Beers available in Brixton - craft, ale, keg, cask, bottled, canned and more

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by CH1, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    No action here lately, so I'll report I enjoyed a Red India Ale from Dorking Brewery at the Beehive last night.

    Cross-checking with the Ratebeer website, it just so happened the last review of this beer was by someone who tried it in the Beehive last November. The guy is obviously an expert with 10 pages of beer reviews to his name so I defer to his good judgement:
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    AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20BeardedAvenger (494) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2016
    Tap at Beehive Spoons, Brixton. Vague sweet aroma. Dark chestnut, with a creamy head. Light bitter, with an underlyng sweetness. Nutty, chestnut, berries. Medium bodied, creamy.
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  2. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I'm getting a bit cheesed off with the local Wetherspoons.
    Currently there is supposed to be a JDW beer festival 22 March - 2 April.

    Was delighted to be charged £2.25 on 22nd for quite nice ale (bodebrown Brazilian Burton Brown from recollection) in the Beehive.

    Next time I went in to Beehive it was a different story. All beers had suddenly jumped to £2.65 (the London accented barman whose name comes up as "Jesus" on the till opined this was so they could get the max out of the Academy crowd.

    On Monday I was charged £2.05 - for the same beer (St Louis Continental 6.5% abv brewed at Shepherd Neame). Unfortunately a second pint was impossible as they had run out - and indeed run out of all their real ales.

    Today I went in expecting it would be sorted - only to find there were still no guest festival ales available - so I went to the Crown & Sceptre. The place was like a morgue. There were only two guest festival ales (in their heyday they would have had 4 or 6).

    Birrifico Mind the Gap 4.5% abv tasted "off" to me. Not one to make a fuss I went on to Hook Norton Amarillo Gold 4.7% abv, which had the modern American hop flavour currently popular. Nice drink at long last.

    I am posting the listing below - though whether anything is available seems to be a matter of pot luck. Maybe the Fox might be the best bet?

    Tim Martin should cut out the TV appearances and get his pubs back to normal service.
     

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  3. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    CH1 - Thought you would have known about Spoons' "Monday Club". They do quite a few beers for about £2.05 a pint or a little more depending which Spoons it is. I;ve gone in for a burrito and got a bit carried away a couple of times.
     
  4. Ergo Proxy

    Ergo Proxy Well-Known Member

  5. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    You won't be going in for any Beer Festival guest ales tonight. I checked earlier and one of the barmen said they only got sent 5 barrels of "festival ales" - and they finished on Monday.

    As for the price of £2.05 - I think you will find the price is 20p off whatever it is so to speak. Since the official price of festival ales was £2.25 (until the manger apparently jacked it up at the weekend as discussed previously) the price this Monday was £2.05.

    The helpful barman today directed me to "Streatham". Actually I might try the Holland Tringham (next to Pratts and Payne) tonight - that's normally cheapest Wetherspoon of the lot.
     
  6. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Thanks for the suggestion - I'll give that a look in a some point. I used to love the Clock House which was more or less opposite - then got turned into a trendy Jazz restaurant called Sand (having had its marvellous Victorian features destroyed or sold off to architectural salvage.

    Current use of the building seems to be some sort of training or educational project.

    I can't show you either incarnation - unusually for round here there are no photos at all on Google.
     
  7. technical

    technical stripey

    What used to be Sand is now some kind of kids activity place
     
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  8. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Craft Beer reopening night Thursday 22 Feb - after refurb. Just a note to say I attended (after a less-than full but very tasty pint of Truman's Zephyr at the Beehive).

    The Craft place was understandably packed - but obviously catered to a certain crowd (20-35 affluent white).
    The new decor is a bit garish. Because the bar is quite small, the mirrored ceiling, aluminium framed double-glazed windows and doors and glossy black overlay to the brickwork seemed to me to evoke a 1970s hi tec look. A bit like The Clockwork Orange without the sexual sofas (because no room). Actually a glitter ball would have completed the scenario.

    By contrast the upper room - also full up - appears to retain the original windows but is laid out to give a relaxed and modern, but less in your face feel than downstairs. I should add that although I saw no-one I knew, and indeed no-lone within 20 years of my age, the atmosphere was not unfriendly - though it seemed everyone there was in some sort of group.

    There was a band playing - which in a way added to the 1970s feel, because they seemed to dwell on Stones favourites, and apparently AC/DC (who are they?) I guess this will be an occasional attraction. The sound wasn't painfully loud - but both the band and the taped music meant people probably had to raise their voices from time to time to be heard. Not a venue for a meditative drink.

    I find the Craft bar serving method intriguing. It looks like the very large selection of beers (and ciders) is served on gravity. Theyn simply flip the tap and the stuff goes into a skiff or glass. No pumping and no gas.

    Although spoilt for choice, I decided to try Pentonville Oyster Stout. Is there a Stockwell Green connection here I wonder? This beer is brewed by a Hammerton Brewery in Islington, but there was a Hammerton Brewery next to St Andrews Church Stockwell Green. Anyway this was not the first time I'd tried their Oyster stout. Thick, black and not sweet this brew is similar to Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil, which used to be a favourite at Wetherspoons beer festivals. I had had the Pentonville Oyster stout a while back at the Crown and Anchor, Brixton Road. It's OK - but easier to appreciate sitting outide on a bench in the summer, than jammed into a vibrant venue with 100 people you don't know.

    For my second pint I tried Brixton Atlantic APA - which was hoppy in the American manner as one would expect. And £3 at the half price offer - so £6 one assumes normally. Seems a bit expensive if all they've got to do is roll the barrels down Brixton Station Road!

    A final point on the new shop-front. It hasn't enhanced the heritage character of the area, so one wonders how it managed to get planning permission. There is one big advantage in crowded situations - the door swings both ways - so that you could be by the door and not knocked flying by people pushing to get it.

    I don't normally have three pints in a short evening (I was actually recovering from the People's Audit/Kate Hoey/Cressingham event at the time) and it did rather rub in doctor's advice. The first Truman's pint at the Beehive gave a buzz but was only 4.4% abv. The two stronger pints (5.4%) at Craft Beer did not seem to add to the buzz, but made for a rather sluggish Friday morning. I wonder what the people felt like who were rushing to get the 10% abv offering (can't remember the name and probably nor can they!).
     
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  9. jezg

    jezg Well-Known Member

    The beers on the top fonts are all dispensed from kegs via gas from the cellar below. The taps on the bar are all handpulls and draw the beer from casks in the cellar.

    Lee Hammerton the founder is a relative of the family that started Hammerton in Stockwell. Their Oyster stout is a nod to that

    Thanks for drinking our beer! We are indeed very close to Craft Beer Co. and that's where our story began over a pint in Hive Bar so it's special for us. Re. the price obviously we don't have control over retail prices but do try and keep the beer as affordable as possible whilst using the best ingredients, paying London Living Wage etc. We've managed to keep our prices the same this year despite the weak pound, rising biz rates etc and you can always find it on at our tap room for a more affordable price every Saturday. We also offer free tours at 12:15 if you want to learn more about how we make the beers.
     
  10. ricbake

    ricbake working out how

    They now have the very excellent session ale Citra (4.2% & £3.80) from the Oakham brewery as a permanent fixture in the Crown and Anchor Brixton Road
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  11. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I notice Lidl have Samuel Adams Boston Lager on special for 99p (small bottle) this weekend.
    Was just looking it up and there seems some dispute in the USA about where it is brewed (Boston or Cincinnati).
    Even stranger the Shepherd Neame website has section specially devoted to it: Samuel Adams Boston Lager from Shepherd Neame

    I'll be getting a bottle or two just to try it - but looking for tell-tale signs it was manufactured in Faversham rather than the USA!
     
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  12. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

    At that price it’ll deffo be brewed in Kent.

    Alex
     
  13. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I think it is brewed under license, but it's quite a good clone - the label seems very America-style except I don't think in the USA it would say 330mL. Isn't the American size 12oz? Plus there is a tiny indication on the back label of UK "units". I doubt that would be on a US bottle - unless specially customised.
     
  14. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    I’m sure you’re right. Bizarrely - for a country that is quite nanny-statish about alcohol - American beers quite often don’t have ABV marked on bottles. And I’ve never seen units which I imagine are a UK invention.
     
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  15. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Lidl are offering some branded beers supposedly to coincide with the world cup. At £1.49 it's hardly bargain basement - but probably 20p off the Tescos or Morrisons price.
    lidl beers june.jpg
    Surprisingly 4 of the above are supposedly Charles Wells brewed - but if you look on the bottle it's Marstons! Funnily enough I don't ever see Heineken brews at Lidl - so seems we'll have to wait awhile for Brixton Atlantic Ale from Lidl.
     
  16. Twattor

    Twattor Well-Known Member

    Marstons bought Charles Wells last year. At the same time Youngs hived off to become a pubco leaving Marstons to brew their beer as well.
     
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  17. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Anyone notice that Shepherd Neame beers (Spitfire/Bishops Finger) now have 10 cent deposit on the bottle - refundable at store of purchase.

    Unfortunately the deposit is only reclaimable in South Australia!
     
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  18. dtb

    dtb > On A Trip Jam

    The Beer Lab opposite Brixton tube down Nursery Road always has a great selection on tap and probably the most reasonably priced craft beer you'll find in London. They have a lot of guest beers as well as their own brews and have an extensive bottle and can selection as well.
     
  19. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Their brewing course is fun too.And you come away with 60 bottles of tasty home brew.
     
  20. alcopop

    alcopop Well-Known Member

    How much is the course?
     
  21. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    About 160 for three of us, I think.
     
  22. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Just to point out that Morrisons (Camberwell at least) are doing a temporary promotion on some bottled beers @ £1.

    There's about 6 different beers, but my favourite in terms of exotic taste is this:
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  23. discobastard

    discobastard ____*\(oo)/*____

    Not really Brixton related (and may have been posted elsewhere) but thought worth sharing here:

    Our letter to Beavertown
     
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  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Great response. Makes you wonder about the Brixton Brewery....
     
  25. discobastard

    discobastard ____*\(oo)/*____

  26. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

    From the letter it looks like they’ve knocked that on the head too.

    Though not being 8% of their turnover that was probably a less brave decision.

    Alex
     
  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    So they'd already told Brixton Brewery to GTFO after they scooped the corporate cash:

    I wish more businesses were as ethically minded.
     
  28. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    They are "on a journey" and "hope to provide one of the UK's if not the world's best brewing and visitor experiences"

    I don't judge their business arrangements - I'm not qualified - but this sort of sales talk is as annoying to me as the "honestly grown" vegetables I buy in Lidl!
     
  29. aka

    aka Brixton Hill

    challenge accepted
     
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  30. discobastard

    discobastard ____*\(oo)/*____

    I'm not massively keen on the 'visitor experience' idea. It's a fucking brewery not a theme park.

    I am trying to work out what I think about taking the Heineken cash. On the one hand, it's a sellout that comes from being massively successful, brewing great beers and feeling the ineluctable need to keep pushing your brand and what you create out there. I get that, with the fact that you can expand and massively increase distribution with the (alleged) non-intervention from Heineken. (yes I know there are people out there that have managed to resist this)

    At the same time I love the invention of all the other independent craft brewers and I don't need to drink Beavertown (even though I enjoy their collabs and limited releases). And so I'm not going to drink their beer anymore unless there's no option.

    If Magic Rock go down the same route I'll be *really* pissed off. I think they might be one of the next largest/popular.
     

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