Craft Beer Company
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Time Out says
Mon Nov 19 2012
The third London branch of Craft Beer Co is on a quiet back street near Angel – not much foot traffic, although the sort of punter who seeks out a bar like this knows what they’re after. Beer, obviously, and one of the finest selections in the city.
In an age when almost every new pub has at least a nod towards small-scale British-brewed beer, it takes something extra to stand out. CBC does this by exclusively importing global kegs and casks from the pioneering likes of Nøgne Ø, Mikkeller and Evil Twin. The best of British isn’t overlooked either – Thornbridge, Dark Star, Blue Monkey, Magic Rock, Fyne Ales, say – and ‘meet the brewer’ nights allow drinkers to get up close with the people who are making all this happen.
There are always a huge number of rotating beers on tap, with more than 400 in bottles, and staff are among the most clued-up in London.
With all this focus on beer, it would be easy to imagine the actual pub itself is undercooked. But it’s a cosy place to stop in – the crimson carpet is unusual, and standard lamps, framed engravings and smart grey panelling give it the air of a drawing room.
It really is an incredible place to launch a thorough exploration of the most exciting developments in the beer world.
Craft Beer Company 55 White Lion Street