It’s not all about hops, you know. Most people still prefer a clean, cold pale lager (even if it might not seem that way in Hackney) and, as we chin-stroking post-craft beer lovers know, lager doesn’t have to be boring. This is one of the best of the pale lagers being brewed around town these days, from a brewery that goes from strength to strength. Look out for the London Beer City pale ale it's releasing for the festival in August. It’ll be very good.
Pale ale, 3%
Before Beavertown, Redemption had Tottenham all to itself -- not that Andy Moffat, routinely and correctly identified as the nicest man in brewing, is likely to kick up a fuss about the incursion. Trinity is Redemption’s low, low-ABV pale ale; it’s 3%, but tasty nonetheless. Orange citrus, light, delicious (especially when the weather’s good).
Over in Dusseldorf they’re rather keen on a beer style called "alt" ("old" in the local lingo), a darkish ale-lager hybrid with pronounced old-school hop character. It’s very good, so it’s wonderful that Orbit, whose home is beside Walworth Road, is making an excellent version in London. It’s smooth and nutty, with a growing bitterness, and it’s called Neu (geddit?).