If there’s one thing that South London does well it’s beer. And ale. And stout. Microbreweries and taprooms are sprinkled across the whole of south London. Readers will likely be familiar with stalwarts Meantime and Late Knights but what about Earth Ale or Hop Stuff? For all out beer geekery head down to The Beer Shop in Nunhead or Hop Burns and Black in East Dulwich which both stock some of the best beers you’ll find this side of the Thames. There are new microbreweries popping up all the time so this is not a definitive list, however we’d love to hear from you on social media if there are any that others that you love or would recommend.
A Head in a Hat, Herne Hill
Based in one of London’s first brewpubs 'The Florence', this brewery specialises in recreating beers from defunct London breweries. Popular choices include the ELB Pale Ale and Jamboree.
Anspach & Hopsday, Bermondsey
With a core range including fine IPAs and Porters A&H are one of the most renowned stops on the Bermondsey Beer Mile.
Belleville Brewing Co., Wandsworth
U.S. style beers including the Northcote Blonde and Picnic Session IPA are what make Belleville a favoured brewer in South West London.
Bexley Brewery, Bexley
Bringing a brewery back to the borough for the first time since the ‘50s, the duo behind this brewery produce exceptional session and seasonal ales which are loved by locals.
Bianca Road Brewery, Peckham
Bianca Road Brewery specialise in West-Coast American style beers, perfected after two years of learning the trade on a U.S. road trip. We'd also recommend giving their brewery a visit, as you get 20% off at the bar with your South London Club Card.
Brew By Numbers, Bermondsey
Run by true beer aficionados, this is a must stop on the Bermondsey Beer Mile on a Friday or Saturday to experience fresh releases and taproom exclusives.
Brick Brewery, Peckham
This taproom is usually bustling at the weekend as the crowds of Peckham descend. Affordable and tasty beer is what they do with a variety of beers inspired by global travels. If you visit their brewery they sell some pretty tasty merchandise, and your South London Club Card gets 10% off it all.
Brixton Brewery, Brixton
Stocked in bars across the whole of London, Brixton brews unfiltered and unpasteurised beers made with locally-sourced ingredients.
Brockley Brewery, Brockley
Available on tap in many local pubs or enjoyed at their own tap room on Fridays and Saturdays, Brockley favourites include a 3.8% Golden and 4.1% Pale Ale.
Bullfinch Brewery, Herne Hill
Bullfinch Brewery is named after a group of birds, rather than a particular bird, that don't actually have horns. However, this brewery based in Herne Hill still makes some of the finest beer we know about.
By The Horns, Streatham
Their tap room and spacious beer hall in Streatham is open at the weekends, where you can sample 11 keg taps, 3 casks plus the full bottle range.
Canopy Beer Co., Herne Hill
Brewing three times a week to create their regulars, alongside an ever-changing roster. The Brockwell IPA is a best seller. Their taproom is open after work from 5pm Wednesday - Sunday, and it's certainly worth attending, particualrly when you know that you get 10% off with your South London Club Card.
Clarkshaw Brewery, Loughborough Junction
Clarkshaw is London’s first microbrewery to produce all Vegetarian Society accredited products plus all by-products go to composting. If you visit their taproom, which is open from 12pm-8pm (Thurs-Sun), you get 50p discount per pint of beer with your South London Club Card.
Earth Ale, Balham
Earth Ale’s beers include a spicy Weiss, and are stocked in beer shops in Putney and King’s Cross. They can also cater for events and run regular food and beer pairing events.
One of the original Bermondsey beer mile brewers and one that is proud of their sustainable practices, you may have purchased them in Marks & Spencer, purveyors of fine good.
Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, Gipsy Hill
Big flavours and moreish brews are what these cool dudes do. Their Southpaw amber is particularly delightful.
Hop Stuff, Woolwich
With a new Brewhouse and tap rooms opening this year watch out for big things from Hop Stuff, as they bring brewing to this historic part of South London, and trade back to the Royal Arsenal
Inkspot, Crystal Palace
Available on tap across the whole of south London and beyond, this is a range to look out for, with their St.Reatham, a Munich-style lager, being a particular favourite.
One of south London’s best known brewers, you can buy directly from the brewery but it is not available to drink onsite. They regularly change their recipes and are one of the UK's most highly regarded craft beer brewers.
Kew Brewery, Richmond
Sustainably brewed beers using English malts and locally sourced ingredients, the Kew Brewery was set up by husband and wife Dave and Rachel in 2015, both of whom are long-term Kew residents.
Based in the Four Thieves pub, Laine's produces up to 40 casks a week including it’s own keg pale ale and Czech style fresh lager.
Late Knights, Penge
This brewery is turning Penge into a happening place, though some might argue it was already happening, with pop-ups across south east London including Brockley and Peckham.
London Beer Lab, Brixton
Tucked away in a railway arch a stone’s throw from the station, not only can you stock up on beer but you can also attend beer making workshops and buy home supplies. Among their own beers, their Coldharbour Pils is particularly tasty.
The London Beer Factory, West Norwood
Stylish beer with character and flavour, from the guys that run the Craft Beer Cab, which they drive round to pop-up at events across London.
Mondo Breweing Company, Battersea
Since setting up in 2015 Mondo has become a firm favourite in of SW8 residents. With 15 taps in their taproom, Mondo showcases their own beers and also rotates other global beers. Their taproom is certainly worth a visit, as your South London Club Card gets you 10% off.
old kent road brewery, Bermondsey
The most notable brewery to emerge from the larger UBREW stable, Old Kent Road's beer only started appearing on the scene in 2016. Named after the road that, really, never truly ends, let's hope they also never stop brewing.
Orbit Beers, Bermondsey
Created by a brewer who also makes some might fine tunes, this is one of the hippest brewers on the beer mile.
Another Bermondsey brewery, Partizan Brewing is based in the deepest darkest South Bermondsey, soon to be renamed New Bermondsey now that the settlers known as 'Renewal' have taken the land from the locals. Core beers by this trendy brewer include Porter, Pale Ale and Lemongrass Saison.
Rocky Head, Earslfield
A very small brewery, Rocky Head produce small batches of intensely flavoured pale ale by hand, loaded with American and NZ hops, inspired by the American craft brewing scene.
Creators of bottle, cask and keg beers in south west London for almost a decade, Sambrook's were brewing craft beer before it was even cool.
Signal Lager, Croydon
Signal Lager is a simple, unfiltered lager sold in local pubs and shops, but you can also purchase this wonderful booze straight from the brewers website.
Southwark Brewing, Bermondsey
Traditional yet modern beers including their Bermondsey Best, brewed with English malts and Kentish hops, and Gold: a hoppy golden ale, brewed with pale malts and American hops.
The Cronx, Croydon
Croydon is a happening place for brewers currently, and The Cronx is one of the finest things to come out of Croydon - also enjoyed by royalty, and we all know their taste buds are much more developed than us scum.
The Park Brewery, Kingston
What began as a home brewing passion is now Kingston’s only microbrewery. With a nod to US craft beer the result is flavoursome and punchy beers.
Twickenham Fine Ales, Twickenham
Allegeldly London’s oldest microbrewery, Twickenham Fine Ales brew award-winning beers like their Sundancer ale. A favourite amongst rugby fans but then, that can be used both ways.
A brewery with sister outlets in Berlin and Manchester, they allow members to brew their own beers as well as attend a range of courses.
Villages is a brewery right in the heart of Deptford. Visit their taproom on Friday nights or Saturdays to sample their beers alongside banging grub.
Wimbledon Brewery, Wimbledon
Who needs Pimms when you can have beer? Cask offerings including the Common Pale Ale, Quartermaine IPA and Copper Leaf Ale.
Located in a pizza restaurant and with a twin branch in Cardiff, Zerodegrees is a microbrewery that has been going for some time and brews wheat beer, pilsner, pale ale and a moreish mango beer.
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