Last Sunday B and I were kind of lost for things to do, the weather wasn’t too great and I had spent the morning shooting my Oliver Spencer post with Joe, so by the time we were ready to get out the house it was already mid afternoon. We fancied a pint and thought we’d stay local, we had already had a pretty hectic weekend and the idea of heading into central wasn’t very appealing. B also wanted to lay his hands on a bottle of the stout he had helped create and branded with the SELondon Journal and Late Knights Brewery; thats how we found ourselves at Hop Burns & Black enjoying a flagon of South East London’s finest.
They specialise primarily in beers, and have over 300 hundred different bottles from the world over, Peckham to New Zealand. We’ve stopped by a few times but usually just to top up a flagon when we’ve got friends for dinner, or when we’re feeling like indulging in a few fine brews. On this occasion we decided to sit outside and enjoy a couple of glasses of Southpaw. Its one of our favourites; a slightly citrusy, hoppy amber ale with hints of toffee; brewed locally, by the Gipsy Hill Brewing Company.
The shop come bar is located just off of Goose Green in East Dulwich, round the corner from the Gowlet and a few doors down from the Flying Pig (who also serve an amazing selection of craft ales). You can stop by to pick up a couple of bottles and peruse their large collection of different hot sauces or even finer selections of wine. They also have a few kegs on tap, which they sell by the flagon, and pressurise on site, meaning it will stay fresh for a few weeks – not that we’ve ever had a full one longer than 48 hours. If you’re a lover of good beer and ever in the area you’d be mad not to stop by and grab yourself a couple of bottles, the staff are pretty clued up and can easily point you to the one brew that is just right for each of us – and even if you don’t have a taste for fine booze, it’s still nice to wander round and have a look at all the different bottles and branding.
Sorry you’ll have to excuse the slightly out of focus images, I treated myself to a new lens recently and still haven’t quite got the hang of it yet.