Once considered an interest only of the grisly and bearded, craft beer is very much part of the norm now. IPAs have replaced Peronis in many pubs and, depending on your taste, might be a welcome thing. Either way, whether you’re sticking with a straight lager or want something more sour, London’s microbreweries are great places to drink. And we’ve got loads of them as well. So if the pub gardens are booked up, rammed, or not really your kind of place for a beer - try one of these brilliant breweries with indoor space, outdoor space, and plenty of beers on tap.
In the competitive world of ~zany~ craft beer aesthetics, Partizan’s illustrations have always been verging on wall-worthy. An integral part of the Bermondsey beer mile, the brewery’s taproom is open on Saturdays only from midday until 8. There’s space inside and out, for standing and sitting, and you can also order Neapolitan-style pizzas (with vegan options) to line your stomach against the eight beers on tap (including their excellent IPA and stout).
Two Tribes Brewhouse & Taproom
If you’re after the age-old combination of beer and brisket, then you want to be heading to Two Tribes’ ‘Campfire’ venue between Kings Cross and Caledonian Road. From Wednesday to Saturday the brewery has From The Ashes BBQ on the grill, making smoked pork buns and n’duja-filled doughnuts, all paired with Two Tribes’ American Pale or Mexican-style lager and a soundtrack from guest DJs (or the football).
Wild Card Brewery Lockwood
The Walthamstow brewery’s Lockwood taproom is open from Friday afternoon to Sunday night, perfect for a few beers post- and pre- working week. There’s seating indoors and out, and on Sundays, a market setup with food stalls and other bits to eat and drink. Watch out for specials like their recent blackcurrant sour gose slushies.
There’s no lack of shipping container-filled yards around east London but the only one really worth going to is in Dalston, where you’ll find The Dusty Knuckle, Slurp, and 40FT brewery. The shared and covered outdoor space has room for 150 people (!) and some brilliant beer options, not to mention food ones as well, on their doorstep. The taproom is open seven days a week, but on weekends you’ll more often than not find a very good guest chef doing something down there as well.
Beavertown Tottenham Microbrewery and Taproom
There was a time when knowledge of Beavertown’s psychedelic cans and their fruity pale ales was limited to the bearded and the citra-heads. That time is no more. The mega-popular Tottenham brewery can be found in more London pubs than not these days - “a pint of Neck Oil ta” has very much entered the vocabulary of rounds - and their weekend taproom is also a very popular hangout spot. It’s open every Saturday, with a big amount of outdoor seating, pulling all their regulars as well their lesser common double IPA, raspberry sour, and more.
73 Enid Street | Cloudwater London
Cloudwater is definitely one for the hop connoisseur. The Manchester brewery’s Bermondsey taproom has a 20-strong draft menu for their outside terrace, featuring collaborations with other breweries like Siren and Rock Leopard, and a range of beers that jumps from a punchy 14% liquorice barrel-aged stout to their own very session-able and wonderful pale ale.
With a mix of covered and uncovered outdoor seating and a gyros stall just there, like right there, alongside 20 of their own (and guest) beers, Peckham’s Brick Brewery is an easy win day or night. The south London brewery's taproom is open from Tuesday until Sunday and you can also book tables online - all of which make it an excellent back pocket drinking spot around SE15.
Hackney Church Brew Co.
Open Wednesday to Sundays with a big industrial indoor and outdoor space that positively screams get-loaded-on-beer-and-order-way-too-many-chunky-chips’, Hackney Church is a spot for a Friday or Saturday night. Outside of their Mare Street mosaic pale and Lazy Day lager, there are sours and stouts as well as nibbly bits and burgers on the menu.
There are a few things going on in the arches along Resolution Way in Depftord and Villages is one of them. The popular south London brewery has a proper selection at its taproom: from their Belgian wit to their New England-style IPA, as well as a choice of wines and ciders selected by a local bottle shop. Food-wise you can also order in from Buster Mantis next door and there’s a solid amount of straightforward seating inside and out.
An old timer in London’s brewery scene, Crate is where you come when you’re looking to sit beside the canal in the sun with a half pint of sour (if you so please). The Hackney Wick warehouse is very much a spot and there’s a lot of room indoors and out that tends to fill extremely quickly on good days. They’ve always got 8-10 of their own beers on tap, including specials like sticky toffee stout, as well as an excellent selection of changing guest beers on draught, keg, or bottled. FYI, there are half-decent pizzas as well.