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Published May 27th 2014
The Dragonfly brewery
Situated in a 17th century coach house in Acton, Dragonfly Brewery at The George & Dragon is a new microbrewery and pub that officially opened at the beginning of May. A list of previous landlords dating as far back as 1759 still hangs on the wall, which is just part of the colourful history. With dark wood interiors and expert brewers, The Dragonfly Brewery at The George & Dragon will bring exciting and high quality craft beer and ales to West London.
Producing 1200 Litres of cask and kegged beer per brew, The Dragonfly Brewery will be one of the largest in London, and the only of its kind in West London. It's headed up by a young Master Brewer, Conor Donoghue who has already picked up several awards, including Best Stout and Supreme Champion in KEG at Beerx, for his 'Oatmeal Stout' in 2013.
Having always been a fan of beer, I have recently been more inclined to choose locally brewed craft beer or a hoppy pale ale, largely because they have a greater depth of flavour but they also make me feel quite fancy when I order them. The brewery has launched with 4 beers, all just £4 or under and my favourite was the home brewed beer which I found quite rich and deep.
While many of the beers have been created using popular styles and trends, the brewery will also introduce niche and seasonal brews, such as a fruit beer and a golden ale for the summer, as well as an aged Dopplebock beer, so It's definitely worth checking out.
The Dragonfly's accompanying food menu has been designed with its beer in mind and often uses it as the star ingredient, even in the cheese fondue! (which, by the way is incredibly rich, thick and devilish). The smaller bar snacks are interesting and modern takes on traditional English comfort food, while main dishes revolve around pub classics and high quality produce made fancy with toppings.
On Sundays, it's all about a leisurely brunch, followed by a menu centring on roasts, and there will be various meats on offer. Smaller bar snacks include Pork Pie with Chilli, Salmon fishcakes, Black pudding fritters among others, priced at £4 each of 3 for £10.