As avid craft beer drinkers, and shareholders in the Brewdog Equity For Punks scheme, my best mate Craig and I have been talking about doing a Brewdog bar tour for ages.
A little while back, Brewdog launched the ‘Intergalactic Beer Visa’, A means to record the Brewdog bars you’ve visited around the world, and get a stamp at each one. As soon as they launched this, Craig & I decided we needed a reason to do a tour and Pendulum’s first live show in 7 years at the awesome Printworks venue in London gave us that excuse!
The beer visa gives you several challenges to do, one of which is the ‘Big Smoke Challenge’. Hit all 7 London based Brewdog bars and get your visa stamped at each one…Challenge accepted.
Upon arriving in London at just before midday, we realised the gravity of the situation. Doors to Pendulum opened at 7pm which left us with 7 hours to visit all 7 bars spread across central London…all of a sudden, this seemed almost impossible. However, with our Equity For Punks cards and growlers in hand, we headed off to the first bar on our tour, Shepherd’s Bush.
After a well earned pint of 5am Saint, the important stamp in our beer visa’s and some helpful advice from the guy behind the bar about the best way to get to our next destination, we left Shepherd’s Bush behind to jump on the Tube to the next bar on the tour, Clapham Junction.
As the Clapham Junction bar was a bit of walk from the tube station and it was the warmest day of 2018 so far, we were desperate to get a nice cold beer. Classic Punk IPA hit the spot perfectly and with the visa stamped, some more travel advice and a growler full of Dead Pony Club, we set off again! This time heading inwards towards Soho.
Soho is the only London Brewdog bar I’ve visited previously, but it was a pleasure to be back! We grabbed a 1/3 of Hazy Jane, got stamped and headed down to the basement to grab a seat. As time was getting away from us, we couldn’t stay as long as we wanted to, but a few glasses of water to rehydrate (and a quick visit back to the bar to pick up a phone we’d left behind!) we headed towards to West End to visit Brewdog’s newest London bar, Seven Dials.
Set right among the glitz and glamour of the West End, the Seven Dials bar was heaving with people leaving matinee shows. A huge bar spread over 3 floors, this was one of my favourite Brewdog’s to date. Here we both opted for Brewdog’s summer session beer, Clockwork Tangerine and asked the helpful young lady behind the bar for her advice for getting to our next bar, Clerkenwell.
A short bus journey later and we arrived at Clerkenwell. With this being our fifth bar on the tour, I can’t actually recall what we drank here, but at least we remembered to get those important stamps! A fantastic bar, with friendly knowledgeable staff! But we didn’t have time to hang about, we had two more bars to tick off!
Shoreditch was bar number 6, and this place was heaving! The outside seating area was full of people getting a rare bit of British sunshine with a beer so we made our way in and ordered a Tangerine Zephyr. This bar had a fantastic atmosphere, with friendly staff that were happy to talk about beers with us even with it being so busy! But we had one more bar to hit to complete our mission, so we hailed a taxi and went off to our final destination. Camden.
We had finally made it! After a long day of Tube journeys and beer drinking, we arrived at the original English Brewdog bar in Camden. We had plenty of time, so we stayed here for a few and made friends with some guys that had come down from Scotland who insisted on getting us some beers in for completing the challenge. We got that important final stamp and claimed our prize. A free pint of Punk IPA!
We had a fantastic (drunken!) day travelling around London! Who said collecting stamps was boring?!
If you wanted to do the Big Smoke Challenge yourself, Intergalatic Beer Visa’s can be ordered here, and if you wanted to invest in a fantastic company (and get discounts!) you can register to become an Equity For Punk shareholder here, and use my referral code R352422 🙂
I’d like to thank all of the staff at all seven bars for their help and hospitality, and we hope to back to see you soon!