Friday, 19 May 2023

New inclusion and posting criteria

This is a quick post to go some way towards explaining my reasons for including or excluding places on here. This post should hopefully remain at the top so if it's posts about bars you're after, scroll down. Going forward, the following will get full write ups as soon as I get round to visiting them:

- Breweries
- Bars and beer shops that are either great, good, ok or in some way unique or interesting.

Bars that are not so exciting or that I have a problem with (and I’m happy to acknowledge that the problem is mine), will probably feature on one of the digest posts. Usually these are to collect places that I haven’t visited yet, but now I’ll also put places I’ve been to that aren’t very good on there too. On the map, unvisited places will be marked with a question mark so you take your chances by going to one of these. All visited places will now have the appropriate coloured pin and be linked to the appropriate post, so if you see a pin and it goes to a digest post, it’s not really a recommendation. I'd always encourage you, if you're finding places on here through the map to actually check out the post linked to the pin in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Favourites will still be marked with a star and also feature in the top group of places in the map notes. Inevitably, there are some places that probably aren’t worthy of a full post in here that already have full posts. I’m not going to remove these posts and put them on the digest post as I can’t be bothered to! The content of the post should give you an idea anyway. Hope all this helps!

Monday, 22 July 2019

TDM 1874 Aoyama

A quick post today to write this place up properly. I'd heard a lot about it and could probably have done a post without visiting from what people have told me, but that's not really the point, is it? With a plethora of beer in Toyko websites around now, offering the same information in a far classier and slick way than this blog does, I have to try a little harder.  After reading this, you can decide whether me trying harder is to any purpose. Probably not, but then again, I'm not exactly trying to do this for a living, so sometimes you have to put up with some sloppiness. By the way, paypal link on the right for donations, so send me a fortune and I'll try really really hard. I promise I'll spend it all on alcohol. Apologies to TDM 1874 Aoyama for this massive diversion in what is supposed to be a post about their bottle shop and bar in Aoyama. As you probably know, TDM 1874 is a brewery in Yokohama, and this is their Tokyo location, so you can still get your TDM fix, even if you can't make the trip to Yokohama. Here's what you need to know:

- Slightly fancy looking place in Aoyama, so I guess it fits right in. Ground floor is basically a wine shop with a small bar counter. Upstairs has seating for around 16 people, but this was closed on Saturday when we visited. You can still drink on site on Saturday though, standing at the counter. There's maybe room for five or six if you're friendly. As suggested by this description, this place is probably foremost a booze shop, but with a drink on site option. 
- Four taps of TDM beers. When we visited these were BBB, Pale Ale, a gose and a DIPA. Beer is served in two sizes, US pint and UK half. The prices ranged from ¥860-¥1110 and ¥540-¥660 respectively. They also do take out beers which are 400ml and are about ¥100 less than the pint price. Haven't been to the brewery for a while, but I think the prices there are cheaper, which is completely understandable given the location of this branch. There is also a fridge of beers (maybe about 25 types including some US imports along with some TDM cans), for take away only, along with the massive amount of wine, sake and cider which you can drink on site or takeaway. If you want to drink on site the corkage for the wine and sake is ¥500 per bottle and ¥300 for the cider. But, as I said, the canned beers are for takeaway only.
- No smoking, a ton of daytime opening, no cover charge, but tax is added to the prices mentioned above.

All in all a nice place to stop in for a quick beer and pick up some stuff to take home. Given that the downstairs is a standing bar and I am a grumpy aging man, it's probably somewhere I would pop in to, rather than spend a long time at. But this would all change if the upstairs is open. This place is kind of close to where the Brimmer Beer Box used to be and although both were/are Tokyo taprooms for Kanagawa breweries, it's probably there where the comparisons end as this place feels a lot fancier than the box did (not exactly surprising given that the Beer Box was a shipping container). To be honest, I don't really find myself in Aoyama very often given that my interests do not include expensive cars, restaurants, home furnishings and wedding venues. But this place has given me a good reason to make a diversion and stray into uncomfortably fancy territory for me.

Japanese breweries seen on tap: 
TDM 1874

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday, 12:00-22:00
Saturday, 11:00-21:00

Closed Sunday


北青山1-4-4, Minato-ku, Tokyo