One of the great things about being a beer drinker in London at the moment is the vibrancy of its beer and brewing scene. Some are members of London Brewers' Alliance. Various articles on the breweries, can be found below the table.
Active Breweries (at 26 January 2018)
|Alphabeta||Spitalfields EC2||Brewpub (Pitt Cue)|
|Anspach & Hobday||Bermondsey SE1||Brewery|
|Barnet||High Barnet EN5||Brewpub (Black Horse)|
|Beavertown||Tottenham Hale N17||Brewery|
|Belleville||Wandsworth Common SW12||Brewery|
|Bianca Road||Bermondsey SE1||Brewery|
|Big Smoke||Surbiton KT6||Brewpub (Antelope)|
|Block||Hoxton N1||Brewpub ( Wenlock)|
|Bohem||Bowes Park N22||Brewery|
|Brew by Numbers||Bermondsey SE16||Brewery|
|Brewery Below||Islington N1||Brewery|
|Brewhouse & Kitchen (Highbury)||Highbury N5||Brewpub (B & K)|
|Brewhouse & Kitchen (Islington)||Angel EC1||Brewpub (B & K)|
|BrewIT||Fitzrovia W1||Brewpub (George & Dragon)|
|Bullfinch||Herne Hill SE24||Brewery|
|By The Horns||Summerstown SW17||Brewery|
|Camden Town (AB InBev)||Ponders End EN3||Brewery|
|Camden Town (AB InBev)||Kentish Town NW5||Brewery|
|Canopy||Herne Hill SE24||Brewery|
|Clarkshaws||Loughborough Junction SW9||Brewery|
|Craft Academy||Herne Hill SE24||Brewpub (Florence)|
|Crate||Hackney Wick E9||Brewery|
|Cronx||New Addington CR0||Brewery|
|Dragonfly||Acton W3||Brewpub (George & Dragon)|
|East London||Leyton E10||Brewery|
|Enfield||Upper Edmonton N18||Brewery|
|Essex Street||Temple WC2||Brewpub (Temple Brewhouse)|
|Five Points||Hackney E8||Brewery|
|Fountain||Old Street EC1V||Brewpub (Old Fountain)|
|Gipsy Hill||West Norwood SE27||Brewery|
|Gorgeous||Highgate N6||Brewpub (Bull)|
|Haverstock||Belsize Park NW3||Brewpub (Load of Hay)|
|Hop Stuff||Woolwich SE18||Brewery|
|House||Wood Green N22||Brewpub (Prince)|
|Howling Hops||Hackney Wick E9||Brewery|
|Howling Hops||Hackney E8||Brewpub (Cock)|
|Kentish Town||Kentish Town NW5||Brewery|
|Kew||East Sheen SW14||Brewery|
|Laine's @ Four Thieves||Battersea SW11||Brewpub (Four Thieves)|
|Laine's @ People's Park Tavern||Victoria Park E9||Brewpub (People's Park)|
|London Beer Factory||West Norwood SE27||Brewery|
|London Beer Lab||Loughborough Junction SW9||Brewery|
|London Beer Lab||Brixton SW9||Brewery|
|London Brewing||North Finchley N12||Brewpub (Bohemia)|
|Lonesome||Streatham Vale SW16||Brewery|
|Long Arm||Shoreditch EC2||Brewpub (Long Arm)|
|Magic Spells||Leyton E10||Brewery|
|Marko Paulo||Northfields W13||Brewpub (Owl & Pussycat)|
|Meantime (Asahi)||Greenwich SE10||Brewery|
|Moncada||Dollis Hill NW2||Brewery|
|Mondo||South Lambeth SW8||Brewery|
|Muswell Hillbilly||Muswell Hill N10||Brewery|
|Oddly||Platt's Eyot, TW12||Brewery|
|One Mile End||Tottenham N17||Brewery|
|One Mile End||Whitechapel E1||Brewpub (White Hart)|
|Paddies With Attitude / PWA||New Cross Gate SE14||Brewpub (White Hart)|
|Partizan||South Bermondsey SE16||Brewery|
|Portobello||North Kensington W10||Brewery|
|Pressure Drop||Tottenham Hale N17||Brewery|
|Pretty Decent||Forest Gate E7||Brewery|
|Project 88||Willesden Green NW2||Brewpub (Beer + Burger)|
|Redchurch||Bethnal Green E2||Brewery|
|Signature Brew||Leyton E10||Brewery|
|Solvay Society||Aldborough Hatch IG2||Brewery|
|St Mary's||Primrose Hill NW3||Brewery|
|Tap East||Stratford Westfield E20||Brewpub (Tap East)|
|Three Sods||Bethnal Green E2||Brewery|
|Tiny Vessel||Platt's Eyot, TW12||Brewery|
|Truman's||Hackney Wick E3||Brewery|
|Two Finches||Finchley N3||Brewpub (Finchley Cricket Club)|
|W1||Mayfair W1||Brewpub (Burlington)|
|Weird Beard||Hanwell W7||Brewery|
|Wild Card Ravenswood||Walthamstow E17||Brewery|
|Wimbledon||Colliers Wood SW19||Brewery|
|Zerodegrees||Blackheath SE3||Brewpub (Zerodegrees)|
|Bloomsbury||Bloomsbury WC1||Brewpub / Contract (Perseverance)|
|Brodie’s||Leyton E10||Brewpub / Contract (William IV)|
|Earth||(Platt's Eyot TW12)||Brewery / Cuckoo|
|Forest Road||London Fields E8||Brewery / Cuckoo|
|German Kraft||Borough SE1||Brewpub / Cuckoo|
|Inkspot||Streatham SW16||Brewery / Cuckoo|
|Spartan||Bermondsey SE16||Brewery / Cuckoo|
|Tankleys||Sidcup DA15||Brewery / Contract|
|Broken Drum||Blackfen DA15||Brewery / Private|
|Duckchicken||Furzedown SW16||Cider producer|
|Gosnells||Peckham SE15||Mead producer|
|Hawkes||Bermondsey SE1||Cider producer|
|Ram||Wandsworth SW18||Brewery / Private|
|Umbrella||Upper Holloway N19||Ginger beer producer|
|Earls||Islington N1||Brewpub / Suspended (Earl of Essex)|
|Hops & Glory||Canonbury N1||Brewpub / Suspended (Hops & Glory)|
|London Fields (Carlsberg)||London Fields E8||Brewery / Suspended|
|Long Arm||South Ealing W5||Brewpub /Suspended (Ealing Park)|
|Old||Greenwich SE10||Brewpub / Suspended (Old)|
|Old Street||Kings Cross WC1||Brewpub / Suspended (Queens Head)|
|Brewdog||Tower Hill EC3||Brewpub / Planned (Brewdog)|
|Deviant & Dandy||Homerton E9||Brewery / Planned|
|Earth Station||North Woolwich E16||Brewery / Planned|
|Elm Park||Brixton SW2||Brewpub / Planned (Elm Park Tavern)|
|Fellowship||Bellingham SE6||Brewpub / Planned (Fellowship Inn)|
|Hops & Glory||Canonbury N1||Brewpub / Planned (Hops & Glory)|
|Small Beer||Bermondsey SE1||Brewery / Planned|
|St John at Hackney||Hackney E9||Brewery / Planned|
|Tottenham Hotspurs||Tottenham N17||Brewery / Planned|
|Two Tribes||Barnsbury N7||Brewery / Planned|
|Wild Card Lockwood||Walthamstow E17||Brewery / Planned|
|Youngs Museum||Wandsworth SE18||Brewery / Planned|
|Degrees Plato||London Fields E8||Brewery / Closed summer 16|
|Laine's @ Aeronaut||Acton W3||Brewpub / Closed (Aeronaut)|
|Monkey Chews||Peckham SE15||Brewpub / Closed (Montague)|
|Rocky Head||Southfields SW18||Brewery / Closed Dec 17|
or we recommend Des de Moor's website who keeps us all up to date on such matters! http://desdemoor.co.uk/london/brewers-and-beers/
Gorgeous developments in Highgate
Rob Laub is no stranger to the beer trade but he took a leap of faith when he purchased the Bull in Highgate, nearly 2 years ago, inheriting the 2.5 barrel plant from London Brewing Company. See: gorgeous.
Doing it by numbers
Although arches maybe the common thread amongst a lot of London Brewers, it is always a delight to see how different they all can be and a visit to Brew by Numbers did not disappoint: brew by numbers.
Saaz has it!
Bohem is a nano brewery creating Czech style beers in N22 - plenty of Saaz hops are used as a consequence. Their small tap room provides a pleasant place to try their beers and to see how Czech beer should be poured! Bohem.
Brockley worth a badger!
Only a few minutes walk from Brockley station, Brockley Brewery came into existence in May 2013, set up by seven friends including two sets of husbands and wives. Very much a brewery that sees itself as part of the community. Brockley.
Anspach & Hobday, a pigeon and a railway arch
Tucked away at the southern end of the Bermondsey mile, is Anspach & Hobday, another London railway arch brewery! They have a pigeon has their logo but that is not the only design they use on their bottles. Anspach & Hobday.
A Hidden Secret in Kew
Most breweries publicise their existence but not this little Brewery. Walking along Sandy Coombe Road passing Kew Brewery without noticing it is not a difficult thing to do as there is no signage outside; it is only a look through the window that lets you know you really have arrived. Read on:A hidden secret in Kew.
Five Points has seen significant growth. It now employs 12 staff, a huge increase from the early days of March 2013 and with it investment in its kit and an expanding beer range. Pointing forwards.
Hackney – Bigger & Better
The London Tasting Panel could hardly image how much the London beer market was going to change since they first visited Hackney Brewery in 2012. A recent return trip showed what that has meant to one of the earlier entrants to the re surging beer scene in the Capital. Read more: Hackney Brewery.
Howling Hops has come a long way since its start up at the Cock in Hackney. See A Complicated Howling .
Reunion - brewery to lock horns with!
A trip to the south west of London explained this brewery's unusual logo. Reunion - brewery to lock horns with!
Brixton, a serious approach to ingredients
Brixton Brewery, a short distance from the famous market, has a serious commitment to the quality of its ingredients. Brixton, a serious approach to ingredients
A maturing Bexley
This brewery is serious about maturing their beer and as well as producing traditional style beers are not adverse to the odd green hop! A maturing Bexley
Gypsy Hill - benefitting from an ex Piddle!
Walk into the yard at the Hamilton Road Industrial Estate, walk past the London Brewing Factory, and on the far side is the Gipsy Hill Brewery. Gipsy Hill
Mondo - an eye for world beers
Mondo has an impressive entrance for a small brewery. With a large sign above the door and a prominent A board, it can't be missed as you walk along the side of the usual nondescript trading estate.Mondo
Wildcard - Friend Reunited
The creation of Walthamstow's Wildcard Brewery is all about friendship dating back to schooldays.Wildcard
Twickenham - London's Second Oldest Brewery
Set up in 2004, Twickenham is now the second oldest, fully operating, commercial brewery in London. During this time, they have seen a number of other small breweries come and go, while they have remained, selling consistently reliable, quality beer. But this is a brewery that, although quite traditional, is not sitting on its laurels. The London Tasting Panel went to find out more. Twickenham.
'Southwark Brewery' - sounded like good idea at the time!
Peter Jackson, one of the founders, achieved his ambition in setting up Southwark Brewery, another brewery taking advantage of London's railway arches, south from London Bridge - Southwark Brewery.
Ethics can pay off!
Clarkshaws are probably London's most ethical brewery and their approach is clearly going down well in the Capital with more expansion being considered for the brewery they share with London Brew Lab. Clarkshaws.
No frills, bells or whistles!
A return visit by the London Tasting Panel to East London Brewing saw the brewery's expansion and the opportunity to taste their beers and discover their ethos. ELB.
A musical brewery from a titanic heritage
Signature Brewery in Leyton has been brewing for a while but Sam & Tom have now found a permanent home in Leyton. A musical brewery from a titanic heritage
Tasting the usual and not so usual
Sambrook's kindly hosted training for the London Tasting Panel and there was an opportunity to try, not only their regular beers, but a range of their strong bottled conditioned beers. Tasting the usual and no so usual at Sambrook's Brewery.
Brewhouse & Kitchen doubles up
Brewhouse and Kitchen pub chain have opened a second pub in London, giving an opportunity to meet group brewer, Peter Hughes, and try their beers. Brewhouse makes it a double!.
A Rock & Rolling Brewery
Another brewery taking advantage of railway arches to serve the Capital. Read about their range of beers Orbit and their unusual name.
A Brewery with a Split Personality!
Although the brewery at the Florence in Herne Hill have had its ups and downs, there is no doubt that the brewer is a man who has found his calling in life! Peter Haydon, owner and brewer, not only brews beer for the pub under the Florence brand but also brews under his nom de plume of 'A Head in a Hat'. A Brewery with a Split Personality!.
The Dragonfly is unfolding its wings
There are very few breweries that can claim to be situated in a c17th coach house but Dragonfly can boast that heritage even though the brewery was only set up in 2014 and the London Tasting Panel were delighted to make a visit. The Dragonfly is unfolding its wings.
Nothing ruff about Hopstuff
Not every brewing is based in a listed ex ammunition factory and has a 'worker' with such wonderful hair: hopstuff .
Not a Wheel in Sight
A reference to a quote by American, Dave Barry. What has it got to do with the Crate Brewery? Read here: Not a wheel in sight!.
By the Horns Brewery
A brewery that has grown and grown. Taking the Bull - By the Horns Brewery
Five Points Brewery
Set up by Ed Mason, find out more here Five Points Brewery
Nano-Brewery at Wandsworth
What about this short video on the nano-brewery where Young's once was ... or perhaps still is!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atPKixiSJx8&feature=youtu.be
Since this article was written, Ellenberg has ceased brewing but Weird Beard are going strong. For more information and details of their beers (those gone and those still with us) with tasting notes click on Weird Beard (and Ellenberg as was)
Our oldest micro brewer goes from strength to strength. Twickenham Brewery grows up
To find out what's going on and details of their beers with tasting notes click on The dads have it at Belleville
Another venture in West London - click the above to find out more
One of our older micro breweries celebrates 5 years:
Finally, this brewery with a house hold name returns to the East End. Truman's Eagle nests in East London.
Tapping the East
Tap East provides a great oasis from the Stratford shopping centre. Tapping the East.
And another East London brewery but one a little more hidden but worth seeking out.
East London Brewing Company
It may be small but it packs a punch, read about the latest brewing venture in Camden by clicking the above link. Note - Little Brew relocated to York in 2013.
Located in Highgate another newish addition to London's brewing scene, for more click the above link.
Earlier this year, CAMRA's London Tasting Panel went to visit the Moncada Brewery, which has two exotic owners. Find out more at The Exotic Moncada
New Sambrook's Ale exclusive to Nicholson's pubs
Early next month (June 2012), a NEW Sambrook's ale will be served in Nicholson's pubs, all around London! Nicholson's pubs are part of the UK's biggest managed pub group Mitchells and Butlers. Together with Sambrook's they are creating a brand new ale called Lavender Hill, to be served exclusively in their venues for 12 weeks, from the beginning of June.
The brewery's home of Battersea was once well-known for the cultivation of lavender - one of the main streets which runs through the town centre is to this day called Lavender Hill. In 2012 there is a Nicholson's pub on the corner of Lavender Hill and Falcon Road, which is very near Clapham Junction station - the heartland of Battersea town centre. The ingredients chosen for the Lavender Hill ale include a nod towards the local heritage, using both honey (which was a main by-product of the Lavender Hills) and a brand new hop - so new in fact, that it is as yet unnamed! It is currently grown in Alsace and is a hybrid of Strisselspalt and Challenger, which carries the scent of honey blossom. Bodecia will be the bittering hop, to finish the smooth taste.
The list of all Nicholson's venues where the new beer is available, can be viewed on Sambrook's website http://sambrooksbrewery.co.uk/
CAMRA welcomes the East London Brewing Company
North East London's brewing renaissance has been further cemented by the arrival of the East London Brewing Company on to the scene. Based in E10, the East London Brewing Company is a 10-barrel microbrewery owned, managed and run by Stuart Lascelles and his wife Claire. Initially, the brewery will supply beer in casks to pubs in and around London, although they do not rule out bottling in the future...more East London Brewing Company
A trip to Borough and Brew Wharf
The history of the Brew Wharf Brewery in Borough is a little more unusual than most. It is the off shoot of Vinopolis, the wine bar/restaurant and museum, which set up in 2005. A couple of years later the owners decided to start a pub brewery. The current brewer, Angelo Scarnera, grew up in Texas and started as a brewer's assistant with the previous brewers, Phil Lowry and Steve Michigan. The trio were keen on brewing beers in the style of those they drank in the USA because they missed them! Brew Wharf was probably at the forefront of the American taste revolution especially in London. More....Brew Wharf Sadly brewing ceased at the end of 2013/early 2014.