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Hackney Church Brewery (Brew Pub)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kernel - Export Stout London 1890Excellent1
Boxcar - PAL-020 DDH Pale Galaxy Excellent1
Tiny Rebel - Pomegranate and Molasses Belgian Strong AleExcellent1
St John at Hackney - Lager El Dorado Mosaic Excellent1
St John at Hackney - Imperial Stout Version 2 Excellent1
St John at Hackney - Centennial Brown AleExcellent1
St John at Hackney - Superfly IPAExcellent1
Lervig - Hoppy JoeExcellent1
Boxcar - PAL-025 Barbe Rouge PaleExcellent1
Deviant & Dandy - Weekday WarriorExcellent1
St John at Hackney - Mare St MosaicExcellent1
St John at Hackney - Session IPAGood1
St John at Hackney - Simcoe DIPA Good1
St John at Hackney - Ariana Pale Ale Good1
St John at Hackney - Lazy Day LagerNot Tried0
Picture 1. Hackney Church Brewery, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. Hackney Church Brewery, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

12 Jun 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Very quiet in the afternoon. Filled with lovely brewing smells.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Deviant & Dandy - Weekday Warrior2.70ExcellentPresumably from a keg of some kind. This low-strength, high flavour Pale Ale is just the job for the circumstances.
28 Feb 2019 (Stephen Harris)
A quiet evening in here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St John at Hackney - Centennial Brown Ale5.40ExcellentBrown Ale with hops and a relatively light body.
Lervig - Hoppy Joe4.70ExcellentFrom keg. US Red with malt and a little caramel plus great hops.
21 Feb 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Late-afternoon and I almost have the place to myself.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kernel - Export Stout London 18907.50ExcellentFrom key-keg. Another superb recreation of an historic London recipe by The Kernel.
Tiny Rebel - Pomegranate and Molasses Belgian Strong Ale8.00ExcellentFrom some kind of keg. Amber and strong. Fruity sweet and a little bit spicy. On another day I might consider this to be 5 star.
31 Jan 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and a light smattering of customers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Boxcar - PAL-025 Barbe Rouge Pale5.70ExcellentAn interesting and unusual, fruity flavour from this new French hop. Almost tastes of cherries.
25 Jan 2019 (Stephen Harris)
A quick one in here after a bit of a session next door at the Experiment.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St John at Hackney - Mare St Mosaic5.50ExcellentPoured straight from the tank. A great Mosaic hop showcase.
08 Dec 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Crowded and noisy with a Christmas Fair taking place in the access road outside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St John at Hackney - Superfly IPA6.50ExcellentMy kind of thing – hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic. One to savour.
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.

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About the Hackney Church Brewery

The pub sign. Hackney Church Brewery, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

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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. Established as St John at Hackney Brewery but renamed in March 2019 in case anyone should mistake the premises for a branch of the St John's fancy meat restaurants. 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 12 times, seen 21 different beers and tried 20 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1DU