Craft Beer Base in Ōyodominami, Osaka

Craft Beer Base Front

Craft Beer Base, which happens to be the first in the chain of bottle shops and bars in Osaka, could easily be mistaken for being a workshop or simply someone’s house when you’re in the area. Situated on the backstreets of Ōyodominami, Craft Beer Base is perhaps Osaka’s most popular, though not the biggest, bottle shop in the area, offering a wide …

Asahiya Liquor Shop in Imaichi, Osaka

Asahiya Liquor Shop Front

After drinking in so many places around Osaka, and not finding many shops to get beers to takeaway, Asahiya Liquor Shop came highly recommended by a BeerTengoku reader (thanks Bill!). But be warned, it’s not close to Osaka station by any means and there isn’t much in the area for you to drink at, so it’s going to take some effort, …

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Seijo Ishii/成城石井

  The economy might be in the toilet and in the future we might be fighting each other over scraps of shoe leather to boil, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself once in a while. Seijo Ishii (成城石井 in kanji) is an upscale supermarket chain usually found in department stores around Kanto and Kansai, although not nationwide at …

Chouzaemon

Chouzaemon Logo

It’s been a while since we’ve added some online shops. Not for want of trying but mainly because when you already have some very good online stores, it’s hard to move away but with Chouzaemon, then we’re happy to try something else. Chouzaemon specialises in selling sake and wine, but they also have an extensive online selection of domestic craft beers …

Hokkaido Foodist in Chuo-ku, Tokyo

The second in our series of antenna shops is Hokkaido Foodist, based near the Yaesu exit of Tokyo station. The store opened in 2004 and while NewDays stores may, from time to time, sell regional based products from Hokkaido, such as the awesome Sapporo Classic (one of my favourite beers from the macro companies), Hokkaido Foodist only sells products from …

Mie Terrace in Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Mie Terrace Front

The first of (hopefully) many new (short) articles to come is Mie Terrace, an antenna shop based in Tokyo, that is geared towards promoting and selling products from Mie prefecture. The store opened in October 2013. While NewDays stores may, from time to time, sell regional based products, Mie Terrace only sells products from Mie prefecture. Why is that imporant? …

Mikawaya in Kamakura

Mikawaya Front

A short entry today on Mikawaya, a local sake and craft beer store located just down the road from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine in Kamakura, Japan. We came across it on travels to Magnetico, which we’re still yet to get to at the time of writing. It was first opened in 1900, and it has been located at the current branch …

Closed: Beers x Beers

Beers x Beers Logo

Beers x Beers is an online store that sells Japanese craft beer but with two catches. The beers aren’t sold individually – rather they are sold in sets from the breweries. While this isn’t good for people looking for individuals beers from a brewery, it does give you the chance to try some beers that are not easy to hunt down …

Maruho Saketen in Nishi-ku, Osaka

Maruho Saketen

It’s becoming harder and harder to find online stores that have more than a few kinds of domestic craft beer in stock but Maruho Saketen, a shop that has its front on Raketen – I hear the groan among you – offers some variety. Maruho Saketen has a decent range of the main craft beer breweries in Japan, with 20 different …

Le Petit L’Ouest in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

Le Petit L'Ouest

Le Petit L’Ouest is a shop that we’ve visited before but kind of forgot to do a review of it or post any information, so here we (finally) go. It’s a small little craft beer shop, located about 10 minutes from Shimokitazawa station, with a unifying theme of craft beer and Star Wars. The owners are huge Star Wars fans, …