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Craft Beer Co. (Craft Beer Company)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Founders - Curmudgeon Old Ale (2016) Exceptional1
Saltaire - Citra PaleExcellent1
Salopian - RequiemExcellent1
Siren Craft - Agua de SapoExcellent1
Gun - Project Babylon Pale AleExcellent1
Gun - Scaramanga Extra PaleExcellent1
Dark Star - Hophead MosaicExcellent1
Wild Beer Co. - Somerset WildExcellent1
Founders - PorterExcellent1
Tiny Rebel - Cherry BombExcellent1
Blackjack - Devil's BedpostExcellent1
Partizan - Saison KriekExcellent1
Dark Star - Green Hopped IPAExcellent1
Crouch Vale - Yakima GoldExcellent1
Kissingate - Black Cherry MildGood1
Firestone Walker - Luponic Distortion Revolution 005 Good1
Gun - Base Ejection Smoked RyeGood2
Fierce - Easy ShiftGood1
Kew - Nightshade Chilli PorterGood2
Redemption - Pale AleNot Tried0
Kent - Craft Pale Not Tried0
Dark Star - Crème BrûléeNot Tried0
Saltaire - Triple ChocoholicNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Titanic - CappuccinoNot Tried0
Blackjack - Keyworth MidNot Tried0
Kew - Botanic AmberNot Tried0
Triple fff - MoondanceNot Tried0
Titanic - Chocolate & Vanilla StoutNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - MalzNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleNot Tried0
Salopian - Shropshire GoldNot Tried0

Visits Details

18 Apr 2017 (Stephen Harris)
After work. Sitting in an armchair, reading.
Crouch Vale - Yakima Gold4.20ExcellentCrouch Vale still do these golden, single-hop beers very well.
Salopian - Requiem4.70ExcellentA black Stout with a tan head. Smooth and dry.
Firestone Walker - Luponic Distortion Revolution 005 5.90GoodOn keg dispense. Hazy gold in colour. A massive US-style IPA. It smells of pineapple and, to my taste, tastes of pineapple too.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat Ale4.20Not Tried
Salopian - Shropshire Gold3.80Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
20 Feb 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon into early evening.
Dark Star - Hophead Mosaic3.80ExcellentVery wonderful.
Tiny Rebel - Cherry Bomb5.00ExcellentRed in colour. A very fruity, sour beer. Really good.
Fierce - Easy Shift4.50GoodOn keg dispense and over-carbonated. Golden and tasty.
Triple fff - Moondance4.20Not Tried
Titanic - Chocolate & Vanilla Stout4.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Malz4.90Not Tried
25 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I was surprised to see the cask beer range unchanged since PP’s visit four days ago; and watching the bar it was clear that relatively few were drinking the stuff. This made me a bit wary and, although the two pints I drank were fine, I decided to lash out on a couple of halves of very special beers from the keg fonts.
Founders - Curmudgeon Old Ale (2016) 9.80Exceptional- From an old fashioned keg I think, although pretty much untroubled by carbonation. This is not an Old Ale under any definition I am familiar with. I’d call it a Barley Wine. Dark amber in colour. It has obvious alcohol strength and is a warming beer. There is a touch of sticky toffee sweetness. And on top of everything there is a woodiness from oak barrel-aging. Definitely a sipping beer.
Siren Craft - Agua de Sapo5.80ExcellentFrom key-keg. A murky brown colour. Described as a Brown Ale with ginger, lemon and sugar, and every bit as fabulous as that description suggests. Perhaps pushing at the boundary of what is a spiced beer and what is a beer cocktail.
Gun - Base Ejection Smoked Rye4.70GoodAmber in colour and pretty clear for an unfined beer. Both the rye and the smoke are conspicuous in the flavour. Perhaps could have done with a little more body.
Kew - Nightshade Chilli Porter4.30GoodA very dark brown-coloured, chilli-flavoured Porter. The chilli is more of a tingle than a burn.
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale3.90Not Tried
Gun - Project Babylon Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
Kew - Botanic Amber3.80Not Tried
21 Jan 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening east end adventure visit. Only 6 handpumps and 21 fizz taps. Every seat taken but I observed to bar staff how few people were coming up for beers, perhaps sip-supping the expensive fizz to last all night.
Gun - Base Ejection Smoked Rye4.70AcceptableDisappointing cloying beer, unfined and vegan maybe but not clean to the taste
Kew - Nightshade Chilli Porter4.30AcceptableInitial chilli warming promise soon dissipated so that towards the end it tasted just like a porter
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale3.90Not Tried
Gun - Project Babylon Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
Kew - Botanic Amber3.80Not Tried
30 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon into early evening. It became very busy.
Gun - Project Babylon Pale Ale4.60ExcellentFragrant, golden and hoppy.
Wild Beer Co. - Somerset Wild5.00ExcellentOn keg dispense. A cloudy yellow/gold colour. A very tart beer in the Berliner Weiss style. Very lovely.
Kissingate - Black Cherry Mild4.20GoodA black beer with a very fruity cherry flavour.
Titanic - Cappuccino4.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Blackjack - Keyworth Mid4.80Not Tried
14 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. News of this new pub opening seems to have got around, and it is quite crowded in here.
Blackjack - Devil's Bedpost5.00ExcellentPale and very hoppy indeed.
Partizan - Saison Kriek3.80ExcellentOn keg dispense. Deep red in colour, with pink foam on top. Has a tart, cherry flavour. Very good.
Saltaire - Triple Chocoholic4.80Not Tried
Redemption - Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale3.90Not Tried
08 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Second day of opening for this latest Craft Beer Co pub and nice to be welcomed on arrival by Martin Hayes, co-owner and founder of the chain. There was a busy turnover of after-work trade tonight and I really hope that this venture is a success in an area that has lost so many of its pubs.
Dark Star - Green Hopped IPA6.50ExcellentA smooth, slightly sweet, resinous IPA with none of the rough edges shown by some green-hopped beers.
Saltaire - Citra Pale4.20ExcellentA pale beer with a full Citra hop hit.
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale3.90ExcellentA pale beer with an unusual but very nice hop flavour.
Founders - Porter6.50ExcellentOn keg dispense. A black beer with a brown head. Full-flavoured, rich and quite dry. I’d call this a Stout.
Redemption - Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Crème Brûlée5.90Not Tried

About the Craft Beer Co.

The pub sign. Craft Beer Co., Limehouse, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Limehouse, Greater London, E14 7JD.

This pub was present by 1871 as the Railway Tavern; the licensee at the time being William Gordon Crow, who previously ran the Crow’s Nest nearby. It is a Victorian era, single bar, street corner pub that nestles almost underneath the railway line beside Limehouse station. Traditionally a Charrington’s house; that brewery’s former ownership can still be seen in the green panels in the windows. For a while in the 1980s the pub was renamed Stepney East, before reverting to the Railway Tavern name. By 2010 the ownership had moved to Punch Taverns and in December 2016 it re-opened following refurbishment as the newest outlet for that growing Craft Beer Co. chain. Six handpumps and twenty-one keg taps on the bar.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 34 different beers and tried 19 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E14 7JD