The Great South London Brewery Crawl Part 2.2 (Yes we’re still at Canopy)

As you may recall from my last post, we got a bit carried away at Canopy Beer Co and tried ten beers. Or, as Kamala and Jane said, nine beers and one snakebite/Ribena. We dissected the first six last week, now it’s time for the final four and the all-important ambience score.

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The Beers

777 Red Rye Ale

Julie (JF): [By this point we had tried a lot of sweet beers] This is sweet, but in a less offensive way than the Troy Town Saison, I think because it’s smooth. I wouldn’t mind a pint. 6/10

Jane (JM): I like how smooth it is but it’s just too perfumed for me. 5/10

Kamala (KHB): Super smooth. It feels like I could gulp it down (and apparently she did because her next comment was “oh my God it’s almost gone!”) 8/10

Full Moon Porter

[At this point Kamala and I realised we have developed a taste for porters and discussed this at length.]

JF: Maybe it’s just an absence of dark beers today, but I think this is really good. It has a nice smokey flavour but slips down easily. 8/10

JM: I’m not a huge porter fan but I like this one, maybe because it doesn’t taste too strong. 7/10

KHB: Porters are growing on me! I blame this blog, or maybe it’s just that I haven’t had a coffee today. 8/10

Pure Session IPA

JF: I don’t know what Canopy do with their hops but they seem to have mastered the art of making an IPA without a hugely bitter aftertaste. I’m a fan. 7/10

JM: It’s a bit too hoppy for me, which takes away from what I think could have been a good flavour. 6/10

KHB: Excellent beer, good mix of flavours and doesn’t taste like I’m chewing on a hop. 8/10

Berry Bramble

JF: Very sweet, with weird citrus notes which I think are meant to cut through the sweetness but just don’t really work. You can’t really taste how alcoholic this is either 9it’s 9%) so it’s dangerous. 2/10

JM: I didn’t know that Ribena had branched out into beer. This is for children, shame about the 9% alcohol content. I do quite like it though, in a Smirnoff Ice kind of way. 4/10

KHB: This is snakebite. Stop marketing it as beer. 1/10

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Kamala reacts to the Berry Bramble (feat. Direwolf)

Ambience

JF: As the cinema ratings would say, mild threat (of being drenched by the water collecting in the gazebo-style roof). Good music and a nice space generally, although more tables would be appreciated. 8/10

JM: The seating design leaves a bit to be desired. I enjoyed the pumping beats but not the imminent threat of drowning. 6/10

KHB: Good music, good bar staff, and I like that the beers are brewed here, but I’m being attacked by a direwolf tail. I’m not sure what to do. 9/10

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That shadow is the water which threatened to drench us at any moment

For more information on Canopy, go to http://www.canopybeer.com/

Next time on Beers and Bouts, the Great South London Brewery Crawl continues with Bullfinch Brewery. 

The Great South London Brewery Crawl: Part Two (Canopy Beer Co)

After Brixton Brewery, we thought our second stop on The Great South London Brewery Crawl would be the London Beer Lab. We were wrong. As it turned out, someone had not done their research properly (that someone may have been me) and it was only a bottle shop. As you can imagine, we were very impressed.

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The beer crawlers find a no drinking zone

Still, we wouldn’t let a non-existent taproom and a no drinking zone keep us down for long, and continued on to Canopy Beer Co in Herne Hill. Here, we fell into a black hole and tried so many beers that I have decided to split this post in half. In this post, I’ll talk about the first six.

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I know there are only two beers here. I can count, I promise.

The Beers

Champion Kolsch

Julie (JF): Fairly indistinct flavour and not much body. It’s light and drinkable but it could be a Kronenbourg. 5/10

Kamala (KHB): I was expecting it to be lighter but they brought out the heavyweights. It gets better with every sip. 7/10

Jane (JM): Not too hoppy and yet that’s all you can taste. If I ordered a pint I’d be disappointed! 5/10

Love Walks Small

JF: I was scared because of the facial expressions the other two were making but I quite liked it. A little sour on the first taste but at least it has some flavour. 6/10

KHB: No love, glad I ordered a small. Why do sour beers exist? 4/10

JM: It looks like the slops of other beers. 5/10

Brockwell IPA

JF: It almost tastes perfumed and isn’t insanely hoppy – really drinkable. 7/10

KHB: Sharp again like a razor. Do I like this? Has it been mixed with a sour? Do I have any tastebuds left? 5/10

JM: It has a nice fruity taste and isn’t too hoppy. 7/10

Milkwood Amber

JF: This has lots of flavour, but unfortunately none of it is flavour that I like. 3/10

KHB: It tastes like sherbet gone wrong. I literally would prefer to snort it. 4/10

JM: What is that horrible aftertaste? An unusually sweet beer. (I apparently don’t like sweet beer). 4/10

4Pure Pils

JF: More flavour than I would have expected from a pils, but again it’s quite sweet. 6/10

KHB: Just a bit flat – it tasted like the dregs. 6/10

JM: It’s a summer beer but has a bit of an aftertaste. 6/10

Troy Town Saison

JF: This doesn’t really taste like beer, it’s too sweet and herbal. Maybe we should stop ordering saisons. 4/10

KHB: Is this a beer? Is it? It’s not. Say no to saisons. 3/10

JM: It’s a no from me. Tastes like it’s gone off. 4/10

For more information on Canopy, go to http://www.canopybeer.com/

Next time on Beers and Bouts, the Great South London Brewery Crawl continues with Canopy’s final four beers. 

The Great South London Brewery Crawl: Part One (Brixton Brewery)

Our next brewery crawl was uncharted territory for me. We were venturing south. I made a lot of comments like “So this is what south of the river looks like” and “Where’s the nearest tube station?”. Despite this, we all had a lovely time.

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For this crawl, we brought along a guest taster. This is Jane. She is not drinking beer in the picture, but she is in a brewery so we’ll forgive her. She also came up with some hilarious comments so she’s welcome back on a brewery crawl at any time.

We started at Brixton Brewery (well actually we started in Wetherspoons, but we will never speak of this again). We didn’t stay long as the tiny brewery was rammed with people, forcing us to sit outside with our legs in the road, narrowly avoiding collisions with passing traffic. But we did manage to taste three beers and jot down some thoughts, even if many of them were about how the beers we were tasting compared to Kronenbourg. Wetherspoons has ruined us.

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The Beers

Atlantic Pale Ale

Julie (JF): Light, refreshing, good flavour of citrus and not too hoppy. It would be good for a pub session as it’s a bit more exciting than a Kronenbourg. 7/10

Kamala (KHB): Too fruity for my liking. I hate fruit beer – keep it out of my pint! 5/10

Jane (JM): It feels a bit like a lager that’s trying to be trendy. 7/10

Reliance IPA

JF: Not so many exciting flavour notes in this beer. It’s drinkable but a bit bland. 5/10

KHB: This is a drink for light beer drinkers…like me! 7/10

JM: I quite liked it but I don’t think it’s a beer I’d remember. 6/10

Effra Ale

JF: This has a nice body, but still slips down and is very refreshing. Another fairly boring beer though. 6/10

KHB: It’s like an amber mixed with a Kronenbourg, which speaks to my low level taste. 8/10

JM: I don’t really like dark beers. This is drinkable but I doidn’t really enjoy the taste. 5/10

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JF: There’s not much space but I like the fact that it’s obviously a working brewery and the staff are very friendly. 6/10

KHB: We could get run over at any time, this is the ultimate in dangerous beer drinking!. 6/10

JM: I like the music but it does smell a bit like hamster. 7/10

For more information on Brixton Brewery go to  http://www.brixtonbrewery.com/beta/

Next time on Beers and Bouts, the Great South London Brewery Crawl continues with Canopy Beer Co.