Top Four Growlers from Clapton Craft, Finsbury Park
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Clapton Craft are a craft beer and growler retailer with stores in Clapton, Kentish Town, Walthamstow and now Finsbury Park. They sell a wide range of local, UK and imported beer in bottle, as well as in growlers (see here for more info on what a growler is) and PETs which they fill from eight rotating taps.
Watch our video to see their state of the art counter-pressure system for filling their growlers (ahem). A growler is 1.89 litres of hops related fun inside a beautiful jug, which ensures the beer stays fresh for up to 1 week without loss of carbonation or flavour.
Here are our top four locally sourced lagers and ales from Clapton Craft and how to drink them.
1. Pressure Drop: Pale Fire, Pale Ale
£13.00 / growler
Pressure Drop first began their life in Graham’s garden shed, when making a good pale ale was their main aim.
After a few attempts they finally realised their iconic and bestselling recipe: the house pale ale which accounts for half of their whole production. It’s also the favourite at their local, The Chesham Arms.
This particular pale ale is often made to varying recipes with different hops making for a surprising taste every time.
They have hopped with Mosaic and Amarillo, Amarillo and Citra, Nelson Sauvin and others including the legendary Hop X, an English trial-hop being developed by Dr Peter Darby at Wye Hops. The results are always fruity and citrusy, with a dry finish.
What’s behind the name? Pale Fire is the title of a Nabokov novel (whose title was lifted from a Shakespeare play). The label itself is an homage to the great Californian poolscapes painted by David Hockney. “Heat haze, pine trees, swimming pool, all you need now is a beer.”
Drink with sun worshippers on a day when the sun manages to poke his head out for half an hour in Clissold Park. Cheers to it being almost Summer. Almost.
2. Thornbridge: Halycon IPA
£15.00 / growler
Thornbridge branded beers were first brewed in early 2005 after the establishment of a 10 barrel brewery in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. They now operate from two brewery sites. The original Hall brewery uses the traditional infusion mash ale system with barrel-ageing and creating premium bottled products. The more techno minded Riverside brewery in Bakewell are innovative with technology, creating their fantastic brews and packaging their beers in cask, keg and bottle.
Halycon IPA has a rich, tropical and hoppy aroma with biscuity malts and deep pineapple flavours. The citrus comes with hints of tangerine and pear drops, pouring in an opaque honey hue.
Drink with beer connoisseurs (or fancy-themeselves-as-experts) and discuss the citrusy finish amongst yourselves whilst listening to rare 7”s on Keith’s Bang and Olufsens.
3. Maregrade: Vanilla Milk Stout
£14.00 / growler
The Cock Tavern is a lively, popular pub on Mare Street, Hackney. As punters weave in an out of a bustling Friday night, little do they know what lies beneath. Down in the cellar lives the Maregade Brew Co. working away to create the tastiest of beers, ales and stouts.
The Vanilla Milk Stout is one such creation. A deceptively well bodied stout for its fairly light ABV. The sweetness of the lactose is complemented with smoothness from the vanilla pods.
This is one for savouring and lifting slowly but surely above one’s eye line for a sturdy cheers and accompanying nod. Drink preferably with a cap and a large black lab at your feet for company.
4. Redchurch: Brick Lane Lager
£13.00 / growler
Redchurch Brewery began with an initial core range before venturing into a more experimental set of beers called Urban Farmhouse. They like to push the boundaries of fermentation, hopefully with a well established safe word for the brewers. They now have a taproom on Poysner Street stocking their signature beer and showcasing their latest and wildest creations with great food and music to boot.
The Brick Lane Lager is a cold fermented British malt and American hops combo. This lager is mighty crisp and refreshing, pale and dry with citrus overtones and some would say a grassy freshness. The finish is clean and bitter.
Not one for the sweet tooth. Drink with a pot of beer battered halloumi sticks and a friend who likes to tell a salty story or two.
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