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Craft Beer Co. (Craft Beer Company)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Evil Twin - Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break Exceptional1
Gun - Craft Beer Co. Vermont Pale AleExcellent1
Tiny Rebel - JuicyExcellent1
Hawkshead - Cumbrian Five HopExcellent1
First Chop Brewing Arm - PODExcellent1
Wishbone - GojiraExcellent1
Hawkshead - Lakeland GoldExcellent1
Track - Going to the SunExcellent1
Wishbone - MarvinExcellent1
Track - KandyExcellent1
Fyne - Hurricane JackExcellent1
Wishbone - Black PorterExcellent1
Track - El CapitanExcellent1
Hawkshead - Jingle FellsExcellent1
Fyne - JarlExcellent1
Dark Star - Hophead ExtraExcellent1
Alphabet - Charlie Don't SurfExcellent1
Harbour - Antipodean IPAExcellent1
Wishbone - KoruGood1
Gun - Zamzama IPAGood1
Rother Valley - Summertime BluesGood1
Bad Seed - Citra Pale AleGood1
Hawkshead - Windermere PaleGood1
Dark Star - BockAcceptable1
Raw - Opposite AttractionAcceptable1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterNot Tried0
Fyne - MaverickNot Tried0
Fyne - AvalancheNot Tried0
Kent - Craft Pale Not Tried0
Dark Star - Six HopNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - FUBARNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Beat BoxNot Tried0
Dark Star - SunburstNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord MarplesNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Kent - KGBNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's DayNot Tried0
Wishbone - AbyssNot Tried0
Wishbone - 1776Not Tried0
Siren Craft - Under CurrentNot Tried0
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Craft Beer Co., Limehouse, Greater London
Stephen Harris

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11 Jan 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. A little over a year since I first came in here I have concluded thre is some particularly uncomfortable furniture here. I must be getting soft.
Hawkshead - Jingle Fells4.50ExcellentI usually say that I don’t like spiced Winter Ales – but for some reason I have been enjoying them this year – this one included.
Gun - Craft Beer Co. Vermont Pale Ale6.10ExcellentCloudy gold. Full-on, fruity US hop flavours.
Bad Seed - Citra Pale Ale4.50GoodI can’t resist any beer with the word ‘Citra’ in its name.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
05 Nov 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Sunday afternoon and I note several of the same customers sitting in the same seats as last week and the same band setting up for music later. I must not become a creature of habit.
Evil Twin - Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break 10.80ExceptionalServed from keg – a collaboration beer with Westbrook Brewery. A monster of a beer. Black and smells of fruit cake. Taste starts with cake, moves into biscuit and ends with chilli. Fabulous.
Hawkshead - Cumbrian Five Hop5.00ExcellentGolden and very hoppy.
Track - Going to the Sun7.00ExcellentFrom key-keg. Cloudy pale gold. An IPA – very fresh and lovely.
Hawkshead - Windermere Pale3.50GoodGolden and nicely crisp.
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
29 Oct 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon visit. I stayed until a country band started playing and used that as an excuse to move on.
Gun - Zamzama IPA6.50GoodGolden and foamy and very tasty.
Dark Star - Bock5.40AcceptableDark brown, strong and sweet. Knowing that I don’t usually much enjoy Bockbier I had ordered just a half and I’m glad I had no more.
Raw - Opposite Attraction4.60AcceptableA ‘White IPA’, pale and no doubt intentionally cloudy. But this seemed unsettled and overly-yeasty. Acceptable, but I’m fairly certain it was not quite right.
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
09 Oct 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and this pub is quiet tonight.
Dark Star - Hophead Extra5.80ExcellentVery much to my liking and certainly has that little bit extra.
Harbour - Antipodean IPA5.50ExcellentA golden pint with excellent southern hemisphere hop flavours.
First Chop Brewing Arm - POD4.20ExcellentA well-flavoured Stout. Smooth with lots of vanilla.
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50Not Tried
06 Sep 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early-evening and busy.
Wishbone - Marvin4.30ExcellentA US-type Red Ale. A nice balance of hop flavours on sweet malt.
Wishbone - Black Porter6.00ExcellentA really good, strong Porter.
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Wishbone - Gojira5.00Not Tried
24 Aug 2017 (Stephen Harris)
End destination for this-evening’s pleasant walk beside the River Thames. Quite lively in here tonight.
Wishbone - Gojira5.00ExcellentA Rye IPA, richly doused in Simcoe and Ella hops.
Wishbone - Koru3.90GoodPale gold in colour. Full of NZ hop flavours but slightly lacking in body.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's Day4.30Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Wishbone - Abyss4.30Not Tried
Wishbone - 17763.80Not Tried
26 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. I used the upstairs lounge, which is very comfortable and more than doubles the customer area at this pub.
Rother Valley - Summertime Blues4.10GoodA fruity, amber/brown Bitter. A good ‘un.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord Marples4.00Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Kent - KGB4.10Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
13 Jul 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening. Since I was last here, this pub has opened an upstairs lounge, a ‘secret’ roof-top area (shhh, don’t tell anyone) and a kitchen. I saved all of these for another day.
Hawkshead - Lakeland Gold4.40ExcellentA well-balanced Gold.
Track - Kandy6.00ExcellentKey-keg. A complex, strong coffee/chocolate Milk Stout.
Track - El Capitan5.70ExcellentKey-keg. A lush, US-style IPA.
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Not Tried
Hawkshead - Windermere Pale3.50Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
08 Jun 2017 (Stephen Harris)
A brief early evening stop on the way to Bow. A good after work buzz in here tonight.
Tiny Rebel - Juicy4.80ExcellentGolden juicy fruity.
Dark Star - Six Hop6.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - FUBAR4.40Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Beat Box4.50Not Tried
14 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon into early evening, with a good throughput of custom.
Fyne - Hurricane Jack4.40ExcellentGolden, and full of fruity Amarillo hops.
Fyne - Jarl3.80ExcellentA very drinkable, Blonde-style beer.
Alphabet - Charlie Don't Surf4.00ExcellentFrom key-keg. A golden ‘Session IPA’; murky and with very good hop flavours.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Not Tried
Fyne - Maverick4.20Not Tried
Fyne - Avalanche4.50Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried

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About the Craft Beer Co.

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

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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 the growing Craft Beer Co. chain. Six handpumps and twenty-one keg taps on the bar.

We have visited this pub 18 times, seen 79 different beers and tried 46 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E14 7JD