Alcohol Guide: London


It’s as difficult to imagine London without beer as, for example, without Big Ben, red buses, or Tower Bridge. And even if the main beer nations are the Germans and Czechs, we know that the British love for this drink is no less. In recent years, small private breweries have sprung up in London like mushrooms after rain.

British private breweries today have the sin to complain: simplified taxation allowed them to develop their business to unexpected heights. Over the past year, for example, over 30 small breweries opened in London, in total there are already about 80 of them in the capital! Craft beer gradually began to replace the brands that had been proven over the years. Of course, no one has canceled a pint of Guinness in an old pub while watching a football match, but more and more beer lovers choose the products of independent breweries.

Must-try breweries for you: Brew By Numbers, The Kernel Brewery, Weird Beard Brewing, Beavertown Brewery, Camden Town Brewery.

The craft beer boom has been going on for quite some time now, and it doesn’t look like the situation will change anytime soon. Unfortunately for large corporations. And luckily for you and me.

Wine or Something Stronger

Only for dinner, only in a restaurant or at home. Of course, wine in Britain is not as popular as beer – in a pub you are unlikely to meet a person with a glass of red. Nevertheless, no one will order only one pint for dinner. As much as they love beer, ordering it on a date with a girl is not an option. Although anything happens.

Drinks stronger than beer are rarely drunk by the British. And if they still decide to have a glass of something more powerful, then they choose scotch or whiskey. They must be drunk clean, without mixing with anything.

Mulled Wine or Summer Wine

On the eve of Christmas, at any European holiday fair, you can try a glass of mulled wine. In England, another drink is traditionally sold – Muldwine. Wines and even brandy are used in its preparation. The difference between mulled wine and gluhwein is that the former is not served with fruit, apart from a few slices of orange. But many more spices are used.

Summer wine is not an exquisite drink but is worth trying to learn about the preferences of the villagers during the warmer months. Wine is made from a wide variety of fruits. Summer wine is widely practiced in England.

Cocktails and Women in Bartending

Signe Johansen has been through a lot in terms of cooking: six drink and food books and a popular Instagram page prove that. But it wasn’t an easy path to become a chef, she definitely has some stories to tell. Johansen graduated from Cambridge with an anthropology degree. She then proceeded to London’s School of Food and Wine, was employed by several UK’s best restaurants, and finally did her Masters of Food’s anthropology in London.

She wrote for many publications like The Times and Daily Mail. Her last book, called Spirited is all about making cocktails. And it will make you want to have one, be sure. Johansen’s favorite drink is whiskey. Plain, unmixed whiskey.

“Some people still consider whiskey a man’s only drink, but that is changing, thankfully. In Norway, where I grew up, we didn’t really have no specific drinks for men and women. If you feel like drinking beer tonight – go have it, whiskey – it’s ok too. My parents love whiskey and I was trying everything they had. Maybe that’s why I pick it as my go-to drink.” – Signe Johansen.
Anastasia Fetter

Anastasia Fetter