Celebrating their 11th anniversary earlier this year, the London Brewers’ Alliance (LBA) has gone from strength to strength during its relatively short history.
London has, of course, had a long and rich historical association with beer and brewing, with many claiming it was the brewing capital of the world during the 1700s. At that time, the beer of choice was porter and London’s unique water profile lent itself perfectly to this dark and smoky style, reflecting the very essence of 18th century London.
During the mid 1700s, nationwide brewery numbers had peaked, with over 49,000 in operation. At this point, London was home to breweries such as Whitbread (then the world’s largest brewery) and Courage. They would later be joined by Young’s, Watneys and Fuller’s.