Market Spotlight: Welcoming Spartan Brewery!

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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. 

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Market Spotlight: Welcoming Square Root Soda!

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Officially, Square Root Soda began its journey in 2012 with founders Ed Taylor and Robyn Simms proffering their handmade ginger beer at a farmers’ market in Haringey. But before this, the co-founders were working in beer, with Ed brewing at Redemption and Howling Hops, and Robyn working at the Euston Tap. From ginger beer, they moved on to experimenting with flavours inspired by seasonal produce. Square Root then relocated from their home kitchen to a Hackney Downs arch, where they’re based today.

Their handmade sodas went down so well that Square Root decided to collaborate with some of their industry friends on a series of non-alcoholic shandies. They first experimented with Pressure Drop Brewing and Wallbanger and Smallbanger were born. They’ve worked with other London breweries for a series of delicious variations, including a Citrus Pale Shandy with The Five Points Brewing Co and a Bergamot Weizen with Beavertown Brewery.

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The team at Square Root use only the finest, freshest ingredients, with everything juiced or infused by hand. They work directly with farmers to ensure that they’re getting the best and most flavoursome materials, snapping up the softest (and often most juicy!) and wonky fruits deemed too ugly for supermarket shelves. This philosophy extends to their shandies and even to the juices and rinds that they provide to breweries to be used in their beers.

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We have invited Square Root to join us at The London Brewers’ Market at Old Spitalfield’s Market because – following from the success of their non-alcoholic range – they’ve recently forayed into the world of hard shandies. Going back to their roots, they approached Howling Hops to make this dream happen. Das Radler, a 2.5% shandy, is the fruit of their labour. This might just be the beginning of Square Root wading into higher ABV territory, and we can’t wait to see what more they might bring to the multi-talented landscape of our city’s brewing scene.

Join Square Root Soda, and 22 other London breweries, at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday, 25th November. The market will run from 11.30am until 6.30pm alongside the Independent Label Market, and both are free entry and open to all. 

Market Spotlight: Welcoming Old Kent Road Brewery!

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Old Kent Road Brewery

Brainchild of Will O’Neale and David Clack, this part-time brewery currently turns out a single 800 litre brew each month. These two divide the rest of their time demonstrating genuine start-up ingenuity by doing absolutely everything themselves– from brewing, packaging, and marketing to cycling their beer around London. Their core range is seasonal and constantly in flux, but always exciting. Inspired by their local surroundings, their beers are named after points of historical and cultural interest around Old Kent Road in South East London.

For the London Brewers’ Market, you can expect their Heygate Pale, Albion Pale, Zeppelin IPA and a very special Mano & Lime Tropical Pale, a one keg exclusive beer for the event. Join them and 22 other fantastic breweries at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday, 25th November, for lots of beery fun times, tasty food and tunes from the Independent Label Market.

Find out more about Old Kent Road Brewery on their Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and website.

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Market Spotlight: Welcoming Neckstamper Brewing!

On Saturday, November 25th, the London Brewers’ Market returns to the iconic Old Spitalfields Market in partnership with the Independent Label Market. With a line-up of over 20 London breweries, this is an event not to be missed. To mark this occasion, we’re unrolling a new Market Spotlight feature to shine a light on newcomers and on what beers to look out for on the day. You might be familiar with some of the seasoned contributors to the London Brewers’ Market, but don’t forget to visit the stalls of some of the newest breweries in London.

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A fresh addition to the London brewing scene, Leyton’s Neckstamper Brewing was born when founder and head brewer, Adam Jefferies, decided to pursue a more fulfilling career. With a background in engineering – and coming from a family of engineers – Adam worked with Formula 1 on the MacLaren racing team and in banking in The City. He was also an avid homebrewer and, in 2015, decided to delve in headfirst into the London beer industry. In late 2016, he celebrated his first commercial brew, which went on sale in early 2017.

The name of the brewery comes from Adam’s love of the history of brewing in Britain – Neckstamper is a nod to this, being the name was given to the pot boys in ale houses in the 1700s. Neck stampers collected empty bottles and tankards from private homes (and were often seen stamping around with their wares strung from their necks!)

For the London Brewers’ Market, Neckstamper will be bringing along their two core beers, Moon Curser American Pale Ale and Squencher IPA. Adam will also be serving up something very special, a session IPA called Elbow Crooker, which will be launched on the day.

Next up: Spartan Brewery

London Brewers’ Market Round-up: November 2017

On the London Brewers’ Market blog, we are featuring a monthly round-up of upcoming and unmissable events for London’s beer drinkers introduced by Rebecca Pate of Brewing East. Here are her picks for what’s happening in Londontown.

October was admittedly a weird month. It was plagued with high winds and cuminated with Halloween, the date that adults dress as characters from their favourite Netflix show. But unless you’re American, or you’ve managed to swing an invite to an expat Thanksgiving dinner, there’s no real reason to crack open libations from November until Christmas.

Or is there?

We’ve found plenty to do this month around London to make the most of this stretch before the mince pies come out in full force. Enjoy!

40 FT DEEP CEILI PARTY: Friday, November 3, 7pm-11:30pm. Stout aficionados rejoice, as 40FT Brewery’s Deep is making a return in time for this traditional ceili (also known as a ceilidh) at The Scolt Head. This Irish dance will be called by the masterful Hugh Cooney, who will lead the ceremony with the help of a back-up band. Everyone is a little bit Irish, so this should be a sociable and enjoyable evening for all. The Scolt Head, 107A Culford Road, N1 4HT. Free, more information here.

LIVING WAGE BREWERS BEER FESTIVAL: Friday, November 10, 5pm – November 12, 11pm. To celebrate Living Wage Week (Sunday 5th – Sunday 12th November), Hackney Wick’s Mason & Company is hosting 13 breweries from around the UK over this weekend for a beer festival. The final line-up is TBC, but you can bet that there will be some London breweries involved, such as The Five Points Brewing Company, who were the UK’s first Living Wage brewery. Mason & Company, 25 East Bay Lane, Here East, Hackney Wick, E20 3BS. Free, more information here.

NOVEMBER RAIN: Saturday, November 11, 11am-9pm. More fun from 40FT Brewery this month, this time in the guise of a mini beer festival. They’ve involved six breweries, including London-based Beavertown Brewery, Hackney Brewery, Howling Hops Brewery and Signature Brew (with the USA’s Sierra Nevada also joining in). Other bevvies on the day will be served up by The Real Al Company (cider) and cocktails from COLD&BLAC. The best part of this event might be the theme – 80s and 90s hard rock – which will be the soundtrack for the day. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, E8 3DP. Free, more information here.

MONDO & FRIENDS: Saturday, November 11, 2pm-10pm. Mondo Brewing Company have a few friends coming over for this special event and want you to join them. The reason? They’re pouring three exciting collaborative brews alongside a host of tasty beer from the likes of Cloudwater Brew Co and To Øl , including a Watermelon & ChenPi IPA, a Yuzu IPA and a DDH Lychee Pale. Street food vendors will be on site and brewery tours offered throughout the day. We all wish we had more friends like this. Mondo Brewing, 86 Stewarts Road, SW8 4UG. Free, more information here.

FIVE POINTS PARTY AT THE STAR OF BETHNAL GREEN: Wednesday, November 15, 7pm-12am. Ladies and gents, we’ve been assured that – ahem – there ain’t no party like a Five Points party. Put that theory to the test at The Star of Bethnal Green, where the Five Points Brewing Company team will be on hand to serve you beer and challenge you to boozy games. There will be plenty of their beer on tap and to take away, but you’ll want to try and win a pint by demolishing everyone at beer pong, right? The Star of Bethnal Green, 359 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6LG. Free, more information here.

PRESSURE DROP SWAP: Thursday, November 16, 8pm-11pm. Have you been to a Hop Swap yet? No? Well, it’s a great evening that involves a bottle share, tap takeover, a meet the brewer session, tasting of a delicious foodstuff AND a smattering of hot sauce. This month, it’s Pressure Drop Brewing taking over the taps at The Cock Tavern in Hackney and they’ll be leading Hop Swappers through a tasting of their beer. Attendees are encouraged to get involved and bring a bottle of something special too. All are welcome to partake, even if they prefer Big Beer to crafty styles. The Cock Tavern, 315 Mare Street, E8 1EJ. Free, more information here.

AFFINITY IS ONE!: Saturday, November 18, 1pm-11pm. Boy, they grow up so fast – Affinity Brewing Company is officially turning one and they’d love for you to help them celebrate. In case you missed it, they’ve moved into a nice arch in Bermondsey and have plenty of space for partygoers. For the occasion, they’ll be launching LOLmash, a double stout that’s one of the strongest beers that they’ve ever brewed. They’ve also promised to serve the LAST EVER keg of Brimful of Masha, a collaboration brewed with Elusive Brewing way back in the salad days of 2016. Oh, and there will be cake. Affinity Brew Co.,7 Almond Road, SE16 3LR. Free, more information here.

*new* FIVE POINTS CASK PARTY: Tuesday, November 21, 6pm-11pm. Dubbed Cask Party Fun Times, this is a celebration of The Five Points Brewing Company’s cask range at the charming Old Fountain pub in Old Street. It’s actually their 5th – and final – cask party of the year, so expect a big blow-out with six beers pumping, including one of your last chances to taste their special green-hopped bitter, Green Hop. The cheery Five Points team and brewers will be on hand, promising lotsa beery surprises. Old Fountain, 3 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU. Free, more information here.

SHEBU BIRTHDAY BEAVERTOWN BASH: Thursday, November 23, 6pm-12am. BrewDog Shepherd’s Bush is turning four and they’ve invited Beavertown Brewery along for the festivities. And when you have mates like Beavertown and you invite them to your party, they show up with 20 different beers. Head down to join in on the revelry. Brewdog Shepherds Bush, 15-19 Goldhawk Road, W12 8QQ. Free, more information here.

LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET: Saturday, November 25, 11:30am-6:30pm. We return to Old Spitalfields Market for another round of the London Brewers’ Market and the Independent Label Market! We’re tremendously excited to bring you an all-star line-up of over 20 London breweries, all in one awe-inspiring venue. The brewery list will keep growing, so be sure to check out our Facebook event page for updates, but you can expect a huge range of beers and styles represented on the day with tunes curated by our friends from the Independent Label Market. Record hunters and beer lovers unite for what will be an unmissable day. Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, EC1 6EW. Free, more information and brewery list here.

ANSPACH & HOBDAY BEER & CAKE DAY: Sunday, November 26, 12pm-5pm. Officially everyone’s favourite day (don’t you dare say that it isn’t), Anspach & Hobday bring back their annual beer & cake event. The premise is really very simple: you bring the cakes and they bring the beer. Cakes will be judged at 3:30pm and the winning entry will receive 2 tickets to the Tanker tasting event (held on the November 30, see below for information). If you’re up for the challenge, fill out this form and start thinking about your extravagant bake. Anspach & Hobday, 118 Druid Street, SE1 2HH. Free, more information here.

ANSPACH & HOBDAY TANKER: Thursday, November 30, 6:30pm-10:30pm. Estonian craft beer, anyone? Anspach & Hobday are hosting Tanker brewery, founded by three former homebrewers from Estonia, who are pouring their beers in England for the first time ever. They’ve brewed a special collaboration for the occasion and will both be featured on tap. For a £25 ticket, attendees will get four 1/3rds of Tanker and of Anspach & Hobday beers. Get a free ticket by winning the baking competition at the beer & cake day (see above). Anspach & Hobday, 118 Druid Street, SE1 2HH. Tickets are £25 and available here.

Have we missed something? We’re not perfect, so feel free to post any upcoming events featuring London breweries in London in the comments below.

 

Next up: London Brewers’ Market at Old Spitalfields Market!

We can’t wait to be back at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday, 25th November for a London Brewers’ Market and Independent Label Market special. For those who have not yet had the pleasure of attending a London Brewers’ Market here, expect belting tunes courtesy of the Independent Label Market DJs and a stellar line-up of London breweries. It’ll be be busy, it’ll be merry, and it will most certainly be beery.

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A fantastic roster of brewing talent is lined-up and we will be showcasing over 20 London based, independent breweries. From emerging brewing ambition to established names in the brewing scene, there will be an awesome array of beers to suit any palate. We’re also incredibly pleased to be welcoming some first-timers to the London Brewers’ Market at Old Spitalfields Market.

Alongside The Five Pointsour market organisers and parent brewery, we have so far confirmed the following breweries:

Affinity Brew Co

Anspach & Hobday

Beavertown Brewery 

Brewheadz 

Brick Brewery

By the Horns Brewing Co

Crate Brewery 

Earth Ale Brewery

Forest Road Brewing Co

Fourpure Brewery

Fullers Brewery

Gipsy Hill Brew Co

Hackney Brewery

London Beer Lab

Old Kent Road Brewery *First-timer for Old Spitalfields Market!*

One Mile End Brewery

Orbit Beers 

Neckstamper *First-timer for Old Spitalfields Market!*

Our good friends at Square Root Soda will also be making their London Brewers’ Market debut! Their small-batch, handmade soda range also includes some stunning collaborations with The Five Points, Pressure Drop and Howling Hops.

There’s still more breweries to be confirmed and we will update you as they come. We’re really looking forward to welcoming familiar faces and meeting new, so come along for an afternoon of record hunting and beer drinking at Old Spitalfields Market!

The London Brewers’ Market at Old Spitalfields Market takes place on Saturday, 25th November, and runs from 11.30am until 6.30pm. Like the Independent Label Market, which runs alongside it, it is free entry.

 

 

London Brewers’ Market Event Round-up: October 2017

On the London Brewers’ Market blog, we are featuring a monthly round-up of upcoming and unmissable events for London’s beer drinkers introduced by Rebecca Pate of Brewing East. Here are her picks for what’s happening in Londontown.

We’re truly into autumn now, with Halloween now in our sight and a discernible chill hanging in the air. The fact that days are getting shorter means more time for cosy pubs and taprooms for some, but others are still happy to bundle up and persist with al fresco events.

Thankfully, October brings both indoor and outdoor gatherings hosted by London breweries to enjoy.

Just don’t bring up the contentious issue of pumpkin beers and everyone will get along just fine…

BEAVERTOWN TAP TAKEOVER AT THE RAKE: Wednesday, October 4, 5pm-10pm. Borough Market’s The Rake is hosting Tottenham legends, Beavertown Brewery, for one night only. Some of Team Beaver will be on hand to keep the beer and conversation flowing. A good selection of their range will be available on the night and, knowing Beavertown, this will include some special releases. The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, Borough Market, SE1 9AG. Free, more information here.

ROARING FOUR’S 2ND BIRTHDAY PARTY: Saturday, October 7, 2pm-10pm. Roaring Four Brewing Company, a gypsy brewery that’s mostly London-based, will be celebrating their 2nd birthday with their friends, London Beer Lab in Brixton. Expect exclusive collaborations for the event in addition to a ranges of beers from both breweries. Birthdays with friends are always better. London Beer Lab, 41 Nursery Road, Brixton SW9 8BP. Free, more information here.

LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET AT GREENWICH MARKET OKTOBERFEST: Friday, October 13, 6pm-10pm. To celebrate Oktoberfest, London Brewers’ Market is pairing with Greenwich Market for maximum oompah antics. German beer styles will be showcased from a list of London breweries and Bavarian culinary delights will be served up from Greenwich market food vendors. It’s perfect for those who haven’t made it over to Munich for the festivities this year (and entry is free!). Greenwich Market, 26 King William Walk, SE10 9HZ. Free, more information here

SOLVAY SOCIETY TAP TAKEOVER: Thursday, October 19, 5.30pm-8.30pm. Draft House in Tower Bridge is hosting a Solvay Society tap takeover for you lucky people. Free samples are promised (first come, first served) alongside a range of Solvay Society’s Belgian-inspired beers. Expect Exotic Physics, a new Belgian IPA, alongside Structure of Matter, a Belgian pale ale, Tritium, a pink peppercorn rye tripel and Superposition, a witbier session IPA. Tasty beers all around. Draft House Tower Bridge
206-208 Tower Bridge Road, SE1 2UP. Free, more information here.

PORTER TASTING AT ANSPACH & HOBDAY: Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm-10:30pm. It’s the right time of year for darker beers, so this special porter tasting event held at Anspach & Hobday is set to be very popular. Billed as an exploration of London’s greatest style, ticketholders can expect 8 tastings and a discussion about the history and development of the style. Beers will come from London and beyond, with 4 samples from Anspach & Hobday’s own range. Expect to leave with a newfound appreciation of all takes on Porter. Anspach & Hobday, 118 Druid Street, SE1 2HH. Tickets are £25 and can be purchased here.

LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET AT VENN STREET MARKET: Saturday, October 21, 10am-4pm. We’re joining our friends at Venn Street Market for a second dose of London Brewers’ Market this month. Six London breweries, including The Five Points Brewing Company, will provide refreshments alongside the Saturday farmer market vendors. The full brewery list is TBC, but this is guaranteed to be an unbeatable way to spend a Saturday afternoon in South West London. Venn Street Market, Venn Street, SW4 0BD. Free, more information here.

DALSTON CHILLI DAY: Friday, October 20, 5pm-11pm. If you like things on a the spicy side, 40FT Brewery have got you covered. As part of Dalston Chilli Day, they’ve brewed a special Chipotle Beer to pair with the other fiery offerings: Dalston Chillies hot sauce, chilli oysters from Rocks Oyster Bar and a chilli margarita from Cold’N’Blac. Live DJs will be keeping the atmosphere as blazing hot as the food and drink. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, E8 3DP. Free, more information here.

*new* AFFINITY BERMONDSEY OPENING PARTY: Saturday, October 21, 12pm-8pm. Affinity Brew Co may have their roots in Tottenham, but they’re acquired a handy arch in Bermondsey where they’ve set up an even handier taproom. Located in one of the Partizan Brewing’s old sites, head over to see the next chapter for the Affinity crew in the company of great beer on draught and in cans to drink in or take away. Hurray to new beginnings. Affinity Brew Co Taproom, Arch 7 Almond Road, Southwark, SE16 3LR. Free, more information here.

ELECTROBERFEST 2 AT 40FT: Saturday, October 21, 5pm-11pm. Everyone knows that the crew at 40FT Brewery can throw one heck of a party – and this will be no exception! Head to Dalston for the second Electroberfest. an event boasting some smashing German electro hits courtesy of Dj Kai-Uwe Müller in addition to a special tasty doppelbock, naturally named The Electrobotor, from the brewery. German inspired foodstuffs and titbits will also be available to keep munchies at bay. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, E8 3DP. Free, more information here.

*new* BIANCA ROAD’S HOUSEWARMING PARTY: Friday, October 27, 6pm-11pm. Help Bianca Road Brewing Co christen their new brewhouse located in Bermondsey. They’ve made all of the necessary preparations for a great night, including: a full bar (which obviously entails plenty of their beer, which will be SUPER fresh), music and some tasty morsels to accompany your drinks. They’ve really pulled out all of the big stops, so don’t miss it. Bianca Road Brew Co, 19 Pages Walk, SE1 4SB. Free, more information here.

PILLARS FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY: Saturday, October 28, 12pm-12am. Walthamstow’s lager-focused Pillars Brewery is turning one this month and they’d love for you to celebrate with them. Head down to their taproom for a free birthday bash, including live music from DJs, Caribbean street food from ShellyBelly’s and lots of surprises. If you’re one of the first 150 people to sign up for free VIP tickets, you’ll also get an extra birthday surprise upon arrival, so don’t doddle. If you’re crazy about lager, you won’t want to miss this. Pillars Brewery, Walthamstow, Unit 2, Ravenswood Industrial Estate London, E17 9HQ. Free, more information here.

LONDON BEER LAB HALLOWEEN PARTY: Saturday, October 28, 6pm-11pm. Brixton gets spooky with this London Beer Lab party. Music, fun and games are promised at the taproom in advance of Halloween, so grab your costume and practice your best ghoulish bar stance. London Beer Lab, 41 Nursery Road, Brixton SW9 8BP. Free, more information here.

SIGNATURE BREW’S 6TH BIRTHDAY BONANZA: Saturday, October 28, 1pm-10pm. Those music-loving lovelies at Signature Brew are turning 6 and want you to join in on the celebrations and libations. Make a beeline for Leyton for some beer, street food and – you guessed it – lots of music. Curved Brick Roastery will be serving up coffee, We The Lifers selling tee-shirts and brewery tours will be available. Head down to wish the team a very happy, tune-filled birthday. Signature Brew, Unit 25, Leyton Business Centre, E10 7BT. Free, more information here.

Have we missed something? We’re not perfect, so feel free to post any upcoming events featuring London breweries in London in the comments below.