22nd Sep 2012 2:36pm | By Frankie Mullin
Put down that crappy lager and let Cask Ale Week broaden your drinking vista. Impressed? Check out London’s craft beer scene, too
Stylish and modern, its exposed brickwork and tiles paying tribute to New York’s Lower East Side watering holes, The Rookery serves craft beers from around the world, with tasty gastro snacks to soak them up.
If you’re drinking with someone who’s not tempted by the range of beers, try the excellent cocktail list.
Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-11pm, Fri 3pm-12am
Sat 12.30pm-12.30am, Sun 12.30pm-10.30pm, £4
69 Clapham Common
South Side, SW4 9DA
Tube | Clapham Common
This pop-up bar, courtesy of the London Fields Brewery, deserves a mention not just because of the company’s excellent regular and seasonal beers, but also the host of quirky events taking place at the venue.
Under the railway arches by London Fields, The Brewhouse often features live bands, market stalls and local food. Current foodie collaborations include Tomscoopery ice cream, which uses London Fields beer in its desserts.
Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 10am-6pm, £4
37 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB
Station | Hackney Central
A wave of American-inspired food and drink joints are sweeping London, and Duke’s Brew and Que, with its mean line in BBQ ribs, is a great example. But the pub is primarily about the beer.
You’ll find several cask ales on offer, including offerings by Beavertown, Duke’s on-site brewery founded by one-time Sons of Albion singer Logan Plant (Led Zep frontman Robert Plant’s son).
Mon-Weds 4pm-11pm, Thurs 4pm-11.30pm, Fri 4pm-12am,
Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-11pm, £4+
Duke’s Brew & Que, 33 Downham Road, N1 5AA
Tube | Haggerston; Dalston Junction
No mass-produced beers are allowed to darken the door of this establishment, which has a rotating choice of keg, cask and bottled, housed in an 1870s gatehouse.
Mon-Sun 12pm-11pm, £3+
190 Euston Rd, NW1 2EF
Tube | Euston; King’s Cross
Colonial-themed and sporting potted plants, gilt mirrors and a conservatory, Powder Keg puts traditional British brewing at the centre of its beer list but isn’t shy of adventuring into lesser-known microbreweries.
Sat-Sun 10am-12am, £4+
147 St John’s Hill, SW11 1TQ
Tube | Clapham Junction
The Utobeer crew opened this pub in 2006, on the site of an old greasy spoon, as another outlet for their mainly imported brews (they still have their original stand at Borough Market, too).
Mon-Fri 12pm-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 12pm-8pm
14a Winchester Walk, SE1 9AG, £4+
Tube | London Bridge; Borough