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Brew love: Time Out readers share their favourite London breweries

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Three Time Out readers lift the lid on their very hoppy relationships with taprooms and brewpubs around the capital.

Manmeet Singh loves Anspach & Hobday

‘The Bermondsey Beer Mile is an experience I like to show off to visiting friends and family. We start the epic journey with brunch at Maltby Street Market, then I make Anspach & Hobday our third or fourth stop on the mile to ensure we’ve made space for the best pork crackling there is in the history of everything. While the other breweries whet the appetite, A&H is the Beer Mile’s holy grail.’

anspach & hobday

When to go...
‘Open on Saturdays and Sundays, go for guilt-free daytime drinks.’

What to try...
‘The IPSaison brings IPA and Saison flavours together in a perfect brew.’

Anspach & Hobday is at 118 Druid St, SE1 2HH. 

Izzy Kawecka loves Long Arm Pub & Brewery

‘When I first entered this industrial pub, I was hit with the pleasant smell of roasted grains. But it’s not the only thing that makes this micro-brewery special. With beer tanks five metres from the bar, you not only get some of the freshest drinks going, but also what must be the most environmentally friendly pints in London. Ideal for anyone like me who cares about their carbon footprint.’

long arm brewery

© Izzy Kawecka

When to go...
‘Sunday afternoons for a quiet pint, or during happy hour (4-6pm).’

What to try...
‘My favourite is their aromatic IPA: it’s strong and bitter, yet sweet and fruity.’ 

Long Arm Pub & Brewery is at 20-26 Worship St, EC2A 2DX.

Rebecca Pate loves Pillars Brewery

‘In the shadow of their six towering fermentation tanks, and armed with Sharpies, I had a go at designing cans for Pillars’s new German-style beer, Rebell Helles, at their first birthday celebrations. While I doodled, beers from the taproom tasted fresh and the DJ kept the creative juices flowing. Arts and crafts paired with beer? Talk about a Saturday from heaven.’

pillars brewery

© Rebecca Pate

When to go...
‘When you feel like you’re living in a world of ubiquitous IPAs.’

What to try...
‘The Untraditional Lager; US hops mingling with clean Czech lager yeast.’ 

Pillars Brewery is at Shernhall St, E17 9HQ.

Find more amazing places to drink in Time Out's guide to London’s best breweries

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