Last week saw the opening of the Euston Tap. By Wednesday I’d found an excuse to check it out, meeting a friend arriving from the north for the LCD Soundsystem gig! The Euston tap is ideally placed so I can see it become a regular rendezvous point. Built into one of the former ‘gatehouses’ of the earlier Euston station, largely demolished in the early 1960s, it’s a neat setting for a craft beer house.
Moving inside, the bar is a fairly small affair with the fridges containing most of the beer to the side. It’s deceptively small – via a spiral staircase you can access a mezzanine floor with more tables and chairs (though I never made it upstairs, my friend did) providing plenty of space.
So onto the beer… The main attraction is, of course, the beer wall – 7 cask taps and many keg taps offering a selection from English ales through continental lagers via the fruit laden lambics of the lowlands. It is certainly the first place I have seen to have draught Peche (peach lambic) on offer.
Adjacent to the beer wall are two fridges expanding the range even further. Sadly I had time for just a half pint (Bath ales – Ginger Hare – lovely beer well served!) so I haven’t had chance to check out anything but the cask. Price wise I was impressed – two half pints came to around £3.30, which given the nature of the products available is pretty reasonable – I’d expect to pay around £3 /pint in Euston anyway.
Apparently next week they get a coffee machine – but I think, personally, I’d save my next trip for the evening ready to take in some more of the beer. I’m already looking for another excuse to pop in…