Colin Brooks and Mike Willetts met in 2003 at Warwick University, bonding over a love for real ale. They began homebrewing together in a studio flat in Shepherd’s Bush and then upgraded to a small 5 BBL kit at UBREW, the open brewery. They’re currently in the process of moving under an arch in Bermondsey, in Partizan Brewery’s old Almond Road site, where they will be operating on a 10 BBL kit and will be inviting the public in to drink on site later this year. Both Colin and Mike consider Spartan to be a labour of love and brew in their spare time while they hold down day jobs. They’re focused on producing the kind of beer that they enjoy themselves with an emphasis on sessionable and hoppy styles in both cask and keg. They’re also committed to keeping their beers as local as possible and only use British hops.
For the London Brewers’ Market, they’re bringing along Phalanx, a blackcurrant mild, Fog of War, a NE style IPA with a low ABV twist, both on cask and keg. In can, they’ll have Trojan Horse, a California Common.
This marks our third and final Newcomer Market Spotlight, and we’re looking forward to giving them a very warm welcome in the run-up to Saturday, 25th. As ever, the London Brewers’ Market remains a platform for independent breweries based in London, from the established, well-respected and popular, to those in the very early stages of their brewing career. Check out the full lineup here.
See you at Old Spitalfield’s Market on Saturday, 25th November. The market, alongside the Independent Label Market, is free entry, welcome to all, and runs from 11.30pm until 6.30pm.