As a predominantly rural branch West Berkshire CAMRA is blessed with some excellent country pubs. Among them is the Five Bells at Wickham, voted the Central Southern England Pub of the Year for 2014, which earned it a spot in the top 16 pubs nationwide. Naturally it’s been on the Fueled by Beer radar for some time; this past weekend we braved the wilds of Wickham to check it out…
In this fourth and final installment on Hackney breweries Mr & Mrs Fueled by Beer head over to Hackney Wick and nearby Fish Island. And on the way we check out the latest goings on at two previously visited venues that have experienced changes since they appeared earlier in this series… (more…)
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… (more…)
While researching previous posts about Dickens Brewery (here and here) one thing didn’t add up; although billed as Dickens by way of a modified Old Curiosity pumpclip, the name of one of the ales posted on Facebook – “Bad Habit” – didn’t fit their literary theme. Mr Fueled by Beer doesn’t like loose ends, he had to do a little more digging… (more…)
Following my April post Coming Soon: The Dickens Brewery the area’s newest microbrewery opened with very little fanfare over the May Day holiday. Unfortunately few people noticed because everyone’s attention was diverted by the Reading Beer Festival.
Mr & Mrs Fueled by Beer stopped by Great Expectations during the following weekend however it seemed the brewery’s opening may have been premature because there were no house ales on and consequently we had nothing to report. A return visit this past weekend yielded much better results; enough to write a Fueled by Beer review… (more…)