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Our next chapter

Our next chapter

When we look back over the past seven years, we honestly can’t believe how far we’ve come – from homebrewing to launching a small brewery, to building a highly recognisable community-based brand, with a larger new brewery and taproom. It makes us want to dream even bigger for the next seven. To realise our original vision of helping thirsty people everywhere get a taste of Brixton, we’re today announcing that, following a successful three years’ working with the global brewers, Heineken, we are expanding this partnership in a deal that will see Heineken fully acquire Brixton Brewery.

This will mean a bright future for our community-based business. The founders of Brixton Brewery will continue to lead the brewery’s day-to-day operations and strategic and creative direction. In other words, we will still be smashing out your favourite beers fresh from South London, brewed by the same bunch of eccentric beer visionaries and inspired by the flavours of Brixton.  

Brixton Brewery was started in a railway arch in 2013 by two couples who met in a Brixton bar. Jez and Libby and Mike and Xochitl worked hard to build a successful brewery and sustainable local business in the heart of Brixton. We started out with one employee and one brewery, making most of our deliveries on foot in and around Brixton Market. In 2017 a minority investment by Heineken meant that we could expand to a purpose-built brewery, remain in Brixton, and create a tap room and experimental brewery in our original railway arch home on Brixton Station Road, where we welcome the public for a taste of our beers, and a look at how we brew.

Our team now includes 25 talented and dedicated people. We are a proud London Living Wage employer and members of the Living Wage Foundation. We love being a positive part of Brixton through numerous partnerships, collaborations, and support for local organisations.

Our growth and expansion are a source of huge pride to us – we’ve always been ambitious for our team and for our business. Over the past three years of working together, we’ve built a strong relationship with Heineken, who share our commitment to quality and responsibility. We have benefited from the Heineken team’s expertise and market reach, and we want to build on it. There’s no denying the fact that the next few years will be challenging for many reasons, so we’re happy to have the opportunity to secure the future of Brixton Brewery for our team, our families, our community and fans of our beers, who’ve been hugely supportive of our success. The industry has changed massively since we started, and we want nothing more than to continue to be a positive part of it.   

We look forward to this next chapter. Our beers will be increasingly available UK-wide, we will continue to strengthen our approach to community and sustainability and we will keep on investing in Brixton through our brewery, taproom and newly renovated experimental brewery. We are committed to creating and sustaining good jobs in Brixton, and hiring a diverse range of people who love beer and Brixton as much as we do.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us so far. We are both humble and proud to be a local success story made in Brixton. Feel free to sit back, relax with a cold can, and see what we brew next.  

Love,

Team BB

Route & Branch: Our journey with Norwegian farmhouse brewing

Route & Branch: Our journey with Norwegian farmhouse brewing

Alberto, our Lead Brewer, once left us for a 6-month sabbatical in Norway. There, brewing among the rugged fjords and endless snowscapes, he heard the story of kveik, a heritage mother yeast, passed from farm to farm in rural Norway, creating the basis for a thriving but not widely recognized style of farmhouse brewing with this extraordinarily active and fruity yeast at its heart. It was recognised in its rural isolation and introduced more widely to a restless and curious beer world, ever thirsty for new flavours and techniques, by Norwegian beer lover Lars Garshol. From there it has taken off, with the different local kveik offers added to yeast banks and coveted by brewers for an incredible ability to ferment quickly and at very high temperatures. When he came back to us, Alberto, a restless and curious brewing mind, was determined that we would test out this yeast and discover its full range of possibilities.
 
We’re starting with a traditional Norwegian farmhouse brew using a blend of two kveik yeasts – Kvoss and Hornindal and flavoured with fresh Irish juniper branches during the mash. We’ve dry-hopped with generous helpings of HBC 472 hop, with its mellowing and warming coconut and vanilla flavours. HBC 472 is the sister of the popular Sabro hop, known for its distinctly pina colada aromas, but this one delivers a softer character.
 
Expect a brew that bursts with rich flavours and fresh aromas of a Norwegian wood – sharp, piney juniper, the tangerine tang of the super fruity kveik itself, layered onto the lightly toasted base of Vienna malts.
 
Route & Branch Juniper Amber with kveik
ABV, IBU: 5.48%, 15
Malts: Vienna, Rye Crystal, Torrified Wheat
Hops: HBC 472, Huell Melon  

Route & Branch Juniper Amber is part of our Ltd Edn range of small batch experimental brews. AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY in 30L Keg.

Collab International Women’s Day brewing event for families affected by knife crime epidemic

Join Earth Station Brewery and Brixton Brewery as they work together to celebrate women while raising money for critical local charities working to stop London’s knife crime epidemic

Earth Station Brewery in Newham and Brixton Brewery in Lambeth are both located in London boroughs struggling with serious youth violence problems. Jenn Merrick, founder of Earth Station, wanted to raise awareness while also raising money for local charities working with young people to stop the bloodshed by doing what she does best: brewing beer. So she came up with a plan to do both: brew a beer that would also benefit families and young people affected by this issue. As a community-based business with strong local ties, Brixton Brewery were immediately on board to be a part of it. They will be throwing open their brewhouse for a very special Open Brew Day event at their Dylan Road Brewery on 9 March. Proceeds from the beer made on the day will go to Asta Community Hub and Fight for Peace in Newham and Indigo Youth in Brixton.

The Saturday 9 March date is a nod to the growing tradition of International Women’s Day open brews (the official IWD is Friday, 8 March) celebrating the role of women in the beer industry. The event will bring together mothers and women passionate about keeping our young people safe from violence to learn about brewing and brew up a Limited Edition special beer, to be released around 31 March for Mothering Sunday.

According to Jenn Merrick, who was Head Brewer at Beavertown Brewery before leaving to start Earth Station, “I’ve lived in Newham for 12 years with my wife. We have cultivated a deep love for this part of London. Now, raising two little boys in the area, we are faced by serious problems with knife crime, the criminal exploitation of children and one of the highest levels of youth violence in the UK. It’s an issue that has affected my family very directly. I want to do everything I can to raise awareness of the issue, and make a positive contribution to changing things for local children.”

Xochitl Benjamin, a co-founder of Brixton Brewery, and Brixton-based mum of two young children says “Jenn and I immediately connected on this – as women, and as mothers. At Brixton Brewery we are committed to our community, and are really excited to be able to support Jenn’s vision. It’ll be a fantastic day celebrating women while making a beer that will raise money for local charities in Brixton and Newham.”

It’s not just the two breweries that have come together to support this initiative. Junction Studio, the award-winning designers of Brixton Brewery’s colourful labels are mentoring young artist Cory Samuels on the label graphics. Leading industry suppliers, including Yakima Chief hops and Simpsons Malt have donated raw material, while Label Express, Saxon Packaging and Ball Packaging are providing labels, boxes and cans.

Earth Station x Brixton Brewery Open Brew Day for Women & Communities is open to any woman who would like to come along and find out a bit more about what goes into their pint while having a unique experience for a great cause. It’s free, but please register here.

The beer, a hoppy pale ale, will available in 30L keg and 330ml cans.

Pre-order now by contacting info@brixtonbrewery.com

 

 

 

 

 

Our new brewery OPEN PARTY! All the info you need

Our new brewery OPEN PARTY! All the info you need

We are very excited to be hosting our New Brewery Open Day Party on Saturday, 22 September from 12 til 9pm! We’ve planned a day of beer, music, food and fun for kids of all ages. It’s a SOLD OUT event so we’re expecting it to be a fantastic, busy good time. If you didn’t get tickets, you can still turn up on the day but ticket holders will have priority. Here are a few other important things to know:

  • The first 100 guests get a free beer!
  • We have a pretty big space but once we are at capacity, it will be one-in, one-out, with priority for ticket holders.
  • There is no parking on our site on the day, but there is free parking on surrounding streets nearby.
  • Our Station Road Tap Room and Brewery on Brixton Station Road will be CLOSED this Friday/Saturday as our staff will be busy with this party.
  • Kids are welcome and do NOT need a ticket. There will be an activity area for kids.
  • If you look like you might be under 25, PLEASE BRING PHOTO ID to get served!
  • There will be a range of food & drink on offer, including beer (obviously!), wine and non-alcoholic drinks at a range of prices for kids, grownups, meat-lovers and veggies alike. We’ve brewed up a couple of one-off specials, including Brixette, a lemongrass infused grisette style beer, and Ribbon Cutter, a hazy, double-dry hopped pale ale, but you will also be able to get your regular favourites.
  • We are happy to accept cash or card.
  • We have an accessible toilet, and the brewery has ramps and level access to public areas.
  • There is a dedicated baby-changing/feeding room.

Our brewery is an indoor/outdoor space so it will be a good time, rain or shine!

See you there! Team BB

Brixton Fund uses community currency for local good

Brixton Fund uses community currency for local good

Brixton has an extraordinary range of ambitious social organisations trying to make life better in our area. As a community business, we try to support as many of them as we can to give back to the area that inspired and welcomed us, including the ‘hyperlocal’ Brixton Pound/Brixton Fund. 

The Brixton Pound is among the most innovative, visionary and high-profile groups working locally. It’s a currency aimed at keeping money circulating in Brixton, and encouraging a diverse range of businesses and services to stay in the area. The money, with its colourful and distinctive paper notes featuring local heroes like David Bowie and renowned social activist Olive Morris, has been operating since 2009. You can spend your notes, or sign up for the electronic version, at numerous businesses around Brixton, including in our off-sales and Saturday tap room.

Not content with merely inventing a new money, the Brixton Pound organisation went on to launch the Brixton Fund, a local grants scheme that directly funds projects that benefit the area. They also opened the Brixton Pound Café, a ‘pay what you feel’ café on Atlantic Road serving up delicious food, often made from donated surplus produce. Money raised from both the pound and the café go towards the Fund. When the staff of the Ritzy Cinema approached us about collaborating on a new, limited run beer, we all felt strongly that proceeds should also go to the Brixton Fund. The result was Britzy XPA, an extra pale ale brewed with all British ingredients that has raised more than £1000 directly for the Fund.

That means more money to support what Lucy Cava of the Brixton Fund calls ‘hyperlocal’ projects. She says, “What’s really nice about the Fund is that it ties the project to the local area and people can see what they are funding.” Lucy highlights the example of a recent initiative by WeRise, a social business that helps young people build professional networks and get project-based work experience. WeRise successfully secured funding for its PressGang, a week-long project that had 10 young people working with the Brixton Bugle to produce media content for the Brixton Design Trail 2017. It was an exciting opportunity for talented but unconnected young Brixtonites to get a taste of producing high quality multimedia material, guided by a team of professionals, and will likely have a lasting impact on its participants.

Lucy points out that the Brixton Pound organisation provides more than just funding. “Our ambition is to make the Brixton Pound Café into a community hub and platform for local groups. We provide support through the Fund, but there are other things that groups need, including affordable space to carry out their activities. That’s where our café comes in.” On the day we spoke to Lucy the café was a busy with members of Lambeth Better Together, the group formed in the wake of the death of MP Jo Cox, which has received money from the Fund to bring together people on opposite sides of the Brexit divide to encourage greater understanding and exchange of experiences between Remain-voting Lambeth and Boston, a Leave-supporting constituency in Lincolnshire.

In the last round of funding in 2017, the Brixton Fund had more than 40 applications for its grants. Check here for more information about the 2018 funding round, or find out how to support the Fund. Follow @brixtonpound on social media.

The Brixton Pound Café is at 77 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PU. Follow @brixtonpoundcaf on social media.

We’ve got the last keg of Britzy XPA on in our Tap Room so you can get a taste Saturdays from 12 til 6.