Canopy Beer company, Herne Hill's hidden brewing gem.
Updated: May 23
London, and the UK by default are riddled with hidden corners, old nooks and crannies and many places that are the result of centuries of building and development. Here and there and everywhere are small workshops and business often owned and staffed by artisans of their trade.
One such place is a small mews of railway arches in Herne Hill SE24. Canopy beer have been in one arch since 2014 honing their brewing skills and their visually stunning branding and design.
With a core range of four beers, they cover IPAs, Pale Ale, Kolsch and Session IPA. Beyond the core range experimentation is strong with Canopy and more than 30 specials have over time been brewed and created. That kind of curiosity always engenders better techniques and more skills in one's repertoire and that work shows in the quality of Canopy's current brewing.
Lockdown has been hard on many businesses but in some ways it's helped some branch out and adjust their businesses to cope, and Canopy has an excellent online shop. Well designed, it's easy to use and clear in its presentation. Delivery is free both London-wide and nationally over £30. Boxes of 12 and 24 cans are available, or you can build your own choice from the core-4 or whatever is currently available amongst the limited edition specials.
Other merchandise is also available ranging from clothing to posters and notebooks all featuring the Canopy's striking artwork. Finally a Beer club in either 12 or 24 packs is available to enable you to get regular beer!
We ordered a Fridge-pack of 12. It features 2/3rds core beer and 1/3rd of the limited range. Containing 2 each of the core range and 3 larger cans of the limited editions split 2/1.
Canopy also has a Taproom usually open Wednesday to Sunday. Once lockdown eases and retail drinks venues are allowed to reopen, we will certainly be back when in the area. Despite being so close to the hustle and bustle of busy Herne hill, the railway mews is surprisingly quiet and Oasis-like. Super-fresh beer is on tap within a few feet of the tanks in which it's brewed.
In our fridge pack we received the following
Sunray Pale Ale
Snapper Session IPA
Mango + Coriander Sour
Allez Allez Belgian Blonde Ale
A mix of Core beers and specials.
Canopy Beer is at www.canopybeer.com
Bath factory estate
41 Norwood road
London SE24 9AJ