So the #lympic games have finally arrived and with it a flux of new temporary bars. However despite the burgeoning London pub and beer scene the offical ™ beer of the games is actually Heineken lager, from The Netherlands who stumped up the most brass for the sponsorship. Personally I would prefer it if we could import their cycling culture but I’ll save that rant for another day!
That said, all is not lost and there are several places in easy walking distance of the stadium where you can tap into this scene. The obvious place to start is Tap East:
Situated in the Great Eastern Market on the international station side of the Eastfield Westfield centre, this is the only instance I know of a microbrewery in a shopping centre!
There’s 6 ale hand pumps and around 8 fonts for craft keg and I believe they aim to at least two of their own beers available at any time. Also there’s a reasonable range of seating inside and outside.
An admission here – on the several visits I have paid to Tap East, I haven’t made any notes about the beer so it would be unfair of me to write about it… The pub keeps it’s own blog at http://tapeast.blogspot.co.uk/ which is work keeping an eye on for news and events.