I could just as easily name this post “London Fields: A Brewery Redeemed” but there’s more to it than that. There’s much more to London’s east end breweries than I covered in part 1 and part 2 of this series, hence part 3…
Mr Fueled by Beer and The Navy Son recently completed another field trip to the east end which began with Alternative London’s awesome guided walking tour of the Brick Lane street art and graffiti scene then it morphed into a phenomenal brewery trek.
This up and coming brewery in the cellar of the White Hart pub in Whitechapel is quickly gaining a reputation for innovative well-crafted cask and keg beer. A previous visit to the pub with Mrs Fueled by Beer and a more recent showing at the Pig’s Ear Beer Festival, where a One Mile End brew was the first to sell out, made the White Hart a must visit this time around. Besides, the pub is an easy walk from Spitalfields Market where the Alternative London tour begins and ends, and the food is very good too.
The pub has a good number of keg taps and cask pumps and almost all were pouring One Mile End beers. A couple of guest casks, notably from Beavertown and Fullers rounded out a very broad selection of styles. For anyone wanting to explore London’s east end brewpubs and enjoy a better than average pub meal, One Mile End/The White Hart is a must-visit.
If your experience is half as good as ours then it will be hard to leave the White Hart but leave you must if you want to enjoy the rest of the trek. Head west back along Whitechapel Road to Whitechapel station and take the Overground three stops to Haggerston. From here exit right out of the station, cross the busy Kingland Road, and head along Downham Road to our next port of call.
Beavertown gets its name from the old Cockney name for Hackney’s De Beauvoir neighborhood and it was here, in the kitchen of Duke’s Brew & Que, that Beavertown Brewery was born in 2011. Victorian De Beauvoir Town was to London what Georgetown was to Seattle – sin city.
Although Beavertown quickly outgrew its original space and moved to larger premises in Hackney Wick, then moved again to Tottenham Hale, Duke’s still serves as the brewery’s de facto taproom, as well as one of London’s best known authentic Texas-style BBQ joints.
We didn’t stop for food because, since Beavertown’s beer range is all about quality rather than quantity, our visit was short and sweet. Beavertown beers are frequently encountered at the beer festivals we attend as well as on occasion at Reading’s better ale pubs. We were not disappointed with Beavertown at Duke’s.
From Duke’s cross Downham Road and head up Hertford Road to De Beauvoir Square then turn right and head east on Middletown Road. Next port of call is London Fields.
This is the brewery whose visit didn’t go according to plan in part 2 of this series on Hackney. However, on the strength of this visit all is forgiven: they redeemed themselves and then some.
We knew from our beer festival and local pub experiences that London Fields produces consistently fantastic beer (update: see below) and this was reinforced by orders of magnitude at the brewery taproom. And, besides the superb tasting flight of nine beers, chosen from even more on offer, the bar food was superb. Unbelievably good gourmet quality Scotch Egg and Sausage Roll was icing on the cake. Now we can’t wait for our next visit.
From London Fields head north to the final port of call (on this trip at least) to the Cock Tavern, home of the Howling Hops Brewery
Update: since HMRC caught up with London Fields’ naughty posh-boy owner brewing operations at Hackney have been shut down and contracted out (read about it).
Here is another brewery in the cellar of a pub that is fast making a name for itself in the London brewery scene. And, like at the White Hart this time around, more of the taps and handpumps were pouring house brews than before, a sure sign that the brewery’s output is expanding. Guest beers were not to pass up either, featuring such London craft brewing heavyweights as Kernel, Camden, and Siren.
The Cock Tavern is purely a drinking destination – no food to speak of – but so worth the trip. Once done here you are very close to Hackney Central (Overground) and Hackney Downs stations for access to the TfL and National Rail networks.
The following map shows the walking route from Haggerston Overground station to Duke’s Brew & Que, then to London Fields and the Cock Tavern. Our latest field trip ended at the Cock Tavern which will likely serve as the starting point for the next trek: taking in the People’s Park Tavern/Laine Brewing, and the Crate Brewery and Trumans/Cynet pubs over at Hackney Wick. Watch this space for A Fueled By Beer Field Trip: Hackney (Part 4)
After the map is a gallery of assorted photos from this trip.