US-style craft beers are becoming popular in London – and these are the best places to drink them
Craft beer – interesting, progressive beers made by small-scale breweries, and distinct from real ale – is often explosively hoppy and quite unlike traditional British beer. An increasing number of London bars and pubs are specialising in them. Here's our pick.
A whopping 37 beers are served on draught here, and owners work directly with microbreweries to snag some rare and unusual tipples. The USA and Belgium are well represented in the selection of bottles. Look out for exclusive imported beers you won't see anywhere else in London. There is a second branch in Brixton.
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Eclectic beers and pub-style food are clearly proving a good formula for the Draft House mini-chain – this is their fifth branch. Smaller than its older siblings, this pub is more about supping pints (or thirds of pints if you want to vary your drinking) than sitting down to a relaxed meal, including the likes of Brewdog, Dark Star Hophead, and Sambrook's Wandle, among a dozen fine brews.
Read Draft House review
This place has a cracking beer selection, and unusual as they only sell draught. Sixteen beers and ciders on constant rotation are dispensed from a central column including the likes of Adnams, Bristol Beer Company, Dark Star and Williams Bros from the UK, and Konig, St Bernardus and Maisel from over the German Sea.
Read Holborn Whippet review
New owners have beefed up the beer offer in this historic Smithfield pub, fitting US-style back-bar taps and making them flow with a regularly changing selection of craft beers (there are real ales too). By the bottle, an interesting selection of larger offerings to share is welcome, and although the range is limited by fridge space, it's well chosen.
Read Old Red Cow review