The best finds are walking down the street. I wanted to find a cool pub in Brixton and found Craft Beer Co. The place is a great hangout with amazing beers on tap. The only thing that they lack is food. A beer influcened food menu would make this an even hotter spot.
I really dig this Brixton version of the Clerkenwell classic - when I visited most recently it was still just about warm enough (with a jacket) to stand outside and have a drink. And they really do need that outside space as it gets super busy here most nights, even with the upstairs section!
The downside here is the inevitable waiting time for drinks that comes with shoehorning that many people into one place with a comparatively tiny bar!
But they stuff they sell over said bar is the real draw here. Microbreweries and cottage industry alcohol has never been so popular, Craft Beer co have done well to target an area now inundated with the hipster variety! Everything I've had here has been decent, they look after their stock relatively well.
I'll be back, although might check how busy it is before diving in, I'm impatient when it comes to being served.
I'm not gonna pretend to be a beer connoisseur, but I will say that I enjoyed my first trip to a craft beer pub.
I came here because 1) my boyfriend is a bit of a beer snob and 2) I wanted to explore Brixton. I know that South London has a bad reputation, but I absolutely love it! This particular pub has a very Brooklyn vibe (and I mean that in a good way). It's located at the end of a narrow side-street, but it boasts plenty of outdoor space. The bottom floor is a bit cramped, but you can find additional seating at the top of the winding staircase. I would describe the interior as industrial chic. The colour palette and materials are very utilitarian, but there is something artful about each element. The upstairs area is cast in shadows, which is perfect for an intimate conversation over amazing beer. I really hope to come here again!
The Craft Beer Company experience hits Brixton, and I think this one's right on the money. An incredible range of beer (300-400 types), plenty of seating, knowledgeable staff and a well-designed, classy upstairs.
The range of beer is, of course, what puts the Craft Beer Co's pubs out ahead of everyone else in London. 300-400 different types, featuring loads from revered Danish breweries Mikkeller and Evil Twin (the latter of whom specially make one for the Craft Beer Company called 'Shoreditch Hipster'. Gotta love that.) and perhaps 30-40 of these on tap. They'll let you try any of those on tap, making the process of exploring and buying beer you're happy with much easier.
I found the staff quite well-informed about the beers they were selling. Sure, not level with that found at the pub that started it all, the Cask Pub and Kitchen, but good enough to pass the litmus test of "Pick a drink for me" with flying colours. I think that's quite an accolade.
There's plenty of seating too, and crucially, unlike the Craft Beer Company in Clerkenwell, it's well-designed: the stairway to the upstairs floor is compact, short and doubles back on itself. It's difficult to see anyone falling off/down these after a strong beer too many, unlike the precariously high and exposed ones in Clerkenwell.
It does have a few flaws. The bar area is quite small, so I imagine that when it does get busy, it probably takes a while to get served. That said, like most pubs it clearly has off-peak times too: when I swung by on a Sunday, my friend and I were two of just four customers there and service was very quick! Another drawback is that the food it does serve is English stodgy snacks rather than substantial main meals like the Cask. Hopefully they'll increase this, or allow people to take food in from other places.
So, plenty to shout from the roofs about. Not quite in the class of the Cask Pub and Kitchen or even the Powder Keg Diplomacy, but more than enough to earn it 4.5 stars rounded to 5.
I'm torn by Craft Beer coming to Brixton.
They carry fabulous beer, and they've replaced a very mediocre pub, but they're a bit on the expensive side and, most critically, they're open 'til 3 at the weekend.
I keep ending up with wicked hangovers.
First review! Some friends who live in Brixton are fellow good beer fans and suggested we accompany them to the opening night of CBC's new location. We got there around 8.30. It was very busy, as expected. In terms of the location, it's a small place on a corner right next to the overground railway overpass in the middle of Brixton. The downstairs area is very small, with a few tables and the bar dominating. Upstairs is spacious with plenty of tables. There is also outdoor seating in a cordoned-off area by the street. It's plainly decorated with various CBC signs decorated the otherwise bare walls. The furniture is pretty nice, at least. Cool tables upstairs that wind up and down depending on how high you want them. Versatile!
As with any hotly tipped bar's opening night, it took a little while to get served. The staff were probably exhausted, but did a good job. The beer selection is incredible, huge selection of Mikkeller beers, and some brews you definitely don't see anywhere else, even in your local 'craft beer' pub. Some great UK brews were represented, with beers from Dark Star among others. The one guy I spoke to didn't really seem to know too much about the beers on offer, but I expect as time goes on the staff will gain expertise. I guess they just had to quickly get their shit together for opening night. Looking forward to returning when the hype dies down a little bit and I can enjoy a more relaxing drink in there. That might not be for a while though. Recommended if you want to sample some really diverse and different beers.
This is a small bar with a lot of good beers. Enjoyed a delicious Cranberry Milk Stout (although I coudn't taste any cranberry).
Not much to eat and what they do have is horrendously expensive. 3.95 for half a pork pie and 1.75 for a small pack of nuts.
Despite the amazing range of beer to choose from it is not cosy at all. Upstairs is perhaps a bit nicer but it's a bit of an uncomfortable place to hang out.
Wow - upon entering I was shocked at how popular this place has got in so short an existence - it was packed both inside and out! I soon understood why though. The beer selection is outstanding, both bottled and keg and I was happy with the amount of change I got back on my round meaning so the prices seem nice too! Their own brand pale ale hit the spot for an end of the night drink.
It's a small place, with simple but vibrant decor and good on details, like some old-school fixtures, fittings and and furniture. The music did get turned up around midnight causing us to have to shout a bit but I guess that's standard and we did get to hear some new, interesting tunes. The staff are dedicated and cheerful despite the sheer volume of punters they are trying to deal with at once.
There are so many bars to choose from in Brixton, but I reckon I'll become a regular here. It's comforting to know there's a real ale place around the corner that opens till 3am on a Saturday!
This was some of the best beer I've had in London. The selection here is better than Cask. And Cask is amazing. If you like craft beers, come here! Also, the staff is quite friendly. They were lamenting the state of underage drinking in the UK, then sincerely asked about it in the US, without assuming that the US was shittier. That's the nicest thing's anyone done to me in London.
First off, I was really happy to find that a Craft Beer pub had opened in Brixton. Brixton has the reputation for being cool, quirky, and relaxed. It has the perfect atmosphere to warrant sauntering down on a Saturday morning for a tasty bite from one of the artisan joints in the village. And the addition of a pub that claims to sell craft beer would make spending a chilled-out afternoon in Brixton, a must!
But now, on to the review -
The pub itself is conveniently located its just behind the railway arches and you can't miss it due to the eye-catching orange sign above the door. The interior isn't bad, its a bit sparse, but that's what you can expect from a place claiming to focus on just the beer. The walls upstairs have pictures of (Mikkeller?) the various steps of the brewing process.
On to the beer itself -
I must say it was disappointing! What got me in the door, in the first place was the craft beer sign. However, beer has to taste good. I don't care if its mass-produced, small-brewery-destroying lager, if it tastes good, then its good beer. Craft brewers have definitely set a high standard for the brews they've been producing over the years, hence the increasing following. But, if you produce a tepid pint, which has no head, no proper carbonation, and is devoid of all flavour then, even if its craft beer its basically swill. Plus, craft beer does tend to be more expensive than commercial beer.
The pub itself is nice and conveniently located. But the beer has been disappointing! However, you can't not give people another chance. I will pay another visit soon, and if the beer is still disappointing, I would recommend you give this place a miss. After all, no matter how new and snazzy a pub is, if it doesn't serve you a decent pint, its not doing its job!
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