Monday, 23 April 2018

Riot Beer


A quick post today on another new brewery. There really have been quite a few of them opening recently. Once again, I've jumped the gun by going before they have actually started brewing, so will revisit and update this post when they do. (See below, it's done!). Here's what you need to know.

- Small bar area with counter seats for three or four, another small counter for two maybe and one high table. At the time of my visit they'd only been open a couple of weeks, so the decor is quite bare, but it looked like there would soon be an impressive picture on the wall, judging by the pencil marks. Their website and facebook are quite distinctively themed, so I'm guessing they'll be doing something similar in the bar. Brewery area is behind the bar.
- Ten taps, but only five were on when we visited. I guess this is due to them not having their own beer yet and the fact that the opening hours are limited. All beers were priced at ¥800 and in one size. It was a bit of an unusual glass shape, so I'm not sure what size it was. I'd guess around 300ml. Tax is included in the price. The breweries on offer included a few I'd never seen around before so there's something new here for brewery tickers. There are also some bar snacks available that looked quite nice. Update: They now are serving their own beers and the number of taps available has risen as high as eight. Right now they have three of theirs on and they seem to be in a variety of styles. I've only tried one of them so far and it was a pretty nice malty IPA in something of a British style. The others have been described by them as an English Pale Ale, an IPA and a Belgian saison. Interesting!
- No smoking, no cover charge and at the moment at least, they have daytime opening. Hooray!

As I said above, I probably should have waited a little and added this place when they were fully up and running, but I couldn't help myself. Perhaps it was just because they have just opened or due to the lack of places in the area, but there were quite a few people who were popping in for a few. I'm sure that this will only increase when they start brewing their own beer which I believe will be quite soon. I look forward to popping back and trying them.

Japanese breweries seen on tap:
Ugo

Tanegashima
Baird 
Distant Shores 
Minoh 
Riot Beer

Opening Hours:
Probably still best to check their facebook but they now have some regular hours it seems
Wednesday - Friday, 15:00-21:00
Saturday & Sunday 13:00-18:00
Closed all other days

Location/Map:
5-11-10, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo



Telephone:
050-5809-9387

Links:
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Website
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Saturday, 7 April 2018

TDM 1874 Brewery


This may just be the fastest turn around ever from visiting somewhere and putting it on here. I finally managed to make it to TDM this lunchtime. It should have been sooner as I’ve been hearing plenty of good things about their beers, but I guess I am still officially on hiatus so I’m going to use that as an excuse. I’d heard it’s not very easy to get to, but I think that’s a bit of an exaggeration. It’s only a short walk, (less than 10 minutes) from Tokaichiba station, which is still in Yokohama city, in spite of it feeling like it is somewhere a bit more rural. Here’s what you need to know.

- Brewery, taproom and beer (and other alcoholic beverages) shop, all in one. It’s a fancy looking place and given that it’s only been open about a year, pretty new. There is a room for two at the counter and tables for maybe 20 more. Place your order and pay at the till and then collect your drinks at the bar. At least that was how it was working when we were there. Selection of pub food available including pizzas. I should have had one, but I’d already eaten two lunches (don’t ask…).
- Five taps of beer but one of them is Asahi so I’m going to ignore that one. The other four were unsurprisingly their own beers. When we visited these were the Pale Ale, Whoa-saic, 7 Hop DIPA and Brown Porter. The beers are served in two sizes (473ml and 284ml) and the prices are very good, ranging from ¥740-¥850 for the pint and ¥450-¥520 for the half. Tax is added on at the till but these prices are still very good value.
- Beer shop has a variety of bottles available from various breweries including Aqula, Baird, Shiga Kogen, Dogo, Fujizakura, Minoh and possibly some others that I’ve forgotten. These all seemed to be priced around ¥500. They also had a couple of their own beers to take away at the same price. There is also a large wine and sake selection. And probably some other stuff too.
- No cover charge, no smoking, wifi and daytime opening at the weekend. The hours below are for the bar. The beer shop section seems to be open earlier (from 11:00), but if you’re making the effort to come here, you really should do it when you are able to enjoy some beers.

So, that’s about it. Don’t be put of by the location. From West Tokyo it’s probably not much further than traveling up to Kita Senju for Beer Ma. It’s nice to see another new brewery (although by the time I finally got round to writing this, I guess it wasn’t so new any more) and by the look of the place you can see that they are serious about what they are doing here.

Japanese breweries seen on tap:
TDM 1874


Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday, 17:00-22:00
Saturday & Sunday, 12:00-22:00

Location/Map:
十日市場町 835-1, Midori-ku, Yokohama



Telephone:
045-985-4955

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