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BeerViking (92) Brentford, England | April 14, 2014
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Since my last visit a couple of years ago, they’ve turned half the old brewery unit into a bar, with three hand pumps, half a dozen keg lines (three in use) and a couple of fridges for bottles. Scruffily cozy, albeit a tad chilly of an evening!
Leighton (793) London, England | January 4, 2014
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Cool spot. It has a ramshackle, roadhouse kind of aesthetic going. Much of the place feels cobbled together, lending a homey, unpretentious air to it. They have about eight keg lines and three cask lines, though not all were in use during my visit. They also had around ten different bottles for sale to drink on site or take away. (It’s worth noting you can also take two-pint cartons of draft beer away too if you like.) Good value: £3 for a pint of cask and £4 for a pint of keg. Friendly and highly competent barman on my visit. Darts in the corner. One wall to receive projections, typically sport I gather. Some basic snacks - peanuts, crisps. It’s not an easy location to reach from central London but it is worth visiting now and again.
Fin (799) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 17, 2013
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We visited here (me, Loz & Ang) Sat 14th December 2013. This brewery tap is like many of the new kids sprouting up around London i.e. it concentrates less on furnishings and more on the beer and interaction with those involved in the brewery. Much like Redchurch brewery pallets are put to good use here in construction of the bar, I think at Redchurch they were used for tables. This brewery tap is on a trading estate close to a small Tesco metro and Texaco garage on Summerstown Rd, it took us about twenty minutes to walk from Tooting Broadway but you could get the bus from outside the station which drops off very close to here. There appears to be some large market/car boot thing opposite on a Saturday. There was a good choice of beers with maybe 8 in total across both cask & keg added to that there were some bottles for sale. I enjoyed the Belgian space thingy and also tried a couple of the Limited Edition Impy stouts. Its quite a way out to get here, however you will be rewarded for your efforts with good banter with Nick, Head Brewer and others.
Boudicca (1035) London, England | May 19, 2013| Updated May 18, 2014
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By The Horns has just opened its brewery tap room, which they plan to open at weekends from now on. It’s located in a small industrial unit and is quite basic but has a nice homegrown feel and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. They’ve made good use of old pallets from a place across the road to build the bar and line the walls whilst the furniture (with the possible exception of the two stripey deck chairs optimistically set up outside) is reused from pubs.
There are six taps – three cask and three keg – plus a range of bottles, all very reasonably priced at £3 for a pint (both keg and cask), £1.50 for a half and £3 for bottles. Food is limited to crisps and nuts but there’s a terrific sandwich takeaway place just a couple of minutes walk away at the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium.
I really enjoyed the afternoon of the brewery tap opening day here and just wish the place was north of the river and a bit closer to home.
Update, May 2014: there are now a further three keg taps and the beer just gets better and better.
(Last visited 17 May 2014).
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