18 January 2016

Brixton Brewery

Six Berkshire based beer enthusiasts headed to London on Saturday 16 January with the intention of visiting Craft Beer Co in Brixton, Bullfinch Brewery taproom and Mondo Brewing Co taproom.
We arrived at Brixton tube station at noon and paid our tributes at the David Bowie mural on Tunstall Road, opposite. We did not visit 40 Stansfield Road, his childhood home, on this occasion.
After crossing Brixton Road again we walked under the railway bridge and turned right into Brixton Station Road. We found that the Brixton Craft Beer Co branch was closed.
Richard suggested we visit Brixton Brewery instead so we walked past Brixton Recreation Centre and along Brixton Station Road with its Jamaica Patty stalls and grocers with all kinds of fruit and vegetables on display.
We soon arrived at Brixton Brewery which is located in a railway arch (number 547) and pushed through the transparent plastic curtain flaps to enter.
The taproom had just reopened after a winter break and we had a choice of benches and tables to sit at. After perusing the list of beers we chose half pints from the list which included Reliance Pale Ale, Atlantic APA, Effra Ale and Megawatt Double IPA.
On our visit, beers were priced at £2 for 1/2 pint and £4 for a pint. Most beers were served from keykegs with a cask option for Megawatt.
Now we could sit down and enjoy our first taste of beers brewed only a few feet away. My first half was a refreshing Reliance Pale Ale (4.2% ABV) named after the nearby Reliance Arcade.
The taproom area at the brewery is quite basic with a concrete floor. White panels against the walls and underside of the arch make the environment quite bright.
The taproom area near to the entrance had a variety of basket style lampshades and colourful pendant flags to add some style to the utilitarian surroundings.
Different colourways of the Brixton lettering are used to distinguish the beers making the labels colourful.
My second half was Atlantic APA (5.4% ABV) an American Pale Ale brewed with Citra, Galaxy and Simcoe hops to give some tropical fruit flavours. Brixton Market started on Atlantic Road in the 1870s and lends its name for this beer.
While we were drinking we noticed that brewing activity was going on with some dry hopping by Sam from the top of a gantry.
When he had finished this job, Sam came over to talk to us and kindly offered me a sample of the Megawatt Double IPA (8% ABV). This was originally brewed to commemorate the first hundredth brew. It is now an annual release in December. The 2015 release uses Galaxy, Centennial, Equinox and Falconer's Flight hops. We learned from Sam that most of the brewery's beer is bottled but that cask and keg sales are increasing as word spreads about the quality of their beer.
Before leaving I purchased two bottles to take away - Lupolo Pale Ale (4.5% ABV) and Electric IPA (6.5% ABV) .These are keenly priced at £2.50 each (330ml). Lupolo Pale Ale is produced exclusively for DF/Mexico and Wahaca Brixton. Electric IPA, named after nearby Electric Avenue which was one of the first roads to be lit by electricity, is an American IPA brewed using Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo hops.
Brixton railway station is closer to the brewery than the tube station and is served by trains from London Victoria to Sevenoaks.

Brixton Brewery, Arch 547, Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PF
Tel. 020 3609 8880
The brewery is usually open on Saturdays from 12-5pm. Beer is sold to drink in or take-away. Please check twitter for weekly opening times.
Website: www.brixtonbrewery.com

1 comment:

  1. What a fun day out! It's a pity Brixton Craft Beer Co was closed but Brixton Brewery looks really cool.