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Went here on Sunday and was extremely impressed by what they had on offer.
Only other place that springs immediately to mind is in Glasgow
Give me more!
...great food too.
For range, The Rake in Southwark and The Half & Half (formerly Beer Circus) are hard to beat. The downsides are that The Rake is ridiculously expensive and The Half & Half is in Croydon.
...if you're in Sarf London, then Hoopers in Dulwich and The Jolly Gardeners in Vauxhall are both pretty great for that kind of thing. Hoopers is a more traditional affair while The Jolly Gardeners is good if you like the kraut stuff.
Hoopers looks good too
...Katzenjammer by Borough Market which is the full-on bierkeller thing (and way better than that crap Bavarian Beer Hall chain).
While I'm on my whole south London tourist board tip, Saturdays at The Kernel Brewery by London Bridge are worth checking out. Altho they have got a little too popular for my liking now (I preferred their early stuff):
sit and enjoy. Them down road to Kernel Brewery, buy some beers, go sit in Potters Field and enjoy. Perfect Saturday.
the beer menu is pages and pages long.
Port Street Beer House is the other obvious one but it's sweaty and crowded and expensive and full of hipsters.
I'm not impressed by the Bier Halle menu. I love going there; it's great for meeting folk and having some drinks, and decently priced pizza, and a pretty nice setting. I go there most times I'm home.
But the beer menu is 77 beers, ~50 of which are lagers which are basically much of a muchness. There's some good stuff on there but not nearly as much variety as it seems at first glance.
because, while as you say it's a massive choice, i only had a couple of pints of a couple of beers, rather than spreading my choice across the menu
But after about 4 trips there I'd exhausted the more interesting items on the menu and am left with the various lagers of the world.
Had some great (messy) nights starting there, though. Watch out for the Gordon's Finest - a Belgian beer brewed in the style of a Scottish ale. Utterly lethal.
Good European beers on tap, regular rotation of guest ales, regular rotation of German and Belgian beers plus a few others. Great variety, probably my favourite pub ever (although mostly by association with good times).
I know its imported and that, but its staggeringly expensive.
They don't have a website unfortunately. But they have loads of imported fancy bottled beers and some cracking draughts.
It has a good menu, and more importantly the draft changes a lot.
Had some food too, which was good, but ruddy expensive, and that was at half price. Imagine it's fairly eye-watering now.
They overcharge you brutally for starters and snacks, but the mains are usually okish.
and thanks for your tip on draft house!
It means a lot of scummy places qualify just by having a well stocked fridge.
Anyway, this pub always has a range of fantastic beers on:
...Wetherspoons pub going?
I don't mean "of VK's". It always has ales, sure, but they're often basically the same ale with a different picture on the front and 'safe' IPAs. It's never, ever interesting.
...the bottles. Those fridges look pretty big and colourful to me.
pretty it might be, range it aint.
light AND DARK, Erdinger, Leffe... these might be all standards in their field but its still range.
it is a solid range. I guess that's why I'm only really after the ridiculously brilliant menus with everything you can think of under the same roof.
It was too loud and full of wankers and I had to stand drinking in a carpark, but it had loads of bottled American beers, including some 10% stouty monster I enjoyed. I was in no state to catch its name.
there's your core problem. While I have nothing against, and indeed love yankee microbrews, lots of things that taste a bit like Brooklyn or Sam Adams does not an amazing range make.
So don't come in here tarring more reputable establishments with a draught-snob brush.
KILL YOU. I'LL KI-
Sorry. Got a bit overworked there.
despite the primary function of brewing and selling their own stuff, have excellent alternatives.
other glasgow choices: The Belle, Black Sparrow, Brass Monkey, Bar Brel (despite being full of wanks) Curlers Rest. Loads actually
Opinion? Surely it's not drinkable??
Had a shot of (i think) sink the bismarck, and it was well worth the experience.
why wouldn't it be?
You can't really complain about boring selections and safe ipas then get sniffy just because something's 45%. Unless of course you're... chicken?
from a brandy glass, with a very similar consistency, smell and taste. Still good though
then i got a job there and got fired a couple of months later. kinda ruined the place for me
but the Porterhouse has quite a good collection and I enjoy the ambience. so there.
but I stumbled across the one in Dublin a few months back and can confirm that their beer range is superb.
...in Barnes which was lovely; huge building and never busy. Unfortunately they called it a day. Presumably because it was a huge building and never busy.
but i like it to! they have chocolate beer. thanks.
It's quite nice.
There;'s a bar that does Bloody Marys with bits of prawn in them and japanese whisky at like, 50 quid a shot. I got hammered there. Off Broadway, that's it!
Anyway, this is a beer thread. WHAT AM I DOING?!
What a lovely place! A few good book shops. We went on a Sunday though so no market but I'm gonna drag S back when the market is on to buy lots of nice stuff!
It's frightfully expensive, but I love it. Mainly because I get a LOT of free booze...
And the Dovetail in Clerkenwell too.
Brauhaus - good list of imported bottles but pricey for stuff you can pick up at several decent off licences in the city
Cloisters/Stockbridge Tap/Bow Bar - really good choice of British (mainly Scottish) ale
Brew Dog - loads of Brew Dog stuff and some great American craft brewed beers but they're really expensive
As it stocks all the Bath Ales.
for crazy foraign beers - unbelievable menu there.
I think its called Nina's Mini Market or something
it stocks like half the stuff they have in brauhaus. Only realised a month ago or something that brauhaus provide their beer, always thought it was just an off licence with an inexplicably good beer selection.
16 on tap and immense choice on unusual bottles and such.
other things to note:
1) it doesn't sell food, but will give you cutlery to eat whatever you bring in/order from takeaways...
2) it has a cheese night, to attend you bring a cheese, put in on the table, they provide bread and everyone shares.
3) it is chock full of characters and aficionados called things like 'johnny ale' and 'mick the tick'
4) they punish you for drinking anything other than beer/cider/ale by inflating the prices on everything else.
5) it smells of old men, in a good way, sort of.
Who's in? I'll drink you all under the table*.
(8I won't. I had to lie on the floor of the disabled loo in the pub at the weekend after mixing wheat beer, 11% triple thingy beer and a trappist cherry beer. On a stomach lining of oysters and fresh air.)
not social events.
now talk about beer menus or leave.
As is the Market Porter.
Also, that one on Parsons Green. I hate the pub and the prices, but the range of beers is immense.
I know it has a reputation for being full of Sloaney types but it's been fine the times I've been there.
But whilst I appreciate the effort of a pub selling beers that they've made the effort to bring over, they should warn people when they're selling them at £7.50 a pint.
It's just a bit 'estate agenty' in there.
That should sort most beer needs. I haven't been to the Craft Beer Co. in Clerkenwell yet though, it's supposed to be good...
It doesn't actually have a menu, though.
Obviously any Belgian/Dutch pub/bar ever...
The Fat Cat has like everything
The Belgian Monk for specifically Belgian choices.
Rimsey Wells for various Adnams/Meantime stuff.
Shame that town closes at 11 though
worse than wine tasting.
Sounds a bit strange. Though Beer List (like wine list) sounds even stranger. Drinks menu sounds less strange.
I'm not sure what to think.
I assumed xylo specifically meant places that have a menu to pick your beers from.
As is the Bread and Bitter
about 30/40 bottled beers. Had a Leffe followed by a Triple Trappist last saturday. Great start to an evening. Also no charge for bread when I ordered a round, which probably cost them very little but is a really nice touch.
also does amazing thai food.
will have to check out
looks tasty though. i'll do it.
thats good stuff too
long way home bar in the west end of glasgow claimed to be the only place in the UK who had that on draft.
oh Beer Cafe in merchant city is another place with a huge menu. does what it says on the tin
you can get it bottled at the maze in nottingham, always makes gigs there better (as they're usually rubbish anyway)
Yeah, a spot of Delirium tremens is never a bad thing (unless you're trying not to get hideously drunk).
Just noticed the UK section in that cafe: Newcastle Brown & Imperial Stout. Bit of a slap in the face that: they sell more Cameroonian beers!
the bars in the smoky-bar district are amazing.
The town wall, bacchus and the cluny in newcastle.
The Sheffield Tap has a pretty good selection too.
Plus the Sheffield Tap at the station
I mean they had a lot of beer, sure
but as a place to sit and drink that beer... it is horrible, awful, never again.
£5.50 for a bottle? no thanks.
The brew dog bar in edinburgh is shite too. Yes, nice beer, but expensive again and shit venue. Don't know when they're gonna stop making new bars with all the brick work exposed + pipes exposed + no atmosphere.
Best place in edinburgh for beer is Cloisters.
but note my earlier post saying brew dog and west were good. :P
they turnover their selection every couple of days, also very reasonable prices, amazing food, and the friendliest staff I've ever encountered. Oh yes, I could get used to it.
They annoy me. But then again 95% of my drinking is draught ale so...
It's a Darkstar brewery pub so lots of good ale with top quality guests. Had a coriander beer when I went last week. Also about 35/40 Belgian/German/American microbrewery bottles.
The beer menu had over 2000 beers listed - all available! Needless to say I agonised over it!
NEED SOME CASH, STAT.
i became very fond of the titanic brewery....my local being a titanic pub.
don't know loads about beer though, so i dunno how you guys would rank these. i do miss a pint of iceberg though.
Bridewell is really good, housed in an old prison which uses the old cells as seating booths, all locally brewed stuff Mersey Mist is especially delicious http://www.liverpoolonebridewell.com/
also shout out to the Baltic Fleet for local brew.
Ship and Mitre for a good selection of premium German and Belgian stuff as well as decent ales