Archive for the ‘British beer in Tokyo’ Category

All posts just updated

Mainly just a quick edit to get rid of things which have disappeared since so I don’t get people all excited about things which have long gone, but will try to revisit stores for a better update soon. In the meantime, if you find any out-of-date info on the site please let me know on the offending post or here:

Recent British food and drink finds in Tokyo

Updated January 2017. Details on all the places mentioned here elsewhere on this blog and in the sidebar links.

Twinbird oven, 6000 yen, Amazon.co.jp

Alpen muesli no added sugar 864 yen National Azabu November 2016

Alara muesli 972 yen National Azabu November 2016

Fuller’s IPA 468 yen National Azabu November 2016

HP sauce 950 yen (!) National Azabu November 2016

Sharwood’s mango chutney 561 yen National Azabu November 2016

Marigold rubber gloves 702 yen National Azabu November 2016

Bonnie’s jam 1620 yen (!) National Azabu November 2016

Cottage cheese in Seiyu November 2016

Fullers ESB about 400 yen for a small bottle Daimaru Peacock November 2015

Fullers Honeydew beer about 400 yen for a small bottle Daimaru Peacock November 2015

Belhaven Scottish Ale small bottle 245 yen Seiyu November 2015

Belhaven 90 Shilling Wee Heavy small bottle 245 yen Seiyu November 2015

Belhaven Twisted Thistle small bottle 245 yen Seiyu November 2015

Grandma Wild’s oaty biscuits for cheese Kaldi about 500 yen (October 2015)

Typhoo Extra Strong 80 teabags 862 yen Seijo Ishii (October 2015)

St Austell Proper Job IPA – Warrior Celt, Ueno (September 2015)

Theakston’s XB – Warrior Celt, Ueno (September 2015)

Timothy Taylor Boltmaker and Landlord beers (bottled) – Warrior Celt, Ueno (September 2015)

Cottage cheese and Greek yoghurt – Seijo Ishii (September 2015)

Various kinds of Tetley tea, some for reasonably competitive prices Amazon.co.jp (August 2015)

Waitrose horseradish and various jams Daimaru Peacock (August 2015)

Waitrose cornflakes 500g 516 yen Daimaru Peacock (Jan 2015)

Waitrose nice biscuits 278 yen Daimaru Peacock

Waitrose malted milk biscuits Daimaru Peacock

Waitrose rich tea biscuits Daimaru Peacock

Waitrose chopped tomatoes with garlic and olive oil Daimaru Peacock

British food and drink found up to December 2014 here.

The best canned and bottled British beer in Tokyo

Updated 20 September 2015

This is just the start of the list which I’ll expand as I revisit import shops etc. Listed by beer or by brewer (if I recommend more than one of their beers). There are many others listed on this site which I haven’t included here if I don’t know which list to put them in…

Highly recommended British beers available in Tokyo shops

1. Traquair House beers – over 800 yen, but well worth it for some of the most impressive beer I have drunk. Available in Nissin and a few other place.

2. Old Speckled Hen – recently also available in much more affordable small cans, and sometimes special offers on multiple purchases of bottles. About 500 yen for pint bottles or 250 yen for cans in Yamaya, or sometimes two bottles for 800 yen and 2 cans for 400 yen

3. London Pride – details same as Old Speckled Hen above – very good value when 2 small cans for 400 yen deal available in Yamaya

4. Spitfire – unfortunately no longer available for 150 yen (!) a small bottle in Seiyu, but can sometimes get 2 large bottles for 800 yen in Yamaya

5. Murphy’s Stout – 500 yen for a pint can in Yamaya, or sometimes less

6. Youngs Double Chocolate Stout – 460 yen for a small bottle in Nissin

7. Samuel Smith’s beers, especially Oatmeal Stout – mainly available in small local specialist import shops and delis plus Nissin, but usually reasonably priced at around 500 yen for a small bottle

Also worth trying

Fuller’s Golden Pride – very reasonable at 350 yen in Yamaya (when available), and very good getting drunk value at 8.5% alcohol! Usually available in Nissin, though not as cheap.

St Andrew’s Ale – many places including Aeon and Yamaya. I wouldn’t bother with the other Belhaven beers – though the stout is 200 yen for a large can in Yamaya at the moment!

Bishop’s Finger, 650 yen for 500ml bottle

Newcastle Brown Ale – small bottles available many places, including the odd smart Family Mart

Some Brew Dog beers (though how you can choose when there are so many and some are so expensive, I’m not sure)

I’d give it a miss

Abbot Ale – I remember this being good, but when I last tried it both on draft and bottled it was bland as hell

Bass Pale Ale – This had been going downhill for years in England, and isn’t improved by it being brewed here in Japan for the domestic market. Even for 200 yen or so in Aeon etc, I’d just choose an actual Japanese beer instead.

St Peter’s Ale – I used to like these but I think my taste buds have been ruined by too many highly hopped recent beers so now I can barely taste them…

See post a few down for good British-style Japanese alternatives.

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)

 

The best Japanese ales (in bottles and cans)

Updated 21 September 2015

As this is a blog for Brits and anyway I don’t generally like German beer or modern American ales such as over the top IPAs, this is mainly a list of decent fairly traditional British or Irish style ales brewed in Japan. As I don’t get out much, it also ignores draft beer. As such, the only breweries it has in common with the (nevertheless highly recommended) Craft Beer in Japan book are Shiga Kogen and Hitachino Nest. As most of my top ten beers would have been taken up by just a couple of brewers, I’ve made it a list of brewers rather than of beers.

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. Note that Biere de Rydeen is a general name for all their seasonal brews and can vary – the last one was a real disappointment!

2. Hitachino Nest – but only for Japanese Ale (my favourite single beer in this whole list) and Nipponia

3. Onuma Beer India Pale Ale

4. Mitsuboshi Beer, but only for their Vienna Ale (their Pale Ale is so so)

5. 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 approximately that order – none of them the very best beer, but an unbeatable range of really very good ones for reasonable prices. Some more recent ones like Kayou no Neko haven’t really been up to standard – and sometimes even happoshu!

6. Shiga Kogen beers, mainly for their Shiga Kogen India Pale Ale, but also for most of their temporary ones (though they all taste a bit similar)

7. Isekadoya, especially for their Brown Ale (though it is a hoppy American style one)

8. Craft Label Pale Ale – not really craft beer and nothing amazingly special but a nice simple, quaffable ale that is becoming my new standard since Ebisu Koku no Blend seems to have gone wrong – 288yen Kinokuniya and some convenience stores

9. 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)

10. Hyakumanishi Pale Ale

Not really recommended

I’ve been much less impressed by the often very highly ranked brewers Minoh, Baird, Sankt Gallen, Baeren, Coedo and Swan Lake, but that may well be because of the German and/ or American influence or them simply being much better on tap than in cans or bottles.

I would generally avoid anything from the big brewers claiming to be craft beer – the original Kirin one is bearable but more recent ones have been almost bad enough to spit out.

Here are some other lists on the same topic (which I strongly disagree with):

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

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

British food and drink recently found in Tokyo

Only up to December 2014 but updated 20 September 2015 (taking out all the ones I know aren’t available and are unlikely to reappear). See a few posts above for a more up to date list. There are descriptions of all the places mentioned elsewhere on the site.

Fuller’s Golden Pride 350 yen – Yamaya (December 2014)

Taylor’s of Harrogate Teas – Seiyu (I tried the Darjeeling, unfortunately not much good and not nearly as good as the one they don’t have, Yorkshire Tea)

Mackays Lemon Curd 600 yen – Yamaya

Black Scottish Stout and other Belhaven beers in bottles and can 400 yen – Yamaya

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)

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

Caramel shortcake in Queen’s Isetan for 698 yen

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

British food and beer in the Warrior Celt

Updated 23 September 2015

This is posibly my favourite pub in Tokyo, with a real atmosphere and some great food such as Raj Chicken. You never know exactly what you are going to get, e.g. the recipes change all the time and the beer is sometimes off, but that is all part of its character for me…

Draft beer

Theakston’s XB (but served terribly!)

Theakston’s Old Peculiar (but the pump was broken when I was there)

Bottles

St Austell Proper Job IPA (only for complete hop freaks)

Timothy Taylor Boltmaker and Landlord beers

plus a few others – possibly up to date list here.

Food

Haggis

Haggis pizza (though no haggis when we were there)

Pie of the day

Etc

See the same link above for the latest menu