BrewDog bar in Roppongi

I’m not a huge fan of either the very modern American style beers that BrewDog makes nor their marketing, but they are certainly the most high profile British brewers in Japan at the moment and they also stock other people’s beers, so I thought I’d give them a mention

Tokyo Beer Drinker review

TimeOut Tokyo review

Information in English

Information in Japanese (a bit more detailed than the English page)

 

Waitrose food now easier to find in Japan

Aeon seem to have bought the Daimaru Peacock chain of upmarket supermarkets. As well as the cheapo Aeon stuff being available in Peacock shops, Waitrose products have spread from Peacock into some Aeon import shops, such as the one in Shinagawa Seaside and the one on the road between Yotsuya and Shinjuku. Please let us know if you find any more.

The best Japanese ales

The book 300 Beers to Try Before You Die only mentions Kirin Ichiban Shibori and Ebisu, which probably are still the best standard lagers/ pilsners in Japan, but wouldn’t be in my top 20 best beers in the country. My own preferences lean more towards traditional British bitters and porters than the more impactful American craft beers and their recent copies in other places (including the UK with Brewdog and their ilk) and I dislike most German and German-influenced beers. So, here’s my very personal selection of the kinds of beers I like, mainly organised by brewer as a few are consistently good:

1. Oh! La! Ho! beers, especially for Biere de Rydeen India Pale Ale (also cheaper than their other beers), but also for almost anything of theirs that I’ve tried

2. Yahou Brewing beers – known as Yo-Ho Brewing in English for some reason (for Aooni India Pale Ale, Tokyo Black Porter, Yona Yona Ale in that order – none of them the best beer, but an unbeatable range of really very good ones for reasonable prices!)

3. Tokyo Station Japanese Ale – seemingly only available in one shop in the station

4. Mitsuboshi Beer, mainly for their Vienna Ale

5. Kumano Kodo Beer

6. Shiga Kogen beers, mainly for their Shiga Kogen India Pale Ale

7. The Premium Malts Koku no Blend (possibly a little bland, but probably the closest thing to an actual bitter here and quite refreshing)

8. Kirin Ichiban Shibori stout (ditto, not as complex as Tokyo Black above and a bit more like a dark lager, but still good, especially in bottles when you can find it)

Here are some other lists (which I strongly disagree with):

http://www.ratebeer.com/country/japan/105/

http://www.beeradvocate.com/lists/style/169/

Spitfire and other Shepheard Neame beers in Japan for 150 yen!

The supermarket chain Seiyu are selling off their stock of Spitfire etc at 150 yen a small bottle, making it cheaper than most Japanese beers. And there are also substantially less delicious beers brewed by Shepheard Neame for Asda. Buy now while stocks last (I bought ten bottles!)

British food and drink recently found in Tokyo

Updated October 2014

In reverse chronological order. There are descriptions of all the places mentioned elsewhere on the site.

Small bottles of Spitfire ale 150 yen – Seiyu (October 2014)

Waitrose cereals – some Aeon import shops such as Caferrant in Aeon Shinagawa Seaside (October 2014)

Waitrose tea – some Aeon import shops such as Caferrant in Aeon Shinagawa Seaside (October 2014)

Fuller’s ESB – 481 yen – Famima with bar near Tokyo Station (Feb 2014)

Newcastle Brown Ale 446 yen – ditto

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout 498 yen Yamaya – Feb 2014 (other Samuel Smith beers seem to be more and more common as well, will try to remember to make a note of where)

Lemon and Lime curd, stem ginger curd, banana curd 780 yen – Yamaya (Feb 2014)

Furniss Spiced lemon gingers biscuits 498 yen – Caferrant in Aeon Shinagawa Seaside (Jan 2014)

Furniss Cornish clotted cream shortbread 598 yen – Caferrant in Aeon Shinagawa Seaside (Jan 2014)

Waitrose porridge oats – Daimaru Peacock Tamachi (Jan 2014)

Waitrose ginger preserve – Daimaru Peacock Tamachi (Jan 2014)

Waitrose blackcurrant jam – Daimaru Peacock Tamachi (Jan 2014)

Waitrose Seville marmalade – Daimaru Peacock Tamachi (Jan 2014)

Waitrose grapeseed oil – Daimaru Peacock Tamachi (Jan 2014)

Waitrose shortbread fingers – Daimaru Peacock Tamachi – Jan 2014

Waitrose small baked beans – Daimaru Peacock Tamachi – Jan 2014

cocoa deli chocolates – 498 yen – Daimaru Peacock Shibaura Island – Dec 2013

Waitrose all butter shortbread fingers – 258 yen – Daimaru Peacock Shibaura Island – Dec 2013

essential Waitrose malted milk biscuits 148 yen – ditto

small essential Waitrose baked beans – 168 yen – ditto

About 10 servings of American ‘brown gravy’ powder for 880 yen – Nissin (Oct 2013)

Lots of British beer including Young’s Bitter, London Gold and Special London Ale, Wells Bombardier and IPA, Wychwood Scarecrow, Traquair Jacobite Ale and House Ale, Newcastle Brown Ale, Bass, Fuller’s London Pride and ESB, and Boddingtons in Sekiya, inside Seiyu supermarket in Kunitachi (Oct 2013) -

Cath Kidston biscuits in Nissin 683 yen (Sept 2013)

Frank Cooper’s Oxford Marmalade, Duchy Originals lemon curd and marmalade, Clipper drinking chocolate and Twinings Blender’s Choice (plus plenty of other stuff that I’ve written about before) – Queen’s Isetan inside Shinagawa Station building, near the East Exit (Sept 2013)

A few British beers including Wychwood and Brew Dog ones – Bic Camera just outside Yurakucho station, 2nd floor (September 2013)

A good selection of British beers, including some I’ve never seen before, yet alone in Japan – Beer Museum, Tokyo Sky Tree (September 2013)

Loads of British beers I’ve never seen before in Japan, including Director’s and St Peter’s Ale – Nissin Supermarket (September 2013)

Beer Dog beers – many places including Miuraya supermarket in Iidabashi (August 2013)

Ridgways herb teas 798 yen, Clipper tea bags 630 yen,  Waitrose 80 Gold tea bags 575 yen,  small tin of Waitrose baked beans 178 yen,  Brand’s A1 Sauce 498 yen, Waitrose tomato and chilli pasta sauce 518 yen, Waitrose 50 Earl Grey teabags 298 yen,  50 Darjeeling tea bags 405 yen 405 yen – Daimaru Peacock Shiba-ura Island (August 2013)

Haggis, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and bubble and squeak – Rose and Crown pubs (Aug 2013)

Hobnobs Seijo Ishii (seen before but they come and go) Aug 2013

Yorkshire Tea 498 yen Seijo Ishii in Divers City, Odaiba (July 2013)

Shepherd Neame 1698, Whitstable Bay Organic Ale and Spitfire – 398 yen Seiyu (July 2013)

Asda ales – 298 yen in Seiyu (July 2013)

Firefly drinks 519 yen in Nissin (May 2013)

Fentimans Ginger Beer 368 yen in Nissin (May 2013)

Sage Derby cheese 930 yen in Nissin (May 2013)

Shropshire blue 790 yen in Nissin (May 2013)

Tyrrells crisps 252 yen in Nissin (May 2013)

Asda chocolate in Seiyu (thanks to a commenter for this one)

9 Walkers luxury mince pies – Kinokuniya for 945 yen and Kaldi for 940 yen

tiny Walkers Xmas pudding – Kinokuniya for 577 yen

Penguins in Kaldi (and the much too sweet Australian equivalent Tim Tams are even available in Daiei now)

Caramel shortcake in Queen’s Isetan for 698 yen

Extra strong PG Tips in Seijo Ishii (thanks to a commenter for the location)

National Azabu Hiroo re-opened

Haven’t been to the new store (exactly where the old one used to be) and have become a huge fan of Nissin Supermarket in Azabu Juban  while they’ve been rebuilding National Azabu, but still quite exciting that my previous favourite international supermarket is back. Almost certainly worth a trip, especially as Hiroo is an interesting place with a good park and library.

National Azabu store guide

Den-en-chofu, where the other store is, is a nice green area that is well worth a stroll, but when I briefly visited the shop a few years ago there didn’t seem to be that much international food in it.

Yorkshire Tea in Tokyo

Occasionally available in Seijo Ishii stores, 798 yen for 40 teabags

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