SE London Brewery Trails

The recent Kidbrooke Beer Festival was an eye-opener. Always on the lookout for urban brewery walks, the festival’s showcase of SE London breweries inspired Mr Fueled by Beer to go in search of taprooms with Saturday opening hours. Much poring over maps of the SE postcodes ensued and boy oh boy, did he find some…

In the area roughly bounded by Camberwell, Brixton, Peckham and Herne Hill are 10 breweries plus a meadery all with Saturday taprooms (some open on other days too). They can be walked separately or combined using rail connections. Visiting every taproom in one day, however, may be overly ambitious given their noon opening times. Each brewery listed below is linked to its Twitter feed and Saturday taproom hours are shown:

Kennington to Elephant & Castle (1.3 miles)

Loughborough Jct to Tulse Hill (3.1 miles)

Peckham Rye (0.7 miles)

Crofton Park to Brockley (0.8 miles)

Connecting rail links

  1. Elephant & Castle to Tulse Hill (times)
  2. Tulse Hill to Peckham Rye (times)
  3. Peckham Rye to Crofton Park (times)

As can be seen, the greatest concentration of breweries are located in Brixton and Herne Hill making them especially suitable for a brewery ale trail. There are of course other SE London breweries besides the ones listed above: notably Gipsy Hill and London Beer Factory in Gipsy Hill, Zero Degrees in Blackheath, Meantime in Greenwich, and Hop Stuff in Woolwich; these are however one-offs, each requiring a separate trip, and in the case of Zero Degrees, we have one in Reading so why travel to Blackheath. The map below ties everything together…

 

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