IF YOU happen to use the railway line through northeast London and you scent hops or malt as your train nears the City, you are sensing the micro-brewery revival.
London Fields Brewery and Redchurch, have joined the hallowed Brodie’s Beer of Leytonstone that is continuing the beer revival in this part of the capital.
Both breweries are in Hackney, emerging from unlikely arches under the railway, and both are launching on the Bank Holiday weekend.
London Fields Brewery is an offspring of Climpson and Sons, the coffee shop in Broadway Market, London E8 4PH.
The brewery’s founders, Ian Burgess and Jules Whiteway, have avoided giving their beers the kind of silly names (“A pint of W. Anchor, my good man!”) that supposedly amuse big-bellied sandal-wearing beardies (beerdies?), instead devising labels for the coolster crowd, such as Hackney Hopstar, London Fields Bitter and London Fields Gold, and Love not War – “an ale,” Whiteway told Loving Dalston, “that we made while barricaded in the brewery during the riots around the corner.”
Redchurch Brewery in Poyser Street, Bethnal Green E2 9RF, is named for the Shoreditch street where the brewery’s founders, Gary and his partner Tracey Cleland, live.
A preview tasting by ale sage Des de Moor indicates that Shoreditch Blonde, Bethnal Pale Ale and Redchurch’s other beers will be strong and hoppy.
David Altheer 210711
* Londonfields Brewery launch, 374 Helmsley Place, Hackney E8 3SB, Sat 27 Aug-Mon 29 Aug 2011, 11am-11pm: five ales and and lager on sale.
* Brodie’s Birthday Bonanza will be held at the William IV pub, 816 High Road, Leytonstone E10 6AE, on Sat 3 Sep and 4 Sep 2011, 11am to 11pm: 41 cask beers at £1.99 a pint.