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Lambic in Japan?

tinamontgomery Jan 24, 2012 08:48 PM

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!

  1. Robb S Jan 25, 2012 01:53 AM

    Not Machida but a train ride away, in Shinjuku station is Osakaya, with 150 Belgian beers.


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    1. re: Robb S
      Tripeler Jan 25, 2012 03:28 AM

      Osakaya in Shinjuku has a small number of truly excellent Lambic beers. Another good place to look for Lambics would be Tanakaya in Mejiro, a few stops away from Shinjuku on the Yamanote line.


    2. Silverjay Jan 25, 2012 06:18 AM

      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/A132701/13042364/). 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... .

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        tinamontgomery Jan 25, 2012 11:19 AM

        Thank you everybody for the suggestions! Very much appreciated.

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