Skull King Double IPA
Tottenham, London, UK
It is a close call between Pressure Drop and Beavertown for the best brewery in London in my opinion. However with the recent arrivals of Beavertown’s cans plus Bloody ‘Ell IPA I’m leaning towards the Tottenham based brewery.
Bermondsey, London, UK
There’s certain breweries I’ve not really covered on my blog despite really loving them and Partizan would definitely fit into that category. The only beer I’ve put words against on here is the X-Ale when I’ve loved so many pale ales and IPAs by them over the years. Having got a taste for a Porter in recent months I picked up their Porter from Clapton Craft a while back.
Gipsy Hill Brewing Company
Beatnik Pale Ale
Crystal Palace, London, UK
Tucked away between Gipsy Hill and Crystal Palace in Norwood is relatively new brewery Gipsy Hill. The south London brewery boasts medium strength and full flavoured beers. Beatnik was my first foray in the brewery.
Anchor Brewing Company
San Francisco, California
For a long time I saw Brooklyn Brewery as the best brewery in America. At least, this was four years ago when I was first trying beers and trying to find a beer style I loved. I still love Brooklyn but these days if someone asked me what my favourite American brewery was, I would answer in a heartbeat, Anchor Brewing.
Pressure Drop & BrewDog
Hackney, England & Aberdeen, Scotland
When two of your favourite breweries decide to put their heads together and make a collaborative brew it’s a pretty exciting prospect. I saw Instagram photos a few months back of the BrewDog and Pressure Drop team getting together to make Syd Strong’s as part of CollabFest 2014 and here it is.
Flying Dog Brewery
Hunter S. Thompson famously said, “Good people drink good beer” and it is a life motto I like to stick by. The reason I mention this is because if features on the side of the Easy IPA by Flying Dog Brewery, a session IPA by the craft beer pioneers. Continue reading
East India Pale Ale
Brooklyn, New York, USA
I started this blog with a review of Brooklyn Lager, the beer that properly got me interested in “craft beers” and your non-standard lagers. I’ve been drinking Brooklyn’s East India Pale Ale (EIPA) for a while, most of the time during summer. Though I’ve never had it in can form until now. I’ve made a real conscious effort to drink more canned beers to see if I notice a difference recently.
Oskar Blues Brewery
Dale’s Pale Ale
Longmont, Colorado, USA
Oskar Blues Brewery are a very important pillar in craft beer. Why? Cause they were one of the first breweries to issue craft beers in cans. Founded in 1997 in a restaurant they then moved to a basement in 1999 to brew their delicious beers. It was founded by Dale Katechis (the Dale in Dale’s Pale Ale, of course) and is now one of the most well-known craft breweries in the world.
Bloody ‘Ell Blood Orange IPA
When I’m asked what my favourite brewery is my thoughts usually go towards the likes of Pressure Drop, Five Points, Partizan but my overall champion is Beavertown Brewery. I’ve written more reviews of their beers than any other breweries and the reason is because I love all the beers they make. I famously said 8 Ball Rye IPA is my all-time favourite beer and the only beer I’ve ever given 5 to on Untappd. My average rating of Beavertown beers on the aforementioned app is over 4/5 so that tells you something.
Hackney Wick, London, UK
CRATE was formed back in 2012 just before the Olympics made its way to east London. It has become one of the most well known small breweries since then with its fantastic pizzas and wonderful taproom in Hackney Wick. It has 4/5 core beers including an IPA, a lager, a stout, pale ale and a bitter which I reviewed in April 2014.