As the East London brewing scene expands to dizzy new heights, last Saturday saw an open day at Brüpond, Lea Bridge.
With a temporary bar setup in the corner, the brewery set about selling it’s wares – three beers were available:
Ain’cho Mum’s Porter – 4.3%
Honey’d Wheat – 4.5%
Tip Top Hop IPA – 6%
Sadly a 4th beer, a Saison, was not quite ready yet.
My personal favourite for the day was the Honey’d Wheat beer that carried a strong flavour of banana bread which I am told is largely down to the yeast used. The porter was quite good, reasonable coffee notes with just a hint of chilli – much better than when I first tried it down at the Orient.
During the event I managed to grab a quick chat with David, the founder of the Brewery. Brüpond have now invested in a number of casks and are actively planning to sell their beers to pubs and bars across London – so do keep an eye out for them in the near future. A list of retailers can be found on their website.
Full disclosure: one of my volunteer activities with the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is as Brewery Liaison Officer for Brüpond. However I attended this event as a regular punter – also has it really been 4 months since I put finger to keyboard? Apparently so, more thoughts soon I promise!