Blackcurrant & Sumac Sour

Our next sour is ready, being packaged and off to hit the shelves next week (W/c 17th September 2018), this time taking inspiration from our favourite cordial and a hint of the Middle East to create a juicy sour that packs a punch on taste as well as on the eyes!

Using blackcurrants and the unusual ingredient of sumac to produce a sweet and jammy sour, balanced perfectly by the tangy lemon flavour of ground sumac which will naturally enhance the tartness of the beer. The ingredients have of course also imparted an amazing colour into the beer also. Made from dried berries, sumac has an appealing lemon-lime tartness that can be widely used in Middle Eastern and North African cooking. In Iran, they use it as a condiment, putting it onto the table with salt and pepper. The sumac also adds a slight tart salinity, that doesn’t quite push it towards gose territory, but helps to lift the fruitiness.

Welcoming a new designer for this beer’s artwork, Danielle-Louise Watt is a Peckham resident and full-time creative working from a studio in Shoreditch. We love Dani’s use of abstract shapes and colour that compliments the bright and colourful beer perfectly. For this particular label, Dani was inspired by the colours and shapes of the Middle East, using the ingredients as the colour palette and a stunning tiled effect so well-associated with that area of the world. Get to know Dani a bit better from the interview below…

What is your background and where did you grow up?

To most people’s surprise, I’m from Essex! Born and bred. I don’t really sound like it, but after a few beers the accent starts to come out. Being from Essex also means I come from a pretty standard working-class background. My dad’s a carpenter, his dad was a tiler, and his mum was a French polisher, so I grew up around pretty talented and practical people. For years I planned on being a carpenter like my old man, but then one day I realised I could actually make a career out of making art which seemed a little more exiting. So I went on to be the first Watt in the family to go into further education!

What does a typical day look like for you…

I work full time in a studio, so I normally jump on my bike at the crack of dawn, dive into Shoreditch from Peckham, spend about 8 hours working with clients and my wonderful team on advertising campaigns and editorials, then I head back home to draw into the night (usually with something like Eastenders or Love Island on in the background). I spend approximately half an hour on the phone to my dad each night, unless I’m at a friend’s house cooking dinner, or out for drinks in Peckham. I try to head back home now and again to see my ‘Essex mates’ but that gets harder and harder lately as I juggle full time work + making art. I suppose that’s what comes with turning 30, the work life balance battle ensues.

How do you like to work?

As mentioned, with some kind of tat on the tv in the background. Ideally, I like to work in natural light so I do a lot of my drawing outside of the computer at the weekends when I can see the colours of my materials properly. Other than that, probably on the floor or on my bed. I need a lot of flat space when working with pastilles for commission, but a lot of my work lately has been from my computer and Wacom at my desk in the evenings which is a lot less messy.

What/who inspires you and your work?

Colour. I am such a sucker for a brilliantly chosen colour pallet. For a long time I was scared of working with colour, but now it’s the thing that keeps me interested and wanting to make something so gorgeous but also sometimes garish I can’t stop looking at it. I also look back to the Greats if I’m lacking in inspiration, there’s nothing a day amongst my Picasso books or a museum filled with other such legends that won’t get my brain working again.

What’s your favourite spot in South-East London?

I’ve lived in South East London for so many years now that I have a lot of favourite spots (Mr Bao, Brick Brewery (obviously) Miss Tapas, EDT, South London Gallery, Warwick Gardens, Forza Win, Codfellas – shout out to those legends – I could go on…), but to narrow it down I’d say for the one place I go when I’m feeling a little off kilter and I need to be reminded that everything’s ok would probably be The Prince Albert on Bellenden Road, on a Saturday or Sunday when the football is on. I’ll probably have done my Lidl shop and in need of some respite, so if a game I want to see isn’t on the telly I’ll head down to one of the only pubs in the area that might be showing it, pick a chair close to the screen, and just take solace in that little piece of what feels like home. Either that or reading the newspaper in any of SE’s gorge parks, but that only applies if the suns out, which apart from this summer is usually never!

You can see more of Dani’s work here

https://www.d-l-watt.com/

https://www.instagram.com/daniellewatt/

To mark the occasion and launch, we are holding an exclusive tasting session at the Taproom this Friday 14thSeptember at 6pm to try the sour for the first time before it hits other shelves and taps. Lead by our Headbrewer, Pete, come find out a bit more about the beer and ask him any beery questions on your mind!

Keep an eye on our shop as the cans will be ready to buy from Tuesday 18thSeptember.

 

Raspberry & Thyme Sour

Raspberry and Thyme Sour: 3.6%

For the latest release in our Sour Series, we were inspired by the ample fruits and herbs found in English woodland during the summer by using raspberries and thyme to create a tart, sweet, yet slightly herbal sour.

Tart and sweet from the natural flavour of raspberries, it has a clean and refreshing body, bright pinky/red colour from the fruit additions. The unusual addition of lemon thyme has the soft herbal thyme flavour you would expect, along with a subtle essence of lemon sherbet, all without any of the bitterness you sometimes get from regular thyme.

We worked with Lauren Vaughan again to create another stunning label design, check out more of Lauren’s work on her website: http://laurenvaughan.co.uk/

Enjoy the Raspberry and Thyme Sour at our Taproom and around the UK right now!

 

Enter our Home Brew Competition

 

Peckham Festival 2018

In its 3rdyear, Peckham Festival will once again be descending on the streets of Peckham from 14th-16thSeptember. A hyper-local festival with a single aim of celebrating creative and cultural Peckham. They exist to to promote artists, makers, creators, and community groups with a particular focus on an inclusive approach to the BME, youth and LGBTQI groups within the area. Having been involved in previous years with a mobile bar, we wanted to bring the festival into the Taproom with a creative event focussed on what we know best: beer.

On Saturday 15thSeptember we will be holding, in association with London Amateur Brewers, a home brew competition to be judged partly by the public. To enter, the brews must use SE London ingredients or be SE London themed and be able to supply around 10L of their beer. We are constantly inspired by our surroundings, flavours, ingredients and abundance of culture in Peckham and South East London and try to input our experiences into our beers as much as possible, and we would love to see you do the same!

We will be curating a fun, interactive and creative way of our customers and the public to vote on their favourite beer throughout the day, stay tuned for more details on that!

Are you a home-brewer and want to get involved or find out more? Get in touch with Trudie, our Taproom Manager, on taproom@brickbrewery.co.uk

New exhibition

The Beautiful Game Photo Exhibition

Next week sees the launch of another art exhibition on our Taproom wall. After the Into Art mural (which you can read more about here) brightening the wall for the past 3 months it was time to bring a new display to the wall from another talented local creative.

We are proud to be displaying a photo exhibition, The Beautiful Game, following Dulwich Hamlet F.C through the 2017/2018 season through the lens of local photographers; Duncan Palmer (official DHFC photographer) and Sam Mellish.

As I am sure most of you know, Dulwich Hamlet F.C had a season of two halves, which began at Champion Hill. The South London team have played on or around the current site since 1912. The season started brilliantly until the team were evicted (just days after a famous away win at moneyed, eventual champions Billericay Town) from their home of over 100 years by Meadow Residential, the American property developer who now own the land. Suddenly homeless, Dulwich were in danger of sacrificing their season and their hopes of promotion until arch rivals Tooting & Mitcham United gallantly offered to share their KNK stadium. Following a steady run of home and away wins The Hamlet were still in with a chance of winning the league until a few weeks before the season ended. After securing second place, and as if the tension wasn’t enough, the ‘pink & blues’ went on to win the play offs to seal promotion to the National League South via a penalty shootout.

The exhibition beautifully captures the unfaltering support for the club throughout the season through the many faces of its fans.

The exhibition will be opening on Wednesday 1stAugust, with the photographers in attendance from 7pm-9pm to have a chat with! Come down for a few drinks in celebration of Dulwich Hamlet and the work on display.

Find out more about the photographers here:

https://www.sammellish.com/blog 

http://www.duncanpalmer.com 

New Sour beer!

 

Gooseberry and Elderflower Sour: 3.4%

For the latest release in our Sour Series, we wanted to create a super refreshing, light and drinkable sour with the fresh and seasonal ingredients of Gooseberry and Elderflower to enjoy in what has been an incredible summer so far.

Lip-puckering from the natural tartness of the gooseberries, with added floral and herbal notes from the distinctive flavour of elderflower. Ever in abundance during the month of June across parks, riversides and countryside across the UK, the elderflower was also hand-picked by our brewing team from across South-East London. Inspired by hazy, hedonistic summer days spent in the countryside we insist for this beer to be enjoyed during lazy, long afternoons with friends in the sun.

Meet the Artist: Lauren Vaughan

Working with a new artist for this Sour; we connected with Lauren Vaughan, a current student at Camberwell College of Arts, to create the can artwork. Lauren Vaughan is a freelance designer and printmaker specialising in decorative patterns, composition and colour within brand identity, typography and data visualisation. We have loved working with Lauren who has a modern, fresh and enthusiastic approach to our Sour releases and has encapsulated the beer inside the can into the artwork beautifully.

What is your background and where did you grow up?

I grew up in Hampshire then moved to London when I was 19 to study Graphic Design at London College of Communication and now I’m currently studying a masters in printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts.

What does a typical day look like for you…

Every day is different depending on what projects I’m taking on. My days will range from being in the printmaking workshop at Camberwell College of Arts experimenting and creating new work for my fine art practice to freelancing on a wide scope of projects from branding to data visualisation, working with small independent businesses or larger organisations.

How do you like to work?

I quite like having a varied work schedule as I feel it keeps things diverse and interesting as well as being able to bridge my fine art and design practices together.

What/who inspires you and your work?

I’m mesmerised by Eduardo Paolozzi’s screenprints, I could stare at them for hours! Every time I see his work I discover new elements that inspire me.

Kenneth Martin’s work has always influenced my practice. I’m specifically drawn to his use of the grid as a structural device contrasting with contingent elements; building formal visual aesthetics. Currently my practice has taken me towards the idea of form and I have been continuously inspired by architectural styles and ornamentation such as Brutalism and Islamic geometric patterns.

What’s your favourite spot in South-East London?

Essentially, I’m more of an East Londoner as I’ve worked and lived there for the past four years but whilst studying south of the river, I’ve had the chance to explore some really cool places like The Peckham Pelican and Franklins. I’m a secret foodie.

Check out Lauren’s work on her website: http://laurenvaughan.co.uk/

Enjoy Gooseberry and Elderflower Sour at our Taproom in Peckham now, with cans to be released at various in-store and online venues from next week.

Join Team Brick

 

Sales Manager

Brick is an independently run brewery that started from humble roots in a Peckham shed. Since 2013 we have been building our brewery; first from a railway arch in Peckham Rye, SE London and have expanded with an additional production site in Deptford, which means more beer, for more people.  With the increased capacity, we are looking for someone to join our ever-growing team as a key player to help drive sales within London, the UK and export.  Brick believes in transparency, honesty and integrity.  Our over-arching strategy is to challenge the perception of the everyday drinker, producing fresh, uncompromising and authentic beers.  This also means we need more people to join our growing team of passionate individuals to drive the business forward.

Key Deliverables

  • To deliver agreed sales targets in terms of volume & profit
  • To research and identify new account opportunities by building the relationship with the manager and staff, putting in place the right activity and ensuring we have the optimum range and visibility
  • To identify national and international growth opportunities and win new business to grow volumes and your outlet base
  • Be able to track, report on and manage performance of your outlets by analysing sales data and reacting to any change in sales accordingly
  • Be fully conversant in all Brick Brewery products, as well as competitor products
  • Training and education of customers and consumers on our products
  • Identify, plan, manage and participate in events at the brewery taproom but also with customers on and off site plus trade shows. Example events such as meet the brewer and tap takeovers
  • Administrative tasks of taking orders, raising Invoices and arranging deliveries
  • Be a strong brand ambassador delivering our strategic message

 

Who are we looking for: 

  • A sales person who has the ability to network and build relationships
  • Experience selling in the beer trade across the UK
  • A confident, enthusiastic & energetic personality
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about beer
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours as due to the role and responsibilities you will often need to work some evening and weekend hours
  • Highly organised & good knowledge of excel
  • Be legally able to work in the UK

 

The role is a full-time permanent position and offers the right candidate, the opportunity to progress and develop within the company.  Salary is commensurate with experience with an attractive bonus structure

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a covering letter, mentioning why you would be the right fit for this role and our brand, to ian@brickbrewery.co.uk

Closing date 21stJuly 2018

We’re Hiring!

DUTY MANAGER

BRICK BREWERY TAPROOM

Full time (35h)

We are on the hunt for a new Duty Manager here at Brick Brewery Taproom!

Our recently refurbished taproom has 20 beer lines offering not only Brick beers but carefully selected beers from other outstanding breweries across the globe.  Always busy developing new ideas, we want the tap room to further become a destination for outstanding beer.  To help realise this we are looking to add talented, knowledgeable and passionate people to our team.

The Duty Manager role is a key player in the day to day running of this outstanding beer venue.  The person applying for this role needs to be passionate about beer and be motivated to share that passion with all types of customers.  We want this individual to challenge the perception of the everyday beer drinker whilst showing passion for the product.  The perfect candidate will have an aspiration to grow and learn in a constantly changing and demanding environment.

We believe in providing opportunities to all Brick employees.  Although your main duties will be running shifts and customer service, the role itself is very versatile.  Your role can include helping to plan and run events, beer selection and representing the brand at festivals.

The must haves:

  • The ability to work both independently and with a team
  • Wide-ranging knowledge and passion for beer
  • Experience and confidence running shifts and supervising bar staff
  • Experience and confidence cash handling and being a key holder, opening and closing
  • Cellar management, including changing kegs and casks, line cleaning, stock taking and ordering

If this sounds like you, please send your CV and a covering letter to taproom@brickbrewery.co.uk telling us why you would be perfect for the role.

Closing Date: 6th July 2018

We are a London Living wage employer

New Beers!

 

NEW BEERS!

May was an extremely busy month for us all at Brick with loads of tap takeovers, meet the brewers, tastings, collaborations and generally being busy in the brewery to get beer into your hands! In amongst the May madness saw the release of 2 new and one-off beers released at the end of the month.

STRAWBERRY AND CUCUMBER SOUR, 4.5%

 

The latest in our Sour Series, we aimed to encompass the best flavours of a typical British summertime and throw it into a beer… just in time for this BBQ appropriate weather we are very much enjoying. Inspired by quintessential picnics on the beach, BBQs and countryside adventures and using ingredients synonymous with British summer time, the combination of strawberries and cucumbers evokes memories of sunny afternoons spent with friends and family; just how we want this beer to be enjoyed… (our beer version of that typical summertime drink, most famously drank and Wimbledon).

A sessionable 4.5% makes it perfect to enjoy on a hot, summer’s day; the strawberry adds a fresh sweetness whilst the cucumber adds a refreshing and cooling balance to the tartness of the sour beer.

DIPA, 8.7%

After the success of our Mango DIPA back in February we fancied giving this popular style another go with a straight up, no fuss, hop-packed DIPA. The hop bill of Ekuanot, Mosaic and Simcoe create that bitter marmalade flavour, sweet malts and grapefruit juiciness help to keep this DIPA light. In the finish there is a lingering hoppy and rind bitterness.

Dangerously drinkable despite the 8.7%, this pairs perfectly with the juicy and smoky BBQ meats being served up in your garden.

You can buy the DIPA online from our website, just head over to Shop or both of them from loads of great outlets including:

Eebria

Bottle Shop

Hop Burns & Black

But be quick…once they’re gone they’re gone

We’re Hiring!

Brick is an independently run brewery that started from humble roots in a Peckham shed. Since 2013 we have been building our brewery; first from a railway arch in Peckham Rye, SE London and last summer we have expanded with an additional production site in Deptford, which means more beer, for more people.  This also means we need more people to join our growing team of passionate individuals to drive the business forward. We are looking for 3 different positions, Warehouse and Brewery Assistant, Senior Sales plus an Office Adminstration and Credit Control Officer

Warehouse and Brewery Assistant

The role of Warehouse and Brewery Assistant will combine responsibilities across warehousing and packaging

Key responsibilities:

  • General warehouse maintenance and cleaningStock rotation
  • Assist on packaging lines – keg, cask and can
  • Packaging and labelling of small and large pack items
  • Liaise with warehouse & sales teams about stock coming off the packaging lines & organising the storage of packaging materials
  • Maintain a high level of Health and Safety at all times
  • Ensure packaging materials are monitored and maintained for beer styles
  • Working with sales and warehouse manager to pick stock for daily deliveries
  • Act as an overspill drayman, delivering product to customers when needed
  • Be a brand ambassador

While the role requires no specific brewery experience the ideal candidate will have/be:

·       Team player
·       Be fit and able to lift 50kg or more
·       A passion for craft beer
·       A desire to innovate and share passion for beer is essential
·       Hold a full driver’s license and be over 25 years of age, for motor vehicle insurance
·       Ability to work on repetitive tasks
·       Experience of manual work
·       Display common sense and attention to detail
·       Legal right to work in the UK

This list is not exhaustive, additional responsibilities and duties may be required on occasion.

NB Please note that the role will require some heavy lifting, possible shift-work and fork-lift truck training.

The role is a full-time permanent position and offers the right candidate, the opportunity to progress and develop within the company.  We are an accredited London Living Wage Employer

How to apply:
Please send your CV and a covering letter, mentioning why you would be the right fit for this role and our brand, to info@brickbrewery.co.uk
Closing date Friday 25thMay 2018

 

Senior Sales
With the increased capacity due to expansion, we are looking for someone to join our ever-growing team as a key player to help drive sales within London, the UK and export.

Key Deliverables:

  • To deliver agreed sales targets in terms of volume & profit
  • To maintain and grow our customer base by building strong relationship putting in place the right activity and ensuring we have the optimum range and visibility
  • Commercial acumen with experience in structuring deals
  • Industry networking
  • To identify national & international growth opportunities & win new business to grow volumes & your outlet base
  • Be able to track, report on and manage performance of your outlets by analysing sales data and reacting to any change in sales accordingly
  • Be fully conversant in all Brick Brewery products, as well as competitor products
  • Training and education of customers and consumers on our products
  •  Identify, plan, manage and participate in events at the brewery taproom and account sites as well as trade shows.  Example events such as meet the brewer and tap takeovers
  •  Be our brand ambassador and deliver our strategic message

Who are we looking for:

·       A senior sales person with a solid book of contacts
·       Ability to build relationships
·       Strong presentation and communications skills
·       Experience selling in the beer trade across the UK and Internationally
·       Experience working with main UK and international distributors
·       A confident, enthusiastic & energetic personality
·       Ability to work independently as part of a team
·       Passionate about beer
·       Highly organised & good knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint etc.
·       Legal right to work in the UK

The role is a full-time permanent position and offers the right candidate, the opportunity to progress and develop within the company.  Salary is commensurate with experience with an attractive bonus structure

How to apply:
Please send your CV and a covering letter, mentioning why you would be the right fit for this role and our brand, to info@brickbrewery.co.uk
Closing date Friday 25thMay 2018

 

Office Administration and Credit Control Officer

We are looking for a key player to provide general office admin and direct support to the Managing Director as well as perform credit control activities.

Key Deliverables:

  • Provide administrative and support functions for the smooth running of the brewery offices
  • Provide sales and marketing support
  • Own specific projects from inception to completion
  • Work with and support the managing director, coordinating his daily and weekly activities
  • Adopt the organisation’s credit control policy, which sets out the company’s values and guidelines for chasing payment from its clients
  • Deal with payment queries and overpayments in an accurate and timely manner
  • Build strong working relationships with our clients as well as other members of the team to assist with collection of outstanding debts, via phone, email and in person
  • Assist with any other ad hoc duties as and when the business may require them

While the role requires no specific brewery experience the ideal candidate will have:

  • A professional and can-do attitude, self-motivation, flexibility and the ability to prioritise, multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • You’ll also have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office
  • Previous experience in office work, customer service or accounts
  • Legal right to work in the UK

The role is a full-time permanent position and offers the right candidate, the opportunity to progress and develop within the company.  We are an accredited London Living Wage business

How to apply:
Please send your CV and a covering letter, mentioning why you would be the right fit for this role and our brand, to info@brickbrewery.co.uk
Closing date Friday 25thMay 2018

 

Intoart Mural

 

Some of you might remember back in November 2017 when we announced our Taproom renovations, that one of our main objectives was to create and provide a dedicated exhibition space to support local artists and creatives. We strive to work with local creatives at any opportunity, regularly demonstrated through working with local artists to create can labels for our Sour Series and other special beers. We wanted to take this even further and create a space that will support local artists in being able to exhibit their work for our customers to enjoy.

That’s why we are so excited to announce a long-term collaboration with Intoart providing exhibition space for their many fantastic artists. Intoart is an art and design studio based in Peckham working inclusively with people with learning disabilities. Its vision is for people with learning disabilities to be visible, equal and established artists.

The dedicated wall space will provide Intoart with an opportunity to create murals directly onto our white wall and fill the canvas with their creations. The first artists to fill the space was designed and created by Yoshiko Phillips and Andre Williams, working together in a collaborative project.

Yoshiko Phillips’ works are inspired by traditional Japanese embroidery, textiles and Baroque architecture. Often referencing animals, mythical creatures and beasts, these majestically coloured and enigmatic compositions employ bold confident line-work reminiscent of ancient calligraphy.

Andre Williams’ work focuses on meticulously rendered illustrations often alongside striking typography. In the past his illustrations have depicted collections of robots, classical sculptures and ritual masks. He has also applied his graphic drawing style and striking use of colour to hand screen-printed textiles and painted woodcut reliefs.

We are thrilled to welcome Intoart into the Taproom and invite you to come down and view the fantastic artwork!