From One Mile End, we journeyed to London Fields for our second stop on The Great East London Brewery Crawl. It was an interesting experience. The small taproom was heaving with people and when we spotted an empty corner of bench and sat down we were briskly shooed away by an unfriendly member of staff. It turned out we were interrupting a child’s birthday party. Kamala was incensed.
Thankfully it got better from there…
Broadway Blonde (Blonde)
Julie: Nice sweet flavour and good level of carbonation but I can taste the alcohol content which is offputting and there’s a mild aftertaste. It’s very light and drinkable though, so I could carry on for a while. 7/10
Kamala: Super easy to drink but a bit too bland. A firm 7/10
Shoreditch Triangle (IPA)
J: This doesn’t taste like a normal IPA, it’s syrupy and quite flat. The sweet taste cancels out the usual IPA bitterness though. 7/10
K: It’s interesting, sweet and slightly caramely, but not too sweet. 8/10
Love Not War (Red Ale)
J: I’m not sure what to make of this, reds are still something of an unknown entity. There’s some bitterness but not the intense hoppy bitterness of a strong IPA. It’s quite drinkable but I’m just not sure I’d order it again. 6/10
K: Quite citrusy but not gross like a fruit beer. 7/10
J: I like the decor and the bar staff are good but they seem to have gone over the top on reserving space. The music is also a bit loud for the middle of the afternoon and one of the staff members seems to just be officious. 6/10
K: We accidentally walked into a child’s birthday party…is nowhere safe??? [She still tells this story, with intonation like so: “There were CHILDREN….having a PARTY….in a BREWERY!”] 5/10
For more information on London Fields Brewery, go to: http://londonfieldsbrewery.co.uk/.
Next time on Beers and Bouts, the Great East London Brewery Crawl continues with Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick.