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Beer Merchants Tap (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Siren Craft - Suspended in MosaicExceptional1
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast StoutExceptional1
Arbor Ales - MosaicExcellent1
Wylam - Empathy for the DevilExcellent1
Wylam - Greenbutt SkunkExcellent1
Cloudwater - Austerity is Killing People That I Care AboutExcellent1
Wylam - Room 237Excellent1
Titanic - Plum PorterExcellent1
Siren Craft - Under CurrentExcellent1
Oedipus - SwingersExcellent1
North - Pale Hallertau Blanc + Mosaic Excellent1
Buxton - SPAExcellent1
North - Triple Fruited Gose: Blueberry + LingonberryExcellent1
Deya - Best Foot ForwardExcellent1
Yonder - Rosehip SaisonExcellent1
Cloudwater - PaleGood1
Arbor Ales - The Ego Has LandedGood1
Siren Craft - Suspended in EkuanotGood1
Unity - Tech Noir (Rainbow Project 2019)Good1
Arbor Ales - Why Kick a Moo CowNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - PangoNot Tried0
Siren Craft - LuminaNot Tried0
Picture 1. Beer Merchants Tap, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

04 Aug 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Moderately busy in the late afternoon. My hands have never been so clean as when I come here. Just one cask beer available, but it's a corker.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout6.50ExceptionalI have so missed this kind of thing in cask. Perfection.
Yonder - Rosehip Saison5.20ExcellentFrom key-keg. All of the Yonder Saisons are worthy of attention. This one is a little bit tart, floral and yeasty.
Siren Craft - Lumina4.20Not TriedUnfortunately, this has run out.
08 Jul 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Afternoon visit. Fairly quiet. I need to sign in. Maximum two to a table. Quick reminder of what social distancing is. Scrub those hands, and I'm in business.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oedipus - Swingers4.00ExcellentFrom keg. A fruit Gose. Kettle soured. Salty. Plenty of hops and lime.
Arbor Ales - The Ego Has Landed4.80GoodI probably should have drunk this before rather than after the sour. But it's coming across as a very good APA.
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
20 Mar 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-afternoon. Almost empty. I'm really here to buy carry-outs.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Arbor Ales - Mosaic4.00ExcellentDown to one cask beer here as things wind down ahead of lockdown. Luckily it's a good 'un.
Wylam - Greenbutt Skunk8.40ExcellentFrom key-keg. Dank.
13 Mar 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Busy, early Friday 13th session.
BeerABVScoreNotes
North - Triple Fruited Gose: Blueberry + Lingonberry4.50ExcellentFrom a keg. It's fruity. Tart. Pinch of salt.
Siren Craft - Suspended in Ekuanot4.00GoodGolden with slight haze. Soft and mushy. Resinous and fruity hop flavours.
Arbor Ales - Mosaic4.00Not Tried
26 Feb 2020 (Stephen Harris)
Wednesday evening and crowded. For the first time, I sat in the back room.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wylam - Room 2375.50ExcellentFrom a keg. Thick, murky gold. Juicy fruity.
Cloudwater - Pale4.00GoodA very soft, murky concoction. Mango and oranges.
Tiny Rebel - Pango5.00Not Tried
18 Feb 2020 (Stephen Harris)
BeerABVScoreNotes
North - Pale Hallertau Blanc + Mosaic 4.10ExcellentHazy gold. Fruity hops. Solid malt backbone.
Deya - Best Foot Forward3.80ExcellentAn old-fashioned Bitter full of English hop varieties. A bit like the old Shepherd Neame beers I dimly remember from the 1970s, before they were blanded-down Brewed for this week's Cask Beer Festival in London.
Wylam - Empathy for the Devil6.70ExcellentFrom key-keg. A thick, golden beer. Murky, with an oat smoothness. Highly hopped.
27 Jan 2020 (Stephen Harris)
A trickle of late-afternoon customers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90ExcellentA corking pint.
Arbor Ales - Why Kick a Moo Cow5.50Not Tried
05 Jan 2020 (Stephen Harris)
A relaxed Sunday evening atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Siren Craft - Suspended in Mosaic4.00ExceptionalThis is exceptionally good. Mosaic heaven.
Cloudwater - Austerity is Killing People That I Care About3.50ExcellentA dark cask Bitter with a light and hoppy flavour.
23 Sep 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Quiet in mid afternoon. Some customers are clearly using the pub as an office.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Buxton - SPA4.10ExcellentFruity Citra hops and a nice, firm bitterness. Dry.
Unity - Tech Noir (Rainbow Project 2019)5.00GoodFrom keg dispense. My first of this year's Rainbow Project beers. It's a soured fruity Porter. I'm not completely convinced.
28 Aug 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Rather quiet tonight. Just one cask beer available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50ExcellentAlways a great beer.

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About the Beer Merchants Tap

The pub sign. Beer Merchants Tap, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional5
Excellent31
Good9
Acceptable1
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E9 5LN.

A very large new bar, opened in former industrial premises close to Hackney Wick Station in early 2018. There is a large, split-level main bar, with another big room beyond and a courtyard seating area at the front. Beer sold in a variety of formats, including through 20 taps and two handpumps on the bar.

We have visited this pub 21 times, seen 51 different beers and tried 45 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E9 5LN