Mondo, Battersea: brewery review
Battersea's Mondo Brewing Company brings experimental craft beer to a South West London industrial estate, and you can try it all in the taproom
Started by avid homebrewers Todd Matteson and Thomas Palmer in 2015, Battersea's Mondo Brewing Company values experimentation, collaboration and the openness of homebrew culture, and damn tasty beer. And there's good news: the brewery upscaled production in late 2017, meaning there's way more craft beer knocking about in South West London. The taproom – a small craft house with open views into the brewery and bottling line – is open Wednesday to Saturday, but it's worth keeping an eye out for the brewery's quarterly parties, which give you the perfect chance to try fresh stock, limited-edition collabs and beers from friends of the brewery. A recent birthday party saw the road adjacent to the brewery close, with street-food traders and other London brewers rolling in to help Mondo celebrate. Basically, keep an ear to the ground, or just give them a follow on Instagram and Twitter.
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Mondo’s core range is packed with well-balanced IPAs, from the sessionable Little Victories to best-selling Dennis Hopp’r. Other core beers include All Caps, an American-style pilsner, and Road Soda American pale ale. Seasonals, meanwhile, pack some serious creative punch, whether it’s the face-melting cryo-hopped Ghost Dance DIPA or the 6.5% Breakfast Stout, which was brewed using maple syrup from Matteson’s father’s business in Connecticut. Collaborations are regular, too, and include a maple-infused maibock made alongside St Louis, Missouri-based brewer Urban Chestnut, and an effervescent 3.6% cherry sour ale, brewed with Heretic in Fairfield, California.
Mondo is pretty famous for brewing the bold, fruity house IPA for Dishoom, but the brewery’s restaurant specials don’t stop there: the Mexican-style amber lager Pinche Guey has replaced Negra Modelo at most Wahaca restaurants in London, and the team recently released (and quickly sold out) a super-limited special edition yuzu pale ale for Japanese restaurant chain Tonkotsu, too. Ramen to that.
Stewart’s Road, SW8 4UG; mondobrewingcompany.com