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Good Beer Guide celebrates London as Beer Boom City

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Embargoed: 00:01, 15th September

 

Good Beer Guide celebrates London as Beer Boom City

 

INTERVIEW/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Good Beer Guide editor Roger Protz will be available on 15th September 10am-12 noon at the Bree Louise Pub (Euston) and 2pm-5pm at Sambrook's Brewery (Battersea)

 

The 2017 edition of the Good Beer Guide (GBG), published by the Campaign for Real Ale, CAMRA, charts the remarkable rebirth of brewing in London. The capital was dubbed a "beer desert" by the Campaign in the 1970s but now the guide lists 69 breweries, with five more due to open in the near future.

 

"London is once again one of the world's great brewing cities," editor Roger Protz says. "Choice for drinkers is astonishing. Brewers have restored India Pale Ale [IPA], first brewed in East London in the early 19th century, along with other famous London beers such as Porter and Stout.

 

"But they are innovating, too, with beers aged in wood, ales made with the addition of herbs, spices, fruit, chocolate and coffee, and have developed their interpretations of Belgian farmhouse and sour beers."

 

Protz grew up in East London surrounded by famous names in brewing such as Charrington, Manns, Taylor Walker and Trumans. "They all closed due to mergers and takeovers – but now the area is bursting with breweries again," he says.

"Hackney is beer paradise for drinkers. Trumans has been brought back to life and has been joined by Crate, Five Points, Hackney, Howling Hops, Pressure Drop and Maregade. Close by there are breweries in Leyton, Silvertown, Victoria Park, Walthamstow, Whitechapel and Bethnal Green.

 

"The crowds packing Tap East in the Westfields shopping centre in Stratford after West Ham United games show football fans aren't all lager drinkers. And the football club even has its own beers with Iron Ale and Boleyn Bitter."

 

In Bermondsey, there are so many breweries packed into the area that drinkers take the "Bermondsey Mile" at weekends, visiting such breweries as Anspach & Hobday, Brew by Numbers, Fourpure, Kernel, Partizan and Southwark to sample the beers. And drinkers can go the extra mile at UBrew in Bermondsey and make their own beer.

 

Also in south London, Duncan Sambrook has built Sambrook's Brewery in Battersea into a major force in the capital. He was so distressed by the closure of Young's in Wandsworth that he gave up a career in the City to launch his brewery in 2008 and now sells a range that includes Wandle Bitter, Junction and Powerhouse Porter to pubs throughout London and the M25 corridor.

 

In north London, Beavertown has also grown rapidly to become a sizeable brewery. Founder Logan Plant, son of Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant,  opened a tiny brewery in De Beauvoir Town – pronounced Beavertown by locals – and finally moved to Tottenham Hale three years ago, where he has grown production from 1,000 hectolitres brewed in his kitchen,a year to 50,000 and plans to expand further.

"London is a tourist hot spot and visitors from within and without the UK can now enjoy an enormous range of beers here," Roger Protz says. "The capital is a dynamic brewing centre and new brewers are clamouring to jump on the fast-moving bandwagon."

 

 

COPY ENDS

 

Notes to editors:

 

To arrange interviews with Good Beer Guide Beer editor Roger Protz will be available for interview in London on Thursday 15 September at the Bree Louise pub, Euston in the morning and at Sambrook's brewery, Battersea in the afternoon. Please contact Communications Assistant Ayo Kila on 01721 337 863 or press@camra.org.uk 

 

Beer quality assessor Cask Marque has sponsored the 2017 Good Beer Guide. Cask Marque makes over 22,000 unannounced visits to pubs each year and tests each cask ale on sale for temperature, appearance, aroma and taste. They also the number one provider of Cellar Management Training  in the UK.

 

The 44th edition of the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide will be published in September and will list the best 4,500 pubs in the country chosen by its 180,000-plus membership.

 

Contact:

 

CAMRA Press Office

press@camra.org.uk

01727 337 8863

 

For review copies:

 

David Birkett

Publications Sales and Marketing Officer

david.birkett@camra.org.uk

 01727 337865

 

 

 

 


A breakdown of Regional Stats in the 2017 Guide.

Central Southern        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Berkshire 53 17 14 2
Buckinghamshire 54 20 14 5
Oxfordshire 69 18 26 4
  176 55 54 11
 
East Anglia        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Bedfordshire 49 9 8 1
Cambridgeshire 70 15 21 1
Essex 110 30 30 3
Hertfordshire 64 17 34 7
Norfolk 105 37 40 5
Suffolk 72 15 25 1
Total: 470 123 158 18
 
East Midlands        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Derbyshire 95 23 65 13
Leicestershire 68 16 21 4
Lincolnshire 113 20 28 0
Northamptonshire 49 12 42 6
Nottinghamshire 74 17 23 0
Total: 399 88 179 23
 
Greater London        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Greater London 292 60 72 7
Total: 292 60 72 7
 
Greater Manchester        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Greater Manchester 158 29 70 10
Total: 158 29 70 10
 
Kent        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Kent 145 38 37 4
Total: 145 38 37 4
 
Merseyside & Cheshire        
Region 2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Cheshire 70 15 33 5
Merseyside 70 20 17 5
Total: 140 35 50 10
 
North East        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Durham 85 14 18 2
Northumberland 39 11 11 2
Tyne and Wear 59 9 27 4
Total: 183 34 56 8
 
South West        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Cornwall 62 10 33 5
Devon 125 35 50 7
Gloucestershire 103 27 41 7
Somerset 102 19 28 4
Wiltshire 62 16 23 1
Total: 454 107 175 24
 
Scotland & Northern Ireland        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Aberdeen & Grampian 41 8 11 1
Argyll & The Isles 14 2 7 1
Ayrshire & Arran 21 4 2 0
Borders 18 7 7 1
Dumfries & Galloway 20 3 5 0
Edinburgh & The Lothians 45 15 18 1
Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley 46 9 10 2
Highlands & The Western Isles 35 3 14 1
Kingdom of Fife 21 3 6 1
Loch Lomond, Stirling & The Trossachs 21 5 12 0
Northern Ireland 20 3 19 11
Northern Isles 8   4 0
Tayside 30 8 5 0
  340 70 120 19
 
Surrey and Sussex        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Surrey 70 14 18 6
East Sussex 64 14 30 3
West Sussex 62 15 26 2
Total: 196 43 74 11
 
Wales        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Glamorgan 93 18 25 2
Gwent 39 10 8 1
Mid Wales 35 10 8 1
NE Wales 42 8 16 0
NW Wales 46 14 15 2
West Wales 70 17 16 3
Total: 325 77 88 9
 
Wessex and CI        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Channel Isles 22 3 4 0
Dorset 66 20 18 2
Hants 119 33 32 5
Isle of Wight 22 8 3 0
Total: 229 64 57 7
 
West Midlands        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Herefordshire 26 8 12 2
Shropshire 58 11 25 4
Staffs 88 26 31 3
Warwickshire 48 9 17 0
West Mids 118 29 30 1
Worcestershire 56 16 19 3
Total: 394 99 134 13
 
West Pennines        
  2017 Pubs New Pub Entries 2017 Breweries New Breweries
Cumbria 88 5 42 5
Lancashire 121 33 33 5
Isle of Man 28 4 4 0
Total: 237 42 79 10
 
Yorkshire        
  2016 Pubs New Pub Entries 2016 Breweries New Breweries
Yorkshire (East) 42 9 12 3
Yorkshire (North) 141 37 44 4
Yorkshire (South) 77 19 27 5
Yorkshire (West) 131 30 70 13
Total: 391 98 153 25