Articles on London Breweries

Here are some articles written on breweries in London, most have appeared in London Drinker Magazine. Some have now sadly closed but there have been lots of new ones to compensate.

Portobello, a Westside story

It still might be remote but Portobello is a Brewery worth seeking out. It was back in 2013 when the London Tasting Panel paid their first visit to Portobello and a lot has changed in five years. Portobello

Enfield-a trip to the outer reaches

Like most breweries in London, there is an interesting story behind Enfield Brewery. The idea came about when Rahul Mulchandani decided to do something on his own. Enefeld

Pittcue's Alphabeta Brewery

Michaela Charles is living proof that the beer industry, although still dominated by men, can welcome women as well. See: Alphabeta.

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

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

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

Weird Beard

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)

Twickenham

Our oldest micro brewer goes from strength to strength. Twickenham Brewery grows up

Belleville

To find out what's going on and details of their beers with tasting notes click on The dads have it at Belleville

Portobello Brewery

Another venture in West London - click the above to find out more

One of our older micro breweries celebrates 5 years:

Sambrooks makes it 5 years

Trumans

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

ELB continues its growth.

Little Brew

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.

London Brewing Company

Located in Highgate another newish addition to London's brewing scene, for more click the above link.

Moncada Brewery

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

Angelo Scarnera proud of Brew Wharf and proud of Pigs EarThe 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.