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Where to Drink: The Best Craft Beer In London

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Whether you're a seasoned beer boffin or hopeless when it comes to hops, we’re sure you’ll love these bars and breweries. Read on to find the best craft beer in London.

London is no rookie when it comes to beer, especially with the pub culture, and it most certainly packs a punch when it comes to choices. Whether you’re a fan of British bitter, North American style pale ales or a good ol’ German Lager there’s no doubt that craft beer in London is up there and we’ve compiled a list of our favourite spots to get your hands on a thirst quenching pint. Here’s where to find the best craft beer in London.

The Gipsy Hill Brewing Company

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Taproom: Unit 5, 160 Hamilton Road, SE27 9SF

The Douglas Fir: 144 Anerley Road, SE20 8DL

What? A passion project turned booming business with great brewing and a community feel at its core.

Where? Their large and fully accessible taproom is tucked away on an industrial estate in, as the name would suggest, Gipsy Hill, whilst their popular bar, The Douglas Fir is halfway between Crystal palace and Anerley stations.

Why? The team at Gipsy Hill Brewing Co seem to pride themselves on two things: perfecting the production of their range of high-quality craft beers, and creating spaces where everyone, no matter your level of knowledge for craft beer, can feel welcome and free to enjoy what’s on offer.

Their Gipsy Hill taproom is spacious and airy, with regular events including a great weekly pub quiz and a brewery tour and tasting every Saturday for just £15. Gipsy Hill have six core beers mainly consisting of pales and IPA’s including the popular Hepcat, as well as a smorgasbord of seasonal specials, meaning you’ll definitely have to visit more than once if you want to try them all, but we’re sure you won’t mind.

Howling Hops

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Unit 9A Queens Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN

What? Howling Hops has the claim to fame for being the UK’s first all-tank brewery.

Where? Smack bang in the centre of Hackney Wick

Why? Tank brewing means all their beers are unfiltered, unpasteurised and have never touched a can, keg or bottle, meaning you get fresh, flavoursome beer every time. With four core beers as well as seasonal brews and one-off special batches (all suitable for vegans) at their spacious Tank Bar, it’s a nice place for a weekend session - plus if you like a dance it’s known get lively here later into the evenings.

Brew By Numbers

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Arch 79 Enid Street, Bermondsey, SE16 3RA

What? Good beers and great atmosphere in London’s beer capital.

Where? Their original taproom and brewery sits in the heart of Bermondsey’s Beer Mile, whilst their newer offering, the Barrel Store, is a little further south in Peckham.

Why? Any self-respecting beer fan in London really needs to head to the Bermondsey beer mile, the capital of London beer thanks to its rich brewing history and the number of breweries, bottle shops and bars in the square mile area. Brew By Numbers is definitely one to tick off that list as their taproom is directly in front of their main brewhouse, meaning that whether you’re after their classic session IPA, a hoppy Saison, a refreshing pale, or wanting to treat your taste buds to something a little different, you get to try everything directly from the source. Click here for more information on events and updates.

Canopy Beer Co

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Arch Unit 1127, Bath Factory Estate, 41, Norwood Road, SE24 9AJ

What? A no-frills brewery that makes up for lack of glamour with a friendly vibe and a passion for beer.

Where? Under the railway arches of Herne Hill

Why? Whilst it might be a little hard to find, Canopy is always happy to welcome fellow beer enthusiasts to enjoy a drink or two at their rough around the edges South London taproom. With four core beers (we’d recommend their light and fruity Snapper session IPA) and a selection of specials, as well as a well-stocked can and bottle fridge, it’s a great little discovery especially when the sun is shining.

To book a table at their taproom, click here.

Brick Brewery

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Arch 209, Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL

What? An up and coming brewery that all began in a shed in 2013.

Where? Less than a minute walk from Peckham Rye station

Why? From humble shed beginnings, Brick now boasts a Peckham taproom with 20 taps offering up their entire foundation range of beers as well as exclusives only available for those visiting the taproom. Whilst their own core range are the stars of the show, they also offer guest taps showcasing their own favourite finds, as well as a bottle shop on site so you can stock up at home too. If you’re a little peckish whilst sampling the beers, they also have Mikos Gyros on site available now. Nothing compliments a pint better than a good Greek Gyros. With a rustic vibe and plenty of space in and outdoors, Brick has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere come rain or shine.

To learn more about their upcoming events, click here.

Mikkeller Bar London

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2-4 Hackney Rd, London E2 7NS

What? A Danish brewing expert and an 80’s pop sensation walk into a bar. No, it’s not the start of a pretty obscure joke, but it was the start of what became this popular East London bar.

Where? On the corner of Hackney Road in amongst lively Shoreditch

Why? When Rick Astley of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ fame and the ensuing rickrolling trend met Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, one of the founders of cult status Danish brewery Mikkeller, to collaborate on Astley inspired ‘Astley’s Northern Hop Lager’ they had such a great time they decided to open Mikkeller London. Open since October 2018, the welcome Scandi influence on the bar’s décor is Pinterest level, and admittedly the prices here can be reminiscent of those in Bjergsø’s native Copenhagen (read: it ain’t cheap) but there’s a reason Mikkeller has become something of a craft beer institution worldwide, the quality of the beer speaks for itself so it’s a must-visit for any discerning craft beer fan.

Ghost Whale

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70 Atlantic Rd, Brixton, SW9 8PX

134 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 2SP

What? A fast-growing independent bottle shop with a passion for bringing the best of the world’s craft beer to London.

Where?Their first store is in Brixton, just down the street from Dogstar, whilst their Putney offering is over the road from East Putney station.

Why? For a store that’s only recent opened over the past few years, Ghost Whale mind-bogglingly has over 400 beers and ciders to choose from in both their stores, carefully selected from the best of the craft beer scene both in the UK and across the globe. Add to that their six taps at their Brixton flagship store offering up a frequently changing roster of specially chosen beers in a range of styles, and Ghost Whale is enough to make any beer aficionado feel very hoppy happy indeed.

If any of the beers tickle your fancy you can purchase them to have in the comfort of your own home too via their online shop!

To keep up to date with their events and for more information, click here.

The Beer Merchants Tap

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99 Wallis Rd, Hackney Wick, E9 5LN

What? A popular taproom and bottleshop serving up an abundance of quality beers, with plans of their own production in the pipeline.

Where? Three minute’s walk from Hackney Wick station

Why? Staying true to their name, The Beer Merchant’s Tap have become quality distributors of an epic array of worldwide beers through their online shop and popular Hackney taproom, stocking over 600 bottles and cans as well as fresh offerings from their 20 keg taps and two cask pumps. Not content on just selling the best of the best and with a particular love of Belgian and British beers, they also have their own blendery where they create their own Lambic-style beers.