Crafty way to make your own ale comes to Clapton

Brew Club Unit 9, Tram Depot, 38 Upper Clapton Road, Hackney E5 8BQ (supplied pic)

WHO WAS the creative who worked out that “craft beer” would sound cool when “real ale” had the stale odour of something drunk by an earlier generation?

The subtle marketing certainly played a part in the re-emergence of beer as a young drink: three breweries are said to open in Britain every week.

Now two hip hops fans want to teach Londoners how to do it. In an old tramshed in Clapton Rob Berezowski and Jo Llewellyn-Jones have set up Brew Club to teach learners how to make their own beer — and their own recipes.

Berezowski told Loving Dalston: “Our classes could help someone get into the craft-ale business” before adding a little nervously that “the beers brewed on site are not to be sold on commercially”.  Still, someone could “learn what they need to become a brewer”.

© Crew Club
Ale be there: action stations. Main pic: Llewellyn-Jones, left, and Berezowski

The main aim of Berezowski and Llewellyn-Jones — try saying thoshe namesh after your first brew — is to teach the elements of beer-making and to provide the facilities for people rather than have the fermenting stuff cluttering up the home, the while stinking out the neighbours.

Masterclasses starting on Monday 25 January 2016 would, Berezowski said, be led by resident booze master — sorry, brewing master — Nigel Sadler.

Berezowski added: “When I was younger we would brew in our basement or garage.

“There just isn’t the space to do it in a flat in London. That’s why we think that people will love Brew Club.”wenlockale

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* Brew Club, Unit 9, (old) Tram Depot, 38 Upper Clapton Road, Hackney E5 8BQ (0208 806 4834), opening times Tuesday-Sunday 10am-11pm. A beginner all-grain class costs £120, a beginner extract class £100. To brew your beer without tuition costs £60 plus ingredients and bottles. Wheelchair access can be difficult without a car. The premises has a disabled toilet. 

* Backstory: Pubs open around Hackney Christmas Day 2015 

* Pictures © Brew Club

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