Battersea brewery – an introduction

This new brewery and tap room which opened in November 2018 lies within the rapidly developing site around the iconic Battersea Power Station. The head brewer, Tom Mahoney (pictured) discovered craft beer when he was a student in Texas and has learned his trade as an apprentice (later as lead brewer) at the Dorking Brewery and more recently as senior brewer at Five Points Brewery in Hackney. Innovation and experimentation are the order of the day, with four semi-regular beers being complemented by seasonal beers, which at the time of writing were a delicious Scotch Ale at 6% ABV on keg and a classic, balanced and moreish cask English bitter called Ernest (4.2% ABV), which is the name of a UK hop variety used mainly by Whitbread in the late 19th century and subsequently largely forgotten – but thankfully not here.

The four semi-regulars are Unfiltered Lager (pilsner style at 5% ABV with Bohemia, Carapils and Munich malts and hopped with Satz and Magnum); House Beer (a Kolsch-style beer at 4.2% ABV with Bohemia and Vienna malts and hopped with Hallertau Mittelfruh); IPA (a big flavoured yet balanced bitter at 6% ABV with Low Colour Maris Otter, wheat malt, CaraPils, flaked oats and Comet and Simcoe hops) and, deep breath, a Session ale at 3.8% ABV, (a light APA with Low Colour Maris Otter, wheat malt, Golden Naked oats and Ekuanot and Mosaic hops). A 6.8% ABV double-dry-hopped IPA has also appeared occasionally!

There are usually two beers available on cask with another four or five on keg. A further five keg taps serve beers from other London micros such as Kernel, Fourpure, Meantime or Five Points. At least one of these will usually be a porter or a stout. Food is simple with quality UK cured meats and cheeses served as toasties, nibbles or platters. For the adventurous, why not expand your beer knowledge with a ‘Beer Master Class’ at £20 a head or a ‘Brewery Experience Day’ at a bargain £60 per person with plenty of tasting included, of course.

The brewery and taproom can be found at 12 to 14 Arches Lane, SW11 8AB. Currently, the best way to get there is a 15 minute walk up from Battersea Park mainline station or a bus to the south side of Chelsea Bridge and a short walk along the river, underneath the railway bridge and then immediately right. Hopefully, by the end of 2020, they will be right by a tube station on the new Northern Line extension. You can contact them via hello@batterseabrew.co.uk or see the website: www.batterseabrew.co.uk.
Peter J Sutcliffe – Brewery Liaison Officer