The Great North London Brewery Crawl: Part Four (Wild Card Brewery)

The Great North London Brewery Crawl ended in Walthamstow, at the Wild Card Brewery. It involved a trek across parts of Walthamstow that we didn’t know existed (though to be fair I don’t know most parts of Walthamstow) to another industrial estate, and then a swift cab ride to the engagement party afterwards when we couldn’t resist staying for ‘just one more’.

We weren’t able to sample all of Wild Card’s playing card-themed beers, but we tried the ruby (Jack of Clubs), blonde (King of Hearts) and porter (Ace of Spades).We’ll have to come back for the IPA (Queen of Diamonds).

L-R: Jack of Clubs, King of Hearts, Ace of Spades, Venus Weizen.
The Beers

Jack of Clubs

J: Strong malty flavour, but not unpleasant ( though I know I like the stronger beers more as I get further into a session). Quite smooth and not too heavy, I could drink a pint but not go on all night. 7/10

K: I could drink a pint but not much more – it has quite a metallic aftertaste. 6/10

King of Hearts

J: It’s smooth and goes down well, but I’m not keen on the flatness. It’s also not the most exciting beer I’ve had all day. 6/10

K: I love blondes…in bed and in beers! [Can you tell we’d been drinking for a while by this point?] This one slides down. 9/10

Ace of Spades

J:  Initially strong coffee notes, doesn’t start too heavy but settles on the chest. Fairly drinkable, but another beer I wouldn’t want to drink too much of, especially as it leaves an aftertaste. 6/10

K: It’s like a flat beer to get you going the morning after the night before, but that’s all. 5/10

Venus Weizen (brewed by Gyle 59 to celebrate and promote women in brewing)

J: I was expecting a classic wheat beer, but this is a dark wheat which is a bit of a shock. It has more coffee notes (theme of the day today) , and a not too heavy texture. I want to like it more because of the women factor, but I’m not a big fan. 6/10

K: I’m not sure what this is actually but it’s well done. Well done women. 8/10

The Wild Card beer fridge
The Ambience

J: Despite the walk, I really enjoy the ‘middle of an industrial estate’ vibe so top points for that. It could do with some more seating and the staff were initially less helpful than elsewhere but the one offered beer advice while we were discussing the tasters at our table so maybe we shouldn’t judge all of the staff on the one who served us. Also they love playing The Beatles (in case it wasn’t clear, that is a good thing). 7/10

K: I can imagine spending a really long time here. 8/10

It was very dark and I was quite drunk

The Great North London Brewery Crawl: Part Three (Beavertown Brewery)

Our third stop on the Great North London Brewery Crawl was the brewery which started it all. Our roller derby training venue is down the road in Seven Sisters, and when we first realised that we had been neglecting the London craft brewery scene, we intended to start with the brewery which we had heard existed in Tottenham Hale. This germ of an idea grew into the Great North London Brewery Crawl, but it was all built around Beavertown. In honour of this, and due to the cheap prices, we drank a lot of beers there.

L-R: Moose Fang, Imperial Lord Smog Almighty, Neck Oil
The Beers

Test Pilot Mavericus

J: Light, quite fruity, and not too hoppy. There’s not too much aftertaste, a little bitterness builds after a while, but I could still easily drink a few pints. 9/10

K: I could definitely drink a pint or four. 8/10

Test Pilot Anser

J: A lot more hoppy and bitter than the other Test Pilot, not getting a good impression from the very first taste. It’s relatively light, but I’m glad we don’t have to drink too much of it. 3/10

K: Almost like treacle. You can really taste the alcohol. 3/10

Neck Oil

J: Lighter than the usual IPA, but still with a decent flavour and very easy to drink. The bitterness bleeds in after a few drinks but doesn’t spoil the experience. It’s not too exciting though compared to the Test Pilot Mavericus. 6/10

K: Best all day. 9/10

Imperial Lord Smog Almighty

J: This is what a real stout tastes like. Strong and very smoky, a lot heavier than the hybrids we were drinking earlier. I can taste the alcohol more with every sip too, which isn’t a good think. The best thing I can say about it is that it’s worthy of its name. 2/10

K: I can barely drink a sip. Help! 2/10

Moose Fang

J: Quite syrupy with notes of chocolate and caramel, a lot easier to drink than the stout but really alcoholic and becomes too sweet after a while. A half would probably finish me. 4/10

K: Not as good as the fusions we tried in Camden Town and BrewDog but passable. 5/10

Blubus Maximus (Beavertown and Wild Beer Co)

(This was the wild card, bought for us by a group of Midlands lads sharing our table who were interested in our project and told us we needed to try something a bit different. It was certainly that.)

J: Sour and fruity and extremely fizzy. It doesn’t taste like I’m drinking beer at all. I could drink quite a lot of it for the flavour but the carbonation is a bit excessive and is putting me off. 7/10

I don’t have any notes from Kamala on this beer, but given her usual opinion on sours I’m going to suggest she didn’t enjoy this one. I seem to remember her pulling a face and refusing a second glass.


The Ambience

J: Outside was a little cold but would be lovely in the summer. Inside it looked cosy, and packed. It’s also nice to be surrounded by the brewing equipment in the place where the beer is created. The bar staff were less helpful with recommendations, probably because they were so busy, but they were quick and efficient and the beer was cheap. They ought to add more women’s toilets though. 7/10

K: They played good music (e.g. The Corrs), but they should add more tables inside and introduce beer flights for tasting. 7/10


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Next time on Beers and Bouts, the North London Brewery Crawl continues with Wild Card Brewery, Walthamstow.