In London earlier this summer I sampled about a dozen beers over two days (having people to share tastes with helps), at locations ranging from a unpretentious 19th century English Pub with many 3.5-4% session beers on Cask (at The Wenlock Arms— I highly recommend it)…
…to a range of tiny top-notch modern microbreweries located under support arches in an industrial part of South London, formerly business-oriented but now open to visitors on weekends and dubbed “The Beer Mile“…
Digging up a worn notebook from the trip, these were my favorites:
- Beer By Numbers (‘bbno’, Beer Mile) had my favorite beer by far of London.
- [A] Witbier — slightly spicy, good yeast
- [A+] Barrel-aged Saison — exceptional. again, good funk form whatever yeast they used, moderately dry, balanced.
- [A] Partizan (Beer Mile) Quad — intensely strong (and their brewery space was fun to have a drink in)
- [A] Mikkeller / To Øl collaboration Betelgeuze — I love it — I’d had it once in the US in expensive bottles, but it was on tap at Brewdog. A strongly sour beer without much funk, but not just single-note acidity.
I also enjoyed:
- [B+] Oscar Wilde from Mighty Oak (on cask at Wenlock Arms) — dark, grain tea flavor, thin but slightly creamy— sort of like a thin session stout
- [A-] Stroud’s Ten Long (on cask at Wenlock Arms) — session bitter (3.7% ABV), slightly dark/spicy, slight citrus nose
- I thought the FourPure beers on the beer mile were all decent, but none were especially memorable
- [B+] “A Wee Bit” Peated Scotch Ale. A light hand with the peat– present but not too smoky, and a good scotch ale base.