If you’re a craft beer lover living in south-east London, it’s likely that Hop Burns & Black is on your radar; if it’s not, what’s taken you so long? With two shops in Peckham and Deptford, HB&B has been making a name for itself since 2014 with its stellar array of craft beers, hot sauces, ciders, natural wines and small-batch spirits, all sourced from ethical independent suppliers. It also has a vibrant online store, as well as a beer and food cookery book.
Accordingly, its beer subscription is similarly impressive (it also offers wine and hot sauce subscriptions). All Killer No Filler includes up to 12 cans of meticulously curated superlative beers, many of them limited-edition and award-winning.
It’s easy to order, with options for a rolling monthly (£49.95 plus shipping) or three- (£141), six- (£276) or 12-month (£540) subscriptions, and you can skip or cancel at any time. There’s just one thing to keep in mind: the number of boxes available is capped to ensure a steady supply of beers for subscribers. If it’s capped, you’ll go on a waiting list and be notified when a box is available.
Each box comes with in-depth tasting notes, food pairings, recipes from food writer Claire Bullen (our box includes a chana masala to pair with a double IPA) and beer reviews. We particularly enjoy the latter, with some evocative prose from writer Matthew Curtis. Each selection is a surprise and you can’t customise your box – HB&B aims to expand your beer-drinking horizons.
Our box contains a seriously varied array of brews, from Belgian Trappist blonde beers, to citrus sours, punchy DIPAs, damson stouts and low-ABV numbers. We enjoy the tangy, fruity, summery Gipsy Hill squashed lychee, gooseberry & elderflower sour ale; Neptune x Lost & Grounded’s vibrantly citrussy and piney Lost At Sea west coast IPA; and the deliciously malty, complex German Humbser lager Naturtrub.
With the variety on offer, quality of beers and in-depth tasting notes and guides, this is a great choice for craft beer nerds who are keen to ferret out unusual and hard-to-find brews. The rolling monthly subscription is £49.95 (plus shipping), making this perhaps a little higher on the price spectrum than other beer subscriptions. But, you’ll still save up to 20 per cent on what you’d pay for these beers individually and this is a great opportunity to support an independent business that’s clearly passionate about beer.
- Available from Hop Burns & Black, from £49.95