The Craft Beer Thread


Late to this thread, but all the Peckham/Brick Brewery Sours I’ve tried so far have been delicious. (All bought at Clapton Craft, obviously!) You may also like Wild Beer Co’s Sleeping Lemons (CC again) – very light and refreshing, flavoured with preserved lemons so it has that slightly tang too.


Unlikely request, but does anyone know a good craft beer supplier in Norwich? @Londondrz?


The Dulwich Beer Dispensary is opening in the old Barcelona tapas place. Builders are in and there’s a sign to say opening on 4 October :blush:

Looking forward to it!


The guys are working hard on the new offering - we are regulars at the London Beer Dispensary and they’ve been having a lot of chats with regulars there about what might work well in the new place. Hoping it’s a big success!


London Beer Dispensary is great and I wish them well with the new opening but I think they’ve chosen a very challenging location - it’s slightly in-between places, it’s not East Dulwich, it’s not Forest Hill and I can’t see it getting much footfall and for obvious reasons it’s not somewhere you’re going to want to drive to.


I was thinking the same- I wish them well but maybe a location actually in forest hill proper might have been a winner! Probably wishful thinking!!


There are a lot of residents who live between the Plough and Forest Hill centre who currently have nowhere on their patch since The Grove closed down. They might not need massive passing footfall if they get that audience right.

Quite a few people will travel for a good choice of beers - and it’s not particularly hard to get to. There are 6 bus routes within 100m or so. And there aren’t many places within 10 minutes on a bus with this type of beer offer.

There are also a lot of walkers who do the Green Chain and come out at Cox’s Walk who won’t be far away. And quite a few teams who use the sports facilities along that end of Dulwich Common.

It will need some good signposting and advertising for the latter groups though. Fingers crossed it’s a huge success as it will become my nearest bar :crossed_fingers:t3:


I nipped into the Dulwich Beer Dispensary last night. It was quiet as it was 7 on a Monday but friendly bar team said they’d had a busy weekend with lots of locals celebrating its arrival. Smallish bar area but tables/seats and a couple of sofas inside and more space outside. They’ve kept some of the old wooden cabinets but the Gaudi-esque tiles have gone or been painted over.

Most happily, the Siren G&T gose I mentioned upthread was on tap :grin: and v tasty!


Did it just open last weekend then? Will have to have a pop down…


Opened last Thurs or Friday, I think. I was away so last night was my first chance to drop in


Popped into @ClaptonCraft this afternoon for a few Christmas treats and they have a chap from a new Chichester brewery (81 Artisan) doing a tasting. Tried a great porter and a Vienna pale with some awesome can artwork! Thanks guys!


Yeah I had the vienna pale but didn’t have my glasses on and thought it was from Partisan not 81 Artisan!


Hey Garfield, merry (belated) Christmas!

I’ll be sure to pass on the kind words to Adrian when I next see him. As he might of said, he’s a one man band at the moment: brewer, admin, delivery driver and social media guru. That said, I’d really urge yourself and anyone interested in the beer industry to check out his Instagram, 81artisanbrewing. Its a great source of information into the brewery process and thinking behind each beer and more!

Anyway, the kind words! Yes, they’re obviously very important in the early stages of any business’s life and of course throughout so I’m sure they’ll be much appreciated and a great source of encouragement.

Happy holiday - Ben, CC Forest Hill


Oh, exciting news! For anyone who visited us on the Sunday (23rd) when Adrian from 81 Artisan was in and happened to enter their name into a prize draw (like Garfield), well, he’s picked out all the winning names and emailed them personally. There were 5 winners in total so chances are high that you’ve won a 6 can gift pack of 81 Artisan beer.

We’re open now until 9:00pm tonight and our regular shopping hours tomorrow to Sunday. If you’re unable to pop-in either these days then no need to worry, we’re open 11:00am-9:00pm New Years Eve and back to business as usual Thursday 3rd.

Cheers - Ben, CC Forest Hill


Thanks Ben, I was on the lucky winners list, which is good as I’ve finished the cans I bought on the day! I’ll pop in later on the way home from work (boo!).


Awesome, congratulations on the win and really happy to hear you enjoyed the beer first time round. Well, hopefully knowing you’ve won yourself some free beer will make the day go that little bit quicker.

See you soon - Ben


Admittedly not in SE23 but not far away, Brew By Numbers are opening a tap room in Peckham on Bellenden Road. Opening night is tomorrow from 5

I’m at a Brick Brewery event so might wander up the road afterwards and check it out. Really feels like we’ve got great local beer drinking these days. :beers:


I popped down a few weeks ago for the soft launch and it’s looking like it will be a great addition once finished. They are going to have 22 lines and it will also will be home to their barrel aging project. Will definitely be going back.