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The Cock Tavern (Brew Pub)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - RIP - Russian Imperial PorterExceptional1
Squawk - NZ IPA Wai-iti Waimai Excellent1
Wylam - Jakehead IPAExcellent1
RedWillow - Weightless MosaicExcellent1
Track - Two’s Day Juice Excellent1
Squawk - IPA: Simcoe, Mosaic, Falconer’s Flight Excellent1
Maregade - Vanilla Milk StoutExcellent1
Deya - Steady Rolling ManExcellent1
Fourpure - Tea TimeExcellent1
Wylam - Swipe Right SPAExcellent1
First Chop Brewing Arm - PODExcellent1
Bullfinch - SwiftExcellent1
Deya - Just a GlimmerExcellent1
Squawk - Oat Pale Ale Wai-iti Excellent1
Burning Sky - PlateauExcellent1
Deya - Into the HazeExcellent1
Maregade - AmberGood1
Ubrew - MangoseGood1
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Permanent RevolutionGood1
Wylam - GalatiaGood1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 1Good1
Siren Craft - Ten Dollar ShakeGood1
Maregade - Blonde PaleGood1
Alechemy - Five SistersAcceptable1
Gipsy Hill - AnorakAcceptable1
Alechemy - 10 Storey Malt BombNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 1Not Tried0
Dark Star - HopheadNot Tried0
Hammerton - N7Not Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 2Not Tried0
Moor - RevivalNot Tried0
Moor - Nor'HopNot Tried0
Brick - Kinsale BitterNot Tried0
Maregade - PaleNot Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - MillionaireNot Tried0
Almasty - APANot Tried0
Maregade - IPANot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Pale Series CitraNot Tried0
Salopian - KashmirNot Tried0
Hammerton - Blank SlateNot Tried0
Brick - Peckham PaleNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Red Spider RyeNot Tried0
Wylam - CascadeNot Tried0
Wylam - Hickey the RakeNot Tried0
Maregade - Elderflower SpringNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

07 Sep 2017 (Stephen Harris)
It is the monthly cheese night here, with a big crowd present including people from Wylam Brewery (who are the featured brewery) and Mikkeler (who are not). My friend Dave is horrified to find not one dark beer on the bar in any format and resolves to drink cider.
Wylam - Jakehead IPA6.30ExcellentA very nice, strong IPA.
Wylam - Swipe Right SPA4.70ExcellentA fruity APA.
Wylam - Galatia3.90GoodVery pale and rather sharp.
Wylam - Cascade4.10Not Tried
Wylam - Hickey the Rake4.20Not Tried
Maregade - Elderflower Spring4.30Not Tried
09 Aug 2017 (Stephen Harris)
As part of the London Beer City event, this pub is hosting Deya Brewery from Cheltenham tonight. They have brought four key-keg beers with them and the brewers are showing what multi-talented chaps they are by DJ-ing here tonight.
Deya - Steady Rolling Man5.20ExcellentMore murky yellow/gold. A very fine-tasting US-style IPA. Some lemony flavours.
First Chop Brewing Arm - POD4.20ExcellentA relatively lightweight, but still excellent, Vanilla Stout.
Deya - Just a Glimmer4.00ExcellentA thickly-cloudy yellow/gold colour. An APA and full of fruity US hop flavours.
Deya - Into the Haze6.20ExcellentAnother thick glass of golden murk. A smooth, fruity, strong IPA.
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye4.80Not Tried
Maregade - Pale5.20Not Tried
Maregade - Amber4.90Not Tried
Squawk - Oat Pale Ale Wai-iti 4.20Not Tried
22 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening and not crowded.
Squawk - NZ IPA Wai-iti Waimai 5.50ExcellentA top-drawer IPA with superb New Zealand hop flavours.
Track - Two’s Day Juice 4.40ExcellentA collaboration beer with Brew by Numbers, available from key-keg. A murky yellow colour. Juicy and lemony.
Maregade - Amber4.90Not Tried
Brick - Peckham Pale4.50Not Tried
24 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Here for the presentation of East London & City CAMRA’s Cider Pub of the Year award. There is a nice little gathering of members and the pub is very generous with a supply of cheese and biscuits.
Squawk - Oat Pale Ale Wai-iti 4.20ExcellentRather nice – best beer of the evening in fact.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 15.00GoodNice to see Howling Hops beers in cask, although I think I actually prefer the fresher taste at the brewery. This is cloudy and fruity pint.
Maregade - Blonde Pale4.80GoodGolden, cloudy and sharp.
Maregade - Pale5.20Not Tried
Maregade - Vanilla Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
Hammerton - Blank Slate3.20Not Tried
19 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Rather quiet for a Friday evening, with many of the usual faces absent.
Squawk - IPA: Simcoe, Mosaic, Falconer’s Flight 6.80ExcellentA very serious IPA.
Maregade - Amber4.90GoodA cloudy, amber beer, with a fruity, hoppy bitterness.
Salopian - Kashmir5.50Not Tried
Maregade - Pale5.20Not Tried
Maregade - Vanilla Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
Maregade - IPA6.00Not Tried
02 May 2017 (Jason)
4pm opening we were the second customers. A proper drinkers pub I could have stayed here all day trying the beers alas it was towards the end of our crawl today. A good range of ciders on offer too.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Excellent
Wild Beer Co. - Millionaire4.70Not Tried
Almasty - APA5.10Not Tried
Maregade - IPA6.00Not Tried
Maregade - Amber4.90Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Pale Series Citra4.20Not Tried
03 Apr 2017 (Stephen Harris)
An early afternoon visit when the pub is nearly empty and I have the pick of the seats.
Bullfinch - Swift4.00ExcellentThe pumpclip depicts a Swallow, so you get three birds for the price of one. This is a satisfyingly hoppy, pale beer.
Brick - Kinsale Bitter4.00Not Tried
Maregade - Pale5.20Not Tried
Maregade - Vanilla Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
Maregade - Amber4.90Not Tried
18 Mar 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Saturday evening drink up with many of the usual crowd present.
Fourpure - Tea Time3.70ExcellentFrom key-keg. A hoppy beer infused with Earl Grey tea.
Ubrew - Mangose5.10GoodFrom key-keg. A cloudy golden-coloured, salty, mango-flavoured beer. Experimentation run riot.
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Permanent Revolution3.50GoodA hoppy Red with a massive IBU but somewhat lacking in body.
Moor - Revival3.80Not Tried
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Not Tried
Maregade - Vanilla Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
Maregade - Amber4.90Not Tried
08 Feb 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening after work. Three more cask beers were being pulled through as I left.
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - RIP - Russian Imperial Porter12.50ExceptionalA dusty cask of this beer has been found in a forgotten corner of a storeroom. The strength is given this time as 11.5%. It is jet black, with a thick mouthfeel. A bit sweet. Tastes a lot like a Port Wine, with hops, and burnt around the edges.
Gipsy Hill - Anorak4.40AcceptableA Plum Mild no less. Reddish-brown in colour. Very fruity, but not a lot else going on.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Hammerton - N75.20Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 23.80Not Tried
05 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
A friend is celebrating his 50th birthday here tonight and the pub is full of his guests – he’s clearly a very popular chap. We even have an amateur DJ, playing such Somerset delights as the Wurzels. A very enjoyable evening.
RedWillow - Weightless Mosaic4.20ExcellentA lovely, fresh, fruity, single-hop Pale Ale.
Maregade - Vanilla Milk Stout4.50ExcellentBlack, smooth, sweetish and vanilla.
Siren Craft - Ten Dollar Shake6.60GoodOn key-keg dispense. Pushing at boundaries, this is one of the most extraordinary beers I have ever drunk. It has the appearance and texture of a fruit smoothie. Peach is the fruit that springs to mind. It is also incredibly bitter, from a massive load of hops. The sort of beer that could be 2% or 12%, you just can’t tell, the alcohol being dominated by the massive attack of other flavours.
Alechemy - Five Sisters4.30AcceptableA bit too Red for my tastes.
Alechemy - 10 Storey Malt Bomb4.50Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale Ale No. 13.80Not Tried

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About The Cock Tavern

The pub sign. The Cock Tavern, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E8 1EJ.

There was a pub called the Cock in Hackney village as early as the 1650s, and in 1661 it was the venue for ‘Popish Conspirators’, plotting an unsuccessful assassination attempt on King Charles II. Nobody is quite sure if this was the predecessor of today’s pub – but the present pub was certainly around by the 1830s and was rebuilt in its present form by Truman’s Brewery in around 1930. Very much a down-market, high street, strictly ‘no real ale’ sort of place, it closed in early 2012 for refurbishment, and re-opened on 18 July 2012 as a real ale champion, complete with in-house ‘Howling Hops’ micro-brewery (subsequently relocated to larger premises). This pub is sister pub to the Southampton Arms in Kentish Town.

We have visited this pub 77 times, seen 279 different beers and tried 177 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1EJ