Redchurch Brewery Preview at Mason & Taylor

Empty glasses

Redchurch launch - glasses ready for the brew

I should probably have done a little research before writing this; I’d love to be able to tell you that East London is going through a brewing renaissance but not knowing what when before, renaissance might not be the correct word. Whatever the clichéd pre-amble, East London is seeing a massive expansion in the number of breweries.  Last year we had just Brodies and Ha’penny. By the end of summer 4 new arrivals will have joined the scene – the first of these to launch is Redchurch of Bethnal Green.

This week I was lucky enough to find out about their preview launch at Mason & Taylor held on Wednesday 20th July which gave me amble opportunity for a chat with Gary Ward, Brewer.

Gary & Evin

Gary with Evin of Kernel Brewery

Just off Redchurch St (hence the name), Gary has a 10 barrel plant and plans for range of bottled beers primarily for a market in pub/bar and restaurants in East London. Given the recent fuss about Brewdog and GBBF, I asked about cask and keg – Redchurch will be supplying mostly bottles but with the occasional craft keg for special occasions, much along the Kernel model by the sounds of things.

The preview beer (bottle conditioned) was a proper Pale Ale, known as RB1.

RB1 - taster

A taster of the East End

With Galena and Citra hops, it’s quite a fruity nose.  Citra is a bit of a ‘bandwagon hop’ if such a thing exists – but as Gary explained, the Galena hop brings a balance to the beer so it isn’t all in your face grapefruit. Nose-wise I found it difficult to pick out any particular flavours, though I was led towards pineapple by a helpful friend. Taste-wise, a balanced relatively easy to drink beer. A little hazy perhaps, but that is always going to happen with bottle conditioned craft beer – it’s a live product!

According to the brewery website there’s 30 days until the launch proper – so I reckon bottles should start to hit the shelves just before the August Bank Holiday.

For more information check out http://theredchurchbrewery.com/ and @redchurchbrewer

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As mentioned – there are several other breweries due to open this summer. Look out for news from @LdnFldsBrewery@EastLondonBrew and @HackneyBrewery

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Mason & Taylor, E1

Mason & Taylor

Mason & Taylor - Bethnal Green Road, E1

Mason & Taylor is East London’s newest bar. Located just up Bethnal Green road from Shoreditch High St station in a former restaurant building, it is just into the east proper.

Mason & Taylor

Interior

Fittingly for the times, the interior is quite austere,  with wooden chairs that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1950s school.  Neither is there a false ceiling, with all the building elements exposed inside it gives a very simple pleasing atmosphere. Of course, the real focus is the beer.

Beer

Beer - Darkstar Hophead

The house beer is Darkstar Hophead (£3.20 per pint) and for the opening the Thornstar hybrid along with a Pictish beer appeared on the remaining 2 or the 3 handpumps.  To compliment the ales, there are 8 keg taps ranging from Bitburger German Pils to the local Camden brewery’s Helles beer (unavailable on Friday). Lastly a vast range of bottled beers are on offer – 40 featuring British Ales, Belgian, German, Dutch, American… Several London breweries are featuring including Camden, Kernel, Brodies and Meantime. Interestingly within the beer menu beers are not categorised by type but by style and taste – this could be a very good move for the less adventurous as the bitters and lagers are all mixed in together.

Beer Menu

The Beer Menu

Prices range from £3.20 pp to £4.80 pp depending on the beer, with most bottles priced around £4. There is also a food menu…

Mason and Taylor opens on Monday 13 December.

Date of visit 10/12/2010