This weekend just gone we did something a bit different to the norm; childfree we travelled into the capital for a beer hop around East London courtesy of Indytute.
‘The Indytute‘ is a company that offers experiences in London which you can buy for yourself or as a gift for someone else.
Experience companies seem to be a huge thing at the moment and they are a great way to buy something different for people are hard to buy for. I’ve done a few; winery tours, spa days, afternoon teas; Indytute appear to offer something a bit different.
Ranging from an hour to a whole day and with experiences for individuals or groups, you’ll be lead by local experts. The website gives you an interesting and unique range of experiences to to choose from, with crafters, artists, boozers or foodies all well catered for.
After browsing the most popular experiences, we went for the The East London Beer Hop.
Primarily because it was in the day time, as evening babysitters are very hard to come by, but also because we weren’t really excited by the prospect of learning origami (but if you are, you can book your class here).
The Beer Hop started out at Kill The Cat on Brick Lane, where we met our tour guide Ian; a craft beer enthusiast who started doing tours with his friends around the microbreweries and craft beer shops of East London.
He told us that he was fairly new to Indytute but the majority of his tours tended to be American tourists; the other people on our tour were both London locals so I’m not sure whether that made it easier or harder for him.
I must admit although my husband (who used to live and work in London) is familiar with East London I’m really not.
I tend to stick around central London whenever I visit these days.
Neither of us knew about Kill The Cat, a craft beer bottle shop stocking over 100 craft beers that you can buy in cans or bottles as well as some on tap to try. Everything’s available to drink in the shop, although seating is limited.
We tried a few different craft beers; the first, Siren’s Spin Botany Gin & Tonic Gose, was my favourite. It was a craft beer brewed without hops, and very refreshing and citrussy. I’ll get shot for saying this but it was what I’d call a ‘girl’s beer’. The second, ‘Hazy Coalition’ was a North London brewed craft beer from ‘Pressure Drop’, that looked like apple juice and was definitely fruity but not sweet.
From Kill The Cat we made our way to The King’s Arms in Bethnal Green.
An unassuming classic ‘old man pub’ from the outside, inside the extensive beer menus were something I’d never seen before.
We tried three different craft beers, a Lambic and two stouts. I do not like stout.
Old Street Brewery Taproom was our next stop, where we tried some of their beer brewed on-site; I went for ‘A Month in Vegas’ and it was a refreshing change after the stout.
A quick stop at a pop-up microbrewery Redchurch in Bethnal Green (try the beer sticks!) and we had to make a quick getaway to relieve the in-laws before bedtime.
We left with a bottle of Ian’s very own craft beer.
We really enjoyed our afternoon and came away knowing a lot more about craft beer. It is something we never would have done on our own, but it was a really fun and different way to spend and afternoon. We both agreed we’d like to go back, especially to the King’s Arms with its mega beer menu!