East London original beer from London Fields Brewery.
London Fields brewery has had an interesting and slightly chequered birth and adolescence, having begun it’s brewing literally in the midst of the 2011 London riots. Difficulties outside of the brewery and the important business of brewing up good beer also made its early years somewhat difficult. However, what has emerged out of this metamorphosis is a brewery with a really solid core range of beers, excellent artwork for the cans and branding, and with the new relaunch one of the most up to date and shiny bits of brew kit I’ve seen!
London Unattached was invited along to the press night, to check out the new venue, and the core range of beers that couldn’t be fresher from the tanks as they are about 30 feet away, and also the new changing range of small-batch beers that London Fields is able to produce in the new venue. The Taproom is very close to London Fields overground station and is also in the centre of Hackney’s rejuvenated and very much “happening” areas. London Fields brewery is also very keen to be a central part of its community, having remained in the borough all its life. They plan to host a number of events over the year and also have space that is for hire. The Taproom not only serves its beer but also has a residency for six months by Prairie Fire BBQ. This is food that pairs very easily with good beer and leans towards the very slowly smoked and cooked pork, beef and chicken but also with a number of vegetarian options as well. The samples I tried were delicious!
As for the beers, the core range is 3 solid and reliably excellent choices. Hackney Hopster, a pale ale with citrus notes, Broadway Boss a Pilsner that is properly lagered and clean and refreshing, and 3 Weiss Monkeys, a white or wheat beer that has hints of banana and clove and citrus. I know these three beers and like them all, but it was interesting to try some of their small-batch brews that were available on the night. These will change as time goes by, but the Keller Lager, the Hazy IPA, and the Grisette were notably delicious. Also available was a Red Ale, one of the original brews called “Love, not war” which was brewed during the London Riots. I suspect that is likely to join the core range personally. Two Sours were available as well, but unfortunately for us, the Raspberry sour “Halogen” had sold out by the time we got around to trying it.
The Taproom has pretty much everything going for it, being well located and served by transport links. Excellent on-site food and a great range of very fresh beers. The brew kit is a thing of wonder – about as modern and high-tech as you can get. The head brewer can actually begin the process of brewing a batch from home via an internet connection. Short tours of the brewery will apparently be available on weekends, which will do much to connect visitors with the processes and work that goes into what they are drinking.
Rounding up, it’s great to see London Fields relaunch with such gusto, and I struggle to think how the venue and Taproom could be any better. If you are anywhere within striking distance then a visit has to be a priority. If you’re not, make a special trip!
London Fields Brewery can be found at:
365-366 Warburton Street