London Brewery Scene – November 2019

Greater London Brewery Liaison Co-ordinator, John Paul Adams, takes us through the changes over the last six months.

NEW BREWERIES

Anomaly (New Malden, appeared at Egham BF at Easter, and will be at their summer one); Br3wery (Beckenham, first bottled beers available from start of May); Brithop (Belvedere, cuckoo at Franklins in Sussex, added to BIS as widely available around SE London); Common Rioters (Plumstead, cuckoo brewing started at Brew Buddies, available locally in cask and bottles, still looking for own site); Ealing (Brentford, the extension of the Marko Paolo brewery, beers now available in thieir pub and at the taproom); Goodness (Wood Green, after some years cuckoo brewing, first at Sentinel then House, brewery opened in August); Little Creatures (Kings Cross, a large American style brewpub with large tanks behind the bar for the beer and brewery by the entrance, started brewing its own beer at the end of May); London Fields (London Fields, now open again with rejuvinated on-site taproom although bigger brands reportedly still brewed elsewhere, eg Truman?); Perivale (Perivale, appeared as if by magic at Easter with subsequent once a month openings); Sly Beast (Wandsworth, opened on site in the newly opened Ram Inn pub in October); Wrong Side of the Tracks (Catford, bottled only brewery).  

CHANGES TO BREWERIES  

Boxcar (Bethnal Green, now brewing at their new site just along from Old Street brewery); Brewheadz (Tottenham, premises taken over by Ora who are now the main brewers with Brewheadz cuckoo brewing on their original kit, until Brewheadz finally dissolved leaving just Ora); Bianca Road (Bermondsey, moved from an industrial estate to two railway arches bang in the middle of the Bermondsey Beer Mile); Muswell Hillbilly (the ex-Hale kit has been delivered to the unit adjoining the taproom, the new location for the brewery rather than upstairs further along the mews. Hale are now setting up the new Exale Brewery in Walthamstow).  

SUSPENDED/CLOSED BREWERIES

Alphabeta (Aldgate, restaurant closed in June, future of brewery uncertain but reported in November as now bought by original owners); Big Smoke (Surbiton, moved out to Esher); Brewheadz (Tottenham, closed in September with just Ora remaining at the site); BrewIT (Fitzrovia, company dissolved in June, pub about to open again but no brewery, which may resurface under a different name but not in London); Hale (Tottenham, having sold their brewery to Muswell Hillbillys, reinventing themselves at a large site in Walthamstow as Exale); Hop Stuff (Thamesmead, went into (pre-pack?) administration after problems with site owners and emerged owned by Molson Coors! No time scale for full re-opening that I have heard of); Kentish Town (Kentish Town, brewing suspended for a year whilst brewer on sabbatical in Australia); Lonesome (Streatham, confirmed as dissolved in December 2017); Portobello @ George & Dragon (Acton, reported that Portobello has left, the kit needs repairing and reverted to the Dragonfly brewery ready to be pimped out); Project 88 (Willesden Green, brewer left, possibly taking his kit with him, beers now brewed by Hop Kettle of Swindon); Redchurch (Bethnal Green, another (pre-pack?) administration with the HQ now at the Harlow brewery and brewing suspended at Bethnal Green, kit soon to be in use by Sundays Brewery and BIS record moved to East Anglia); Two Finches (Finchley, a visit revealed it has not brewed for some time but no confirmation if kit removed); UBrew (Bermondsey, reported closed in September after various problems through this year).  

PLANNED BREWERIES

Brockley (Lee, second bigger brewery to take pressure off Brockley site and taproom, opening late November); Exale (Walthamstow, version 2.0 of Hale); Fearless Nomad (Brentford, kit delivered to the Black Dog in April with test brewing due to start in July, still no sign by November); Jawbone (Strawberry Hill, building work on premisis started in July); Jiddlers Tipple (Wood Green, home brewer announced going commercial in July but contract brewing elsewhere for the moment); Pinnora (Pinner, reported to be test brewing and still nothing by November); Plum Tree (Plumstead, new micropub with long term plans to include a brewery at the rear); Sambrooks (Battersea, announced plans to move into the revamped Ram Quarter in Wandsworth to be joined by the private Ram brewery already on site); Second Wave (West Norwood, test brewing on new kit and still nothing by November); Signature (planning to move to a new site in Walthamstow, opening late November); Sundays (Bethnal Green, ex-Redchurch brewer using the ex-Redchurch brewery but no beers yet); Truman (announced plans to move to a new site in Walthamstow and also a brewpub in the East End near their spiritual home); Urban Alchemy (New Barnet, appeared at the E&B AGM with big plans but nothing since).

John Paul Adams