St John at Hackney Brewery | Taproom & Beer Garden
Booze and religion often go hand-in-hand.
In fact, given that Jesus literally started a winery in his own circulatory system, the relationship couldn’t get much closer.
So it seems actually quite appropriate that St John at Hackney brewery should open opposite, and indeed be named after, a church.
That church is – shocker – called St John at Hackney, and it’s located – double shocker – in Hackney. And now, mirroring its vaulted ceiling and expansive interior, is said brewery’s taproom, which the owners have filled by pressing pew seating against the walls and putting an altar-like metal bar at the rear. And to cap it all, there’s a large alfresco seating area with festoon lighting for when the sun dips below the horizon.
Here’s what they have going on during service:
The day’s barley pops – all brewed in house of course, with the exception of a few rotating guest beers – are written on the chalkboard above the bar like hymnals, with space for a dozen at a time. They’re brewing all manner of crafts, from pale ales, to lagers, pilsners, IPAs, and imperial stouts.
Sitting above those taps, they also have a fair few bottles of wine racked up and ready to pour, and simple mixers: gin with rhubarb, demerara rum & ginger beer, whisky with aromatic tonic, vodka with elderflower, etc.
They’re inviting a rotating lineup of chefs in to man the kitchen, and kicking things off is Cypriot outfit ƐLA, who’re happily scorching skewers of meat on their custom made barbecue. You can expect dishes like Devonshire pork kebabs with a Cypriot salad; Tempeh & seasonal veg with chickpeas; smoked aubergine dips, and simple Devonshire chicken skewers. It all goes perfectly with beer.
You can take it as gospel.
NOTE: St John at Hackney Brewery is open Tuesday-Sunday from noon. You can find out more at their website right HERE.
St John at Hackney Brewery | 16 & 17 Bohemia Place, E8 1DU
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