About Howling Hops
Howling Hops began as enthusiastic beer drinkers selling quality beer from behind the bar of London staple, The Southampton Arms. Finding that their inquisitive drinking habits were not being fulfilled by what was available at that time, they decided to try to make it themselves. Turning The Cock Tavern into Hackney’s first brewpub, Howling Hops was truly born. Down in the basement, affectionately referred to as “the beer cave”, they pumped out over 100 beers in just two years, but found themselves unable to keep up with demand. Moving to a bigger site in Hackney Wick, the team took the inspiration of German beer halls for a venue attached to the new digs. The Tank Bar allows thirsty punters to enjoy the brewery’s beer fresh from 10 steel tanks, while they sit on long, communal benches to socialise with one another.
The German influence spills over into a number of their beers, but there’s also a strong focus on hop-forward bold, modern and flavoursome styles. Their New England IPAs are among the finest in the UK, while they’ve also aged decadent Stouts in whiskey barrels and have even collaborated with us on a lip-puckering Gose in the past, showing an amazing versatility, without ever sacrificing quality.