Archive for February, 2014

After a great beer and cheese tasting night on Thursday I just wanted to give you a quick update on what’s going on in the rest of February. Indie Ales are very busy over the next few weeks bringing you some awesomely tasty craft beer events all over London.

Friday 21st February – Westminster
First up this week I’ll be at The Hub Westminster for the relaunch if their weekly Beers at Six. Out with the the crap tasteless lager and in with awesome beer brewed by local London breweries with passion, care and attention. This sits much better with us and we hope you agree!

Tuesday 25th February – Holloway
All aboard the supperclub revolution. On Tuesday 25th February I’m delighted to be joining the top chefs at The Secret Larder for an exclusive beer themed supper club. 4 incredible courses, each paired with a range of London’s scrummiest craft beer and a few exciting treats thrown in!
Book here

Thursday 27th February – Earlsfield, SW London
Where can you find the freshest, tastiest beer and meet the brains behind the brew? Direct at source of course! Brewery tour and tasting at By The Horns Brewery in Earlsfield, SW London. Great chance to see the brewery up close and personal, taste the beer and ask all your burning questions!



Started by two home brewers, Chris and Alex who followed their dream and started their own small scale brewery in Earlsfield South West London. They aim to take the brewing scene by the proverbial horns by making beer that ‘is far superior in taste, flavour, mouth-feel, aroma and appearance’.

Since starting out, they have expanded their operation with additional tanks, taking on Nic the brewer and constructing a pretty awesome brewery tap. The bar itself serves beer from 3 cask hand pumps and 6 keg taps from Thursday to Saturdays.

By the Horns brewery tap. Good times

By the Horns brewery tap. Good times

I escaped the horrendous London weather last weekend to catch the start of this years Six Nations rugby at the brewery tap. Huge big screen projector, a passionate crowd and free flowing great beer, what’s not to like. I enjoy the way these guys are opening up their brewery to the public, introducing small scale brewing to a new audience. It was packed, so their strategy is clearly working.

I particularly enjoyed the Mayor of Garratt English bitter. Deep and flavoursome, fruity with liquorice notes on the nose. A few of those was enough to ease the pain of an England loss to the French!

I’m running a tour and tasting in conjunction with By The Horns on 27th February, so if you want to get a real insight from passionate small scale breweries then come on down. £15 including 4 beers.

The other weekend a friend persuaded me to venture up the Northern Line for a few crafty ales at The Southampton Arms in Kentish Town.  Not really knowing what to expect, I dully made my way there, beer tokens at the ready (no cards accepted).

I was greeted by a quirky local drinking establishment with a friendly friday night buzz in the air.  The place was busy without being packed, but we were lucky to grab a pew (literally a church pew) tucked in the corner.  The folky style music and shabby wooden interiors creates a lively cosy atmosphere which successfully treads the line for a place to enjoy a few Friday night beverages whilst also being a good place to load up on good beer before heading on somewhere more lively.

The Southampton Arms.  A real English pub

The Southampton Arms. A real English pub

The beer itself is only sourced from independent breweries constantly rotated and served by knowledgeable staff, happy to let you to take a sample before diving into an unknown ale.  I had a Redemption Hopspur Bitter and the Belleville Battersea Brownstone, which were both delicious.

The unpretentious yet eclectic mix of genuine local drinkers and trendy younger crowd together with the great beers and ciders and epic meat snacks make it a worthy pub to visit if you are a beer hunter or looking for great London pubs.

If you are in the area, please do check out The Bull and Last, which is a cosy gastropub just up the road. More of a foodie pub than a drinking venue but nevertheless, the beer offering is fantastic.  Beers at the time were from Tiny Rebel, Bristol Beer Factory and Five Points on keg and bottle.

The Southampton Arms

139 Highgate Road, London N5 1LE