Archive for the ‘London’ Category


Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Tony Dieble rang to say that the Truman micro is having a launch day on Sat 14th Sept (2013). This will be at the Eyrie pub, 2-3 Stow Road, Hackney Wick, London

Book of the Week – the George Inn / Pete Brown

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Just heard Book of the Week on Radio 4.

It’s also on the iPlayer and as a podcast

Shakespeare’s Local – Six Centuries of History Seen through One Extraordinary Pub Episode 1 of 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 17 December 2012

Pete Brown’s history of pubs as seen through the story of one remarkable London inn, the George in Southwark, said to be the one-time local of Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare.

The George Inn is one of the few remaining galleried coaching inns, and lies a few minutes’ walk from the Thames. ‘Shakespeare’s Local’ takes us on a literary pub crawl through the history of this pub, from its regulars – the watermen, merchants, actors, craftsmen, writers and coachdrivers – as well as the many incarnations of the pub itself – from lawless Southwark tavern to coaching inn, theatre pub to Victorian drinking den, unfashionable boozer to tourist attraction.

This isn’t only a history of half a century of pubs and drinking, but also a paean to the importance of the now declining pub to British society.

Today: the George’s early days as a Southwark drinking den in the lawless neighbourhood south of the City.

Reader: Tony Robinson is best-known for his portrayal of Baldrick in the Blackadder series. He also presented Channel’ 4’s TV’s Time Team, and is the author of numerous children’s books.
Author: Pete Brown , the ‘Beer drinkers’ Bill Bryson’ (TLS), was named Beer Writer of the Year by the British Guild of Beer Writers, and is the author of three other books on pubs and brewing.
Producer: Justine Willett.

The Brewer’s Art: A History of Brewing in Chiswick at Hogarth’s House

Friday, August 31st, 2012

You may be interested in this exhibition, see –

The web site says-

This new exhibition at Hogarth’s House will look at the history of brewing in Chiswick, from Hogarth’s time, when there were two breweries – the Griffin and the Lamb – side by side, to the present. Hogarth’s famous print of Beer Street provides the starting point, a reminder of beer’s role as a healthy everyday drink before clean piped water was available to all.


Hampstead Brewery

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Lynn Pearson’s latest Blog looks at this brewery and highlights what’s still to be seen


Meantime Brewery on the BBC

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

The following link to a BBC item available on the web has been sent to me

The associated description is as follows:

Master brewer Alastair Hook aims to put traditionally brewed beers at the heart of our drinking culture.

He’s at the forefront of a liquid revolution.

We go behind the scenes of his micro brewery in Greenwich and look at its history.

Tim Fitzhigham also discovers how an ancient beer recipe is being given a modern twist.

Exploring 20th Century London

Friday, July 30th, 2010

I have just received the following and thought it would be of interest to members



—– Forwarded Message —-
From: “Deboick, Sophia” <>


I’m writing to introduce you to a resource that your members may be interested in. The Exploring 20th Century London website makes 9000 objects from the Museum of London and 19 other London heritage institutions available for the public to view. We have a number of brewery history-related photographs, artefacts and oral history recordings on the site. Please do take a look:



If this is of interest, we’d be delighted to have the website included on your links page. Also, to coincide with CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival, we will be highlighting a number of our brewing-related items on our Twitter account and Facebook group next week (see addresses below), which may be of interest to your members.

Do let me know if you would like to know more about the project. Thanks for your time, and all best wishes,


Sophia Deboick
Project Assistant, Exploring 20th Century London
Museum of London
150 London Wall
London . EC2Y 5HN

Email: sdeboick at

Twitter: @Exploring20CLdn


Stoney Lane Brewery, Southwark

Friday, March 12th, 2010

We have had a query from Doug Gooch:

Dear Sir.

I am trying to trace the history of a family bible that I have in my possesion. Inscribed on the first page is the following.

This bible belongs to James and Louisa Waterman, Stoney Lane Brewery, Parish of St Olaves, Southwark. 1837. Married at St Johns, Clerkenwell, April 22 1837. The family history continues on the following pages. I would be grateful for any information or links concerning either the brewery or the family.