish stuff, to much more for rare, big bottles. "You can get a 6 pack of good stuff for about $8 back home? Shuduppayou!"

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Belgian glassware and American pint glasses are available to match your brew. I'm no beer geek, so I don't need to match my beer with it's intended glass. But if I was a beer geek...

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But it's not just the rare and unique beers on hand.

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Cognac!

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Armagnac!

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Rum!

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I wandered around, taking photos for far too long, almost missing my important appointment. This shop is set up like a museum. Each bottle, whether it be beer or wine, has a plethora of information on it's hand written price tag.

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Yeah, you could spend a ton of cash here. And you should. It's just west of Mejiro station on the Yamanote line. And my important meeting?

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Made it just in time!

Hat tip to Daniel from howtojaponese.com for this shop. He has a few beer related posts over at his site, with the most interesting being his Yamanote line beer crawl video.

4 comments:

Will said...

You and howtojaponese both have cross-promotional articles today!

Crazyness.

And that shop looks like fun. I like the bottles that say "Beer Geek Breakfast" and "Beer Geek Brunch" on them. Maybe "Beer Geek" is the Belgian word for "alcoholic".

ThePenguin said...

Holy cow, I have been walking past that place almost every day for the last 18 months and never realised what it was. I recognise the entrance but thought it was just some slightly upmarket izakaya. I'll definitely take a look in the very near future.

Chuwy said...

Best beer store in Japan.
They also deliver.

AndrewP said...

One thing I found the hard way is that if you want to purchase something, YOU NEED CASH!! They do not take any kind of plastic. I was heartbroken not to take two fantastic single malts back with me... :(