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Craft beer the drink of choice in Holloway

Area that was once home to rough-and-ready pubs has become a destination to try the latest beers

13 October, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

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IT was once the land of rough-and-ready pubs where cheap lager and pints of Guinness flowed freely.

But now Holloway Road is becoming the go to destination for the latest alcohol trend – craft beer.

Formerly a Subway, then a natural food shop, 322 Holloway Road is now home to Indiebeer, a shop and tasting room where punters can try the latest beers.

Co-owners and newlywed couple Clare and Owen, who have lived in the area for 10 years, travelled to America, the home of craft beer, to get inspiration for Indiebeer.

Eight fridges are stocked with 230 beers, with around 70 per cent coming from UK brewers.

The bottle shop, which is open until 9pm six days a week, follows hot on the heels of House of Hammerton, another craft beer pub opening just down the road. Hammer­ton, Islington’s sole brewery, opened up in the former Wig and Gown pub over the summer, three years after it was founded in the Roman Way Industrial Estate.

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