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Duke of York (formerly Beef & Brew, formerly Duke's (Brew & Que)) (Barworks)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Beavertown - Smog RocketExceptional1
Beavertown - Pig SwillExcellent1
Beavertown - M.O.A.B.Excellent1
Beavertown - 8 BallExcellent1
Moor - Smokey HoryzonGood1
Beavertown - Neck OilGood2
Beavertown - Gamma RayGood1
Rooster's - Wild MuleGood1
Beavertown - GodfatherAcceptable1
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Hackney - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Moor - RevivalNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Urban IPANot Tried0
Moor - Merlin's MagicNot Tried0
Oakham - JHBNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Dark Star - Old Ale (aka Old Chestnut)Not Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Rooster's - LeghornNot Tried0
Redemption - HopspurNot Tried0
Picture 1. Duke of York (formerly Beef & Brew, formerly Duke's (Brew & Que)), Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. Duke of York (formerly Beef & Brew, formerly Duke's (Brew & Que)), Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

26 Jan 2013 (Stephen Harris)
I’ve been asked to lead a Hackney pub crawl for a group of visiting Notts County supporters, in town for the game at Brisbane Road. We start here and I have a group of 19 waiting outside for 11am opening. The pub soon fills behind us with hungry breakfasters.
Beavertown - Neck Oil4.30GoodNicely balanced, easy-drinking, malty bitter.
Moor - Smokey Horyzon5.00GoodA very murky, unfined, pale beer with a very smoky character.
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Moor - Merlin's Magic4.30Not Tried
28 Dec 2012 (Stephen Harris)
A very quiet day at work, so I knocked off at 4pm and stopped here for a crafty couple on the way home, before the inevitable crowds arrived.
Beavertown - Neck Oil4.30GoodAmber in colour; a malty pale ale.
Beavertown - Gamma Ray5.40GoodOn keg dispense. A hazy, pale gold colour. Fragrant and fruity hops – a US-style pale ale. Slightly spoiled by chilling and a light carbonation.
Rooster's - Wild Mule3.90Not Tried
Moor - Revival3.80Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Urban IPA5.50Not Tried
06 Sep 2012 (Stephen Harris)
I am leading a ‘Brewed in Hackney’ walk for about 15 members of the local CAMRA Branch. The idea is to try a beer this-evening from each of Hackney’s five breweries. We get off to a good start here. Apparently it is now advised to book two weeks in advance if you want to eat here in the evening.
Beavertown - M.O.A.B.4.20ExcellentA heavily-malty brown ale, lightened by some citrusy hops.
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Hackney - American Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
26 Jun 2012 (Stephen Harris)
The food operation at this pub is proving highly successful and every table was booked last night, with potential customers being turned away at 8pm. Beer quality from the in-house brewery is looking pretty good too.
Beavertown - Smog Rocket5.40ExceptionalI had a bottle-conditioned version of this porter. It is black, with a tight, tan head. Smoky aroma. There are sweet malts and liquorice, but the overriding flavour is a woody, winey, smokiness. If I was told it had been aged in a wooden barrel I would have believed it – but apparently it hasn’t. This has the makings of a truly great beer.
Beavertown - Pig Swill5.20ExcellentA copper coloured, very well-balanced, hoppy, strong bitter.
Redemption - Hopspur4.50Not Tried
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Beavertown - 8 Ball6.60Not TriedBottle-conditioned version available.
Beavertown - Neck Oil4.30Not TriedHad just run out.
28 Mar 2012 (Stephen Harris)
This pub continues to develop, with the kitchen now complete and the menu, featuring a ‘smoked meat barbeque’ now available. Smells great, but all tables booked tonight. I was early anyway, before it got busy. Disappointing lack of home-brew today.
Rooster's - Wild Mule3.90GoodGood, pale, hoppy beer – although not as overtly Nelson Sauvin grapefruity hop as I remember.
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Rooster's - Leghorn4.30Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
Beavertown - Neck Oil4.30Not Tried“Coming next”.
14 Mar 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Just a quick visit on the way to watch football. I notice that the pub has had an external lick of paint since my last visit – and that all the signage names the pub as Duke’s, rather than Duke of York.
Beavertown - Godfather4.80AcceptableA Brown Ale. Easy drinking for its strength and rather unchallenging
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
23 Feb 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Very early days for this brew-pub. The ‘Pale Ale’ has already sold out due to “unexpectedly high demand” – more is on the way.
Beavertown - 8 Ball6.60ExcellentAn ambitious first brew. This is a reddish-amber, strong, sweetish, hoppy beer with rye in the mash.
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Old Ale (aka Old Chestnut)4.00Not TriedBranded as Old Chestnut.

About the Duke of York (formerly Beef & Brew, formerly Duke's (Brew & Que))

The pub sign. Duke of York (formerly Beef & Brew, formerly Duke's (Brew & Que)), Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, N1 5AA.

Formerly the Duke of York, this pub re-opened in February 2012 after around four years of closure. An intimate atmosphere from a low-budget refurbishment. Initially it was home to the 4-barrel Beavertown Brewery, with the main brewing equipment visible in the bar area and the fermentation tanks in the cellar. The need for more space soon saw the brewery kit move out, although the pub remains the Tap for Beavertown Brewery. Closed suddenly in December 2017 after a decision taken by Beavertown Brewery that the venue no longer fitted with the brewery's business profile. Re-opened July 2018 with a renaming. Renamed back to its original name and re-opened in October 2019 but with no real ale.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 22 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: N1 5AA