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Craft & Courage, Crystal Palace, SE19

Pub added by Tris C
28 Westow Hill
SE19
SE19 1RX
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David Walton left this review about Craft & Courage

As noted below a small’ish craft beer emporium on Westow Hill which houses a number of venues with decent variety that makes for a reasonable short distance crawl. Nice this one was open on a Monday as it made for a very pleasant start to an evening out in the Crystal Palace area, reached by a walk from Crystal Place station up the vertiginous slope that is Anerley Hill. Certain felt ready for a quaff after that trek (ok 10 mins so I exaggerate).

There were 6 beers on tap, People Money Space Time a pale ale from Verdant, a German lager, Road Trippin an extra pale from Bullhouse Brew Co (a new one for me), a hazy pale from Northern Monk called Faith, a strong IPA from St Ives Brewing and a sour called strawberry Sundae from Vault. Plenary of cans and bottles on offer also.

I really liked this venue, chap behind the bar v pleasant to chat with and v knowledgeable. Nice small paved area out the back to enjoy in warmer weather than today. This type of venue isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but for someone who enjoys craft beer alongside craft it is a very viable destination.

On 13th May 2024 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Craft & Courage

Located on the Crystal Palace triangle, opposite a couple of other pubs, this is a bottle shop with a small rear seating area for in-house drinking and a squat little back yard, which all customers were being directed to when I visited on the final day of the government’s ‘outdoor-drinking only’ phase. Inside, it’s your typical bottle shop/craft beer bar hybrid – a narrow, shop converted single room with a good-sized servery down the right-hand wall, shelves and fridges around the rest of the room filled with all sorts of tempting looking bottles and cans and then a raised space to the rear which had been cleared of furniture on this visit, but presumably normally has several small tables served by basic chairs, allowing a small number of customers to enjoy their purchases onsite. Everything has been painted in a rather moody shade of grey, which can make the room feel a bit dark and gloomy at times, especially towards the rear where natural light is at a premium. The garden has a rough, gravel surface with very high brick walls on either side of a fairly narrow space, making you feel a little trapped. The space has been efficiently filled with tables and drinking ledges served by garden chairs and high stools respectively, mostly under a rickety looking temporary shelter, whilst a shed-like building to the rear seems to act as an overspill seating space. A decent alt-rock soundtrack played throughout my stay and the bar staff all seemed very friendly and knowledgeable.
There were four draught keg beers available when I arrived, although the barman hinted that a fifth might be on the bar very soon. These beers were from the likes of Pomona Island, Gipsy Hill and Freedom, which is about par for the course in this sort of establishment. I tried the Signature Brew Backstage IPA (£5.50), which was a tasty and refreshing brew. I arrived just after a large thunderstorm had blown through, and the barman was very helpful in drying off a seat and table for me, having missed out on all the covered seating.
This is a pretty functional place that fulfils the local community’s need for a craft beer bottle shop but doesn’t really offer all that much in terms of a pub-going experience. Much like other bottle-shop bars I’ve visited, the ‘bar’ element feels like a bit of an afterthought and I would rather drink in one of the many decent pubs that can be found nearby, but it works well enough as somewhere to dip into from time to time and I’m sure I’ll pop back at some point in the future.

On 21st May 2021 - rating: 6
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Moby Duck left this review about Craft & Courage

Small Craft bar, card only as John mentions below.Beers on tap were from Five points, Beavertown, Laine and Canopy who's Brockwell IPA was decent enough.These kind of venues will not be everyone's cup of tea but I don't mind them and this was no exception.

On 7th June 2019 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Gipsy Hill, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Crystal Palace, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Anerley, 0.98 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Craft & Courage, SE19
13th May 2024, 16:56
Review submitted by David Walton
 
9th May 2022, 10:25
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 September 2018 by Tris C
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  • Karaoke : No last updated 21 May 2021 by Pub SignMan
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