While at the Euston Tap on Thursday, we noticed they had a number of low alcohol beers, 2 of which were below 3%. We thought it might be a good idea to start our day there, with a fresh palate. Unfortunately we got there too early and rather than stand around waiting, we walked over to the Bree Louise, which opens at 11:30am
|Handpumps at the Bree Louise|
|Windsor and Eton Parklife|
After the beer we walked back over to the Euston tap, where we were informed they would be opening late as somebody forgot their keys and they had to go back home and get them. So back to the Bree Louise to pass the time.
I order the Redemption Hopspur a 4.5% Amber ale. A nice balance of malt and hops.
|Windsor and Eton Conquerer|
|Summer Wine Teleporter|
It would be easy to spend the whole afternoon at these two pubs, but we had places to go and beers to drink. Two final pictures from the Euston Tap -- they cask board and the draft (keg) board.
|Keg List at Euston Tap|
|Cask List at Euston Tap|
Next on our list is one of my favorite places in London, the Southampton Arms. We caught a 214 bus from alongside St Pancras station and headed north. The Gospel Oak stop leaves you directly in front of the pub.
|Ale, Cider, Meat can only mean the Southampton Arms|
|Handpumps at the Southampton Arms|
|Redemption Rock the Kazbek|
Next I went with Dark Star Genesis, a unknown (for me) beer from an old favorite brewery. It looked to be maybe a mild, but it did have a bit of diacetyl but in this part of the world that usually is a feature, not a bug and it was not objectionable.
|Dark Star Genesis|
|East London Brewery Quadrant Oatmeal Stout|
My final beer at the Southampton Arms Dark Star Red Shift. This is a hard beer to explain. It is at its base a red ale, made with traditional floor malted English malt, hopped with Czech, German and Aussie hops (there it is again) and fermented with a Belgian yeast. A strange combination but it works.
|Dark Star Red Shift|
Not too far away was another pub that was recommended to us by a friend, the Pineapple
|Handpumps at the Pineapple|
|Cornish Crown SPA|
After a short bus trip, we arrived at the Scottish Brewery Brewdog's first London area pub.
|Tap list at Brewdog|
I decide to try the IPA with Amarillo and Galaxy hops. Happily, no acetone and no flaws. Back home I would say it was decent strong IPA. But then again it was £3.55 for a 1/3 pint which puts it at £10.65 a pint or over $16, a tad expensive even for London. No way was this a $16 beer. With my hand firmly on my wallet, I exited the premises.
|Most expensive beer of this (and many other) trips|
Around the corner was another pub that a friend recommended we check out if in the area. the Black Heart. It is a music pub so don't go expecting to have a quiet conversation.
They didn't have a huge number of hand pumps but there were a few beers I hadn't had before. I went with the Williams Brothers Seven Giraffes, a 5.1% IPA brewed with seven different grains. A pleasant last beer of the evening, as it turned out
They have a limited food menu but quite interesting. Just about everything comes with Kimchi, something I've not seen to much in London. I ordered Kimchi Cheese Fries (think Chili Cheese Fries with kimchi replacing the chili). I don't usually put Jack cheese on my kimchi, but this worked. The kimchi was that bad. I've had far better in LA but also far worse.
|Kimchi Cheese Fries|