Lambic in Japan?
I will be visiting my family in Tokyo (Machida/Sagamihara) and they love to drink lambic, however our bags are overweight and we can't fit anything else from the States in them. If anybody can recommend a place in Machida where we can purchase lambic, that would be great. My family has never seen it in stores. Thanks!
Ahh, I know that area well as I have relatives there myself. I actually schlepped out 20 minutes by bus from Machida last month to a shop (Kuraya Liquor Port) that was supposed to have a good selection of beer and came up way short of expectations. It's a little difficult to find lambics in general in Japan, but this area might be really difficult. I have three suggestions.
One is to check out the liquor section of the Isetan in Sagami-Ono. Not sure if they will have lambic though, but should have a decent selection. The Tokyu in Machida may have a small selection, but I think Isetan is better.
Another option is to vist COPA, a beer bar in Machida that specializes in Belgian (http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1327/A132...). I haven't been there but heard decent things about it. You can at least drink there and they may be able to point you to a local retailer that sells it.
Last option is you can order online from Beer House Ken, which is a retail shop in Western Tokyo. Here is their lambic page- http://www.bhken.com/cgi-bin/bhken/si... .