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Craft Beer Co. (Craft Beer Company)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Founders - Curmudgeon Old Ale (2016) Exceptional1
Siren Craft - Agua de SapoExcellent1
Alphabet - Charlie Don't SurfExcellent1
Dark Star - Hophead MosaicExcellent1
Tiny Rebel - JuicyExcellent1
Wishbone - GojiraExcellent1
Tiny Rebel - Cherry BombExcellent1
Hawkshead - Lakeland GoldExcellent1
Marble - Uppe Hela Natten Excellent1
Wishbone - MarvinExcellent1
Track - KandyExcellent1
Fyne - Hurricane JackExcellent1
Wishbone - Black PorterExcellent1
Crouch Vale - Yakima GoldExcellent1
Track - El CapitanExcellent1
Fyne - JarlExcellent1
Salopian - RequiemExcellent1
Rother Valley - Summertime BluesGood1
Firestone Walker - Luponic Distortion Revolution 005 Good1
Wishbone - KoruGood1
Fyne - HopulenceGood1
Gun - Base Ejection Smoked RyeGood1
Fierce - Easy ShiftGood1
Kew - Nightshade Chilli PorterGood1
Kent - Craft Pale Not Tried0
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale AleNot Tried0
Gun - Project Babylon Pale AleNot 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 Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Salopian - Shropshire GoldNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleNot Tried0
Fyne - HighlanderNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - AmarilloNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterNot Tried0
Fyne - MaverickNot Tried0
Fyne - AvalancheNot Tried0
Dark Star - Six HopNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - FUBARNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Beat BoxNot Tried0
Dark Star - SunburstNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Hawkshead - Windermere PaleNot 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
Picture 1. Craft Beer Co., Limehouse, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

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
02 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit. Pub fairly quiet in terms of numbers, but a good buzz of conversation.
Marble - Uppe Hela Natten 5.10ExcellentBlack. Strongly coffee flavoured and slightly sweet too.
Fyne - Hopulence4.50GoodGolden. Very bitter hop flavours.
Fyne - Highlander4.80Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Amarillo5.00Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
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 Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Salopian - Shropshire Gold3.80Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat Ale4.20Not 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 Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Gun - Project Babylon Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
Kew - Botanic Amber3.80Not Tried

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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 in Commercial Road 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 24 times, seen 107 different beers and tried 61 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E14 7JD