Follow the road round to Deptford Creek and you find the Little Faith Taproom, a friendly craft brewery with a lot of character. Part of the Artworks Creekside development - a former warehouse turned multi-purpose venue - the brewery are serving up pints and entertainment in equal measure, and we went down to see what they’ve got going on.
It’s quiet the night we rock up on account of it still being university holidays, but the lack of bodies on a balmy evening is nothing to complain about. In the spacious taproom, a handful of drinkers take up the wooden tables, scarfing down pints and picking at platters of cheese while a musician sets up her gear on the far side of the bar. They’ve got a healthy roster of events here, including a comedy night that has been known to completely pack out the space.
Behind the bar, you'll find a cool mix of the house brews and guest selections. We go for a little shop around before we settle, mainly to get a taste of their coffee oatmeal stout - The Americano Dream. Far from a flat white in a pint glass, the beer offers a hearty smack of pure espresso bean, which, incidentally, is provided by the Taylor Street coffee roastery to the back of the warehouse. We end up opting for their rye amber ale - The Proclaimer (£5/pint) - which offers a lighter, hopped flavour with a little fruity kick.
Even with diminished numbers, the complex is a hive of activity. There’s a general buzz stemming from the Bread & Butler bakery next door where a supper club is taking place - and what I’m guessing is more than a few glasses of organic wine, has got the clubbers in high spirits. While we’re not here to dine tonight, peckish patrons will find a toastie selection - and you can trust the dairy decisions made here because the head brewer used to be a cheesemonger - as well as street food residencies come the weekend.
For the next round, my friend’s in the market for cider and while they’ve only got one, it’s a proper one. Oliver's Wild Farmhouse Cider is not fizzy, it’s not sweet, it smells like a barnyard, and one sip will leave you feeling like you’ve just licked a goat. My companion decides on another crack at The Proclaimer. I go for their True Colours (£5/pint), an extra pale ale, which proves an exceptionally sippable number. We take this round out to their fairy light-laden courtyard to bring the evening to a very charming close.
With great beers and clear community values at its heart, the Little Faith Taproom is a place you’ll feel instantly at home. Turn up on a sunny day to make the most of their outdoor space, but if the weather takes a turn for the worse there’s much worse places to hole up with a few pints and plate of hot toasties.