Apparently we can’t resist BrewDog. We included the Aberdeenshire brewery’s Camden bar in our very first brewery crawl in North London, and as Kamala and I stumbled towards Clapham Junction station at the end of The Great South London Brewery Crawl we happened upon the Clapham Junction branch of BrewDog. What could we do but taste some beers?
L-R: Kingpin, Dead Pony Club, 5AM Saint, Jet Black Heart
At BrewDog Camden, we had mistakenly tried a selection of non-BrewDog beers, so this time we sampled only house brews.
Julie: It’s basically just a lager, and I feel like this blog is ruining my appreciation for ordinary lager. I have nothing bad to say about this, but also not much good. 6/10
Kamala: It’s crisp and avoids the sharp flat taste we’ve had a lot of today. I feel like I could drink 10 pints, though that’s not necessarily a good thing. 6/10
Dead Pony Club
J: It definitely has some bitter notes, but is also quite flavourful. I’ve tasted some better IPAs today so I have to mark it down. 6/10
K: Best beer of the day! Fruity but not a snakebite. Bitter but not sherbet. The Mecca of beer. 8/10
J: This is less bitter than the Dead Pony Club, and has more flavour, although it’s still quite hoppy. 7/10
K: The name is giving me flashbacks to last night. I can’t think of anything else… 7/10
Jet Black Heart
J: It’s like drinking cold coffee. Very smooth, but I like my beer with a bit more fizz. 6/10
K: This is the coffee I missed out on this morning. It really is the espresso martini of the beer world. 6/10
J: It’s weirdly quiet for a Saturday night, I’ve knocked points off for the lack of tater tots (our favourite item on the Camden menu) and the weird men sharing our table, but added them on for the flights and the friendly staff. 7/10
K: I’m sitting and they have flights, which makes me happy. But there are men talking about sex next to us…do men even have sex? 6/10
For more information on BrewDog, and specifically their Clapham Junction branch, go to https://www.brewdog.com/bars/uk/clapham-junction.
Next time on Beers and Bouts we remain in South London with the Bermondsey Mile.