© Rob Greig
When was the last time you popped out to the off licence and picked up a growler? It’s becoming a more common occurrence these days, as growlers – the heavyweight glass bottles sold by beer off-licences to carry beer home in – are starting to appear all over London. In Balham, the new beer shop called We Brought Beer started trading in August, and has imported its weighty brown vessels from the States – which explains their hefty £12.50 price tag.
Owner James Hickson is a firm fan: ‘We have four draft taps for growler beers. We will be revolving the beers to keep the range fresh and we will usually try to get something on keg that isn’t available in bottle … People definitely like the concept when it is explained to them… We are already having to source more growlers to keep up with demand.’ In addition to the draught beer, the shop also sells scores of craft beers from London and elsewhere by the bottle.
We Brought Beer, 28 Hildreth St, Balham, SW12 9RQ. 8673 9324.
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