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Brew by Numbers

Bars and pubs, Breweries Bermondsey
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)


Address: 79
Enid Street
SE16 3RA
Opening hours: Sat 11am-7pm
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4 out of 5 stars

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This is one for the beer geeks mainly. It's standing space in a garage-like space under the arches, with bright lights and sticky floors. 


I very much enjoy Brew By Numbers beer, it's delicious, refreshing and they got a wheat one (tops in my book). 

I very much did not enjoy at all the visit to Brew By Numbers brewery. The tiny space was hot, crowded, loud, and once we got a beer after nearly 20 minutes, we downed it to leave. 

On a cooler day, I suppose it may have been fine, but drinkers weren't allowed to take drinks outside so the space was over crowded and uncomfortably hot. 

When we arrived, there was a bit of a queue but only two staff people. 

They also had crazy loud music on. It just wasn't a great visit, and although I'll still drink their beer, I don't think I want to visit the brewery again. 

Not only do they make great beer, the staff are really friendly and professional. They are also in a great location where the place catches the afternoon sun, so not a bad place to enjoy a pint or two or three.


In the burgeoning London craft brewery scene (side note: can something really be burgeoning given how long this renaissance of London brewing has been going?!) BBNo can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best. Always looking to create something a little different and make use of seasonal availability of ingredients, their beers never disappoint.

Their Tap Room in the front of the brewery under the arches on Enid St is a perfect mid point on the Bermondsey Beer Mile (now that The Kernel is closed to on-trade). Often rammed on a sunny saturday, you'll be having to queue to get in, so maybe head on a Friday evening for more chilled-out sampling. The guys here have also paired with a number of top street food vendors to run Beer-matched supper clubs that are incredibly good value and always tasty. 

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Brew by Numbers are a venerated London microbrewery with a strong brewing ethos: they produce consistently drinkable beers with a focus on innovation. Their range uses only the finest ingredients available and is conditioned live in both bottle and keg forms- this results in natural carbonation and allows each batch the time to fully develop its flavours and aromas. Each beer is plainly labelled and can be ordered either by style/batch number or by its ingredient list. The hops used in each batch is also highlighted, making it impossible to tinker with recipes of loved beers without the punters noticing (it does happen, but usually due to hop shortages). Transparent, fresh and novel- there’s always something curious being brewed up from this surprisingly small operation. And I’ve never had a pint that I didn’t like from BBNo.

The popularity of BBNo’s beers with savvy beer drinkers is firmly rooted in their sense of experimentation and the quality of everything they serve. However, when it comes to their taproom, there’s another small factor that ensures that it will be constantly swarming, rammed from wall to wall with a snaking queue to get to the bar. The taproom isn’t terribly spacious, but there are plenty of communal style tables and even more standing room outside. The primary reason for the throngs is that BBNo is on the (in)famous Bermondsey Beer Mile: a pub crawl that includes several local breweries hosted in railway arches within a tiny radius. Wandering from arch to arch in this area of Bermondsey, you’re likely to come across- you guessed it- yet another brewery. Most significantly, some of these breweries also have excellent reputations, including Partizan and Fourpure.

So crowds flock to BBNo in a bifurcated fashion: some travel for the beer alone and some arrive in a group or on a pub crawl. Either way, they come together to enjoy a pint. The taproom is functional, usually serving a wide selection of beers listed across two blackboards. Bottles are also on sale to take away. If drinking on site, you’ll have to pay a deposit on your glass (£3) and this is refundable; admittedly, we have a larder of BBNo vessels at home because we had to scurry off, but the deposit is the same as the purchase price on site, so no foul play.

The taproom is continuously bustling, seats are hard to come by, and if the weather turns, everyone squeezes to pack inside. You will have to queue up for your drink, so make sure you savour it- it’s all worth it for the excellent beer. I really believe that BBNo is at the forefront of pushing some exciting styles and flavours and while some are intriguing, most are thoroughly quaffable. Their saisons tend to be winners every time with me.

Whether on the Bermondsey Beer Mile or simply looking for a really good pint, get down there early and grab a seat. The taproom is open every Friday evening from 18:00-22:00 and on Saturday from 11:00-19:00. They often have some exclusive pilot beers on offer from the taproom, so you might just make the discovery of a lifetime.

Just try to remember the batch number and/or ingredients so you can order it again.

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