Beer House Ken
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4
Reviews by Hachiman:
4.1/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Ken is convenient if you live west of Tokyo. See other reviews if you're coming from central Tokyo. If you're near the Nambu line in the western suburbs or Kawasaki, take that line to Fuchuhonmachi station. Exit the only exit, walk down the stairs to your right, and follow the "Honmachidori" promenade to it's end. Cross the street, and take the path through the grounds of the leafy local shrine. On the other side of the shrine grounds, take a left at the first street, and Beer House Ken will be on your right in half a block or so.
The shop is small but not cluttered. The room is square and the beer is in two upright and one horizontal coolers on two of the walls. The selection is very good on average, but there are only 40-50 kinds. Still, they carry Schneider's Weiss Original & Aventinus, Jever Pilsner, Cantillon Rose du Gambrinus, and several other beers that are difficult to find in Kanto. Compared to the other good beer store in the area, Beer House Ken has more German beer and less Belgian beer. The prices are a bit high, I guess, compared to other countries, but they are no higher than other, similar beer stores in Japan.
The couple who own and run the store are kind and pack the beer snugly if you're taking it with you. You can also order online (Windows only), phone or fax, and they claim to fill most orders within a day.
04-05-2011 12:13:32 | More by Hachiman
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev -15.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
I actually live on the same line as Beer House Ken however I've only actually gone there once.
The first time I went to the store I was really happy. Pretty good selection of belgians and other european stuff, a few american micros and a couple japanese micros as well. However, recently It seems like they're kinda dropping everything but the belgians and european stuff that I guess sell the best. I've noticed beers selling out and them just not being replaced. It's a shame because there was a lot of good stuff that I would love to buy again if they still had it.
Service was very good but that's pretty much par for the course in Japan.
Prices are about the same as a lot of the other beer internet/regular stores. Reasonable for Japan not so reasonable for America so about 2 and a half $
Good store. I just hope they start getting some sold out stuff/ new stuff in.
06-04-2008 15:02:39 | More by toweringpoo
4.85/5 rDev +11.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited Beer House Ken this past weekend. I was on my fifth trip to Narita, Japan in 6 months and decided I needed more Belgian beer than the local JetLag Bar in Narita city could provide. I read the previous post on this beer store and decided it might be worth my time to figure out navigating the trains to get there. It was really an easy trip, although a tad long. To get there, I would be taking the JR line to Shinjuku, switching to the Keio lines and taking a limited express train to Fuchu. The store is within easy walking distance of the station. Basically you take the South Exit from Fuchu station, walk south until the road dead ends turn right(west) walk half a block to the first street you find heading south. You will be able to see it from there. It is across the street from a Japanese temple, but it was too late in the day for me to explore that. If it takes you 5 minutes to walk from the station, I would be surprised.
Ok, before I get into this, let me say that this is a very very small place. Perhaps 3 people could comfortably shop in here at one time. The beer display consisted of a four doored glass beer cooler. Each section contained perhaps 35-40 different beers. They only sell singles, but the prices were reasonable for the quality. The beers ran between 400 yen to 700 yen apiece, or $3.40-$6.00. They had in stock various offerings by Leffe, Orval, Chimay, Achel, Westmalle, Rochefort, Grimbergen, Delirium (sorry can not think of the brewer, but I did buy a Delirium Noel!), St. Feuillien, Piraat, Rodenbach, Hoegaarden, Silly(yes I got a Scotch Silly), various Saisons, Duvel, Kwak, Ayinger, Guiness, Young's, Sammy Smiths, Rouge, Anchor, Unibroue, etc, etc, etc. I have seen better selections, but not in my home state of Oklahoma. My only complaint is that the beers are all sold as singles.
The service was good. The owner and I assume his wife did not speak much English, but were very pleasant. As they were boxing up my beers the would put the singles in old six pack cartons and then bag them. The owner put one in a Lion Stout six pack holder with a picture of Michael Jackson on it. He said "Ohhh, Michael Jackson, Free Picture, No Charge" and started laughing. They also had a limited supply of glassware for sale.
The coolest thing in the store was a rack of vintage 750's of various beers. I was tempted by several, but did not want to lug that much weight through 90 minutes of train travel.
I would go back to this place in a heart beat. It was well worth my trip.
09-25-2006 03:09:59 | More by zigybean
4.8/5 rDev +10.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
This is a lovely little shop that that takes orders in person, phone, fax, email and over the world wide web. Though I believe that this shop is primarily for walk-in customers, it appears they are flexible in meeting their customer's needs.
This the only shop that has Guinness FES in Japan that I have been able to find. They also have over a dozen Japanese craft beers and two or three dozen foreign beers, mostly Belgian.
The website is only in Japanese, which means katakana, which means a pain in the butt (the Japanese phonetic pronounciation of belgian names I do not even know how to pronounce in English gets confusing). Unlike Beer Cafe Ueda, which has pictures for each beer, the website is nearly graphicless (which is why I took a half a point off of quality).
Fuchu is about a half hour express train from Shibuya and the store is less than a five minute walk from the station. Although the shop owners do not appear to speak English, they are extremely friendly, polite and dedicated people. They even met me half way from the station, just to make sure I wouldnt get lost.
03-26-2004 03:24:30 | More by Naerhu
Beer House Ken in Tokyo-to Fuchu-shi, Japan
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