Calling all beer lovers,
London has the perfect thing for you! The Bermondsey Beer Mile.
Located in southeast London is a stretch of elevated train tracks where a bunch of brewers decided to cleverly to locate their microbreweries under the railway arches. Luckily for us, the public, the breweries open their doors to the public on the weekend!
Unlike a lot of breweries which are generally a shopfront, the breweries on the Bermondsey Beer Mile is actually where the magic happens. During the week they are busily brewing beer in their archways and on the weekend convert the workshop into a taproom.
Bermondsey Beer Mile Opening Hours
If you want to do the full shebang you need to go on a Saturday. The opening times will vary between breweries but as a general rule, they are open between 11 am to 5 pm. All the microbreweries are open on Saturday and the ones closer to Druid street are open more frequently. Sunday is a chilled day to wander around the arches and trying good beer.
I’ve included all the opening times for the breweries in the article.
Bermondsey Beer Mile Map
I have added a list of taprooms that you can visit on the beer mile. Bonus it’s a google map so the map can be saved on your phone!
Which direction should I take on the Bermondsey Beer Mile?
The breweries are closer to one another at the London Bridge end of the mile.
I like to start at Fourpure and get my walking out of the way early! The closest stations are South Bermondsey (national rail) or Surrey Quays (Overground). Keep an eye on the time as some of the breweries like Southwark Brewing Company will close at 6pm.
Finishing at the London Bridge end will also means you are closer to the tube to get home. However, there are other advantages to starting other way around it’s that you can drink at Fourpure until 8pm. Plus you can start the day by grabbing breakfast at Borough Markets.
Both options you can grab lunch at Maltby Street Markets.
Breweries on the Bermondsey Beer Mile and Route
This order can be reversed if you decide to start at the London Bridge instead of starting at the South Bermondsey (National Rail).
Fourpure Brewing Co. was opened up by two brothers in 2013 and they have created a successful business now selling widely. They pride themselves in brewing exceptional beer and in my opinion, it’s quite tasty! Unlike the other breweries, this one is located in a warehouse rather than a rail arch which features ample seating, bar, DJ and street food.
Recommendations: I love India Pale Ale (IPA) and Fourpure really delivers with its Session IPA. My second choice would be the American Pale Ale. They are around 4% each beer type.
Address: 22 Bermondsey Trading Estate, Rotherhithe New Road, London SE16 3LL
Hours: Friday 4pm – 8pm | Saturday 11am – 8pm
At Partizan Brewery is the smallest brewery on the beer mile and is based in the old Kernel brewery. There will only be standing room in amongst the giant steel tanks of beer but don’t let that put you off. They brew some pretty tasty beers ranging from their core to seasonal beers. Their style more focuses on uniqueness rather than any particular style.
Address: 8 Almond Road, South Bermondsey, London SE16 3LR
Hours: Saturday 11am – 5pm
A recent addition to Bermondsey Beer Mile and one of the few companies on the beer miles that are not a brewer but they are a local craft beer distributor. EeBria pours a variety of microbrews on a rotating tap and also serves beer in cans and bottles. They work with over 100 breweries in the UK and aboard to deliver excellent fresh beer to you!
Some of the breweries that have been featured Buxton, Moor, Cloudwater and Fyne, Northern Alchemy, Deya and Fallen, and every kind of craft brewery in between.
Bonus for summer it has a beer garden at the back of the railway arch and also has free air hockey and shuffleboard to keep you entertained.
Address: 15 Almond Road, London SE16 3LR
Hours: Saturday 11am – 5pm
The Kernel is the original Bermondsey brewery established in 2009 and the initiators of the beer mile. They no longer brew here since they expanded but you can drop by and pick up some of their freshly bottled beer. The beer is bottled alive, to give them time to grow.
Specialising in Pale Ales, India Pale Ales and old-school London Porters and Stouts with upfront hop flavours.
The Kernel is the earliest closing brewery on the Bermondsey Beer Mile closing at 2pm so if you want to try their beers it’s something you need to factor into your plans.
Address: Arch 11, Dockley Road Industrial Estate, London SE16 3SF
Hours: Saturday 9 am to 2 pm
As it suggests in the name, Ubrew is about teaching you to brew. Which is great for keen brewers who don’t want to buy the brew kits or those who just want to learn how to brew like a pro. Occasionally they offer their members beer on tap and it can be an interesting range. I remember once having a lavender flavoured beer which was a bold choice on flavours!
Depending on how you plan the beer mile, this is a great place to end the mile as its open later hours than some of the other taprooms.
Address: Arches 29-30, 24 Old Jamaica Road, London SE16 4AW
Hours: Thursday 12pm – 11pm | Friday 12pm – 11pm | Saturday 12pm – 11pm | Sunday 12pm – 7pm
Expect it to be busy at Brew by Numbers as their good beer attracts big crowds. They opened their doors in 2012 and quickly outgrew their space due to the popularity of their beers. Brew by Numbers will generally have 6 taps on offer and selection of bottles. Expect a variety of hop and flavour combinations in their beers.
Address: 79 Enid Street, London SE16 3RA
Hours: Friday 6pm – 10pm | Saturday 11am – 8pm
Maltby Street Market
Not sure about you but I get hungry after a few beers, the beer mile has this covered as well! At this point, I would take a little detour Local food markets open on the weekend on Maltby and Druid Street, try some of the best local food in the area. Some of the breweries will allow you to bring food in from the markets into the brewery or they will have their own food options.
The Bottle Shop doesn’t brew beer, they pride themselves on sourcing truly awesome beer and can be bought at wholesale prices in Bermondsey. There is over 200 local and international beer available. The shop has plenty of seating as well which is always a bonus!
Address: 128 Druid Street, SE1 2HH
Hours: Monday – Friday 5pm – 10:30pm | Saturday 10am – 10:30pm | Sunday 12:30pm – 5:30pm
Paul Anspach & Jack Hobday started as homer brewers, after rave reviews they set-up a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise enough funds to open up a brewery. Once they raised enough funds they teamed up with another team of brewers, Bullfinch Brewery and the brewery was born.
Now you can try their a good range of innovative beers from these prolific and increasingly accomplished brewers. The porter is meant to be one of Anspach and Hobday best beers on offer so make sure you add that to your list! The porter has the classic undertones of coffee, chocolate and fruit cake all present.
Don’t forget about Bullfinch, their beer is all about the hops with the IPA being particularly good!
Address: 118 Druid Street, London SE1 2HH
Hours: Friday 5pm – 9pm | Saturday 10:30am – 5:30pm | Sunday 12:30pm – 5pm
Craft beer brewed with honey sourced from London urban beekeepers. Hiver Beers are generally refreshing blonde beer and rather than using additives they use honey.
They are all about supporting the British market and ensure that everything from their glass, print our bottles and stamp our business cards are from British suppliers. Additional they back to the bees by donating 10% of profits to pollinator charities.
Address: Arch 56 Stanworth Street, London, SE1 3NY
Hours: Friday 5pm – 9pm | Saturday 11am – 6pm | Sunday 11 am – 7pm
Recently opened in June 2017 in Bermondsey arches, they started brewing cider in an East-end Kitchen in London 2012. It was the first urban cidery in London. Hawkes Cider decided to open up a taproom on the beer mile for us to try the fantastic world of craft cider. They have a mix of ciders from traditional apple ciders to mixed berry ciders.
Also offering a range of pizzas from a stonebaked oven to accompany your cider.
Southwark Brewing Company is either at the start or end of the beer mile depending in the direction you choose. Their beer focus is mainly on craft cask ales which is different than most of the breweries on the mile. Don’t expect any fancy décor, they literally make space in the work area for a few tables and the brewing equipment is right there for everyone to see.
If you are a fan of Ales give their Golden Ale a go, it’s made using a blend of American and English hops.
Address: 46 Druid Street, London SE1 2EZ
Hours: Tuesday 7pm – 10pm | Thursday 7pm – 10pm | Friday 5pm – 10pm | Saturday 11am – 6pm | Sunday 11am – 4pm
What’s your favourite microbrewery?