If an excessively large beer order for delivery can help keep your favourite breweries and taprooms recover after a difficult year-and-then-some, it seems like the virtuous thing to do.
These are the London breweries making some of the beers we love best — all of them delivering across London, directly to your BBQ.
Beavertown — Tottenham
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We miss Duke's Brew + Que, Beavertown's ribs 'n' draught spot in Haggerston which closed a few years back. But the brewery's still going strong, or stronger than ever, with a microbrewery in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and a nearby taproom.
Details: Free across the UK for orders of more than £50.
Hackney Brewery — Hackney
They smashed through crowdfunder targets for their new Blackhorse Road taproom — 20 beers on tap, guest draughts from across the UK and the US, an outdoor bar, a 'direct-draw beer cellar' (nope, no idea) and a beer hall. If you want a bit of that action at home, stock up on their mixed boxes or their quintet of hazy pales: Banshee, Mysterious Spectre, High Hill, Anvil Crawler and Bad Moon.
Details: Free delivery for orders of more than £50.
Fourpure Brewing Co. — Bermondsey
Two years ago we brewed a Londonist IPA with these guys, picking Fourpure because the brand's mastered the art of countless beer styles — the tangy Easy Peeler, sessionable IPAs, head-swirling imperial coconut stouts. Their taproom, tucked behind some plumbing suppliers on a Bermondsey estate, has that professional, merch-and-all American feel about it.
Details: £5 within the UK, 2-5 working days.
Brick Brewery — Peckham
A good range of sours, and some rotating specials (often eye wateringly strong) are on offer alongside the core range from this south London brewery — whatever mix you go for, it's worth adding a few of their light, relaxed Peckham Sessions into the package, to offset the fierce ABV of the Specials.
Details: Free local delivery above £20, free delivery across London above £60.
The Cronx Brewery — Croydon
'Looking for an authentic craft beer from Croydon?' asks The Cronx website, setting their sights squarely on the CR0 superfan market — but whatever your allegiance, or lack of, to Croydon, it's worth checking out their online bottle shop. Buy by the mixed case — £24 for 12 cans, a mix of their four core range — or if you're ready to commit to a minikeg (5l) we'd recommend the Nektar, a (very lightly apricotty) pale ale.
Details: Free local delivery for orders above £15, delivery across London for £5.
Wild Card Brewery — Walthamstow
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An interesting brewery making interesting beer, these guys were the first microbrewery to set up in Walthamstow's now-packed Ravenswood industrial estate — better known as God's Own Junkyard, after the neon museum based there. Our pick from their current range is the All the New Stuff mixed case — eight of their recent specials for £32 — but you can't go wrong with their core range, an IPA, pale ale, and lager, all hovering around the 5% mark, and all £15 for a box of six.
Details: There's a £36 monthly subscription (includes delivery price, no minimum length), which is for nine specials and new releases (not necessarily all from Wild Card, might include guest beer from other breweries), sent with tasting notes. Or you can order from their core range — free for orders above £40, delivery across London for £5.