20 years of good beer

It is said that, as one gets older, time flies. A recent conversation with Mike Hill and Richard Dinwoodie emphasises that sentiment. Twenty years ago they set up Utobeer, a leading light at that time for importing interesting beers. Although their stall in Borough Market is still going, these days they are equally known for the Rake, a proper pub at the edge of Borough Market and Tap East, their pub brewery at Stratford. Never ones to do things in a traditional fashion, their celebration was a ‘bring a bottle’ affair involving friends from all over the world. This gave us an excuse to open our last bottle of Holy Smoke from the defunct Cricklewood Brewery, which had matured well. A good way to celebrate a London icon.
Christine Cryne