London Lager + Grolsch = London Lager!


Surely it cannot be true. The quintessential London brew from Meantime Brewery, its London Lager, now contains Dutch brew Grolsch.

It is understood that batches of London Lager contain around 10% of the overseas brewed beer. While  this is not a crime in itself it is rather disappointing that this blending of London Lager undoubtedly strips away some of the credibility of the beer.

It also stretches somewhat the ongoing naming of the beer as London Lager. Maybe renaming it Anglo Dutch Lager might now be more suitable.

It is sensible that Meantime should work closely with its new parent company SAB Miller to benefit from synergies and greater operational efficiency but mixing the group’s beers might be just a step too far.

There is of course a long history of the mixing of beers, which continues to this day, and beer lovers will know that the great Belgian Lambics are produced from the blending of different vintages. But it really would be a stretch to say that combining Grolsch with London Lager quite fits into this category.

This scenario certainly has to be seen as a disappointing turn of events and does not bode well for Meantime following so closely on the heels of the SAB Miller deal.



  1. Glynn Davis on 21st August 2015 at 8:43 am

    I applaud your lack of understanding of the situation.

  2. Lord Hopwood on 20th August 2015 at 8:30 pm

    “It is understood that………..” weasel words indeed.

    Put up or shut up = prove that Grolsch is going into London Lager or retract.
    It really doesn’t look like you can stand this story up does it?

  3. Glynn Davis on 19th August 2015 at 12:03 pm

    This is a live story as they say.

  4. Jay Tee on 17th August 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I second Joe Tindall ^ – Is there a source for this claim?

  5. Martin on 17th August 2015 at 11:37 am

    I’ve heard from some at Meantime that this is absolutely not true.

    Where did you hear this? Took me less than 30mins to fact check this. Why didn’t you?

  6. Joe Tindall on 15th August 2015 at 9:15 pm

    What is the source of this information? This seems too mad to be true.