Craft beers and exciting, new age and innovative beers brewed by microbreweries, offering a different take on the British staple. When it comes to finding the best brewery in London it may feel a bit like you are looking for a needle in a haystack.
With a variety of excellent establishments available throughout the big city, and all offering a number of delicious and well-crafted beers it can be hard to choose a favourite. So rather than talking about all of the different places I have visited and why they have all been great, for now, to make things a little bit simpler, I’m going to choose one of the last breweries that I went to that I really enjoyed. I’m going to talk about my experience of the Brick Brewery in Peckham and the delicious beer (yes, I only managed to try one) they have to offer.
As a relatively new brewery in the area, I wasn’t sure that it would live up to the traditional, well rooted breweries that have made their home in London. Outside the walls, the establishment was incredibly unassuming, with the name of the brewery painted on to a large wooden gate. This was when I got my first pang of excitement. Although some people may think that a ‘make do and mend’ style is amateurish,it exited me to think what I was going to be greeted with once I got inside.
On entering the wooden gates, I found that there was a small court yard, suitable for a few close friends, decorated with some cheap and cheerful furniture. And the brewery itself. Once I went inside the wonderful smell that only occurs in a microbrewery hit me. I don’t know what it is about it, but it creates a warm feeling in the pit of my stomach – although not to everyone’s taste, I know.
On the Inside
There is a small counter in the corner of the room with a hand pump for a cask brew. They weren’t serving food, but that wasn’t what I was there for. I ordered a pint of Kinsale and sipped it in anticipation. It was definitely in excellent condition and freshly brewed. I was very pleased with the quality, taste and feel of this particular beer, so I ended up just sticking to it and forgot to even entertain any bottled beers that were on offer.
I left the brewery with a skip in my step and a warm feeling in my stomach (although that may have been the beer). Overall, the quality of the beer – after all, that is what really matters – was excellent and I can absolutely understand why many Londoners, as well as tourists, will class this establishment as one of their top 3, if not their favourite brewery tap in London.
But why listen to me – head over there and check it out for yourself. Or better yet, get online and buy a few samples of their beer from a craft beer specialist. What are you waiting for?