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Hop to it: where to drink London’s best craft beer

Posted at 5:15 pm, July 19, 2014 in Food & Drink
Beavertown Brewery

Want to know where to drink these great new breeds of ale? Allow us to introduce London’s best open breweries.

Beavertown Brewery Tap Room
Ever been down, all the way down, to Beavertown? First it was in the back of a pub in De Beauvoir Town, then it moved to Hackney Wick, and this year it hopped north to Tottenham Hale. Every Saturday it opens its ten-tap bar, serving ‘dam’ fine brews plus food and entertainment. Unit 17 and 18, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Rd, N17 9QP. 

The Cygnet
Truman’s was founded in 1666, which would make it London’s oldest brewery if it hadn’t closed in 1989. It reopened in 2010, moved to Hackney Wick in 2013, and is kicking out fine ales once again. The Cygnet is Truman’s brewery tap in Swan Wharf, open every day with an outdoor dining area. 60 Dace Rd, E3 2NQ. 

This Bermondsey brewery has a canning line, so it can produce little tin bundles of boozy wonderfulness. But if you head down to its tap days every Saturday, you’ll get to taste the brown stuff straight out of the keg. There is a ping-pong table too, but your reactions may not be so quick later on. 22 Bermondsey Trading Estate, Rotherhithe New Rd, SE16 3LL. 

The Kernel Brewery
There’s no street food, jam bands, big-screen sporting events or cocktail umbrellas at this pioneering south London brewery’s open Saturdays – it just lets the beer do the talking. And it’s got quite a voice. You won’t regret making the ale pilgrimage down to Bermondsey to sample and buy this beer at its freshest. Arch 11, Dockley Industrial Estate, Dockley Road, SE16 3SF.

London Fields
This brewery is an oasis of calm and beautiful beer. The tap room is a big space that serves up coffee from the nearby Allpress roastery in the morning and explodes ale-fuelled life come sundown. There’s food and entertainment all week. Plus beer, obviously. 365-366 Warburton St, E8 3RR. 

If you love craft beer as much as we do,  take a look at this great craft beer map by Blue Crow Media.

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They’ve also got a nifty craft beer app which guides you to the best breweries, shops and pubs with news and reviews.

Craft beer lover? Take a look at more of London’s best craft beer bars and pubs.

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