The team at Howling Hops have been passionate about good beer for many years. Initially drinking it, then selling it at the Southampton Arms, and eventually onto brewing it. At the Southampton Arms they realised how much demand there was for interesting beer.
After much looking for a suitable venue, they eventually settled in a pub with a huge basement, perfect for a brewery. In 2011 they reopened the Cock Tavern on Mare Street as Hackney’s first brewpub. The Howling Hops brewers created over 100 different beers in the ‘brew cave’ over the course of 2 years, never brewing the same beer twice. Constantly expanding, they are now based in a space over in Hackney Wick with a lovely steam-heated, 15bbl, 4-vessel kit.
Howling Hops brews bold, modern, uncompromising, flavoursome, generously-hopped beers. All their beers are unfiltered, unpasteurised and suitable for vegans. They continue to stick to their early philosophy of making some interesting beer, although not each one is different these days. Polished favourites like Tropical Deluxe Pale Ale and their House IPA are available most often, and the rest of their line-up comprises of new recipes and fresh ideas.