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Craft Beer Co. (Craft Beer Company)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Fyne - Ragnarök Excellent1
Salopian - KashmirExcellent1
Rooster's - YardstickExcellent1
Salopian - SpiralExcellent1
Fyne - LismoreExcellent1
Fyne - The Cardinal.Excellent1
Hawkshead - ITI (little NZPA) Excellent1
Partizan - X AleExcellent1
Dark Star - RockheadExcellent1
Tyne Bank - Simcoe Dollar Excellent1
Saltaire - Hop #256Excellent1
Tiny Rebel - CwtchExcellent1
Fyne - LemeringueExcellent1
Salopian - Choir PorterExcellent1
Dancing Duck - Waddle it be?Excellent1
Fat Cat - Marmalade CatGood1
Brewster's - Hop a Doodle DooGood1
Brewster's - DecadenceGood1
Salopian - PropagandaGood1
Blackjack - StoutGood1
Parkway (formerly Glastonbury Ales) - Thriller Rare Cappuccino Porter Acceptable1
Elgood's - Golden NewtAcceptable1
Neptune - Big SurPoor1
Rooster's - AstroNot Tried0
Kent - Craft PaleNot Tried0
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale AleNot Tried0
Rooster's - BuckeyeNot Tried0
Gun - Velo DogNot Tried0
Rooster's - Baby-Faced AssassinNot Tried0
Salopian - PolygraphNot Tried0
Fyne - Piper's GoldNot Tried0
Fyne - Vital SparkNot Tried0
Blackjack - The RiverNot Tried0
Kent - Clerkenwell PaleNot Tried0
Blackjack - The PokiesNot Tried0
Dark Star - Green Hopped IPANot Tried0
Blackjack - Four of a KindNot Tried0
Neptune - Equinox IPANot Tried0
Marble - PintNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord MarplesNot Tried0
Fyne - Hurricane JackNot Tried0
Kent - EnigmaNot Tried0
First Chop Brewing Arm - CHANot Tried0
First Chop Brewing Arm - HOPNot Tried0
Boggart - Rum PorterNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - dcukNot Tried0
Marble - Chocolate MarbleNot Tried0
Kent - Craft BitterNot Tried0
Kent - Craft Pale Not Tried0
First Chop Brewing Arm - HALNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - AmberilloNot Tried0
Salopian - Golden ThreadNot Tried0
Fyne - Richard BensonNot Tried0
First Chop Brewing Arm - SUPNot Tried0
Rooster's - CreamNot Tried0
Parkway (formerly Glastonbury Ales) - Hedge MonkeyNot Tried0
Picture 1. Craft Beer Co., Aldgate, Central London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

16 Jul 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early Monday evening and there is a limited cask beer range available as a nod to the hot weather. It should have been even more limited if my pint was anything to go on.
Neptune - Big Sur4.50PoorA hazy, amber-coloured beer that, I assume, is an APA. I was so cross that my request for a top-up of a short measure had been ignored that I didn’t immediately notice what poor condition this was in. I didn’t finish the pint.
Kent - Clerkenwell Pale3.80Not Tried
Neptune - Equinox IPA5.20Not Tried
10 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit.
Fyne - The Cardinal.4.50ExcellentDeep red in colour, bordering on brown. Burnt caramel malt base with tropical fruit-type hops on top. Long, bitter finish.
Fat Cat - Marmalade Cat5.50GoodA heavy, sticky, bitter, orangey beer.
Fyne - Vital Spark4.40Not Tried
Kent - Clerkenwell Pale3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Green Hopped IPA6.50Not Tried
22 Nov 2016 (Stephen Harris)
A Euostar train got me into London just too late to be able to attend tonight’s Leyton Orient match. Normally I would consider this a disaster, but in present circumstances I should probably be pleased not to have been there. I holed up in here in the warm instead to follow the game on Twitter.
Salopian - Choir Porter4.50ExcellentAn excellent, rich, black, smooth Porter.
Salopian - Propaganda5.00GoodGolden. A strong Pale Ale with citrus hop flavours.
Parkway (formerly Glastonbury Ales) - Thriller Rare Cappuccino Porter 5.00AcceptableA black Porter, very heavily flavoured with coffee. Too heavily for me.
Parkway (formerly Glastonbury Ales) - Hedge Monkey4.60Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale4.00Not Tried
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Gun - Velo Dog5.00Not Tried
Kent - Craft Bitter4.10Not Tried
Salopian - Polygraph7.40Not Tried
01 Nov 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and not crowded.
Salopian - Kashmir5.50ExcellentGolden. A heavy and thick IPA with nice fruity hop flavours.
Salopian - Spiral4.00ExcellentA full-bodied Golden Ale with fruity and piney hop flavours.
Hawkshead - ITI (little NZPA) 3.50ExcellentExceptionally pale. Nice hop aroma and bags of hop flavours with a long, bitter finish. Decent body too for its strength.
Salopian - Golden Thread5.00Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
First Chop Brewing Arm - SUP3.90Not Tried
Kent - Craft Bitter4.10Not Tried
Salopian - Choir Porter4.50Not Tried
25 Oct 2016 (Stephen Harris)
A nice, relaxed feeling in here tonight; too early in the week for much City excess.
Saltaire - Hop #2565.00ExcellentA golden beer featuring a new hop variety that does not yet have a name. It delivers a big, bitter hop hit that is both citrusy and quite earthy.
Dancing Duck - Waddle it be?4.50ExcellentVery pale. Hop-filled. Dry and bitter.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord Marples4.00Not Tried
Kent - Enigma5.50Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
First Chop Brewing Arm - HOP4.10Not Tried
Dancing Duck - dcuk4.30Not Tried
Kent - Craft Bitter4.10Not Tried
First Chop Brewing Arm - HAL4.80Not Tried
31 May 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Ground floor bar busy after work, but tables available in the pleasant cellar bar.
Fyne - Lismore5.10ExcellentA golden, hoppy beer. Somewhere between a Blonde and an IPA in style.
Partizan - X Ale5.70ExcellentVery pleased to find this beer here on cask. It is a red/brown coloured Bitter based upon a 1915 Courage Brewery recipe and dry-hopped with Cluster. As good a Best Bitter as you will find.
Fyne - Piper's Gold3.80Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Blackjack - The River4.80Not Tried
Blackjack - The Pokies3.60Not Tried
Blackjack - Four of a Kind6.20Not Tried
09 Mar 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Mid to late evening, busy throughout. Some sort of Roosters Brewery thing going on it seems.
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60ExcellentI couldn’t resist this great beer. It’s not often that my taste buds are in tune with those of the GBBF Champion Beer of Britain judges, but this year they are. Great fresh hop tastes cutting through sweet sticky malt. Could have stuck with this all evening.
Rooster's - Yardstick3.70ExcellentGolden in colour. A very nice, hop-forward Pale Ale, or Session IPA or whatever these type of beers are called this week.
Blackjack - Stout5.00GoodA rich, dark, dry, roasty Stout.
Rooster's - Cream4.70Not Tried
Rooster's - Astro4.30Not Tried
Rooster's - Buckeye3.50Not Tried
Rooster's - Baby-Faced Assassin6.10Not Tried
02 Dec 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit, sat in the downstairs area with Robert S – meanwhile the ground floor bar became very busy indeed.
Dark Star - Rockhead6.00ExcellentDark Star don’t do things by halves and this is a really good, strong, flavourful American Brown Ale.
Brewster's - Hop a Doodle Doo4.30GoodA very-nice, copper-coloured, full-bodied Bitter with significant hop content.
Brewster's - Decadence4.40GoodGolden, dry-ish and hoppy. A bit hazy, giving a slight yeasty edge to the taste.
Boggart - Rum Porter4.60Not Tried
Marble - Chocolate Marble5.50Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Dancing Duck - Amberillo4.50Not TriedRan out.
Fyne - Richard Benson5.00Not Tried
25 Nov 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Re-opened for around three weeks now, this pub brings the ‘Craft’ concept into the City of London. Very much a City Boy clientele tonight (for whom you can charge pretty much any price you like for the beer – they don’t care) but they are not over-powering. Two more beers were available, but it was difficult to read the pumpclips in the dim light.
Tyne Bank - Simcoe Dollar 5.00ExcellentJust what the doctor ordered. A crisp, amber-coloured pint with strong, bitter hop flavours.
Fyne - Lemeringue4.20ExcellentDescribed as a ‘Lemon Meringue Golden Stout’. It is, um, chocolaty, pale and, er, lemony, and tastes a bit of meringue. Either the brewers at Fyne are completely bonkers or they are geniuses.
Fyne - Ragnarök 7.40ExcellentA very strong, souped-up version of the Fyne Brewery’s excellent Jarl IPA.
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Fyne - Hurricane Jack4.40Not Tried
First Chop Brewing Arm - CHA5.00Not Tried
09 Jul 2013 (Stephen Harris)
I knew nothing of this place until it appeared as the venue for tonight’s CAMRA Branch meeting, which took place in the downstairs room. Unfortunately there had been some sort of mix up and they were not expecting us – so just one firkin of beer to split between 20 thirsty members.
Elgood's - Golden Newt4.10AcceptableRefreshing enough but served a little green, with the full flavour not really developed.

About the Craft Beer Co.

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

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Aldgate, Central London, EC3A 5BZ.

Established in the 1980s, initially as a ‘Gentleman’s Club’, this small pub is tucked away in a side street, close to Aldgate pump. It traded until 2015 as the Trident Bar & Restaurant, with one or two real ales sold on gravity dispense. Re-opened in November 2015 as the latest addition to the Craft Beer Co. chain. Has a small ground floor room with a Public Bar feel and a more-comfortable downstairs Lounge. Nice breweriana adorns the walls.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 55 different beers and tried 23 of them.

Map location

Postcode: EC3A 5BZ