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The London Marathon or the London Brewery Tour?

When you think about it a brewery tour sounds a lot more fun than running a marathon. But whether you run, walk or cheer from the sidelines— be a part of the London Marathon this year! With over 40,000 people running in the 26.2 mile race now is the time to embrace this sporting event. Here at Best of British Beer, we know how hard it is to complete such a challenging feat. I’d never be able to finish anywhere near the record time of 02:05:38, you’d most likely find me skulking off after the first mile in search of a cold beer— it’s definitely a spectator’s sport for me.

So if you’ve accepted that you’re no Paula Radcliffe then maybe there are other ways to track the race. We’re huge advocates of the London brewing scene so why not as you’re watching sample the delights of the capital’s ales with the exceptional craft breweries surrounding the finish line? You could call it ‘the alternate marathon’ except in this case the winner would be the last one standing… but please, make sure you find yourself walking over the finishing line instead of stumbling!

    1. Redchurch Beer

Address: 275 Poyser Street, London, E2 9RF.

To kick-start the marathon why not try out the tap room at Redchurch? Bound to be bursting with energy fuelled by live music, food and a range of experimental urban farmhouse beers. This brewery has become the central beer hub of the area and is bound to be a winner.

    1. Howling Hops

Address: Queens Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN.

Needing a trip for another rainy day? Take time out to head over to Howling Hops. Their in-house ‘tank bar’ (the first of its kind) is a haven for beer lovers around; with ten servings tanks pouring a range of unique brews.

    1. Wild Card Brewery

Address: Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, E17 9HQ.

Spoilt for choice in the deck of London breweries? Don’t miss Wild Card who open their doors to the public on weekends so you can enjoy beer straight from the source. Not only does the brewery offer their own selection of quirky brews but you’ll find them alongside a selection from other microbrewers; making them a great contributor and supporter of the British brewing scene.

    1. Orbit Beers

Address: Arches 225 & 228, Fielding Street, Walworth, London, SE17 3HD

Hit the mid-way point in your very own marathon with this distinctive and endearing brewery! Situated under a double railway arch in South London this brewery is not one to be missed. They’ve just opened their very own tap bar which is destined to be booming with business in the coming months.

    1. Gipsy Hill Brewing

Address: Unit 5, 160 Hamilton Road, London, SE27 9SF

As a brewer that makes no-nonsense and full flavoured beer, this pop-up taproom is an excellent starter for the final stretch of the trip. Feeling peckish and needing to soak up the alcohol? This bar is infamous for its delicious hog roast and varied Portuguese street food— not one to be skipped!

    1. Brixton Brewery

Address: Arch 547, Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PF

Looking for a full day out? Why not take a brewery tour? Found just a stone’s through from the resurgent market district in the colourful neighbourhood of Brixton; this brewery is hidden away under railway arches making it a gem of new heritage. If you’re looking for full-flavoured and gutsy beers then you won’t be disappointed!

    1. Hiver Beers

Address: 56 Stanworth St, London SE1 3NY

Wanting to walk away from a brewery with a real buzz about British beer? Then Hiver is the place to be— they really do put the bee in beer. Hiver source raw honey from independent British beekeepers to create the perfect honey brew. Their taproom is located by Maltby street food market and you can even combine a tasting here with an introduction to urban beekeeping!

    1. Sambrooks Brewery

Address: Yelverton Road, London, SW11 3QG

Finish your alternate marathon with a brewery tour overlooking the Brewhouse at Sambrooks’s taproom! If you’re lucky and arrive on ‘free pint Friday’ then you won’t leave much out of pocket. Sambrooks turned an old photography studio into their very own piece of London’s craft beer revolution— so why not end your race in a place that strives for their own slice of excellence?

But if travelling to London and faltering through brewery tour after brewery tour isn’t your cup of tea— or perhaps you’d rather take in the London Marathon from the comfort of your very own living room then we’ve got the thing for you. Here at Best of British Beer, we pride ourselves on providing you with your very own British beer experience. So why not complete your alternate marathon from home? Land yourself one of our handcrafted London Craft Beer Cases containing a selection of bottles from the breweries above and you’re sure to be a medal winner— after all, it’s the taking part that counts!