Bermondsey: The Beer Mile
There is a place in London that could easily be like another country, with their own rules, lifestyle and their fresh local beers. I am not joking about this, this place is called Bermondsey and every Saturday all beer lovers should make a pilgrimage to this area to drink, probably, the freshest London beers, a.k.a “The Beer Mile”. An area full of breweries with tap rooms, bars, bottle shops and more. Other cities like Manchester and Barcelona are experimenting with the same model.
But, what does this place that I like so much? In February of this year, I popped down to London for a Beer festival in the afternoon, so I’m thinking of doing tourism in London (again), but my brain says, why we don’t go to visit one of my favorites breweries? So I decided to visit The Kernel Brewery but I forgot that they closed the tap room in November of 2015 :(. So I looked for the breweries closest and then, I started visiting Four Pure Brew.
They run brewery tours and their tap room is great, fancy and with good stuff. I have to confess that I had tasted their beers before, but this brewery was freaking me out basically because it was one of the bigger breweries that I saw in Bermondsey. Nice tap room, with food trucks and the brewery looked good also with a can line. I drank a couple of pints there and then I moved to the next one on the route, Partizan Brewing. Asmall independent brewery with good sour lines but quite difficult to get their beers in the north of England. I specially remember the collaboration with Praire Artisan for the 7th International Rainbow Project and this beer is just really special. Good brewery, small tap room and if it is busy you can feel a little bit uncomfortable. Beside this brewery you have the bar of Ebria, an online bottle shop that ships fresh beers directly from the breweries to your home.
Time to keep on our way and the next one is The Kernel Brewery. Sadly, the tap room closed last year but you can still buy fresh bottles from the brewery on Saturdays. It’s a pity that the tap room is closed now, but we will try to email them to visit the brewery for our challenge of “12 months,12 breweries”.
With this brewery practically closed, I was thirsty and the next point is Brew by Numbers. Probably the most busy tap room at the moment around this area. I had to queue for 10 min to order a beer. You have to pay a deposit of £3 for the glass and then you can decide if you want to keep it or return it (I decided to take it because I love this new kind of glassware). The brewery is not too big but is still great. Good prices and a good selection of beers. You can’t go inside to the brewery without asking, but if they are busy, probably the answer will probably be no. There is also another brewery that I couldn’t visit but I have in my bucket for the next time, Anspach & Hobday. Hopefully, we will visit them soon.
This is Bermondsey. It’s not a beautiful area and is off the tourist route, but is a MUST if you love beer and you are in London on a Saturday. London is a great place and is full of good pubs, but I think that Bermondsey has a kind of magic.
Looking forward to popping down again soon!