Railway arch microbreweries with a BYO food policy are the name of the game on the Bermondsey Beer Mile. If you're a fan of top-notch craft beer, here are five you should check out.
Photograph by Michael Kelly | Courtesy of The Kernel
If you've never tried anything from the original Bermondsey brewery, add its Citra IPA or Chinook Pale Ale to your spring beer list. Unlike its brewing brothers, The Kernel opens its doors solely as a bottle shop on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm, allowing the brewery to focus on what it does best.
Courtesy of Brew By Numbers
Brew By Numbers founders Dave Seymour and Tom Hutchings met in Asia. On their return to the UK, Dave started homebrewing, while Tom – an old friend of Toby from The Kernel – was drinking their craft beer, wondering how he could do something even better. Along came Brew By Numbers in 2011. Their numbering system is distinctive – the first two numbers refer to the style of beer (saison, porter, IPA, etc.), while the second two denote the specific recipe and hop variations. If that sounds confusing, don't worry – everything they brew is utterly delicious.
Courtesy of Fourpure Brewing Co
Fourpure was founded in 2013 by brothers Daniel and Thomas Lowe. In 2014, it became the first British brewery to can its beers – a move that's slowly becoming the industry standard. They've just launched their new brew, Flatiron, a moreishly malty red ale.
Courtesy of Partizan Brewing
Partizan founder Andy Smith began homebrewing in 2006, and is now one of London's boldest beersmiths. Just in time for spring, Partizan has launched its Raspberry and Lemon Saison – a bright pink Belgian-style brew with an intense fruity aroma. Expect to see it being swigged in a park near you in the coming months.
Courtesy of Anspach & Hobday
Relative newbies on the scene, Paul Anspach and Jack Hobday launched their brewery in 2014. As well as a killer core range, they also do seasonal specials. Look out for their light, fruity Sour Dry Hop, in a fridge near you just in time for a summery session.