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The Bottle Shop (Freehouse)

We believe this pub is CLOSED

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
WarPigs Brewpub - Reptilian Overlord IPA Excellent1
WarPigs Brewpub - Foggy Geezer Excellent1
To Øl - SundancerExcellent1
Fuerst Wiacek - Eat the SaladExcellent1
To Øl - BlossomExcellent1
Wicked Weed - OblivionExcellent1
Belching Beaver - Peanut Butter Milk Stout Excellent1
Wicked Weed - OaxacanExcellent1
Dugges - All the WayExcellent1
Picture 1. The Bottle Shop, Bermondsey, Central London
Picture 2. The Bottle Shop, Bermondsey, Central London

Visits Details

13 Jul 2018 (Stephen Harris)
There have been a few changes here since my last visit. The venue is much more of a bar now, rather than a warehouse. The long shelves of beer bottles at ground floor level are now replaced by an impressive line of fridges, meaning that all beer is ready to be drunk on the premises.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuerst Wiacek - Eat the Salad5.80ExcellentFrom keg. A German brewery with a very good reputation, and this certainly does not disappoint. Cloudy pale gold. Smooth and juicy, fresh and gorgeous. On the verge of five stars.
Wicked Weed - Oblivion8.70ExcellentUS beer from keg. Red wine barrel-aged to the point where it tastes more like wine than beer.
Wicked Weed - Oaxacan8.60ExcellentFrom keg dispense. Orange-coloured and hazy. Sour, with a long dry aftertaste. Citrusy. Listed as being ‘smoked’, although I’m got getting that flavour.
17 Feb 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I had not planned to come here at all and was on my way to Anspach & Hobday to see what they had on their newly-installed handpump when I spotted large crowds here, spilling out on to the street. It turns out that there is a Mikeller / Warpigs Tap takeover that I knew nothing about and could not resist. Lots of familiar faces here and my wallet is soon drained.
BeerABVScoreNotes
WarPigs Brewpub - Reptilian Overlord IPA 6.20ExcellentFrom key-keg. Golden with a huge head. A big, flavoursome IPA.
WarPigs Brewpub - Foggy Geezer 8.00ExcellentFrom key-keg. Golden and murky, with bitterness and depth. Judging by the name, it is in fact a ‘London Murky’, albeit all the way from Copenhagen.
16 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. This place has developed considerably as a drinking venue. Tonight there were bars open on two floors, with plenty of people arriving for a comedy show later in the evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dugges - All the Way4.20ExcellentOn keg dispense. A Swedish beer that packs a hoppy punch above its weight.
04 Jun 2016 (Ian)
Many beers on. I drank 2 pints of Alesmith Speedway Stout on draught.
BeerABVScoreNotes
03 Jun 2016 (Stephen Harris)
My how this place has grown since I was last here. Now has seating on two levels and an expanded bar area. Four or five beers available on draught tonight, to supplement the huge bottle selection.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Belching Beaver - Peanut Butter Milk Stout 5.30ExcellentA delicious beer. Jet black and thick, smooth and slightly sweet. Tastes of peanuts.
07 Jun 2014 (Stephen Harris)
A new Bermondsey Beer Mile halt for me, and a good addition to the local beer scene I thought.
BeerABVScoreNotes
To Øl - Sundancer2.70ExcellentFrom a bottle. Golden and hazy. Good US hop tastes in a low strength beer.
To Øl - Blossom5.10ExcellentFrom keg. Five different flower blossoms used in the brewing of this beer, plus loads of hops. Gives a very complex, bitter-sweet flavour.

About The Bottle Shop

The pub sign. The Bottle Shop, Bermondsey, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Website.

The pub is found in Bermondsey, Central London, SE1 2HH.

An offshoot of the Bottle Shop business of Canterbury, this railway arch operates as a bottled beer wholesaler during the week and opens a shop and bar to the public at weekends. Selected bottles are chilled in a fridge for on-sales and a couple of unusual draught beers are sold through keg dispense. Closed end of March 2019 with administrators appointed.

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

Map location

Postcode: SE1 2HH