Forget about go­ing to Ger­many for Ok­to­ber­fest – we raise a glass to the city’s best brew­eries.

Hop on over to one of the cap­i­tal’s craft brew­eries, where you can sip a pint or two of the best beers around, says Sam Rogg

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You don’t need to travel to Ger­many’s Ok­to­ber­fest to ex­pe­ri­ence the best brews.

Thanks to the re­cent craft beer move­ment, the cap­i­tal is home to more in­de­pen­dent brew­eries, tap rooms and beer events than you can shake an empty pint glass at. From the re­fresh­ingly crisp fin­ish of a Cam­den Hells, to the black vel­vety al­lure of a Crate Stout, this city pro­duces some amaz­ing beers. You’ll spot many of them on bar menus, but for the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence, head straight to the source.

With so many com­plex beers to choose from, peo­ple of­ten over­look a sim­ple lager, but at Cam­den Town Brew­ery ( 55-59 Wilkin St Mews, NW53NN), the much-ma­ligned drink gets a lot of love. Full flavoured, well bal­anced and el­e­gantly mor­eish, Cam­den Hells is the king of lager. Head here to see how it’s made, eat some malt and smell some hops. There’s street food Thur-Sat nights. Pre-book a tour or just drop in at noon on Satur­days, and think of a brew­ery like you would a fac­tory: wear trousers and closed-toe shoes for a tour.

Hack­ney Wick in east Lon­don is not only home to the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of art stu­dios in Europe, but two of the cap­i­tal’s best brew­eries: Crate ( 7, The White Build­ing, Queen’ s Yard, E 95 EN) and Howl­ing Hops (Unit 9 a Queen’ s Yard, White Post Lane, E 95 EN; above). In­side Crate, you can en­joy stone-baked pizzas with an IPA or pint of pale, while look­ing out over herb gar­dens and a canal. At Howl­ing Hops, you can sip from the UK’s first ded­i­cated tank bar, fea­tur­ing 10 tanks with dif­fer­ent beers.

South of the river, near Lon­don Bridge, you’ll find a de­li­cious con­cen­tra­tion of mi­cro­brew­eries in Ber­mond­sey, or ‘Beer­mond­sey’ as it’s come to be known, in­clud­ing Anspach & Hob­day ( 118 Druid St, SE12HH). This is the per­fect place to sink a pint af­ter lunch at nearby Maltby Street food mar­ket on a week­end.

If you’re in Ber­mond­sey on a Satur­day be­tween 9am-2pm, pop into The Ker­nel (Arch 11, Dock le y Rd In­dus­trial Es­tate, SE163SF), the area’s orig­i­nal brew­ery and still re­garded as the best. Due to over­whelm­ing de­mand, you can no longer drink on site but you can buy bot­tles to take away – a tasty Lon­don sou­venir. Open­ing hours vary, so please check be­fore vis­it­ing brew­eries.

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