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Bring Your Nan For A Can

Bring Your Nan For A Can

For four days from 29th July – 1st August bring someone over the age of 60 to the taproom for a chat and we’ll give you BOTH a FREE can of Generation Pale Ale

Where: Brixton Brewery Taproom, Arch 548 Brixton Station Rd, London SW9 8PF

When: The ‘Bring A Can For Your Gran’ launch event kicks off a 3pm until late on Thursday 29th July, then will continue until closing on Sunday 1st August.

“Oi Nan, fancy a can?” You’d better hope so, because for four days at the end of July if you bring a friend, relative or complete stranger (with their permission of course!) aged 60 or above to our taproom taproom for a chat you’ll both receive a FREE can of Generation Pale Ale.

Like the idea, but don’t have an older friend to bring along? Don’t fret. Because on Thursday 29th July, we’ve teamed up with our partners at Age UK Lambeth to match its friendly members with you. For one-night only they’ll be your one-way ticket to free beer and music, courtesy of over 60’s shape-thrower DJs, Shadow’s Sister, all whilst meeting your new baby boomer BFF.

Can’t make the 29th July? We’ll be keeping our doors open, your seat warm and free beer cold by continuing the offer until Sunday 1st August. So you have four whole days – approximately 96 hours (excluding when we shut and clean the place) – to pop by and say “HI”.

The feel-good post-lockdown knees-ups are in aid of Age UK Lambeth, which has seen an increase of 233% in demand for its services over the past 12 months. This includes its MYneighbours scheme that pairs elderly members with younger volunteers who regularly call and visit them and bring hot meals, too. 

The organisation estimates that there have been over 10,000 hours’ worth of calls made between these new besties over the past year – around 416 days’ worth of nattering on the phone!

So if you fancy swapping your slippers for stilettoes and meeting the nan-of-your-dreams, make sure you get this in your diary now!

Regardless of when you attend, or how many new older and wiser friends you make, in exchange for a free beer, we are requesting all attendees make a donation, big or small (the bigger the better), to Age UK Lambeth.

The event follows the launch of our limited edition Generation Pale Ale – the first beer purpose-brewed to raise money for Age UK Lambeth and bring people of all (legal drinking) ages back together after lockdown. The beer name and vibrant design, featuring a shopping trolley/boom box for kickass grandmas and granddads, have been officially approved by Age UK Lambeth’s members- and 100% of proceeds from the beer will be donated to the charity. Click here to buy a case!

Horsing around with Ebony Horse Club

Horsing around with Ebony Horse Club

We’ve teamed up with the amazing Brixton-based charity Ebony Horse Club to offer you the chance to win a riding lesson and a case of Brixton Brewery beer!

On Monday 29th March at 5pm they’ll be taking over our Instagram Live, to give our followers a tour of the club, an introduction to their fabulous horses and to announce the winner of the competition!

For your chance to WIN, we’re asking you to get creative and bring to life a scene featuring your favourite Ebony horse, out and about in Brixton. You can use whatever medium you like best (drawing, collage, poetry?!) – all you have to do to enter is share your submission on Instagram and tag @brixtonbrewery and @ebonyhorseclubbrixton.

To get you inspired, Ebony Horse Club have kindly provided some dating profiles info about each of their gorgeous, personality-filled horses. We’d swipe right for any one of them!

Splash

The ultimate lad, the way to his heart really is through is belly. Give him some hay and he will be yours for …five minutes. He is a charmer but don’t expect any manners from him, he would trot straight through to you get to the nearest carrot. Splash is a bit of a celeb though and always makes sure he is poised for a photo shoot.

Two truths and one lie:

Splash has appeared on Blue Peter, Splash has attended a royal garden party, Splash has a Brixton Brewery Beer named after him.

Eddie

Good looking and he knows it. He is the leader of the pack and wants you to believe all he really cares about is hanging out with the lads. But, get him on his own and he will show you his sensitive side, he loves nothing more than a nuzzle with his huge moustache.

Likes: Eating hay with his mates down the paddock

Dislikes: Losing in a fist/hoof fight.

Poppet

Looks can be deceiving. The cutest little equine on the block, measuring the height of just 6 pint glasses. He might look small but what he lacks in height he makes up for in character.  What Poppet wants, Poppet gets.  

Rose

The real life unicorn.  We are not quite sure this mystical beast ended up in Brixton but she has been gracing us with her presence and sparkle since 2020. Time spent with Rose would involve her checking her hair in the mirror and making sure her unicorn horn is selfie ready.

Nick names: The Princess, Princess Rose, Rose the Princess

Joe

Joe looks like a horse and a panda combined with his big black eyes. The sensitive soul of the group, expect to find him to crying about this year’s hay shortage and hiding from the alpha males behind a tree. He might be the biggest horse in Brixton but he is the biggest wimp too.

Fun fact: Joe once tried to eat a piece of tinsel but then got so scared he weed himself. 

Blossom

Blossom by name and Blossom by nature. This one is sweet as the come, charming humans all over town with her two tone mane and her eye lashes to die for. With a face made for Instagram she is living her best horsey life as the urban equine to follow.

Bucket list: To gallop through the waves of the sea on a beach in Bali.

Bailey

Named after the Irish tipple and he will make you just as giddy. Bailey is part puppy, part horse. Loves to put anything in his mouth including broom handles, human fingers and coffee, so expect him to slobber all over you.

Best friend: Poppet, the miniature pony who will act as his bodyguard wherever he goes.

Molly

She is as cool as a pint of Electric IPA.  The leader of the girl gang, Regina George has nothing on her. With her fetch mane blowing in the wind she literally begs for attention – and treats. The sassiest mare this side of the Thames.

Favourite food: anything fed to her by her human subordinates.

About Ebony Horse Club: Our mission is to use horses to raise the education, life skills, wellbeing and aspirations of young people from disadvantaged communities within Lambeth. At Ebony we believe that the opportunities you’re given shouldn’t be limited by the postcode you are brought up in, so in 2011 we built our centre right in the heart of South London, Brixton. Just a stone’s throw from the famous ‘Electric Avenue’ and buzzing Brixton Market, you’ll find our stables nestled right between tower blocks and overground lines. Click here to learn more / donate.

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 beer collaboration celebrates an ageing Brixton landmark

Our new beer collaboration celebrates an ageing Brixton landmark

It’s one of Brixton’s many hidden corners with a story to tell, yet people stream past it everyday without even noticing. But look up through the trees near the railway bridge at Coldharbour Lane, with the Barrier Block estate looming behind you, on the side of Carlton Mansions, and you’ll discover a fading piece of Brixton’s incarnation as a hotspot of murals and political street art.

Photo: London Mural Preservation Society

Nuclear Dawn, the mural, and the namesake of our newest beer, a botanical sour, was finished in 1981 by the artist Brian Barnes. The evocative image of a giant skeleton draped in US and USSR flags gleefully dropping bombs over London is damaged by time and obscured by graffiti. The London Mural Preservation Society says, “It represents our history of a shared experience and a reminder that war is not something we want. Sometimes when we don’t have a voice and we can’t shout loud enough, the murals speak for us.” The message Nuclear Dawn conveys feels uncomfortably current these turbulent days.

We’ve always been fascinated by this skeletal spectre of death and destruction, as a piece of art, and as a reminder of Brixton’s long and strong activist streak. When we were thinking of Brixton based inspiration for our latest brew, it came to mind. We got in touch with Brian Barnes, and it’s a huge honour that he was happy for us to use the graphics in our label design. He painted it, with help from the residents of Carlton Mansions, including Dale McCrea, who came up with the idea as part of efforts to re-build following the Brixton riots.

 

Cam & Bates beer geekin

Sometimes things come together on so many levels that they seem almost pre-ordained. This feels like one of those times. We’ve long wanted to do a collaboration with Bates and Miranda, the family behind Duration Brewing. We actually first met Bates about a year before the brewery was born at a beer event, realised we both lived in Brixton, and kept in touch. Then when we were picking up our operations in the early days, we asked Bates to help us out. His extensive brewing knowledge and passion for beer was just what we needed to scale up and keep putting out consistently great beers. That wasn’t forgotten and we knew we wanted to work together again.

Bates ended up in Brixton via South Carolina, but Miranda moved here as a child, and is a true local girl. Her uncle was active in the street art scene of the 70s and 80s, and has an extensive slide archive of Brixton’s murals, which Brian Barnes’ assistant was trying to locate for a research project on Brixton murals of the 70s and 80s. Miranda put them in touch. Connections within connections…

Peeling mangoes…

Nuclear Dawn Botanical Sour is packed full of tropical fruits and botanicals from Brixton Market and is much anticipated as our first ever kettle sour, a beer style that uses lactobacillus bacteria to produce a characteristic tangy flavour.

For Bates and Miranda, Nuclear Dawn’s flavours are tinged with bitter and sweet; this brew marks their farewell to Brixton as they get ready to leave for Norfolk, and their new farmhouse brewery. They’re giving up the life of urban gypsy brewers to set up in an ancient priory site on Abbey Farm, West Norfolk. Follow their founding story and read about their range of pre-release beers, including Nuclear Dawn at www.durationbeer.com and across social media @durationbeer.

Brixton Brewery x Duration Brewing Nuclear Dawn launches Saturday 28 October from 12pm til 8pm at Brixton Brewery, Arch 547, Brixton Station Road, London SW9-8PF. There will be art, artists, music and brewers. Join us! 

New brew launch: Brixi Saison offers modern take on traditional worker’s brew

New brew launch: Brixi Saison offers modern take on traditional worker’s brew

We’ve collaborated with renowned Belgian brewery Brasserie de la Senne to create Brixi Saison, a modern classic saison-style beer. In a further celebration of all that is so exciting about Brixton and beer these days, the striking label design uses the Connect Brixton print designed by EleyKishimoto as part of Brixton Design Week 2015.

We first heard about Brasserie de la Senne through the hopvine as it were – it was recommended by friends as brewery as dedicated to flavour, quality ingredients and a local ethos as we are. We love their dedication to making truly distinguished and deliciously well-balanced beers. So we were pretty pleased when they agreed to work with us on a special collaboration of Belgium-meets-Brixton beer. Master Brewer Yvan came to London from Brussels to work with us on our limited run saison. Saison is a French-Belgian style farmhouse ale that was traditionally brewed in the winter to refresh seasonal summer workers, saisonnière, from whom the beer takes its name.

We learned loads from our crash course in brewing Belgian style and we’re proud of the result. We wanted to add a new twist on this classic beer style so we’ve used New World Galaxy and Vic Secret hops along with European Noble hops. The result is a beer that is dry, fruity and refreshing, with the slight spiciness characteristic of a saison. As with all of our beers, Brixi is bottle conditioned and un-fined (making it vegan-friendly).

A message on a bottle

We always like to add a bit of local history to your pint. Brixi Saison is named for the Saxon lord Brixi from whom Brixton takes its name. Brixton is derived from Brixtane, meaning stone of Brixi, referring to the boundary stone once placed here.

When fashion meets fermentation

At Brixton Brewery we’re well-known for our colourful and distinctive branding, based on exuberant African batik fabrics. International design company EleyKishimoto is also known for its fantastically eclectic patterns and has long been based in Brixton. So it was particularly cool to be able to use one of its motifs for the Brixi label. The pattern, Connect Brixton, was designed specially for Brixton Design Week 2015. As well as being on our labels, Connect can be seen painted on the pavement of the Brixton Design Trail street gallery on Ferndale Road and outside the Brixton tube station. The designers say, “the intertwined grid like pattern represents the spirit of Brixton in more than a single layer.” We say: it looks fantastic and is the perfect visual match for our beer!

Try Brixi Saison in our Tap Room at Arch 548 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PF. We’re open Wednesdays & Thursday 5-10pm, Fridays 5-11pm, Saturdays 12-11pm & Sundays 12-6pm. Instagram:  @brixtonbrewerytaproom