London Fields Brewery opens its Taproom doors
This past September, London Fields Brewery unveiled its spanking new brewery and taproom, bringing brewing back home to their Arches for the first time since 2014. The team threw open their doors to reveal their new spaces and line-up of beers, and in true London Fields style, they hosted one heck of a shindig.
The all-new taproom served brewery-fresh tank beer ranging from IPAs to traditional lager styles and seasonal sours. In addition, to match the broad selection of brews, London Fields Brewery has brought Prairie Fire BBQ on board. Guests also enjoyed some of London’s most authentic Kansas City style BBQ, from 14-hour applewood-smoked pork and hickory-smoked chicken wings to their famous 16-hour hickory-smoked USDA brisket slathered with their Great Taste award-winning BBQ sauce.
The taproom is spacious and features some fabulous artwork by Luke McLean, London Fields’ pop illustrator, including an eye-catching Love Not War wall mural.
The space will host a regular programme of beer events, tastings and brewery tours. There will also be a takeaway beer offering, including canned versions of the small batch releases brewed on-site.
Over the past year, Head Brewer Talfryn Provis-Evans has been designing the new brewery from the ground up, while he reworks the London Fields core line-up of Hackney Hopster, 3 Weiss Monkeys and Broadway Boss. Talfryn has opted for custom-built brew-kit, chosen in consultation with the team at sister brewer Brooklyn Brewery, which will enable the team to make any style of beer, from pales and IPAs with more juiciness, more aroma and more bang for your buck, to a small batch programme of seasonally-inspired sours and saisons and a series of experiments in low to no alcohol fermentation. The ethos, as ever, is to brew ‘flavourable’ and balanced beer that’s inclusive as well as fun to drink.
Recent brews that are a testament to this direction are I Heard it Brut the Grapevine, a Brut IPA with grape juice, champagne-like carbonation and a crisp, dry finish, Hallogen, a tart ‘raspberry smoothie’, notable for being brewed with absolutely zero hops, and Sisters Brewin’ It For Themselves, an alcohol-free dry-hopped sour.
Of the opening, Talfryn Provis-Evans says: “We’re really excited to open the brewery and bring it back to its original home for the first time since its re-launch. We’re hoping the new site will become a strong pillar within the community and an open, creative space for future collaborations”.
Images courtesy of London Fields Brewery