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Craft Beer Co. (Craft Beer Company)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Evil Twin - Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break Exceptional1
Fourpure - Chai MilkshakeExcellent1
Crouch Vale - AstraExcellent1
Track - Going to the SunExcellent1
Siren Craft - Suspended in SpeltExcellent1
Team Toxic (cuckoo at Liverpool Brewing Company) - Empress of CydoniaExcellent1
Mourne Mountains - GlafyExcellent1
Hawkshead - Jingle FellsExcellent1
Cromarty - Atlantic DriftExcellent1
Stewart - Voss IPAExcellent1
Cromarty - Rogue Wave Excellent1
Gun - Craft Beer Co. Vermont Pale AleExcellent1
Northdown - Merry MargateExcellent1
Hawkshead - Cumbrian Five HopExcellent1
Fourpure - CoastlineExcellent1
71 Brewing - Rivet RedGood1
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Temple of LoveGood1
Gun - Zamzama IPAGood1
Crouch Vale - Slovenian CardinalGood1
Hop Kettle (Cricklade & Swindon Breweries) - Liquid HighwayGood1
Anspach & Hobday - Keith & Marisa's BitterGood1
Bad Seed - Citra Pale AleGood1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Civil Servant Boy's Friday PaleGood1
Hawkshead - Windermere PaleGood1
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Keep me Away From a Naked Flame Acceptable1
Dark Star - BockAcceptable1
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Opposite AttractionAcceptable1
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - CampaniaAcceptable1
Stancill - StainlessNot Tried0
Holler (formerly Holler Boys) - Cheat ModeNot Tried0
Neptune - TetramagiaNot Tried0
Neptune - Wooden ShipsNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Issy and Aki'sNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Living The DreamNot Tried0
Kent - Craft Pale Not Tried0
Ilkley - Stout MaryNot Tried0
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Ilkley - Joshua JaneNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Bad Seed - Amarillo Pale AleNot Tried0
Bad Seed - BanditNot Tried0
Cromarty - Hit The LipNot Tried0
Cromarty - KowabungaNot Tried0
Cromarty - Ghost Town Not Tried0
Blackjack - Red Rye SaisonNot Tried0
Hop Kettle (Cricklade & Swindon Breweries) - Precious MetalNot Tried0
Picture 1. Craft Beer Co., Limehouse, Greater London
Stephen Harris

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04 Mar 2020 (Stephen Harris)
A pleasant evening at a pub which is no-longer on one of my well-trodden routes.
Northdown - Merry Margate3.80ExcellentPale and bitter.
Team Toxic (cuckoo at Liverpool Brewing Company) - Empress of Cydonia5.20ExcellentInitially sweet, then sharp quince flavours take over. Bit of lactose in here I think. I like it.
71 Brewing - Rivet Red4.80GoodRed/brown. Toffee malt flavours with hops very much in the background.
Ilkley - Stout Mary4.50Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Ilkley - Joshua Jane3.70Not Tried
01 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. I get the feeling here the ales will always have good condition. Some brim measures were on the cusp of being annoying, maybe being related to tasters given.
Anspach & Hobday - Keith & Marisa's Bitter3.70GoodA mildly bittered ale
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Civil Servant Boy's Friday Pale5.70GoodPresumably all English hopped, a slow drinking strong ale
Neptune - Tetramagia4.30Not Tried
Neptune - Wooden Ships4.70Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Issy and Aki's4.80Not TriedDescribed cliptually as a Trifle IPA, yes Trifle not Triple. Described from behind the bar as being very sweet
Siren Craft - Living The Dream6.30Not Tried
22 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early Monday evening and relatively relaxed in here.
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Temple of Love3.80GoodSummit, Chinook and Cascade-hopped version of this beer. Pale and hoppy and very dry.
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Keep me Away From a Naked Flame 4.20AcceptableHazy Golden Ale. Tasted a bit odd to me, in an indefinable way.
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Stancill - Stainless4.30Not Tried
Holler (formerly Holler Boys) - Cheat Mode3.80Not TriedPresumably from Holler's new brewery site in Brighton.
22 Aug 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Late-afternoon into early evening, until becoming crowded.
Stewart - Voss IPA6.50ExcellentStrong and a bit spicy and tasting of marmalade.
Fourpure - Coastline6.00ExcellentFrom key-keg. Shockingly sour gooseberry, but also sweet vanilla. Plenty of hops too. Really good.
Hop Kettle (Cricklade & Swindon Breweries) - Liquid Highway4.50GoodAn easy-drinking golden bitter with some orangey hop flavours.
Hopcraft (experimental side of Pixie Spring) - Campania5.00AcceptableA vanilla ice cream flavoured Milk Stout. But something wrong and its a little too sharp where it should be sweet.
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not TriedCurrently badged as 3.7%.
Blackjack - Red Rye Saison7.00Not Tried
Hop Kettle (Cricklade & Swindon Breweries) - Precious Metal8.60Not Tried
11 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and very busy in here.
Fourpure - Chai Milkshake4.40ExcellentFrom key-keg. Amber-coloured, hazy and very spicy.
Siren Craft - Suspended in Spelt4.00ExcellentAmber in colour, cloudy and wheaty (or should that be spelty?). Oozing with ripe fruit flavours.
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Cromarty - Atlantic Drift3.50Not Tried
Cromarty - Rogue Wave 5.70Not Tried
26 Mar 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Quite a big crowd around the bar, early on a Monday evening.
Cromarty - Atlantic Drift3.50ExcellentEasy-drinking, US-style Pale Ale.
Cromarty - Rogue Wave 5.70ExcellentPale gold. A pleasant flavour with a good balance of hops and alcohol.
Cromarty - Hit The Lip3.80Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Cromarty - Kowabunga4.60Not Tried
Cromarty - Ghost Town 5.80Not Tried
15 Mar 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Probably the first time I have been in here early on a Thursday evening. At 6:30 it is jammed. Two deep at the bar trying to get served and precious little room to stand with a pint. Many are spilling outside onto the pavement.
Crouch Vale - Astra4.10ExcellentA pale beer full of hoppy goodness from Citra and Mosaic.
Mourne Mountains - Glafy4.50ExcellentA bone dry, black Irish Stout.
Crouch Vale - Slovenian Cardinal3.90GoodQuite a heavy, amber beer with little relief from the hops.
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
Bad Seed - Amarillo Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
Bad Seed - Bandit4.50Not Tried
11 Jan 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. A little over a year since I first came in here I have concluded thre is some particularly uncomfortable furniture here. I must be getting soft.
Hawkshead - Jingle Fells4.50ExcellentI usually say that I don’t like spiced Winter Ales – but for some reason I have been enjoying them this year – this one included.
Gun - Craft Beer Co. Vermont Pale Ale6.10ExcellentCloudy gold. Full-on, fruity US hop flavours.
Bad Seed - Citra Pale Ale4.50GoodI can’t resist any beer with the word ‘Citra’ in its name.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
05 Nov 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Sunday afternoon and I note several of the same customers sitting in the same seats as last week and the same band setting up for music later. I must not become a creature of habit.
Evil Twin - Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break 10.80ExceptionalServed from keg – a collaboration beer with Westbrook Brewery. A monster of a beer. Black and smells of fruit cake. Taste starts with cake, moves into biscuit and ends with chilli. Fabulous.
Hawkshead - Cumbrian Five Hop5.00ExcellentGolden and very hoppy.
Track - Going to the Sun7.00ExcellentFrom key-keg. Cloudy pale gold. An IPA – very fresh and lovely.
Hawkshead - Windermere Pale3.50GoodGolden and nicely crisp.
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried
29 Oct 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon visit. I stayed until a country band started playing and used that as an excuse to move on.
Gun - Zamzama IPA6.50GoodGolden and foamy and very tasty.
Dark Star - Bock5.40AcceptableDark brown, strong and sweet. Knowing that I don’t usually much enjoy Bockbier I had ordered just a half and I’m glad I had no more.
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Opposite Attraction4.60AcceptableA ‘White IPA’, pale and no doubt intentionally cloudy. But this seemed unsettled and overly-yeasty. Acceptable, but I’m fairly certain it was not quite right.
Kent - Craft Pale 3.80Not Tried

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About the Craft Beer Co.

The pub sign. Craft Beer Co., Limehouse, Greater London

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The pub is found in Limehouse, Greater London, E14 7JD.

This pub in Commercial Road was present by 1871 as the Railway Tavern; the licensee at the time being William Gordon Crow, who previously ran the Crow’s Nest nearby. It is a Victorian era, single bar, street corner pub that nestles almost underneath the railway line beside Limehouse station. Traditionally a Charrington’s house; that brewery’s former ownership can still be seen in the green panels in the windows. For a while in the 1980s the pub was renamed Stepney East, before reverting to the Railway Tavern name. By 2010 the ownership had moved to Punch Taverns and in December 2016 it re-opened following refurbishment as the newest outlet for the growing Craft Beer Co. chain. Six handpumps and twenty-one keg taps on the bar.

We have visited this pub 25 times, seen 112 different beers and tried 64 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E14 7JD