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We can think of no better weekend activity than to visit North London brewery taprooms (our local area) and try craft on draft at the source. Brewery bar staff are universally knowledgeable and chatty and all the taprooms’ generally feels quite laid back and unpretentious (likely as most of the North London brewery taprooms on this list are on random industrial estates).
From hipsters to hardcore hops fans, you’ll find every type of drinker in the taprooms and it always makes for a pleasurable pint – here is our guide to the best breweries and taproom experiences in North London.
North London breweries
Pressure Drop Brewery and Taproom, Tottenham Hale
One of North London’s nicer brewery set-ups, Pressure Drop brewery opens up it’s Tottenham taproom every Saturday, serving around 10 of their own lines. With the bar and picnic tables set amongst the brewing vats inside, the summer months also see their car park become an alfresco beer garden.
Pressure Drop is dog friendly and payment is by card only. Most weekends, they have a guest pop up food-stall (our favourite so far has been Chicken & Gochu’s Korean fried chicken stall).
We like Pressure Drop as it is a nice laid back set-up with an excellent array of ever changing beer lines, chilled beats and zero pretension a £2.50 refundable deposit is also required for your first beer glass, plus they have a small side shop selling merchandise and a ice cold beer fridge, chock full of cans.
Address: Pressure Drop, Unit 6, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Road, Tottenham, N17 9QP
Hammerton Brewery, Islington
Hammer-ton Time (with sincere apologies to M.C. Hammer). We headed over to Hammerton Brewery taproom in Islington early one Saturday afternoon and arrived just after they opened for the day meaning we initially had the whole place to ourselves for a little while (our ‘own’ brewery– living the dream!).
The bar is really warm and welcoming and the beer is ice-cold; what more can you want? One of Hammerton Brewery’s highlights is their brightly coloured can and beer tap clip designs. The taproom here is open every Friday and Saturday between 12pm and 10pm, with some Hoppy Hour offerings on the Friday as an added incentive.
We sank into one of the taproom’s sofas, tried a variety of their beers (Hammerton’s Panama Creature is a definite highlight) and browsed their borrowable board game selection – all in all a very enjoyable afternoon.
Address: Hammerton Brewery, Unit 8 & 9, Roman Way Industrial Estate, 149 Roman Way, London N7 8XH
Signature Brew, Walthamstow
After visiting their Collaboration Bar in Walthamstow, we decided to taste the Signature Brew beer range at the source and visit their brewery taproom, located on an industrial estate near Blackhorse Road tube, part of the newly created Walthamstow Beer Mile.
The set-up here is excellent with picnic tables laid out in rows beneath the brightly lit beer vats, and a small tap-room bar to the side, bedecked in panels showing the company history.
Post covid19 and with social distancing measures now introduced, Signature Brew have also recently added a huge outdoor beer garden (well, concrete terrace) with a bar operating outside
Signature Brew are very much into their music and often collaborate with artists and musicians, both in terms of their product and live music sets at the taproom and Collaboration Bar – this also represents itself with the cool microphone beer clips you can see on the taps in the indoor and outdoor bars Signature Brew also made a name for themselves recently with their ‘Pub in a Box’ creation, which sold like hotcakes during lockdown. A very professional tap-room set-up and we also adore their dark Nightliner beer, a 5.7% abv coffee porter – who needs Nescafe?!
Address: Unit 15, Uplands Business Park, Blackhorse Ln, London E17 5QJ
Beavertown Brewery, Tottenham Hale
Our first ever London brewery taproom experience back in the day, this was also the first main brewery in Tottenham (and conveniently situated just a few metres away from Pressure Drop, also on the Lockwood Industrial Estate). The Beavertown taproom is currently open every Saturday and Sunday and as of Summer 2020, social distancing means the outdoor area is now only open with lots of picnic tables located outside their brewery.
Given their success and how massive they’ve become, Beavertown beer now features in practically every bar in London. They are due to open a new site later this year in Ponds Forge so at the time of writing, the future of the Beavertown Tottenham taproom is unknown (although it will still remain a brewery). We’ll definitely make the most of it whilst we can!
Address: Signature Brew, Unit 17, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Road, Blackhorse Road / Walthamstow, N17 9QP
Exale Brewery, Walthamstow
Walthamstow’s newest brewery taproom (Truman’s Social Club is still being built at the time of writing – August 2020) and once again part of the burgeoning Walthamstow Beer Mile, Exale Brewery claims to be ‘never dull’ and we certainly agree.
We enjoyed our Exale experience as the taproom set-up is pretty eclectic, set up in a former old furniture warehouse (this might explain why all the chairs are so chintzy and chipped) – the chap serving behind the bar on our trip was also super-friendly and holding conversations with pretty much every barfly.
The only downside was that core-range didn’t really include any darker / stout lines when we visited but we’ve heard they are working on this – we stuck with the house pale ale, Exale Pale (4.2% ABV)
Address: Exale Brewery, Unit 2C Uplands Business Park, Walthamstow, London E17 5QJ
Camden Town Brewery Beer Hall
One of the newest brewery taprooms in North London and the spiritual home of Hell’s Lager (which you now see on tap in most of London’s pubs), Camden Town Brewery offers brewery tours plus tasters in their taproom. Their new beer hall (located in nearby Kentish Town) has over 20 different beers on tap plus a walk-in fridge and merchandise shop.
A big space with a huge bar (more corporate than quirky), Camden Town Brewery Beer Hall is a welcoming place and beer drinking space which caters for all group sizes and all tastes (given their sheer number of beers on tap) – it also has a small outdoor drinking area too, perfect for summer months. Unlike a lot of breweries in this list, Camden Town Brewery also has a permanent kitchen set-up offering pizza, pasta, salads as well as sirloin steak and a beer hall platter.
Address: Camden Beer Hall, Kentish Town, 55-59 Wilkin Street Mews, north London NW5 3NN
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Wildcard Brewery, Walthamstow
If you start your Walthamstow Beer Mile adventure going from north to south, Wildcard Brewery will be your first port of call (and a beery bonus, they actually have two taprooms in North London, both quite close to one another).
Founded in 2012 by several beer loving Midlanders, Wildcard Brewery soon outgrew their original brewery near Walthamstow Village and after a successful crowdfunding campaign, opened a second, larger unit on Lockwood Way, doubling up as a brewery and taproom. At the weekends, Wildcard set up lots of picnic tables in front of their brewery and often have a guest food stall – their on tap range changes regularly and perhaps they are best known for their Wildcard IPA (5.5% – my favourite) and their Pale Ale (4.3%) – at our most recent visit, we also discovered their raspberry and chocolate stout (5.8%).
Wildcard Brewery taprooms
Unit 2, Lockwood Way, Walthamstow, London E17 5RB
Shernhall St, Walthamstow, London E17 9HQ
Two Tribes Brewery, King’s Cross
Billed brilliantly as ‘Beer + Music + Art’, Two Tribes Brewery and Taproom is open Tuesday to Saturday and is about a ten minute walk from Lewis Cubit Square in King’s Cross. Located in Tileyard Studios (another random industrial estate), this is a low-key North London taproom that does the business with a lively roster of eclectic events – as well as their core range of beers and lagers, they also have an extensive collection of collaborations and guest beers on tap.
We visited Two Tribes on a Saturday morning in February (2020) and surprisingly had the whole taproom to ourselves – this meant the friendly as bar staff member working the bar (friendly as) was able to spend quite a bit of time with us telling about what to drink, the company history and other North London breweries to sup in – nice and friendly with a very relaxed vibe.
Address: Two Tribe’s Brewery Taproom, Tileyard studios, Tileyard Rd, London N7 9AH
ORA Brewing, Tottenham
A little taste of Italia in North London, ORA Brewing specialise in using homegrown ingredients (think Limoncello IPA), and is a short walk across Tottenham Marshes from Tottenham Hale station brings you to ORA Brewing, located on another Tottenham business park.
The Ora Brewery taproom is open most Saturdays and is a cute and charming set-up with picnic tables outside and chairs and a sofa located inside, amongst the brewery equipment. The soft furnishings and indoor plants are a really nice touch (likely procured by the nearby IKEA Edmonton). The craft on draft alternates often and when we visited in August 2020, we went for a Cerbero, a rather decadent tiramisu stout with vanilla and cocoa hints (£6 a pint and 5% abv) and a pint of Icarus (lemongrass infused and 4.5% abv and £5 a pint).
Address: ORA Brewing, Unit 16a, Rosebery Industrial Park, London N17 9SR
Little Creatures Brewery, King’s Cross
Little Creatures Brewery taproom in King’s Cross, north London is actually a little different than most of the other bars and taprooms we mention on this list, as it is open every day of the week and is more of a bar than weekend taproom. We were curious to visit as we’ve visited the original Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle, Western Australia a few years ago as well as their pop-up beer hall in Melbourne.
Their Little Creature’s London outpost is a good-looking set-up and feels very sleek and shiny. Having been to Fremantle, we can confirm the beer tastes as good here as it does under the Australian sunshine. They also currently do £2.80 pints during a special happy hour every Monday evening and their signature Little Creatures Pale Ale (5.2%) hits the spot perfectly.
Address: Little Creature’s, 1 Lewis Cubitt Walk, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DL
Truman’s Social Club, Blackhorse Road
The newest addition to the Walthamstow Beer Mile recently opened in Blackhorse Road and has a huge outdoor garden with Truman’s beer on draft and delicious street food vendors (advance booking for a table is recommended).
They are based in a former Irn Bru distribution warehouse with an on-site brewery, taproom, and events space that will host live performances, brewery tours and cinema screenings – we cannot wait!
Address: 1 Priestley Way, Walthamstow, London E17 6AL
Redemption Brewery and Bohem Brewery Taprooms, Tottenham
Situated on the outskirts of an industrial estate in the shadow of the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, you’ll discover the crafty goodness of Redemption Brewery and Bohem Brewery respectively, stalwarts of Tottenham’s taprooms.
Redemption Brewery is the more established of the two, with their beers available in numerous local bars and also larger Wetherspoons pubs. Specialising in craft cask beers, they only open their taproom during Tottenham Hotspurs home match days.
Bohem Brewery offers traditional Bohemian style lagers brewed by Czechs and is open Tuesday to Sundays, from 4.30pm to 11pm. An award winning micro brewery with a nice line in lagers, this is definitely one worth ‘hop’ping over to.
Redemption Brewery: 16, Compass West Estate, West Road, Tottenham, N17 0XL
Bohem Brewery: Unit 5, Littleline House, 41-43 West Road, N17 0RE
Neckstamper Brewery and Taproom
We will be visiting here soon…
Address: Unit 3, Cromwell Industrial Estate, Staffa Rd, Walthamstow, London E10 7QZ
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