This Week’s Brews - Desertfest Special!

Here’s our latest update on what beers you can find on tap this week at the Black Heart, with a special selection in time for Desertfest. 

From Thursday to Sunday we will have the following on every day, including our flagship brews, Camden Hells Lager, 4.6%, and Camden Ink Stout, 4.7%.

Firstly, we have our new cider, Hawkes Urban Orchard apple cider. One of London’s first cider makers, Hawkes blend country apples with handpicked urban apples, provided by the community. At 4.5%, the Urban Orchard is a smooth, medium dry cider, complex and rich in texture, and with a crisp wine-like finish.

Then we have a tasty array of beers from Brooklyn Brewery, including their standard-bearer, Brooklyn Lager, 5.2%, as well as their Scorcher IPA, the Defender West Coast IPA, and their American Ale.

The Scorcher is a surprisingly sessionable IPA. Floral, piney hop aromas are followed by bursts of mouthwatering bitterness, and a hint of toasty malts before a clean finish. 4.5%.

Created in collaboration with New York Comic Con to be the convention’s official beer, the Defender is a bright, juicy, West Coast-style IPA take on “a reddish twist from a dash of roasted malt”. Bold, fruity hop bitterness meets an intense aroma and dry finish. 6.7%.

The American Ale is a heavier, more malty and blended, dry-hopped pale ale. Medium-bodied, it pours a deep golden-orange colour. Aromas of fruit, malt and caramel mingle with similar flavours, as well as notes of citrus, bread and grass. 4.5%.

Next, we have something quite different, the De la Senne Jambe-de-Bois from Belgian brewers Brasserie de la Senne. This Abbey tripel is said to be the most bitter tripel in Belgium! Pouring golden-yellow, the De la Senne is sweet, malty and yeasty. Notes of caramel, icing sugar, lemon citrus and spice blend before a slight spice in the finish. 8%.

Finally we have Weird Beard's Black Perle. Brewed in partnership with Alchemy Coffee, this cask-conditioned milk stout is chock full of roasty malts and milk sugar, and is "hopped with handful’s of perle plundered from the unsuspecting, and aged on a chest full of Zamorana coffee beans". 4.5%.

That’s it for this week’s beers, check back next week for another update. Keep your eyes peeled for updates of beers and bands on our Instagram, and see you all at Desertfest!

This Week's Brews

Here's our latest update on what beers you can find on tap this week at the Black Heart. We have yet another diverse and delicious collection, with draughts from Magic Rock, Stone & Wood, Thornbridge, and more.

First, we have an intriguing and unique pair from Australian brewery Stone & Wood, their Cloud Catcher American-style pale ale, and their wheat ale The Gatherer. The Cloud Catcher is a full-flavoured, full-bodied, limited-release ale. It boasts aromas of apricots and orange, tastes of tangerine, citrus, spice and toasted malts, and blends pale and crystal malts into a dry, clean, lightly hopped, bitter finish. 5.5%.

The Gatherer is a Stone & Wood recipe which is brewed with seasonal ingredients and changed up every year. 2017’s edition adds cooling cucumber, mint and watermelon to make a thirst-quenching American-style wheat beer that’s crisp, dry, and lip-smacking. This is a special one too, as there’s only 2 kegs of it in the UK! 5%.

Next, we’ve got a classic pair of brews from Huddersfield’s Magic Rock, the Salty Kiss and the Demonali. The Salty Kiss is a well-known collaboration beer with Danish brewery Kissmeyer. The World Beer Cup 2014 Gold Winner is a traditional German-style Gose flavoured with gooseberries, sea buckthorn and sea salt. Tart, lightly sour, fruity, and refreshing with a defined but subtle saltiness, the Salty Kiss is sweet and slightly intense, almost like a lemonade, before it comes to its dry, sour, light bitter finish. 4.1%.

The Demonali is Magic Rock’s IPA, a hazy, golden orange-coloured hop medley. Aromas of citrus, spice, honeysuckle, sweet hop juice, and floral notes meet semi-sweet, malty, citrus flavours, rounded off by a firm and assertive bitterness. 7.2%.

Next, we have a delicious, hop-packed collaboration between Wylam and Simply Hops, the Upside Down southern hemisphere IPA. Created to celebrate Leeds’ Hop City 2017 festival, the Upside Down is a fruity, citrusy IPA brewed with Vermont Ale Yeast and a disrespectful amount of Australian Vic Secret hops. 6.4%.

Then we’ve got West Yorkshire brewery Vocation with their Bread & Butter golden ale(/Blond ale), an easy drinking, everyday beer with a twist. Layers of American hops are set against a backbone of British malts, making for plenty of character. With fresh flavours and aromas of pine, peach, lychee and citrus fruits, the Bread & Butter is tempered by a smooth, rounded bitterness. 3.9%.

Finally, we have Peak District brewers Thornbridge and their Cocoa Wonderland. “Specially brewed in collaboration with the girls at Cocoa, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield to celebrate their 10th anniversary”, this porter pours black with a tan head. It has aromas of milk chocolate and cocoa and tastes lightly sweet, with a mildly bitter, chocolatey, and slightly roasty finish. 6.8%.

That’s it for this week’s beers, check back next week for another update. And as ever, keep your eyes peeled for updates of beers and bands on our Instagram

This Week's Brews

Here we are with our latest update on what beers you can find on tap this week at the Black Heart. We’ve got another diverse and delicious collection with exceptional west London brewers Weird Beard, Sussex’s Burning Sky, Danish masters To Øl , mad Swedish scientists Beerbliotek, and our favourites, north London’s Beavertown.

First, we've got Weird Beard's Metallica-themed brown ale, Master of Nuggets. This beast pours dark brown to dark black, with a slender beige head. It's a big, malty beer, bitter but sweet, with aromas of hazelnuts and raspberry. The taste is full of rich chocolate, earthy herbs, and coffee notes, making for a roasty, lightly spiced, unique and enjoyable ale. 7%.

The next offering from Weird Beard is something of a contemporary classic, with a nostalgic tint. The Five O’Clock Shadow is Weird Beard's "Desperate Dan" IPA, a complex, intense, bitter, but well-balanced beer. The taste is malty with notes of biscuit, and boasts tropical juice flavours, with citrus and pine hops. It's aromatic but fresh, with prominent herb and hop notes. The tasty finish is dry and bitter. 7.3%.

Then we have Burning Sky’s Devil’s Rest IPA. This full-strength IPA is a nod to "the best" that the brewer found whilst travelling the US. The result is deceptively drinkable and full of flavour. The pour is a burnt orange colour, and its aroma is hoppy and fruity. Bitter orange marmalade and toasty notes ring through big hop hits of juice and bitterness. The taste is fruity but piney and dry, with sweet malts. With a medium-full body and a balanced, lightly bitter finish, this one is rather drinkable considering its 7% abv.

Up next, we've got To Øl's Don’t Gose Towards The Light! This gose pours a dark reddish-purple colour, and is medium bodies. Its aroma is yeasty with sweet fruity berry notes. The taste is quite tangy and tarty with a long, bitter finish, and lots of cherry and blueberry flavours. 3.5%

Our next beer, Beerbliotek's Nah… Just Had Some Ice Cream, continues where To Øl's gose left off. This cheeky, light-bodied Berliner Weisse pours a hazy purple-pink. Its aroma is sour and tart, with notes of blueberry yogurt. The taste is sweet, fruity, and tarty, accompanying an intense sour, dry finish. 3.5%.

Finally, we round things up with Beavertown's Normcore Baltic Porter. Inspired by "a passion for a good Porter", Normcore has had nothing added, nor been barrel aged, or seen any complicating of the brewing process - Beavertown have simply released this beer as is, without compromise. Accordingly, this is a rich, intense, and complex beer. Medium-full bodied, Normcore boasts notes of chocolate, fresh coffee, and a slight smokiness, giving way to walnut and fudge flavours. The bitterness balances out the sweetness of the malt. The finish is long, dry and roasty, lightly bitter and robust. 7.8%.

That’s it for this week’s beers, check back next week for another update. And as ever, keep your eyes peeled for updates of beers and bands on our Instagram.

This Week's Brews


Here we are with the latest update on what beers you can find on tap this week at the Black Heart. We’ve got a diverse bunch - three of which are from some great London breweries - which should get mouths watering.

First up, we have a jazzy Hepcat session IPA from South London brewers Gipsy Hill. It swaggers on in with big fruit, juicy notes and tropical floral hops, balancing out the light, malt body and its taste of caramel. It pours a hazy golden shade and has a thick creamy head. The bitterness is exquisite and makes for easy drinking. 4.6%.

Then we’ve got a very tasty and refreshing Berliner Weisse-style beer from Bethnal Green’s Redchurch brewery. The Tartelette Urban Farmhouse is part of Redchurch’s Wild Series - a range of beers brewed with “wild yeasts, mixed and bacterial fermentation and foraged and cultivated ingredients some of which are fermented and aged and matured in a variety of oak barrels”. At 4.5%, the Tartelette is another easy drinker, with a soft and zingy sour edge. Its fruity, tart taste with notes of lemon and grapefruit work well with the dry, medium body.

From east London, we have 40FT Brewery’s answer to a Hefeweizen, the Street Weiss. This wheat ale has a hazy golden-amber colour and a small head. The aromas and flavour are fruity, with notes of wheat and malt, as well as a spicy, slightly sharp clove taste. Finely balanced, light, and perfect for the warmer days coming. 5%.

Finally, we have the always delicious Sierra Nevada with their Beer Camp IPA. Deceptively drinkable, the Beer Camp sneaks big flavour and complex notes into its light colour and piney-citrus/tropical hops. The deep malt foundation underneath and the solid but not overpowering bitterness balance very well with the grapefruit and orange peel sweetness in its flavours. 6.9%.

On top of that lot, we still have some Brooklyn Bel Air Sour Ale and East IPA left over from Brooklyn Brewery’s epic takeover on Monday. These won’t be around for long, so get down quick! 

That’s it for this week’s beers, check back next week for another update. And as ever, keep your eyes peeled for updates of beers and bands on our Instagram.

Brooklyn Brewery Takeover At The Black Heart


We’ve got something very special coming for you next week. On Monday 27th, the ever-stellar Brooklyn Brewery take over the Black Heart! The gig upstairs is free and first come, first served (more about that below), but we’ll have plenty of goodies on downstairs so no one will miss out! Here’s what we’ll have on offer. 

In the venue upstairs, only Brooklyn cans will be available. We'll have Brooklyn Lager, the Brewery's award-winning flagship beer, brewed to a pre-Prohibition recipe. Dry-hopped, fresh, flowery, flavourful, 5.2%. Always a winner. We'll also be carrying Brooklyn's American Ale, a heavier, more malty and blended, dry-hopped ale, at 4.5%. And we'll have Brooklyn's East IPA, originally a summer seasonal but a year-round offering for over two decades now, it features English malts and hops brewed in the classic, heavily-hopped style of 19th century English beers. 6.9%. I say.  

Downstairs at the bar, we'll have a very special 2 kegs of Brooklyn Bel Air Sour Ale and East IPA on tap. Bel Air is a breezy, tart, dry-hopped sour ale. Easy to drink and not overly sour. 5.8% We'll also have Sorachi Ace and Brooklyn Tripel Burner 750ml sharing bottles. The Sorachi Ace is a classic saison, a dry, hoppy, golden farmhouse ale featuring the rare Sorachi Ace hop. 100% bottle re-fermentation with Champagne yeast sees the beer emerge with bright, spicy lemon-zest aromas. 7.6%. The Brooklyn Tripel Burner is a licorice-spiced tripel aged in white wine barrels. With a strong Belgian-inspired tripel base, this is a heady, aromatic ale. 10.6%. And finally, we'll also have 330ml bottles of Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout, the brewery's award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style. Derived from three mashes brewed for each batch of this beer, the Stout boasts deep dark chocolate flavour blended with specialty roasted malts. 10%.

As for the evening's entertainment, Winnebago Deal, Primitive Weapons, and Henry Blacker are set to devastate the Heart as they kick off Brooklyn Sound, the second edition of Brooklyn's annual music tour. Doors are at 7pm and are free entry. While this show is first come, first served, priority is given to those who snapped up the free tickets from our site. After 8.30pm, all unclaimed tickets (the reserved tickets that people haven't shown up to claim) will be released back in to the wild and non-ticket holders will be allowed in.

We can't wait to see all of you there. And as always, keep your eyes peeled for updates on this, and more beers and bands, on our Instagram.


The Black Heart are proud to present:

Orange Goblin


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The demise of TeamRock this close to Xmas sent shockwaves across the UK and International Rock/Metal community, but no-one has felt it harder than the incredible staff there who have been given their marching orders with no pay.
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