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St John at Hackney Brewery (Brew Pub)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Boxcar - PAL-020 DDH Pale Galaxy Excellent1
St John at Hackney - Lager El Dorado Mosaic Excellent1
St John at Hackney - Imperial Stout Version 2 Excellent1
Boxcar - PAL-016 Table Beer Excellent1
St John at Hackney - Imperial Stout Version 1 Excellent1
St John at Hackney - Pale Ale Version 3 Good1
St John at Hackney - Citra IPA Version 2 Good1
St John at Hackney - Simcoe DIPA Good1
St John at Hackney - Ariana Pale Ale Good1
St John at Hackney - Session IPAGood1
St John at Hackney - Lager Version 1 Acceptable1
St John at Hackney - Pale Ale Version 1 Acceptable1
St John at Hackney - Lazy Day LagerNot Tried0
Picture 1. St John at Hackney Brewery, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. St John at Hackney Brewery, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

08 Nov 2018 (Stephen Harris)
According to a CAMRA boffin here, the home-brewed beers ‘sort of’ count as real ale, in the same way that Zero Degrees beers sort of count. I’m not convinced, as they clearly have good carbonation levels – but I’ll list them all, not just the ones I drink, just in case.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St John at Hackney - Lager El Dorado Mosaic 4.30ExcellentServed direct from the tank. If only all UK-brewed Lagers tasted as good as this. Fresh-tasting, with very high hop-levels from dry-hopping.
St John at Hackney - Imperial Stout Version 2 10.70Not Tried
St John at Hackney - Ariana Pale Ale 5.00Not Tried
St John at Hackney - Session IPA4.50Not Tried
St John at Hackney - Lazy Day Lager4.80Not Tried
25 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening on a Thursday and it is quieter here than I have seen it before.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Boxcar - PAL-020 DDH Pale Galaxy 5.00ExcellentFrom a form of keg. Another winner from Boxcar; this is a delicious, hoppy beer.
12 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
A brief call for a quick half as it is busy and noisy in here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St John at Hackney - Session IPA4.50GoodFresh and fruity but a bit too fizzy. Good stuff though.
08 Sep 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. It is the first time I’ve been here when the front bar has been busy – it is echoey and loud with music and a lively birthday party. It seems that all the St John’s beers are now brewed on site.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St John at Hackney - Imperial Stout Version 2 10.70ExcellentStronger than Version 1 and again very enjoyable. Intense coffee/roast barley with liquorice and brandy notes.
St John at Hackney - Simcoe DIPA 8.30GoodAmber-coloured and hazy. Lots of Simcoe hops in a strong tasting beer.
St John at Hackney - Ariana Pale Ale 5.00GoodGolden and cloudy. A full-bodied Pale Ale with herbal and bitter hop flavours.
07 Jul 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Evening visit. World cup football is being shown on a big screen in the yard at the back and this has drawn quite a crowd. No cash taken at the bar here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St John at Hackney - Imperial Stout Version 1 9.70ExcellentBlack, thick and sticky. Low carbonation from key-keg or keg. Liquorice and prunes. The best I have tried from this brewery so far.
St John at Hackney - Pale Ale Version 3 5.60GoodThe second beer to become available that has been brewed on site – and served direct from the tank. It’s a murky gold beer. Bitter fruit flavours.
St John at Hackney - Pale Ale Version 1 5.20AcceptableBrewed off-site, apparently in Germany. Cloudy gold. A keg fizziness detracts. US West Coast hops I think.
30 Jun 2018 (Stephen Harris)
My first visit here and good to have a few beers with an old friend. I’m surprised to discover that most of the house beers have been brewed in Germany so far in the initial days of this brewery, although the fermentation tanks are now full of beer brewed on site. Around ten beers to choose from today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Boxcar - PAL-016 Table Beer 2.30ExcellentFrom key-keg, brewed just a few railway arches away to the west. Low-strength, juicy murk – and I loved it.
St John at Hackney - Citra IPA Version 2 6.80GoodFrom a keg of some kind and brewed in Germany. An amber-coloured, hoppy IPA.
St John at Hackney - Lager Version 1 4.60AcceptableServed ‘tank-fresh’, having been brewed on site. Rather sweet and malty to my taste.

About the St John at Hackney Brewery

The pub sign. St John at Hackney Brewery, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Excellent5
Good5
Acceptable2
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Website.

The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E8 1DU.

A micro-brewery and tap room located in a double railway arch in central Hackney, in an area that has been designated a ‘food and drink hub’. Opened in late-May 2018. There is a spacious indoor seating area beside the brewing equipment, a kitchen specialising in a kebab menu, and outdoor bench seating to the rear. No cask-conditioned beer is sold here, but some beer comes straight from the tanks. Open daily except Monday.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 13 different beers and tried 12 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1DU