As the East London brewing scene expands to dizzy new heights, last Saturday saw an open day at Brüpond, Lea Bridge.
Blimey! It has been a little while since I have written, indeed this entry is rather delayed itself as I left my prized moleskine notebook 200 miles away. Now the poncy stationary is back in my possession, this from August…
Brouwerij De Molen (The Mill Brewery, Bodegraven)
Craft beer lovers will probably be well acquainted with the name De Molen, a brewery situated in Bodegraven around 1 hour south of Amsterdam by train.
The East London beer scene continues to grow with the recent re-opening of the Cock Tavern in Mare St, Hackney which now includes it’s own on site micro-brewery “Howling Hops”. Continue reading
So the #lympic games have finally arrived and with it a flux of new temporary bars. However despite the burgeoning London pub and beer scene the offical ™ beer of the games is actually Heineken lager, from The Netherlands who stumped up the most brass for the sponsorship. Personally I would prefer it if we could import their cycling culture but I’ll save that rant for another day!
That said, all is not lost and there are several places in easy walking distance of the stadium where you can tap into this scene. The obvious place to start is Tap East:
It’s an exciting time for beer and brewing in East London. Hot on the heels of London Fields and Redchurch breweries, September will see the opening of the East London Brewing Company: a brand new 10 barrel plant tucked away in a corner of an industrial estate in Lea Bridge (the flat bit between Clapton and Baker Arms).
The journey of the East London Brewing Company began back in November last year when Stuart decided to take the plunge and quit his job in chemical R&D to pursue something more fulfilling. Joined by his wife Claire, who has a background in marketing and communication, they began the process of hashing out the plan for the new business. After a long search, which took in an awful lot of railway arches, they settled on their chosen location in June this year.
Initially, Stuart is planning to concentrate on two beers – a Pale Ale at 4.0% and ‘Foundation Bitter’ at 4.2%, with the latter due to depart the brewery for the first time early next week. Brewing 3 to 4 batches each month the focus is on a small amount of crafted, quality beers.
Confirmed pubs on the delivery route at the time of writing are as follows:
- The Albion, Goldsmiths Row, Bethnal Green
- The Britannia, Hackney
- Snooty Fox, Canonbury
- Jolly Butchers, Stoke Newington
- Mason and Taylor, Shoreditch
- The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak
- Red Lion, Leytonstone
- The Wenlock, Islington
And the beer? Well, it would be rude to visit a brewery without sampling it’s wares! Whilst the beer was still quite ‘green’ (very early in secondary fermentation – i.e. not really ready yet) it was rather tasty, I’m looking forward to sampling a pint from the tap in the next few weeks.
Definitely something to keep an eye out for.
With thanks to Stuart, Claire and Richard Pearce for organising the trip to the brewery.
One of the four breweries to open this summer in East London is London Fields Brewery and on Wednesday this week they threw open the doors to their glorious railway arch and said hello.
This event was billed a ‘media focused small launch to try a few beers where anyone was welcome: the crowds did come and not just your stereotypical CAMRA types – it was an enjoyably chaotic event, even if this meant I didn’t actually get to properly meet t brewers.
So the important bit – the beer. With 5 on offer to taste at various stages of brewing there was a fair amount to think about.
LF1 – their first brew, a take on a hoppy IPA using Moteuka and Nelson Sauvin hops. Personally I didn’t care for this much, it was extremely bitter and I hope that future brews are either slightly stronger or better balanced.
LF3 – Ian’s take on something a bit like Landlord. Very malty and sweet.
LF4 – A light citrusy ‘Session Ale’. I liked this one the most, it was possibly a little bitter for a session beer but the flavours were reasonably balanced. This one had only been in the cask for about 1 week so will probably develop – ale usually has at least 2 weeks or so in a cask for it’s second fermentation.
LF5 – Jule’s take on something golden, a bit like Exmoor’s Gold. This one smelled really nice but wasn’t too distinctive for me on taste.
LF9 – Known as ‘Love not War’ as it was brewed during the recent London disturbances, this hadn’t even left the mash tun yet at the end of it’s first fermentation! Despite this it was rather tasty and I’m looking forward to sampling this in a pub one day!
We didn’t get to taste the lager they have been talking about on twitter but proper lager does take a few weeks to make!
The proper launch party will be Saturday 27th to Monday 29th August from 11am to 11pm at the brewery – 374 Helmsley Place E8 3SB. There will be 5 ales on sale, as well as the first appearance of their lager.