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)

    CAMRA organised Brixton tour - starting at Hero of Switzerland Loughborough Junction Wed 24th April 2019
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  2. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I happened upon a copy of Lewisham Ledger - a community newspaper which looks like The Times compared to Brixton Bugle's Metro.
    A double-page spread called A Shirkers Paradise led me to this Deserter blog reviewing Wetherspoons in SE London
    All SE London’s Wetherspoons… Ranked! – Deserter

    As far as we in Brixton are concerned neighbouring Wetherspoons come in at
    No12 Rockingham Arms - Elephant and Castle
    No5 Kentish Drovers - Peckham
    No2 Fox on the Hill - Denmark Hill
    No1 The Capitol - Forest Hill

    I also note that the Moon and Stars - Penge - was no3. Could be worth a stop trip from Brixton on SE Trains. Nearest station is Kent House.
     
  3. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Had a pint of this excellent ultra hoppy golden beer this evening in Peckham Wetherspoons
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    Actually it wasn't quite like that - the pump clip used in the Kentish Drovers in Peckham was a copper/gold colour and simply had in large text Twickenham Naked Ladies.

    Appreciate this is all very non-pc, but Wikipedia reveals there is actually a sculpture of same name in Twickenham which no doubt inspired the brew.
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  4. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

    They are on Twickenham riverside The Naked Ladies - Wikipedia

    And are only none PC if you think michalangelo’s David is obscene.
     
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  5. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

  6. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

    Ah, yes a lot of those are aimed at the real ale twats end of the beer market I suspect.
     
  7. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Anyone know what's going on with the Duke of Edinburgh lately?
    I was in there for South London Drinks a few weeks ago and no sign of any Real Ale - but the there was surfeit of expensive "Craft" super cold fizzy beer, including Brixton Brewery beers. And Amstel.

    The Evening Standard carried an article yesterday saying Heineken were under investigation for forcing their beers on pubs which whilst superficially being free houses were actually affiliated to Heineken in some way.

    Going on the Duke of Edin burgh's selection it seemed that they might be one such pub. We know they had a problem back in 2009 when owners Pub n Bars went broke, then in 2013 when the pub's foreclosing bank sold the pub on to Solitaire.

    Given that it currently behaves somewhat like a Punch Taverns or similar pub - are they actually on a "hidden tie" to Heineken?

    Whatever the case they are hardly going to be welcoming pensioners or the unemployed at their prices!!!
    Heineken faces claims of forcing beer on publicans
     
  8. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Talking of Heineken, I heard the Brixton Brewery were trying to get the Albert to stock their beers but the landlord refused because of the sky high prices they were demanding. Which seems a little odd because it's made - literally - around the corner.
     
  9. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    The Albert is a Greene King pub. No doubt they have their own supply chain and won't pay fancy prices.

    Even Wetherspoons, which take Fullers London Pride as a premium ale don't stock Brixton ales, as far as I know. I imagine Wetherspoons negotiate deals that cut profits to the bone, but some local breweries seem happy with that - Sam Brooks of Battersea to name one.
     
  10. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Yeah, Heineken have set the price of Brixton beers at a ridiculous premium price, possibly the highest in their portfolio next to Lagunitas. They obviously thought it was a funky perhaps edgy name to buy. Never thought much off their brews anyway.
     
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  11. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I've honestly never liked a single one of their beers but as you say, they get a lot of mileage out of their heavily advertised Brixton connection.
     
  12. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I've had some Brixton ales out of fizz taps. Was OK. A bit like Sam Brooks out of fizz taps, but more variety.

    These modern sp-called craft beers have much more interesting tastes than your old Stella etc.
    But suoer-cooled beer under pressure is actually Keg not real ale.
     
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  13. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Like it out not that was a canny business move appropriating the name of one of London's best known communities. See also, Camden : they got snapped up by a multinational as well.
     
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  14. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Absolutely. They were quick to associate themselves with as many authentic iconic Brixton references as possible (despite three of the four owners being Canadian), although they pissed me off when they unveiled their Coldharbour Lager after we already had our Coldharbour Courage beer. And, unlike them, we gave all the profits from our beer to local charities.
     
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  15. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Funnily the first time anyone representing the Brixton brand was after the Heineken takeover. Some customers actually suggested stocking it but we went with Signature instead as they have supported live music and their brews are better.
     
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  16. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I think it's just a lazy choice for nu-businesses in Brixton looking to score cred points.

    "Oh, let's stock Brixton beers and that way we appear like we're really Brixton we're supporting the local economy (aka Heineken International PLC)."
     
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  17. jezg

    jezg Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure why 3 of us being Canadian has any bearing, aren't you Welsh!? And anyway my wife's from London but grew up in Canada. Coldharbour Lager was one of our brainstormed beer names from 2011. Oh and we've raised money for and supported local causes since we opened.
     
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  18. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Claiming to have 'brainstormed' an idea is a pretty meaningless boast really, but that's not the point anyway. You knew that the Brixton Buzz 'Coldharbour Courage' had been released long before you released your beer with a confusingly similar name, and we weren't the only people to remark upon it.

    And I do personally feel it's a connection I was at liberty to make because I've lived on the street for over a quarter of a century.

    And while I'm sure you've done great work for local causes, the ethos of the two beers couldn't be any more different. After all, if anything summed up the 'ethos' of a street famous for squats and activism, I would have thought a brew helping the homeless would be it.

    We gave away ALL the money from the beer we brewed and didn't pay ourselves a single penny. And here it is on the front page of the SLP:

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    Anyway, I don't want to get into a slanging match with you. Your naming of that beer did piss me off, but that's all in the past now and your company seems to be even further away from the ethos of Brixton Buzz now, so no-one's likely to confuse us now when we bring out the next batch! :D
     
  19. jezg

    jezg Well-Known Member

    I think I've pointed out before London Beer Lab and Clarkshaws also have beers called Coldharbour Pils and Coldharbour Hell Yeah but you don't seem to have any issue with those for some reason?

    Sounds like the recent charity beer we produced which has raised over £6k for charities.
     
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  20. editor

    editor hiraethified

    The London Beer Lab is a tiny operation compared to your Heineken-backed venture and, of course they helped produce the original Coldharbour Courage. I wish they hadn't used the name too, but there you go. At least they helped us in the past.

    Every little bit helps, but if you're going to try to go down the virtue signalling route, I think you could do a bit better with the numbers. £6k is a truly microscopic percentage of your vast turnover.
     
  21. jezg

    jezg Well-Known Member

    I'm not virtue signalling, I'm illustrating your points about us are unbalanced at best and mendacious at worst. This particular beer raised £6k, we constantly support other causes too but don't tend to shout about it.
     
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  22. editor

    editor hiraethified

    What is 'mendacious' about my point that you used a very similar name to our beer two years after we launched, but as a wholly commercial enterprise instead of a charitable one? I know for a fact some people mistook your product for ours and that caused me some concern at the time, seeing as the ethos of the two beers were diametrically opposed.

    And you are a Heineken backed venture, are you not?
     
  23. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    In view of the spat above - and to even the score - here is Camden's owners fucking up big time:
    Evening Standard 16/7/19
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