In a move that perfectly illustrates how swiftly London’s craft brewing scene is evolving Howling Hops recently left the cellar beneath the Cock Tavern pub in Hackney Central. The brewery has set up shop in a significantly larger industrial space beside the canal at Hackney Wick…
During 2014 Mr & Mrs Fueled by Beer and The Navy Son made three separate visits to the Cock Tavern (August, October, December) (and one more after this post: July 2015) and each time the number of Howling Hops beers (both cask and keg) increased. There was a memorable Howling Hops tasting experience in December that The Navy Son has little or no recollection of. 😉
Anyway, after seeing how fast Howling Hops grew in the last six months of 2014 it came as no surprise to hear of their latest move just six months into 2015. Now they rub shoulders with the likes of Crate and Trumans.
What is particularly remarkable however is the ambitious vision that goes with the growth. The new Howling Hops brewery and taproom incorporates the UK’s first tank bar – where 10 gleaming stainless steel tanks stand sentinel behind a bar from which beer is dispensed directly from tank to glass. This is combined with German-style bierhalle seating, a food offer, and 10 am – 11 pm opening seven days a week, making this one of London’s hottest craft beer destinations.
If part 4 in my series of field trips to Hackney wasn’t already overdue it certainly is now. Fueled by Beer needs to get over to Hackney Wick pronto.