Are you a beer fan and a londoner? Or maybe just a beer fan visiting the city? Then you must not miss the Bermondsey Beer Mile!
Turns out that Bermondsey has become the hub for microbreweries in London. And the good news for you is that they open on Saturday, and some on Sunday, so you can go taste their golden liquid right from the brewery. What’s even better is that they are conveniently located in a straight line over a mile. That, my friend, makes the perfect beer crawl.
Scared of getting hungry? Well fear not. There are also three food markets conveniently located along the way. I’ve created a map for you to follow and I’ll walk you through the whole thing.
Get off at London Bridge:
I’m gonna assume you are taking the tube, well this is where you get off to start your crawl. If you haven’t eaten anything yet, stop by Borough Market and grab a bite so that you don’t get drunk too fast. If you aren’t hungry, don’t worry, you’ll get another chance soon.
1. Southwark Brewing Co
Your first stop in the Bermondsey Beer Mile, it will set the mood of what’s to come. Located in a railway arch, this brewery is the only one in the crawl which specialises in cask ales. As in most breweries in the crawl, the set up is simple and the equipment is visible which makes it feel like the real deal. I liked that they do a third of a pint, which is perfect for tasting.
2. Anspach & Hobday:
Only a very short walk from Southwark, if you are hungry now stop by Maltby Street Market to get a snack which you can bring to the brewery. This one gets a little bit tighter on space and also gets pretty crowded so better to go early. The most recommended beer is the Smoked Brown.
3. The Bottle Shop
Located right besides Anspach & Hobday, The Bottle Shop is not a brewery but a bottled beer shop. With 400 bottles available and 12 rotating taps it makes for another nice stop in the crawl.
4. Brew By Numbers
You’ll notice a slight change of vibe in this brewery. The branding is more modern and the crowd is a little bit more hipster than in the other breweries. Also people’s glasses will be more colorful. BBNo’s specialty is the Saison beers which I personally love. You’ll notice the beers have numbered labels. They represent their style and recipe.
This brewery has an interesting reason of existence. It’s actually a place where you can brew! They sell memberships for groups of friends which are valid to brew beer and also provide beer brewing courses. You should stop here because they do also brew their own beer and it’s great. I loved the smell of malt that invaded the venue.
6. The Kernel Brewery
7. Partizan Brewing
This brewery is one of the trendier ones with a modern vibe. This is partly because the beers have colorful branding designed by artist Alec Doherty. They have a core range of beers and then do seasonal ones. I really like their Saisons.
8. Eebria Tap
Located only a few metres away from Partizan. It is not a brewery, but a tap room where you can get beers from multiple UK breweries. They have 6 beers on tap and at least 40 bottled ones at a time. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff.
9. Fourpure Brewing Co.