In Hackney Wick, near the Hertford Union Canal and Lee Navigation junction, and just a five-minute walk from the fancy-and-finally-fucking-finished Hackney Wick railway station, Howling Hops stands as one of the area’s two landmark craft beer venues. Its neighbor, the venerable CRATE Brewery & Pizzeria, is the other, and it matters not in which order one visits them, so long as both receive visits.
Howling Hops landed here in 2015 following a move of necessity from the cramped basement of Hackney’s Cock Tavern (still a lovely pub). Beer is brewed onsite and poured directly from the bright tanks, and these days that beer is canned, too, and available at fine bottle shops shipping to all parts of the UK and most of the EU. But here at “the UK’s first dedicated tank bar” the beer is freshest, of course, and the open beer hall-style seating, complemented by a few small tables along the wall, makes for a fine and festive spot in which to enjoy it.
Howling Hops Brewery and Tank Bar is located at Unit 9A in Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, London. +44 20 3583 8262. Open Sunday to Thursday 12pm – 11pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm – 1am.