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Craft Beer Co. (Craft Beer Company)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - Six HopExceptional1
Salopian - Hop TwisterExcellent1
Fyne - TitanExcellent1
RedWillow - DirectionlessExcellent1
Tempest - Harvest IPAExcellent1
Oakham - AttilaGood1
Orbit - WerkGood1
Hawkshead - Lakeland GoldGood1
Dark Star - SevilleGood1
Dark Star - RevelationGood1
Gun - Pale AleGood1
Wishbone - AbyssGood1
Bad Seed - DallianceGood1
Durham - Jaded MuseAcceptable1
Fyne - Long Beech BlvdAcceptable1
Hop Studio - ElderAcceptable1
Oakham - JHBAcceptable1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - HirundoAcceptable1
Fyne - Vital SparkNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild SwanNot Tried0
Fyne - JarlNot Tried0
Fyne - Sublime StoutNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - SequoiaNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Black HarryNot Tried0
Kent - Clerkenwell PaleNot Tried0
Ilkley - Joshua JaneNot Tried0
Saltaire - Hop #256Not Tried0
RedWillow - WrecklessNot Tried0
Salopian - Divine ComedyNot Tried0
RedWillow - SeamlessNot Tried0
Hop Studio - PorterNot Tried0
Hop Studio - ScalonNot Tried0
Hop Studio - FudgeNot Tried0
Salopian - Monkey Business Not Tried0
Fyne - MaverickNot Tried0
Hop Studio - MarzenNot Tried0
Hop Studio - ViennaNot Tried0
Fyne - Cloud BurstNot Tried0
Salopian - SiennaNot Tried0
Wishbone - BlondeNot Tried0
Wishbone - BoilerplateNot Tried0
Ascot - 5/4 Favourite (formerly Alligator Ale)Not Tried0
Ascot - Starting Gate (formerly Alley Cat Ale)Not Tried0
Ascot - Aureole AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Green Hopped IPANot Tried0
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Graveyard EyesNot Tried0
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Diggin' Up The KingNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - EnigmaNot Tried0
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Damned DeafNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - CwtchNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Fugg LIfeNot Tried0
Dark Star - Creme BruleNot Tried0
Kent - Craft Pale Not Tried0
True North (originally contract brewed at Welbeck Abbey) - Red RyeNot Tried0
Bad Seed - Bravo Not Tried0
Bad Seed - Glass case of emotionNot Tried0
Picture 1. Craft Beer Co., Islington, Central London
Picture 2. Craft Beer Co., Islington, Central London

Visits Details

17 Jun 2017 (Jack William)
Early evening, pleasantly quiet. Some talk of wonderful beaches in Cambodia.
Dark Star - Six Hop6.50ExceptionalLeft this one to last - full of complex flavours - my first "exceptional" rated beer - even though I only had a 1/3. Wonderful.
Dark Star - Revelation5.70GoodGetting overtones of violets.
Gun - Pale Ale4.60GoodSubtlety fruity
Bad Seed - Dalliance4.00GoodDry and light.
Durham - Jaded Muse4.40AcceptableRather weak taste - especially following the Revelation.
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
True North (originally contract brewed at Welbeck Abbey) - Red Rye4.70Not Tried
Bad Seed - Bravo 4.50Not Tried
Bad Seed - Glass case of emotion8.30Not Tried
25 Apr 2017 (Jack William)
Evening - not busy. Swift half in passing.
Hawkshead - Lakeland Gold4.40Good
Kent - Clerkenwell Pale3.80Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Fugg LIfe4.20Not Tried
Dark Star - Creme Brule5.90Not Tried"a dessert in a glass" according to the label
16 Mar 2017 (Jack William)
Early evening- busy. Didn't note all ales on but a good selection of Oakhams - at a price!
Oakham - Attila7.50GoodLip stickingly good - but broke a new barrier for me - 3.10 For a half.
Oakham - JHB3.80Acceptable
15 Oct 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Busy mid evening visit for our 8th pub today.
RedWillow - Directionless4.20ExcellentI was rendered directionless upon departure!
Dark Star - Green Hopped IPA6.50Not Tried
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Graveyard Eyes4.50Not Tried
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Diggin' Up The King4.90Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Enigma4.40Not Tried
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Damned Deaf3.80Not Tried
03 Jul 2016 (Jack William)
Noon - first one in - and my first pint of the weekend. The heavy rock music was incongruous - by not too loud.
Dark Star - Seville4.00GoodBitter citrus notes - as per the label.
Ascot - 5/4 Favourite (formerly Alligator Ale)4.60Not Tried
Ascot - Starting Gate (formerly Alley Cat Ale)3.80Not Tried
Kent - Clerkenwell Pale3.80Not Tried
Ascot - Aureole Ale3.30Not Tried
18 Jun 2016 (Jack William)
Early Saturday evening - fairly quiet - just a quick visit so only noted a few of the beers on.
Fyne - Long Beech Blvd5.40AcceptableA "smoked pale ale" - I didn't take to the smokiness at all - best to leave it to the dark ales where it can complement rather than dominate I think.
Wishbone - Blonde3.60Not Tried
Wishbone - Boilerplate5.70Not Tried
07 Jun 2016 (Stephen Harris)
I came in here to pick up a little pub crawl where I left off a week ago. Holly was playing the piano. Iíve truly lost count of the number of pubs Iíve walked into and found Holly playing the piano.
Wishbone - Abyss4.30GoodNot a brewery Iím familiar with. This is a rich, black Stout that drinks above its ABV, but which soon fell flat in the glass.
Orbit - Werk5.60GoodFrom a keg, and it must have been an old-fashioned keg because it turned out to be quite heavily carbonated. But really good hop flavours to compensate.
Fyne - Vital Spark4.40Not Tried
Kent - Clerkenwell Pale3.80Not Tried
Salopian - Divine Comedy3.90Not Tried
Fyne - Cloud Burst4.30Not Tried
Hop Studio - Fudge4.50Not Tried
Fyne - Titan4.20Not Tried
Hop Studio - Vienna5.50Not Tried
Salopian - Sienna4.40Not Tried
30 May 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Fifth and final pub on a pub crawl along and around White Lion Street (sadly the White Lion itself is long-closed). Saving the best until last.
Fyne - Titan4.20ExcellentAmber-coloured and hoppy. Very tasty.
Tempest - Harvest IPA6.70ExcellentFrom a key-keg. A clear, golden IPA with Belgian yeast flavours.
Fyne - Maverick4.20Not Tried
Kent - Clerkenwell Pale3.80Not Tried
Salopian - Divine Comedy3.90Not Tried
Hop Studio - Fudge4.50Not Tried
Hop Studio - Marzen3.80Not Tried
Hop Studio - Vienna5.50Not Tried
14 May 2016 (Jack William)
Late afternoon - quiet enough to discuss the copious selection.
Salopian - Hop Twister4.50ExcellentGrapefruit citrus notes - delicious.
Hop Studio - Elder4.80AcceptableVery disappointing after the Hop Twister. More rhubarb than elderflower.
RedWillow - Wreckless4.80Not Tried
Kent - Clerkenwell Pale3.80Not Tried
Salopian - Divine Comedy3.90Not Tried
RedWillow - Seamless3.60Not Tried
Hop Studio - Porter4.30Not Tried
Hop Studio - Scalon4.50Not Tried
Hop Studio - Fudge4.50Not Tried
Salopian - Monkey Business 5.20Not Tried
29 Feb 2016 (Jack William)
Latish Monday evening - very quiet.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Hirundo4.50AcceptableDisappointing for a 4.5 - lacked body and flavour.
Fyne - Vital Spark4.40Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Swan3.50Not Tried
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not Tried
Fyne - Sublime Stout6.80Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Sequoia4.50Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Black Harry3.90Not Tried
Kent - Clerkenwell Pale3.80Not Tried
Ilkley - Joshua Jane3.70Not Tried
Saltaire - Hop #2565.00Not Tried

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About the Craft Beer Co.

The pub sign. Craft Beer Co., Islington, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Islington, Central London, N1 9PP.

The fifth in the Craft/Cask chain (sixth if you count the short lived Cask at Brighton). This pub was established as the Lord Wolseley by 1876 and for 135 years was a rather unremarkable, side street pub, located close to the Angel, Islington. In latter years it was a Greene King house. It reopened as Craft in November 2012, following a brief closure for refurbishment. Three distinct drinking areas plus a garden. 10 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 28 times, seen 159 different beers and tried 54 of them.

Map location

Postcode: N1 9PP