Craft Beer Company

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The Craft Beer Company specialises in the more offbeat offerings from small, unusual, mostly British breweries. There are more than 1,000 breweries across the UK – the highest number since the early 1970s, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra). In the last year, 158 have opened – most of these small, craft breweries creating thrilling and diverse beers bursting with aroma and flavour, some of them surprising and intoxicating in equal measure.

This second branch of the Craft Beer Company is on a busy street market next to Brixton rail station, facing the Brixton Recreation Centre. Its neighbours include a pawnbroker, a Caribbean fast food van and some cafés populated only by locals. It’s a small bar, not very pub-like, with plate glass windows making this slightly gentrified corner site highly visible from the market. The high stools perch at small tables. If you prefer a bit more privacy, there’s space on the first floor.

It’s the beers that make this a destination. There are up to ten lesser-known ales on tap, another 20 on keg, and scores more by the bottle. Start off on something easy-drinking such as a Dark Star Hophead from West Sussex, a golden ale (3.8 percent abv) with a hoppy haybale and elderflower aroma; then maybe graduate to The Chief IPA, a US-style India pale ale from the Ilkley Brewery in Yorkshire. The Chief is double-hopped, weighs in at 7 percent abv, and is dense with hints of treacle on the nose. The beers on tap are priced by strength: £3.40 a pint for up to 3.9 percent abv, up to £6 a pint for a hangover-inducing 8 percent (order a half!).

There’s no hot food. Pork pie £4.95; scotch egg £3.50. You don’t come here to eat.

The regulars are hopheads, work dodgers and plenty of ale enthusiasts – some even clean shaven – who have made a special pilgrimage.


Venue name: Craft Beer Company
Address: 11-13 Brixton Station Road
Opening hours: Open 4.30-11pm Mon-Wed; 4.30pm-midnight Thur; 4.30pm-1am Fri; noon-1am Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Brixton tube/rail
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Jorge A.
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Large selection of beers and nice vibe. The prices are slightly high, tough.

Robin F

beer beer beer and more beer, bloody fantastic and the staff know a thing or two about beer too which always helps!

Shane C

A great selection of beers that changes regularly. If you can't find something from your last visit, just ask! The staff are always willing to give recommendations and try to get you something similar if you're not looking for something new.


As a location it's excellent - particularly during the weekend when the bustle of the market is at full power. As a destination....I'm less convinced. It's kinda funky but not an overly comfortable location (interesting stools and tables, but I wouldn't say overly kind on the ass for a "session" and like the other 2 branches (there are places outside of London, you know) nothing to eat except admittedly good pork pies, scotch eggs and some kind of crisps. As a Brixton local, it's a really, really welcome addition if you like beer. The Wetherspoons around the corner also has a good cask selection but the low, low prices attract the all-day drinker and the food is, well, Wetherspoons. Lots of people like the Trinity but it's tied to Youngs, but I prefer the Crown & Anchor 2 minutes down the road on the 133 towards Oval as a destination. A similar range of beer and an actual menu (very nice burger, ribs and fish for example). Nevertheless, proximity to central Brixton make this a fantastic stop if you fancy one or two of something new or are heading to/from Brixton Village (nee Granville Arcade) and on a sunny day they've no complaints about eating market food outside (less of a bonus as the year rolls on, but...) If I'm wandering around and fancy a quick one, Craft totally nails it.. If I'm meeting friends and particularly if I want lunch or dinner too, I'd encourage them to roll on to the Crown. That said, the Ilkley Green Goddess I had recently at Craft was one of the nicest pints I've ever tasted Could use cushions and WiFi but very welcome. The other local candidate is probably the Canton Arms on South Lambeth Road (3 pumps, but really, really excellent food).