Wild Beer Co – Pogo – boing!

The second beer review from the Needle & Pin craft beer club selection box. Let’s look through the beer blurb…

A draught only release earlier this year which was such a hit with both customers and staff that Wild Beer decided that it needed a more accessible package. A big juicy fruit bomb with a low enough ABV to be session. Head brewer Brett built the recipe around his favourite tropical fruits, passion fruit, orange, guava and some more orange. The name comes from two pogo sticks acquired by the brewery at the same time. During tank transfers and when waiting for boils you could apparently hear the regular spring and thump of pogos in the yard…

I’ve been enjoying the work of Wild Beer Co since last summer, when I first had a can of their fruity pale ale “Bibble”. I picked up a few more cans in Booths at the start of the year, liking both “Fresh” and “Madness IPA” (the latter in particular had a very hoppy nose and delivered around 90% of what that nose promised!) During that same visit I also grabbed some bottles of Wild Goose Chase (fizzy, tart, sweet and sour), Sourdough (like a cider without the sweetness), Somerset Wild (another cider that’s not a cider, as it’s a beer) and Modus Operandi (sweet, sour, blueberry, blackberry, red wine).

On to today’s offering then…

Pogo is super fruity on the nose, definitely passion fruit coming through. The palate is more relaxed, but a very tasty and hoppy pale ale that I could drink a lot of. Very easy to #keepitsession with this one. A very good pale ale.

The Tea Merchant in Canary Wharf opens

This is another in that occasional series of previews of places that look nice but I’ve not been to yet.

The Tea Merchant in Canary Wharf has opened its doors following a big refurbishment.


Formerly known as The Cat and Canary, The Tea Merchant claims to “bring sophisticated al fresco dining to Canary Wharf, from brunch through to evening.” Celebrating the area’s rich history, the Tea Merchant serves meals throughout the day and has a heated outside area with 80 seats overlooking the North Dock.  The private dining area is available for business meetings, private food events and drinks receptions.

A well-crafted menu offers high-quality dishes prepared using the best seasonal ingredients from hand-selected suppliers, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday roasts. The open kitchen allows customers to watch the team showcase their culinary skills. Dishes on offer at the moment include rabbit loin, lemon sole, ox cheeks, sea trout, Dorset lamb and the classic cod and chips.


The Tea Merchant’s new name is homage to the local area’s rich heritage. Canary Wharf was once one of the busiest docks in the world, bringing tea, sugar, grain, and produce to London from around the world. For a preview of the refurbishment, please visit the pub’s website and use the 360 tour: http://www.teamerchantcanarywharf.co.uk/360-tour

Kara Alderin, Fuller’s “Head of Premium Dining”, said: “The opening of The Tea Merchant has marked a new chapter in the site’s history. Together with a complete transformation and of course a new name, this business has an exciting new lease of life. It brings to the area the best in pub dining, with high quality wines, craft beers and some exceptional freshly prepared gin infusions to tempt even the hardiest tea drinker.”


(All images copyright Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C.)