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London Is Getting A Brand New Beer Mile Just In Time For Summer

By Alex Landon

Blackhorse Beer Mile

Fresh pints will line the Blackhorse Beer Mile.

Teamwork makes the dream work, as the saying goes. And when said dream is offering freshly-pulled pints to a trail of happy Londoners, you’re going to need one heck of a team. Thankfully, just such a squad has been assembled for the Blackhorse Beer Mile, a new trail of breweries and taprooms that’ll be opening up when Step 2 of the lockdown roadmap begins on April 12. [Featured image: @trumanssocialclub]

Much like its southern counterpart the Bermondsey Beer Mile, the Blackhorse Beer Mile will offer discerning drinkers a ramble through the neighbourhood, punctuated with a drink here and there. It all begins when you hop off the Victoria Line at Blackhorse Road station and take a wander up Blackhorse Lane; soon, you’ll happen upon the first stop: Truman’s Social Club. London’s biggest beer hall launched to great excitement last summer, and with twenty Truman beers and plenty of other East London favourites on tap, your first pint will be a satisfying one.

From there, it’s on to Signature Brew’s state of the art new brewery and music venue: The Brewer’s Bar. Beer lovers will probably know them for their frequent collaborations with musicians – Idles, Alt-J, Frank Turner, and Enter Shikari are just some of the names who’ve brewed a bespoke beer with the team – and soon the rest of us will know Signature Brew as a hub for live music, street food, and their twelve on-tap beers.

Next, we’ll hit up Exale Brewery & Taproom, housed inside an old furniture factory. Aside from the décor, which features plenty of plants and a fish tank, you’ll be drawn in by beers inspired by the local area. Exale forage some of their ingredients from nearby Epping Forest, and work with local suppliers such as coffee roasters to help produce their unique beers. Next door’s Victory London Distillery supplies cocktails too, if you’re looking to mix up the drinks.

Finally, it’s onto a Walthamstow stalwart: the brilliant Wild Card Brewery. Originally starting over on the other side of Walthamstow (opposite neon paradise God’s Own Junkyard), the brewery’s success allowed them to relocate to this bigger site back in 2018. You’ll find their core range of pale ales, lagers, and table beers here, plus their creative specials; pull up a chair and relax, because at this stage, you’ll have conquered the Blackhorse Beer Mile!

Provided the lockdown easing unfolds as planned, all four taprooms will be opening outdoor spaces for food and drink come April 12 – and you can be sure we’ll be heading along as soon as we can.

Alternatively, here are some of the best beer gardens in London for your first post-lockdown pint.


Also published on Medium.