A guide to London's famous Bermondsey Beer Mile, fully revised and updated in October 2015.
Believe it or not, you can now even buy 'craft' bread. Craft this, craft that, craft the other: we are constantly being told that everything is 'craft', but what exactly does it mean? Does it mean anything? In the context of beer, the term is particularly confusing and contentious. Everyone has heard it, nobody is quite sure what it means, and everyone has their own idea - but the one thing that's clear is that 'The C Word' divides opinion.
Any discussion of the world's great beer cities in the '80s, '90s or noughties would most definitely not have involved London. Bamberg, San Diego, Portland (Oregon), Sheffield, Antwerp, Bruges: all were miles ahead of London: until very recently London didn't even come close. Not anymore.
The typical American stereotype of British beer is that it is warm, flat and cloudy. This is true, but it is a good thing. Some background on British beer traditions will help you understand why it is a good thing.