The following article was originally published in Issue 8 of inCiderJapan magazine.
TDM 1874 Brewery has long cemented a reputation among Japan’s craft beer community as being one of the more consistently great breweries in town. Discreetly located in northwestern Yokohama in Tokaichiba, Kanagawa Prefecture, TDM 1874 is more than just a brewery, it’s also a brewpub, restaurant, and speciality liquor shop.
Opened in December 2016, TDM 1874 is actually part of a business with a much longer lineage. Its owner, Kato Shuichi, is, in fact, the fifth-generation CEO of Sakaguchiya Co. Ltd., the speciality liquor shop side of the business, which was started by his great-great-grandfather in (unless you were canny enough to beat us to it) 1874.
The “TDM” acronym of the name, by the way, comes from a creative play on the literal translation of Tokaichiba, meaning “ten day market”, a name that was given to the area apparently because back in the day there used to be a market held on the tenth day of the month. (And we can only imagine how many times the staff has had to retell that curious fact!)
Visitors to TDM 1874 Brewery can enjoy a modest line-up of exceptionally crafted beers from award-winning head brewer, George Juniper, who hails from the village of Wisborough Green in West Sussex, England. There are usually four on draught, each at a reasonable price, around 450 yen for a UK half-pint and 750 yen for a US pint. Take a seat at the bar counter or counter looking into the brewery, or at one of the many small tables provided the place isn’t packed (calling ahead for reservations is highly recommended).
TDM 1874 also has a kitchen on-premise and offers a well-rounded menu of snacks and dishes to choose from, including assortments of cheese and ham, octopus carpaccio, daily grills and salads, pizzas, and their very popular deep-fried chicken wings. Prices for these food items range from 500 to 800 yen, and there is even an option for chips for a mere 300 yen.
While you’re there, you’ll inevitably stumble upon the store’s impressive display of imported wines directly purchased from producers in Spain and Italy, various liquors, and refrigerators crammed with of some of the finest sake from all around the country. Kota Seito, the shop’s manager, is not only extremely knowledgeable about his stock, but he is also very willing to help you with any questions you might have with a potential purchase.
This also goes for their ever-expanding collection of both domestic and imported ciders, which you can easily find in the refrigerated space next to the cashier. It’s not an exaggeration to say that TDM’s selection is one of the largest and their prices are some of the best around; we fully encourage you to check them out. Or, if you happen to be in the Aoyama area of Tokyo, they have a second smaller bottle shop/bar near Tokyo Metro Aoyama-itchome Station.
Definitely take a peek at their Facebook page(s) before you go, as you’re likely to see what they currently have on tap, or might discover an event or festival you can also catch them at. TDM 1874 also regularly holds their own on-site tasting events, so look for those, too.
Given that TDM 1874 Brewery is only a bus ride away from us, it’s no wonder that we’re frequenters to their establishment and huge fans. But we do say with complete impartiality and sincerity, they are absolutely worth a visit. Less than a ten-minute walk from JR Tokaichiba Station, and they’ve parking if you can get there by car (no drinking for the driver!), be sure to tell them inCiderJapan sent you. You won’t be disappointed.
TDM 1874 Brewery’s hours of operation:
Sundays & Holidays: 11:00~21:00 | Bar (12:00~21:00)
Weekdays (except Wednesday): 11:00~22:00 | Bar (17:00~22:00)
Saturdays: 11:00~22:00 | Bar (12:00~22:00)
TDM 1874 BREWERY
〒226-0025 Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Midori-ku