Food & Drink

Get a pint of... well, pretty much anything

If drinking the same old beer has left you as bored as the life that led you to drink in the first place, head to The Craft Beer Co. Boasting Britain's largest selection of small-batch barley pops, the Clerkenwell pub boasts over 150 bottles, plus 39 taps (18 of them ale), all shelved under an antique-mirrored ceiling fascinatingly segmented into clock dials -- though once closing time approaches, you'll more likely be monitoring the floor. The menu's various constituents have been aged in whiskey, bourbon, burgundy, and even Japanese shochu barrels, and boast ingredients like coffee, orange peel, and coriander; one ultra-rare velvety number is brewed and sold in unmarked bottles by Trappist monks, and is frequently victorious in "best beer in the world" votes, after which some monk is always saying "I just want to thank God..." Meanwhile, Sweden's Evil Twin has sent over its Yin and Yang styles (designed as both halves of a black & tan), and there's also Red Horizon (made with sake yeast and coming in at a spectacular 17% ABV), plus an ale made with "a herb that only grows wild in Greenland", labeled 404 -- Internet shorthand for "not found", which could refer to the rare herb, or to foragers eaten by polar bears while searching for it. They're also proudly offering a pair of exclusive house brews: Clerkenwell Lager, made for them by Danish "king of craft brewers" Mikkel Borg Bjergso, and Clerkenwell Pale ale, produced by the closer-to-home Kent Brewery. For ballast, there are snacks from homemade scratchings to pork pies -- and if you've gotten bored with porking pies, not even almighty beer can save you.