Tired of going to bottle shops or liquor discount stores only to find nothing but standard beers from the big brewers and a whole lotta happoshu?
You know the scene. Big bottles of sake from every part of Japan. Enough varieties of whisky to make a Scot seep salt water. Wines from places you cannot pronounce. But ... only one or two dusty bottles of overpriced Belgian or German beer, and not a single Japanese microbrew to be found.
Well, don't fret - there are plenty of great imported beers and Japanese microbrews out there, and they're available for home delivery. Here are dozens of online sources for beer shopping, including several good ones in English. Orders can generally be handled online, with payment by credit card, bank or postal transfer or COD.
[Note that web pages may shift and links expire, so if a link doesn't work we suggest you try the top page of the site, or a Google search.]
Here is one importer that offers online shopping pages in English.
Many Japanese craft breweries have their own retail web sites. Some work through Rakuten or Livedoor. Below are links to online shopping sites for 1) twenty-five great Japanese microbreweries and 2) dozens of other Japanese microbreweries. (Note: All sites, except Brimmer Brewing, are in Japanese.)
Here are links to more than one hundred other Japanese microbreweries. Can't find your favorite? Try a search on Google, RateBeer.com, or beeradvocate.com.
[Thanks to Mark Meli for help in compiling these links.]
Nevitt Reagan is also the author of the beer blog Beering in Mind.