With the inaugural London Beer City now officially over, the excitement surrounding London Beer Hunt has steadily subsided. It was a cracking week, with people from all over making the pilgrimage to East London to solve some crafty clues and drink some even craftier brews. We hope you managed to squeeze in some fun along the way.
And since all you intrepid beer hunters have completed the challenge, we can now reveal to the rest of the world the solutions to our devilish clues and tell you a bit more about the pubs we chose. Enjoy!
Exit 4 Old Street, follow the green mile,
We promise you’ll soon be drinking in style.
Close your eyes tight, never mind your peers,
Chuck in a penny and wish for some beers.
Solution: Old Fountainhttp://www.oldfountain.co.uk/
A fantastic little pub tucked down a side street off the chaotic City Road. The Old Fountain’s nifty little roof terrance, broad selection of cask, keg and bottled beers as well as a quality seasonal British menu all point to why it was voted CAMRA’s Pub of the Year for East London & City for 2013. Easily the best pub within a stone’s throw of Old Street roundabout.
Open them, shut them, have a lie-in,
This next pub could be the modern man’s gym.
More hops than weights, more beers to be had,
Than dumbbells and grunts as chavs work their abs.
Another of Shoreditch’s hidden gems, the Strongroom doubles-up as an awesome bar serving quality beer and a recording studio where folks like Nick Cave, Nico and Orbital have all cut albums at one time or another. Known for its hip-n-happening live music scene it’s definitely worth popping in for a drink.
Walk on, my friend, and follow the map,
Your reward will be the finest of taps.
‘Follow your nose’ is advice we can lend,
Beer truly is man’s only best friend
Solution: BrewDoghttp://www.brewdog.com/bars/shoreditch Everyone knows it, everyone loves it – BrewDog Shoreditch is an East London institution. Be sure to check out the UnderDog, an old-school speakeasy downstairs. If you’re hungry, they also serve up some delicious slow-smoked Texas BBQ on the side. Win!
The next pub is close, closer than you think,
Why not pop in for a nice frothy drink?
Bring your own glass, tankard of pail,
And fill it (by jove!) with some glorious ale.
Solution: Well and Buckethttp://www.wellandbucket.com/ An oyster bar that also serves up pints of crafty liquid goodness, the Well and Bucket is one of Shoreditch’s classiest establishments. Pop in for a drink and a few oysters on your way home from work!
Find the next will take more than just luck,
Turn off the main and make a quick buck.
After a few, your head’s in a spin?
Sober up and seek out a royal pair of limbs.
Solution: Kings Armshttp://thekingsarmspub.com/
Tucked away off Bethnal Green Road on Buckfast Street, the Kings Arms is one of only three pubs serving up Earl’s Brewery beers, brewed by it’s sister pub The Earl of Essex in Islington. Favouring keg over cask and a fantastic range of international beers, it’s ever-rotating range makes it a craft staple when it comes to pubs in Bethnal Green.
The final clue is a devil to solve,
Make no mistake it will test your resolve.
Think of the ocean, you’ll get the jist,
Spy a bright shoulder, elbow or wrist
Solution: Sebright Armshttp://www.sebrightarms.co.uk/
Hidden down a tiny passageway off Hackney Road, the Sebright is one of our favourite pubs as it nails the trio of beer, grub and music. With an ever-changing local and international craft beer offering, Lucky Chip flipping some of London’s finest burgers and a stellar lineup of artists which has included the likes of Chet Faker, the Lumineers and the Vaccines, the Sebright is practically a no-brainer on any list of awesome London pubs. Did we mention they have the hottest staff this side of Scandanavia?
Missed out on London Beer Hunt this year? Don’t worry, you can still experience it vicariously through the beers in our London Beer City Honesty Box curated with Will Hawkes.
London Beer Hunt will return next year with some brand new puzzles for y’all to solve. See you then.