London is home to over 7,000 pubs and that does not include the hundreds of bars and wine bars dotted all over the city and surrounding suburbs. London certainly has plenty of places to drink and also has some exceptional breweries crafting some fantastic beers.
So when we talk about brewing beer, we really mean “ale”. Although lager is also brewed, lagers do tend to be more mass produced. (Link the difference between lager and ale)
In the C19 London was the brewing capital of the world
The brewing of beer is believed to have started as early as 3,500BC, with evidence of Germanic and Celtic tribes brewing from 3,000BC. By the 19th century, London had become the beer brewing capital of the world. Sadly during the 1960s foreign beers became fashionable and London breweries spiralled into decline. Thankfully those gallant chaps at CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) took hold of the mantle for promoting real beer across our beloved country back in the 1970′s and culled the slow death of our brewing industry.
In the past 10 years the has been renewed energy with many new small breweries opening. This has become more and more popular with young people around the world looking for that unique beer that’s states “here I am – love me or not”
So with a deep tradition of brewing, we guide you to London’s brewers and breweries.
Let us know if you have your own brewery and would like to be listed.