For reasons I’m still yet to fully understand, my good lady and I decided to trek all the way to the end of the Victoria Line on Saturday to pay a visit to Walthamstow. Basically, it’s a bit of a crap stain that as far as I can tell is only famous for being where East17 are from. Big whoop. With the exception of a few things, there’s really nothing there to make me hurry back. It might well be lovely but I wasn’t feeling the charm.
If you head north from the station you’ll get to @claptoncraft
, which is a well worth a visit. A tiny shop but a fuck load of decent and interesting stock that held my interest for some time. The highlight was having a beer explode all over my leg, meaning I had something in the bank if I was desperate later. Jokes. Clapton Craft is awesome. Secondly, all contained within one industrial estate about half a mile south east of the station you’ll find @godsownjunkyard
(an awesome, antique neon sign cafe/bar), @therealalco
(craft beer bar that looked decent), @pillarsbrewery
(yet to taste/visit but looked great) and of course, @wildcardbrewery
, also decent. They’re all literally a stone’s throw away from each other on the same industrial estate. Thanks to @millionbevs
for pointing me in the direction of this little gem - I made it out alive without getting caught up in any gangland activity.
Finally onto the beer! I went for this ‘Queen of Diamonds’ by Wild Card Brewery, a 5% IPA that was looking pretty cool sat in their fridges winking at me. I love label artwork like this, it jumped straight out at me as did the others but the styles not so much. This IPA isn’t groundbreaking but isn’t trying to be. It’s a solid, no nonsense beer that’s pleasantly hoppy, fruity and light. Also very sessionable it’s easy to drink and I’d definitely gravitate towards it if I was on a sesh. Fuck it no I wouldn’t. I’d start and end on the BIG JUICY DIPAs.
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