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The Old Brewery (Young's)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Meantime - India Brown AleExcellent1
Meantime - Botanical BeerExcellent1
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)Good1
Meantime - Multigrain Red Ale Good1
Dark Star - Brewers ReserveGood1
Meantime - WeizenbockGood1
Meantime - Pacific Pale AleGood1
Meantime - Fool's GoldAcceptable1
Meantime - Strawberry BeerAcceptable1
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Meantime - Friesian Pilsener Not Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Old Brewery, Greenwich, Greater London

Visits Details

01 Jul 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon and busy with a steady stream of the many staff to-ing and fro-ing from the servery to the many outdoor and inside customers food orders. I believe this establishment has been taken over by Young's.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Good
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)4.50Not Tried
09 Jul 2015 (Stephen Harris)
A tube strike and good weather adds up to an excuse for a cruise down the river from Waterloo to Greenwich after work and then straight in here for refreshment after the voyage. No cask beer available tonight. Pricey.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Meantime - Fool's Gold4.20AcceptableOn keg dispense. Golden, cold and fizzy. Very good hop flavours but so heavily-carbonated that it had a metallic tang.
05 Sep 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Very busy in the early evening with some fraying of tempers around the bar over the level of pushing-in amongst impatient customers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Meantime - Botanical Beer5.70ExcellentOn keg dispense. This is a remarkable beer. A slightly sour, cloudy, orange-coloured, wheaty/saison type thing. It is flavoured with the ‘botanicals’ that go into gin: juniper, spices, ginger etc… Really nice.
Dark Star - Brewers Reserve4.50GoodClearly not the same beer as the one sold as Brewers Reserve in 2008. This is a dark, malty Brown Ale, with toffee and caramel tastes.
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
12 May 2013 (Stephen Harris)
First pub call on a long day touring some of the pub and cultural highlights of Greenwich. With HMS Illustrious moored on the Thames, half of London seems to have descended on Greenwich for the day, and this pub was rammed at 1pm.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Meantime - India Brown Ale6.00ExcellentOn keg dispense, this beer is brewed here at the Old Brewery. It is an excellent blend of dark, roasted malts and citrusy hops – although more carbonated than I would like.
Meantime - Multigrain Red Ale 4.50GoodOn keg dispense, this beer is brewed here at the Old Brewery. A complex beer, with sweet and fruity and caramel malt tastes.
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
10 Aug 2012 (Stephen Harris)
With such a prime location next to the Greenwich Olympic ‘Big Screen’, this pub was absolutely heaving on Friday evening. But they were coping well, with a large outside bar and loads of staff. Just one cask conditioned beer on today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Meantime - Pacific Pale Ale4.00GoodServed on low-pressure keg dispense. A light, crisp, refreshing and fragrantly hoppy beer.
Meantime - Strawberry Beer4.80AcceptableServed on low-pressure keg dispense. On one level, this was a really nice pale ale with a fresh strawberry taste. But it was spoilt for me by having an off-putting ‘cheesy’ smell. Interestingly, some people could not detect the smell at all and just found the beer to be lovely.
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
02 Jun 2012 (Stephen Harris)
I have spent the morning viewing the tall ships and other vessels gathering for tomorrow’s Royal Flotilla. Thirsty work and I adjourn here for a swift one. But just the one as this pub is famously expensive. Many other Meantime beers available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Meantime - Weizenbock7.20GoodBrewed on-site and served by keg dispense. A dark wheat beer, quite sweet and with a hint of vanilla.
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Meantime - Friesian Pilsener 5.50Not TriedOn keg dispense.

About The Old Brewery

The pub sign. The Old Brewery, Greenwich, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent2
Good5
Acceptable2
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Greenwich, Greater London, SE10 9LW.

At one time Meantime Brewing Company’s (since 2015 a part of brewing giant SABMiller) showpiece pub, very well situated in the Grade II listed Pepys Building in the Old Royal Navy College grounds and adjacent to the Tourist Office. There is a restaurant area, a bar area and a large beer garden. Lease taken over by Young's in early 2016 and there are reportedly plans to find a partner to start using the mothballed brewery plant once more.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 13 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE10 9LW