This weeks feature is on that guys that have been helping Londoners stay happy for the last 3 years, a wonderful group of people whose passion for good beer brought them all together and landed them under a railway arch (much like EatFirst) in the land of Bowie, Brixton.
Jez, Libby, Mike, and Xochitl all met back at Hive Bar (now Craft Beer Co.) in Brixton back in 2010, they had bonded over beer, newborn babies and living on the same road. The four became close friends and spoke about starting a brewery in the place they called home, finally 3 years later they plucked up the courage and took the leap. It started with a simple goal, create a well balanced american style beer that everyone is able to enjoy. ‘At the time there wasn’t really a craft beer scene in the UK, it was mainly just cask bitter and pale ales’. With 3 of the 4 people coming from Canada they were aware of the craft beer movement gathering pace in America and decided that this is what the residents of Brixton deserved.
So they set our starting a brewery right in the heart of the place they all lived and loved. When I ask Xochitl why they adore this bustling place in South London so much she tells me ‘We love the buzz of Brixton, there is always so much happening here, It has shaped our beers, who we are as a brand and even the design of our labels. Jez & Libby took inspiration from all the beautiful coloured cloths hanging in the shop windows up and down the high street.’ Since the brewery opened it doors in September 2013 they have brewed over 425,000 litres of beer (a third of that being bottled by hand, until they got their new bottling machine), they started out only brewing once a week but now with demand of the iconic B stamped beer so high they have expanded the brewing capacity by 30% and brewing 8 times a week!
With demand so high I ask Xochitil if they would ever consider taking Brixton global she tells me ‘As you can see we are at max capacity with the new fermenters, we literally cannot brew anymore beer than we do already, if we wanted to expand more we would have to leave Brixton, this is our home and we never want to leave’.
Xochitil talks me through some of the delicious beers we stock here at EatFirst, they all have thier own special story. Our bestseller the Low Voltage IPA is the laid-back lower ABV sibling to their first ever and flagship brew the Electric (Avenue in Brixton) IPA. ‘The Electric IPA was our first ever drinkable beer and where it all began, since then it has inspired sweeter beers including the Low Voltage IPA as well as the Megawatt, as you can see we ran with the electrical theme throughout the beers as they evolved.’ The Atlantic APA get its name from that fact that a number of its hops are all from around Europe and the southern hemisphere. Brixton are also looking to branch out into creating more experimental beers. They have a number of new beers in the pipeline, the ‘Cold Harbour Lager’ was one of main ones they were looking to launch this summer as well as a low alcohol table beer. Also, one of the brewers was telling me about a sour beer which they has just developed which is double fermented with candied & root ginger with rum, keep your eyes peeled on their website and maybe even our menu!
Brixton Brewery just opened a taproom on Saturdays which will be open from 12-6 and will feature a brand new custom built bar! Make sure if you are ever in the area to pop down and say hello.
Brixton Brewery, Arch 547, Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PF.