Top 5 Taprooms in London
Bored of the same old pint of larger from your local? Here are Craved's recommendation for the best taprooms in London - after all, nothing beats the taste of a beer poured straight from the brewer's tap.
This South Bermondsey micro-brewery started brewing in 2012, when founder Andy decided to start home-brewing American beer he found difficult to find in the U.K.. Partizan relish diversity; expect unique beers, an artsy taproom, and a whole lot of hipsters - but make sure to try their impressive seasonal range.
A freshly-made beer and homemade pizza while overlooking canal boats sailing down the river - where do we sign up? Reasonably priced, and with a fantastic selection of beer not just from Crate but around the world, they also boast a lively, vibrant beer garden.
A slightly more polished taproom comes in the form of Howling Hops, a former industrial premise in Hackney. Beers are poured by the bar staff straight from the metal beer vats, and the breweries collaboration with the folks from Billy Smokes means barbecued meats and kebabs are on the go alongside their freshly-brewed beer.
Relative newcomers to the taproom scene are Wild Card Brewery. Don't expect a massively put-together affair, but the industrial surroundings and slightly ramshackle furniture adds to its charm and the beer is seriously underrated. There is even an offering of cider, spirits and wine for the non-beer drinkers.
5. MOTHER KELLY'S, BETHNAL GREEN:
Tucked beneath one of the railway arches in Bethnal Green's Paradise Row sits Mother Kelly's. The selection of beers is astounding at 23 taps on the go at any one time, and all are meticulously chosen and rotated regularly. This taproom-come-off-license also offers rows and rows of bottled craft beer to enjoy at home afterwards.
Make sure to check the opening times of all taprooms - most are only open for short hours on the weekend as they are attached to working breweries. Someone needs to brew the beer after all...