For future beer adventures, we have a few more destinations up our sleeve. The hottest new beer spot is Blackhorse Beer Mile, East London. The district was named London Borough of Culture 2019 and is described as the next big thing. For beer lovers, it features some of the most promising breweries and the UK’s largest beer hall.
Author: Malin Norman
Blackhorse Road is among East London’s fast-changing areas with creative workshops and studios, hip cafés and some amazing breweries. The dynamic area has a long industrial heritage with mills and factories, and close-by is nature reserve Walthamstow Wetlands. So there is plenty to see and do in between the pints.
Along the Blackhorse Beer Mile, you can visit award-winning Wild Card Brewery. Talented head brewer Jaega Wise was named Brewer of the Year 2018 by the British Guild of Beer Writers, so the beers are bound to be great. Wild Card has two taprooms; The Barrel Store at Ravenswood Industrial Estate, where the brewery was founded in 2012, and Lockwood Taproom on Lockwood Way.
Truman’s Social Club is a cultural centre and beer hall, the UK’s largest in fact, celebrating local beer, food and makers in East London. There are 20 beers on tap for thirsty visitors to try, from Truman’s own beers and from guest brewers, as well as food traders. Exale Brewery is another new addition to the neighbourhood with modern and experimental beers, and collaborations with local coffee roasters and chefs. This is also home to Victory London Distillery and the taproom space next to the brewery is converted from an old furniture factory.
And last but not least, Signature Brew. Named SIBA’s Brewery Business of the Year in 2018, Signature Brew makes music-inspired beers and collaborates with some of the world’s best musicians. The Brewer’s Bar has 12 taps, plus street food and live music. Co-founder Tom Bott says in a statement; “We hope E17-ers, Londoners and beer aficionados from around the country will enjoy discovering such an eclectic range of beers, whilst being able to chat to the people that make them.”
Four beer mile beers to try if you have the chance:
Betty IPA (6% ABV) by Wild Card: a new collaboration with hyped Cloudwater Brew. The IPA features a new blend of hops, Betty and El Dorado. According to the brewery, it showcases the unique character of New Zealand’s hops.
Roller IPA (5.1% ABV) by Truman’s: a modern American IPA with aromas of citrus and stone fruits. Winner of a Master grade at the 2019 Global Beer Masters, and recently named Beer of the Year in the 2020 London Beer Competition.
Bacchus Pils (5.6% ABV) by Exale Brewing: this is a new collaboration with Renegade Urban Winery. The wine-beer hybrid is described by the brewery as “a clean crisp pilsner with grassy, citrus and elderflower notes from the bacchus grapes.”
Polyphonic Peach (4.6% ABV) by Signature Brew: a hazy iced tea peach sour. With peach flavours, honey and grape aromas of darjeeling tea. It certainly sounds like a real thirst-quencher. And of course there’s a Spotify playlist to go with it.
Pictures: Exile Brewery, Signature Brew, Truman’s Social Club