Oh, how we long to say the words ‘shall we meet at the pub’, or ‘I’ll get this round’… With the coronavirus lockdown in full swing, it feels like a lifetime since we paid our favourite locals a visit. But all is not lost – we’ve gathered a list of some of the breweries who are offering to deliver your favourite beers to your door, meaning that Friday night drinks can continue in style, even if it has to be over Zoom…
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Craft Metropolis is the craft beer club that’s letting you order some of London’s craftiest beers for home delivery. Founder Oliver Meade is offering a regular drip-feed of tasty and interesting beers, all from small independent breweries, delivered on demand. Better still, you can choose the exact beers yourself, rather than relying on a predetermined box set. Breweries include Brew by Numbers, Canopy Beer Co, Five Points, Gipsy Hill Brewery, Kernel, Polly’s Brew Co and Rock Leopard Brewing. A one-off box is £38, or you can subscribe to regular boxes for £36 each. Delivery is free, or you can opt for the premium 24-36 hour delivery at a small extra cost when you go to check-out.
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Biercraft x Braybrooke Beer Co
If you’re missing your food just as much as your beer, this is the collaboration you’ve been waiting for. The restaurant craft beer distributor Biercraft, alongside the specialist lager brewery Braybrooke Beer Co, have teamed up with some of London’s finest independent restaurants to launch a series of curated beer cases, each specially designed to pair with that restaurant’s style of food. The likes of 10 Greek Street, BAO, Salon, Quality Chop House and Spiritland are all taking part, and each Thursday a new curated case will be released. As if it couldn’t get any better, £3 from each case will go to charity to help those affected by Covid-19, and it will also include a voucher for a dish and a drink once the restaurants are back up and running.
This super-cool little brewery was started in 2016 by two brothers, Archie and Louis Village. They’re based in Deptford, and are continuing to run their delivery service meaning that you don’t have to go without your favourite pint for long. Choose from their signature three varieties – Rodeo Pale Ale, Whistle Pilsner and Rafiki Session IPA – or go for one of their mixed cases if you can’t choose.
These guys have been brewing in the heart of (you guessed it) Brockley since 2013, and today they produce a fantastic range of cask, keg, bottled and canned beers. They’re also offering a delivery service, with all your favourite brews delivered fresh to your door. Masala Wala PPA, Catford Pride Pale Ale, Steppers Extra Stout and Session IPA are all part of the selection, so there’s sure to be something here for even the most hard-to-please of beer fans.
The Kernel Brewery
If you’re partial to a pint by the lovely people at The Kernel Brewery, then listen up: you can either collect from the brewery in SE16 for free, or they’re offering delivery to London zones 1-3 for £7.50, with your order arriving between 2 and 3 business days. If you’re not quite so central, you don’t have to miss out either – you can still get your brews within two-to-three business days, but with a slightly higher delivery charge of £8.50 and with a minimum order of £28.
Rock Leopard Brewing Co
It might be based way out in Welling, just east of Woolwich, but Rock Leopard Brewing Co delivers for FREE to Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Dartford, with UK-wide delivery also available. A mixed case of 12, including four 400ml cans each of Savage Scene (a citrusy, tropical, hoppy Inner City Pale Ale), Distant Cousin of a Mu Mu Cat (an India Pale Ale with medium floral and citrus tones and a clean finish), and Step Up (a malty, caramelly collaboration with Cloudwater that sees 5% of the proceeds donated to charities helping those facing society’s biggest hurdles), costs £45.50. Minimum order £25.
Gipsy Hill Brewery
Located at the base of Gipsy Hill in south London, this brewery is known for its full-flavoured, moreish tipples. Take advantage of their online shop and order straight to your door, with their core beers, special beers, guest beers, a Brewer’s choice pack and a mix-and-match pack of either 12 or 24 cans all on offer. Don’t miss their brilliant ‘Buy the NHS a Pint’ initiative either, which you can contribute to for just £5. Each pint paid forward will add to a bar tab on to their taproom till system, and once the taproom is back up and running, anyone from the NHS and any volunteer signed up to help can pop in, show their ID and redeem their pint. If after three months the tab hasn’t been finished, they will donate the full remainder to an NHS charity of choice.
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HonestBrew’s HQ is based in east London, but their UK-wide operation belongs to no postcode area. Their craft beer subscription – which might be the only bit of stability and routine in your life at present – allows you to choose between six, nine and 12 beers, which can then be delivered at a frequency of your choosing. The subscription can be tailored to your unique tastes, with mixed styles, IPAs and Pale Ales all on offer. If you’re a true fan, perhaps you might want to sign up for HonestBrew Membership too; this means getting up to 15% off, the HonestBrew Price Promise (if another retailer has the same order for less, HonestBrew will credit your account for the difference) and the Great Taste Guarantee. You’ll even get early access to new releases, with the ability to get your hands on hard-to-find beers before anyone else. Where can we sign up?
Signature Brew – which runs the Blackhorse Beer Mile brewery bar, a Taproom in Haggerston and The Collab burger bar in Walthamstow – is helping Londoners who are missing their pub visits with its ingenious new Pub in a Box. The box of wonders contains the brewery’s core range of beers (you can order eight, 16 or 24 cans), snacks including nuts and pretzels pieces, two stem glasses, a Spotify playlist with a QR code, and a music quiz. Best of all, if you live local, it’ll be delivered by a musician looking to bridge the gap while all gigs and tours are cancelled. The Pub in a Box is available for delivery throughout the UK, priced at £25-£60.
This popular brewery has been making big waves since 2011, when it was founded by Peter Hills and Jon Swain. It’s based in a couple of railway arches in Hackney, and the brews made here are painstakingly tested for their alcohol content, bitterness and carbonation levels to ensure consistency and quality across the range. They also go above and beyond to do their bit for the environment, with renewable energy sources and recycled packaging, so it’s a double tick from us. They’re offering home deliveries, with a 15% discount on all orders over £100 when you use the code ‘100PLUS’. They’ll deliver for free to the following postcodes: E1-3, E10, E11, E14, E15, E17, E20, E5, E8, E9, EC1-4, N1, N15-17, N19, N22, N4, N5, N7, N8, NW1, NW5, WC1, WC2. All other UK wide deliveries are eligible for the same discount code, but with a postage charge of £7.
East London Brewing Company
Tucked away at the end of Lammas Road, next to the Waterworks Nature Reserve, the East London Brewing Company needs to be on your radar if it isn’t already. They brew and distribute quality beers for cask, keg, bottle and can throughout London, the UK and beyond, and they say that until they hear otherwise, their online shop is open as normal. Their bottled and canned beers are available in packs of 12, and during the Coronavirus pandemic, they’re offering free delivery to all London E postcodes for orders of 2 cases or more, or bag-in-boxes, between Monday and Friday. If you want to take advantage of this, either call or email the brewery direct rather than ordering online.
Five Points Brewing Company
This independent brewery is based in Hackney, and the team here champion the flavour, provenance, and consistency of their award-winning beers – they’re unfiltered and unpasteurised too, which makes for an even better flavour and aroma. Their online shop is open for business, with their cans, bottles and barley wine all available.
Their venues may be temporarily closed, but in the meantime, Pillars Brewery’s online shop will be providing a free delivery service to all E17 addresses on orders over £20. Nationwide deliveries are also possible via a courier. Choose from their extensive range of beers and guest beers, including a case of 24 cans of their Untraditional Lager, a case of 24 of their Rebell Helles brew or 24 bottles of their Pillars x Spicebox IPL. They’re also running a ‘pay it forward’ initiative for our wonderful NHS, allowing you to show your support by gifting them (and other key workers) a beer for £2.
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Camden Town Brewery
Camden by name, but not so much by nature… Camden Town Brewery actually sprung to life in the basement of a pub in Hampstead, and now has a shiny new brewery in Enfield after a somewhat controversial buyout. But details, details… The good news right now is that Camden Town Brewery is offering a delivery service with free postage on orders over £50, while doing its bit for charity, too. The brewery will match each and every donation that customers make to Hospitality Action’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal on their web-shop – simply add your donation at check-out and they’ll double it, with funds going towards those who are facing hardship in the industry such as bar teams, restaurant staff and chefs. So, you can sip away knowing that you’re helping others. Camden Town has also set up a virtual drinks space called The Brew.www.ery Bar, also in support of Hospitality Action, with fun quizzes and great ways to connect with your fellow beer drinkers.
Founded in Hackney and now based in Tottenham, Beavertown is now one of London’s biggest, best known breweries, renowned for their colourful cans that are packed with lots of flavours and character. They’re offering to deliver your favourites direct to your door, with free shipping on all UK orders when you spend a £100. Perhaps you might go for a case of their Waters of Life Pale Lager, or a case of 24 of their core beers…or both!
Pressure Drop Brewing
Tottenham’s Pressure Drop Brewing are running an online shop stocking all their best-loved beverages, including a box of their Pale Fire brew or a box of their Great Heights variety. There are plenty of individual beers available for order too, and for every order of 15 cans, they will pay forward £25 in credit to the independent pub, restaurant or retail outlet of your choice. Simply name the business in your order notes, and they’ll let them know they have a credit on their account – so you can sit back and enjoy a proper pint, safe in the knowledge that you’re continuing to help your beloved local too.
Muswell Hillbilly Brewers
This north London brewery has gained quite the reputation for its distinctive flavours, with recipes that harness the finest locally sourced ingredients including their very own N10 hops. They currently produce bottle conditioned craft beer, cask and kegged real ales, which are available across North London. Their taproom on Avenue Mews will be open for collection for take-away only (following the social distancing guidelines, of course) between 6 and 8pm on Friday, 12 and 7pm on Saturday and 1 and 5pm on Sunday. They are also doing special online deals for bottles and cans, and will deliver growlers containing fresh beer from their taps. Local deliveries are free for all orders over £25. For deliveries, please email them through their contact page on their website, or get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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Weird Beard Brew Co
Other than those big ol’ beer giants Fuller’s, Weird Beard Brew Co is a west London pioneer in micro-brewery terms. Branding their core and occasional beer as ‘proudly experimental and happily non-conformist’, this brewery is the place to go if you’re after a full flavoured pint. Their online shop is now open, with delivery costing just £4.99, or the option of free delivery on all orders within 2 miles of the brewery (which is on Boston Business Park in Hanwell). There is also free delivery available for all orders £35 and over.
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