UPDATE: This place has changed quite a lot. The left-hand side is now a bar/beer stand with lots of taps, around half of which are from Kunitachi Brewery, which I believe is owned by the same company as Sekiya. The rest were all from Japanese craft beer breweries. I think the concept is that it’s mainly for growler fills. They sell growlers in the booze shop part if you need one. However, they also fill pet bottles and have two glass sizes available too. I’m not really sure where you’re supposed to drink them though. The two groups of customers in the new photo I’ve added both were getting growler fills. I lurked a bit to try to answer my question about where people drink, but if I answer that question from my observations of those two groups, the answer is probably ‘at home after filling a growler’. If anyone has any idea what you’re supposed to do with the two ‘cup’ sizes, please let me know and I’ll update again.
Post by Iain
Ever since the Disk Union in Kunitachi closed my visits there have been few and far between, but I was happy to make an exception for Sekiya. Attached to the Seiyu store on the south side of the station, it’s a good spot to pick up staples or more unusual bottled beers.
When you enter the shop beers are on the left, with spirits & nihonshu on the right (downstairs is a rather pleasant wine cave). The main attraction is a fridge with around 200 different bottled beers. There is another unit with the usual suspects and chuhais etc, along with some of the more common craft beers like Ao-oni & Yona Yona. Japanese beers on offer seemed to centre around products from Hitachino Nest, Ozeno, and Sankt Gallen, but there were also a good number from Ishikawa Brewery and Umenishiki which personally I don’t see that often.
Some of the more unusual (to me) bottles were San Michele Manon from Italy, and Traquair 50 Anniversary Ale, so along with a good selection of UK, USA, Belgian and German beers this could end up being a regular stop. They also sell Belgian beer glasses. Just wish that Disk Union was still there …
Japanese breweries available when I visited:
Oze No Yukidoke
Tama No Megumi (Ishikawa)
Friday & Saturday, 11:00-23:00
せきやビル 1F/B1F, 中1-9-30, Kunitachi, Tokyo