In April/May 2012, I found out that a new brewery had opened, so I thought I would pop in for a quick half.
The beers that they brew on the premises (in the basement) are the neck oil (bitter) on keg, and the 8 ball (Rye Pale Ale) and the Smog Rocket (Smoked Porter) in bottle, so I took them home to sample (and I wasn't disappointed).
Its a great bar that is also an American diner serving pork and beef
ribs/ sliders/ steak / burgers, so there is a nice interior and benches
outside so you can watch the world go by .and look out for Baby Duke in his pram!
Beers were fantastic, my favorite being the Smog as I love smoked beer
and have visited Bamberg home of Schlenkerla ad Spezial (Rauch bier). I have to say the Smog is my favourite dark beer of 2012, last year it was the Kernel IBS! 2013 awaits and the Imperial Smog is looking good!
On my very first night in, I met the brewer Logan and Byron, which was great as I had just started all grain home brewing, it was nice to meet a friendly guy who was happy to offer me some tips.
Recently they have introduced their Gamma range (American Pale Ale), a Pumpkin Ale, Black Betty (Black IPA), Imperial Smog (wow its strong and tasty). As you can see I am now a regular at the bar/brewery!
I have eaten there once and we ordered the Beef ribs, pork ribs and sliders, and they were great, but you need to book in advance as they are very very busy, we came early as it was opening on a Saturday afternoon and they could only give us 1 hour 15 minutes, which was Ok as my plate was empty in 15 minutes! You can call or Book online, but I prefer to talk to humans so I called!
They are in Timeout for top places to eat, also for their coctails and best new breery etc, the BBC have reviewed them too as well as the evening standard..
Go there you won't be disappointed with the beer nor the food!
I initially met these folks at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration and luckily they're based out of London where I'd be a week later. Great group of folks though they were inundated by beer lovers. Their Black & Blue sour stale ale is quite terrific. I just wish I had more of it now. Definitely going to spend more time with them the next time I drop through town
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