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The Bricklayer's Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
White Rose (Sheffield) - Naughty BlondeExcellent1
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Evil GeniusExcellent2
Old Mill - Traditional MildExcellent1
Imperial - Bee's KneesExcellent1
Mallinsons - CitraExcellent1
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale AleExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesExcellent3
Plain Ales - India Plain Ale Excellent1
Brown Cow - Mrs. Simpsons Thriller In VanillaExcellent1
Great Newsome - Holderness DarkExcellent1
Tonbridge - RusticExcellent1
World's End - Pewsey Mild Excellent1
Shed Ales - Shed Some LightGood1
Abigale - NailbourneGood1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Winter CheerGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's AleGood1
Bottle Brook - London LadyGood1
Wensleydale - Mel BecksGood1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - RedheadGood1
Golcar - Dark MildGood1
Stealth (formerly Kennet & Avon) - Dundas Best BitterGood1
Great Heck - Stormin Norman (previously Stormin' Norman)Good1
Ridgeside - InnuendoGood1
Bottle Brook - CharlatanGood1
Naylor's - Velvet Premium MildGood2
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's AleGood1
Wantsum - Black PrinceGood1
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the GarterGood1
Weighbridge - Pooley's GoldenGood1
Shepherd Neame - Queen CourtGood1
By The Horns - Stiff Upper LipGood1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterGood2
Nutbrook - MoreAcceptable1
Bird Brain - Jemmy WrenAcceptable1
Downton - Raspberry RipperAcceptable1
Abbeydale - Dark MatterAcceptable1
Nutbrook - ResponsiblyAcceptable1
Tigertops - Captain BlackAcceptable1
Coppice Side - Nottingham BlondeAcceptable1
Briscoe's - Chevin LightPoor1
Downton - Chocolate Orange DelightNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - ConquerorNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Windsor KnotNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Zinzan's DropNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - GuardsmanNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - SundancerNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Bricklayer's Arms, Putney, Greater London

Visits Details

28 Oct 2017 (Jack William)
Lunchtime - very few in considering it was match day at the Cottage. Nice chat with an elderly local. Filled up a bit by 2. No discount for CAMRA members despite their "pub of the year" awards form previous years boldly displayed outside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Excellent
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Good
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Sundancer3.70Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Redhead4.10Not Tried
17 May 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Here at around 7pm to find the pub very quiet. There was a problem with a lack of change behind the bar. Fortunately I was able to count out my pennies, but a couple of other potential customers left thirsty for lack of change for a twenty pound note.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80GoodAmber-coloured and quite full-bodied.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40GoodGolden and fragrant. Slightly warm temperature took an edge off the flavour.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Redhead4.10Not Tried
02 Jan 2016 (Jack William)
Lunchtime - miserable weather - good few football supporters in - rather cold and a little depressing in the back room.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Good
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror5.00Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
22 Sep 2015 (Jack William)
Early evening - prior to a Fulham game - busy, good atmosphere not spoiled by anyone eating - a real boozer - but London prices all the same.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40ExcellentBeautiful pint.
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror5.00Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Zinzan's Drop4.00Not Tried
04 Jan 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Lunchtime visit and there are only four other customers in. I chatted about rain and floods with one of the regulars at the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Winter Cheer4.40GoodChestnut-coloured, malty bitter.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Redhead4.10GoodSweetish red ale with minimal hopping.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Downton - Chocolate Orange Delight5.80Not Tried
25 Sep 2013 (Stephen Harris)
One of the periodic beer festivals is underway here, this time featuring Wiltshire-brewed beers. It is unexpectedly quiet for a beer festival and my group are able to secure a table in a prime spot inside. 40+ beers available, I list just those I drank.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Plain Ales - India Plain Ale 5.20ExcellentGolden and hoppy. The stand-out beer of the evening for me.
World's End - Pewsey Mild 4.80ExcellentVery nice, smooth, dark, chocolaty mild.
Shed Ales - Shed Some Light3.80GoodGolden and spicily hopped.
Stealth (formerly Kennet & Avon) - Dundas Best Bitter4.20GoodI understand that K&A beers are currently cuckoo-brewed at Wessex Brewery. This was an amber-coloured bitter.
Weighbridge - Pooley's Golden4.70GoodAnother golden beer.
Downton - Raspberry Ripper4.50AcceptableA rather unsubtle fruit beer. Not just raspberry, but cherry too, resulting in a mix of sweet and tart flavours. The advertised ‘delicate hop bitterness’ seemed a bit lost to me.
27 Sep 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Kent Beer Festival in progress. Unfortunately, none of the highly desirable green hop beers are on sale, their release being timed to coincide with the Green Hop Festival in Canterbury. Nevertheless, there are many beers available either through the handpumps or on stillage – I list just those I tried.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00ExcellentCopper/bronze-coloured best bitter. Richly malty and fruity with hop character too.
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale Ale4.00ExcellentAmber coloured, tangy and hoppy.
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90GoodFull-bodied, dark mild. Fruity, with some toasted malt.
Abigale - Nailbourne4.50GoodAmber-coloured. Full-bodied and malty.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's Ale3.80GoodGolden coloured with a grapefruity hop character – this example a bit flat and sticky.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's Ale4.30GoodWell-balanced IPA with both English and US hop character.
Shepherd Neame - Queen Court4.50GoodDry and sharply hoppy.
23 Feb 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Yorkshire beer festival in full flow.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Mill - Traditional Mild3.40ExcellentAs it says, dark brown, sweet and malty with low hopping. My score 16/20.
Great Newsome - Holderness Dark4.30ExcellentDark brown stronger mild which ticks all the boxes, sweet, malty, smooth and well rounded. My score 16/20.
Golcar - Dark Mild3.20GoodNow shown as 3.6%. Dark brown malty mild with hints of liquorice and a bittersweet, dry finish. My score 15/20.
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Evil Genius4.70GoodA black and very dry, roasty stout. The dryness of the roast malt gives an almost astringent finish. My score 15/20.
Wensleydale - Mel Becks3.50GoodVery pale with a good bitter hop character balanced with some maltiness. My score 15/20.
Ridgeside - Innuendo4.50GoodPale bitter with a good hop character and full flavour. Fairly dry finish. My score 15/20.
Abbeydale - Dark Matter3.60AcceptableReddish mild that has unfortunately gone down the crystal malt road giving a tangy bittersweet malt flavour and a rather cloying, dryish finish. My score 14/20.
Naylor's - Velvet Premium Mild4.00AcceptableRed/brown in colour but far too bitter for a mild. Too much crystal malt flavour gives a dry, bittersweet finish. My score 14/20.
Bird Brain - Jemmy Wren3.90AcceptableVery pale and bitter with a dry, crisp citrus hop character. My score 14/20.
Briscoe's - Chevin Light3.80PoorGolden bitter with a very sharp hop taste bordering on phenolic. The finish is very bitter and dry. My score 12/20.
22 Feb 2012 (Stephen Harris)
The first night of a Yorkshire Brewers-themed beer festival. A bit chilly out in the yard, so inevitably crowded inside. Very good quality from both the handpumps and the stillage. A great many beers available, this is just a partial list.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brown Cow - Mrs. Simpsons Thriller In Vanilla5.10ExcellentExcellent, black porter, flavoured with a little too much vanilla. I would have been happier with something a little more subtle – but still very good.
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Evil Genius4.70ExcellentA lush, full-on, roasted Stout.
Imperial - Bee's Knees4.20ExcellentImpressive, light, honey beer. Balanced flavouring – does not descend into sweetness or stickiness.
Mallinsons - Citra3.80ExcellentVery pale, with a wonderful grapefruit aroma and taste. A little harsher than some other Citra-influenced beers I have tried
Naylor's - Velvet Premium Mild4.00ExcellentDark copper-coloured, full-bodied mild.
White Rose (Sheffield) - Naughty Blonde4.30ExcellentVery pale and hoppy, a great first pint of the festival for me.
Great Heck - Stormin Norman (previously Stormin' Norman)6.50GoodA strong, golden bitter.
By The Horns - Stiff Upper Lip3.80GoodDry, golden bitter, with digestive biscuit malt and bitter hop.
Tigertops - Captain Black4.40AcceptableBlack, rather flat beer with Old Ale sourness. My friends loved it, but it did not do it for me.
22 Sep 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Derbyshire beer festival in progress, with more people outside than inside due to the clement weather.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bottle Brook - Charlatan4.20GoodPale with good citrus hop character. Some malt balance and a fruity hop finish. My score 15/20.
Bottle Brook - London Lady5.00GoodStrong pale ale with a sweetish hop character, some hoppiness and a fruity finish. My score 15/20.
Nutbrook - Responsibly4.40AcceptableAmber bitter with a bitter hop flavour. Rather one dimensional with a dry finish. My score 14/20.
Coppice Side - Nottingham Blonde4.00AcceptableBitter and dry pale ale. Bitter hop flavour and a dry, astringent finish. My score 14/20.
Nutbrook - More4.80AcceptableStrong red/brown bitter with most bitterness from malt. Some hoppiness in the dry finish. My score 14/20.

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About The Bricklayer's Arms

The pub sign. The Bricklayer's Arms, Putney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent29
Good36
Acceptable33
Poor6

Website.

The pub is found in Putney, Greater London, SW15 1DD.

Traditional single-roomed pub tucked away near to Putney Bridge. At one time was the only pub in London to serve the full Timothy Taylor cask range. SW London CAMRA Pub of the Year 2008. Regular beer festivals and events. More recently has broadened beer choice and says of itself: We have 12 hand pumps on the bar, offering an ever-changing range of amazing beers from small breweries around the UK. Our policy is to buy in the whole range of a particular brewer every week, one that is not normally showcased in London, so we can offer Londoners a real choice. The aim is to have a sort of rolling beer festival. We don’t shy away from buying in much stronger or so-called speciality beers either. The emphasis is on trying new beers all the time. Two of the hand pumps are taken up with a real cask cider and a perry. At the moment we have Bushel’s Cider from Kent at 6% and our perry is Weston's from Herefordshire. Another hand pump is taken up with the more locally brewed Wandle Ale from Sambrook’s Brewery just up the road in Battersea. We are part of CAMRA’s LocAle scheme which aims to support local brewers and reduce carbon footprints.

We have visited this pub 16 times, seen 100 different beers and tried 95 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SW15 1DD