BOHEM GOES BOCK
Bohem, brewers of authentic Bohemian-style beers in Tottenham, have collaborated with Brouwerij Kees from the Netherlands to produce a ‘Czech Bock’, called Agnes, a 7% ABV rich, deep amber brew. Petr Skocek, Bohem’s co-founder and head brewer said, “We used Munich 1 as our base malt, along with Pilsen, Cara Munich 3 and roasted barley, as well as Tettnanger and Saaz hops, to come up with a beer that has the character of a great Bock, but also some of our Czech brewing magic in it.” The brewery likes to celebrate figures from Czech history so the beer takes its name from Agnes of Prague, a medieval Bohemian princess known for her good works and charitable outlook.
Following their successful crowdfunding exercise, work is progressing on the iconic canal side White Building. Crate are developing the upper floor to make room for the London branch of Silo, the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant. We are used to community pubs but Crate are becoming a community brewery. The remaining space on the upper floor will house a number of affordable studios and workspaces which, as part of their support for the creative community in Hackney Wick, will be made available to artists and small businesses whose focus is around using sustainable materials.
EAST LONDON EXPAND
The East London Brewing Company have expanded and refurbished their premises to allow for the installation of a new 25 barrel brewing plant. This more than doubles their capacity. At the same time, ELB have appointed a new head brewer, Adrián Morales Maillo, recruited from the Spanish microbrewery, Naparbier. Look out for their new East End Lager, a Pilsner-style beer, brewed with a Weihenstephan yeast strain and Tettnanger and Magnum hops. ELB are also working with a local design company on the rebranding of their products. Looking to the future, ELB hope to open a tap room not too far from the brewery in the spring.
Back in July, the brewery staff took part in the Kingston Dragon Boat races where they made the final and finished a creditable sixth in a field of over sixty, despite being somewhat hampered by their headgear of Viking helmets adorned with beer cans. More seriously, the company has won a Kingston Best Small Business award. A deputy brewer from Battersea Brewery has been appointed. After an experimental Lemon Sour in the summer Park are returning to the tried and tested Isabella Brown (4.4% ABV) and Park Porter (4.3% ABV) for the coming months. The tap room finally reopened on 15 November and, until Christmas, it will be open on Fridays only from 5pm to 9pm. The address is Unit 7, Hampden Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3LG.
The Sly Beast brewery, named after the brewer’s dogs, Beast and Sly, has produced its first beer. For further details see under the Ram Inn, Wandsworth, in the Pub News section.
THAMES SIDE BREWERY
Firstly, apologies: this should have been in the last edition. Thames Side completed their relocation in August and are now operating from the former Sea Scouts building riverside near Staines Bridge. Andy Hayward, the owner and head brewer, reports that he has much more space in which to brew on his four barrel length plant. There is also room upstairs for a lounge with a balcony overlooking the river. Andy aims to have five of his cask ales on at all times as well as real ciders and quality wines (including English sparkling) and local artisan snacks. They are open Wednesday to Sunday, midday to 8pm (10pm on Friday and Saturday).
TWICKENHAM OPEN PUB
Some months ago the operators of the Rifleman pub in Twickenham went out of business. I’m pleased to report that the pub, a former local CAMRA Pub of the Year, has been rescued by Twickenham Brewery. They have it on a free-of-tie lease and as well as three of their own beers, there is at least one guest beer. The address is 7 Fourth Cross Road, TW2 5EL.
Tony Hedger, except where credited