New Collaborative Beer: Buraz

NEW BEER: Buraz, East Coast IPA

Back in February we welcomed Tom and Filip from The Garden Brewery to brew a reciprocal beer to our Rosehip and Wild Sorrel Sour collaboration Pete helped them brew over in Croatia last November. Buraz is an East Coast IPA which showcases a new hop in the market; Sabro. Sabro exhibits an intoxicating and complex blend of fruity and citrus flavors. It is described as an intensely unique hop, notable for its complexity of fruity and citrus flavors, including distinct tangerine, coconut, tropical fruit, and stone fruit flavors, with hints of cedar, mint, and cream. The combination of Sabro, Citra and Vic Secret hops resulted in a super juicy IPA with heavy notes of mango, passionfruit and a coconut sweetness.

Using a new local artist for these label designs, we sat down with illustrator and graphic designer Mathilda Della Torre to find out a bit more about herself and how she created this beautiful label for us!

Hi Mathilda, tell us a bit about yourself…

Hello! My name is Mathilda and I am an illustrator and graphic designer, currently doing a Master’s in Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins. I love the sunshine, drawing, falafel, London, charity shops and any shade of pink. I use my practice as a way to look closer for longer, to portray how I see small portions of the world, to bring people together through creative exchanges and visual conversations and to position peripheral voices in the centre of our stories.

 

What is your background and where did you grow up?

I am half French and half Italian and I’ve been living in London for 6 years now. I moved around Europe quite a lot when I was growing up, so I tend to feel at home really quickly and almost anywhere. But right now London feels like home and I’m so happy here.

 

What does a typical day look like for you…

  • Porridge and coffee for breakfast.
  • Cycling to uni, preferably in the sunshine.
  • Working on projects both for my course and as a freelancer in our studio, library, canteen or anywhere else where I can focus.
  • Feeling hungry again 30 minutes after having lunch.
  • Having a few breakdowns and sometimes (rarely) having a creative breakthrough.
  • And then ideally going home or out and doing something nice with friends or family. But more realistically, doing emails and more admin at home and then going to sleep very early.

 

How do you like to work?

By putting people at the centre of my practice, and by always working with or for people whose ethical values align with mine. I only realised how much I liked collaborating with others pretty recently, but there’s something really fulfilling about exchanging and challenging each other’s ideas, combining skills and creating something that has little bits of everyone. Whether that is to illustrate a label for a beer that people will share together or to create a set of workshops based on exchanges and visual exercises on our perception of India after travelling there. I’m also part of a design collective called ‘On The Mend’, and we are committed to improving health and wellbeing environments. At the moment, we are focusing on creating events that educate the public about current health topics through the use of design. This is definitely the way I love to work.

Find out more about On The Mend and their projects here: onthemend.me/

 

What/who inspires you and your work?

As cliché as it sounds, I’m inspired by my environment and everything that is happening around me, which is why I’m slightly obsessed with traveling and constantly living in new places. These are some of the things that have recently really inspired me:

  • Travelling to Jordan.
  • Reading ‘Breaching Borders: Art, Migrants and the Metaphor of Waste’ by Juliet Steyn.
  • Watching (again) ‘Human Flow’ directed by Ai WeiWei.
  • Listening to Maggie Rogers’ new album ‘Heard It In A Past Life’.
  • Seeing Grace Wales Bonner’s ‘A Time for New Dreams’ exhibition at Serpentine Gallery.
  • Reading Migrant Journal Issue 1 ‘Across Country’.
  • Discovering the charity Headway East London and the Submit To Love Studios (a collective of artists who have survived brain injuries).
  • Going to a talk by Elif Shafak.

 

Where or what is your favourite spot in South East London?

I studied my BA in Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts, so I spent 3 years exploring South East London. I loved living there and I have made so many memories there. These are a few of my favourite places:

  • The food at Persepolis in Peckham (and the friendliest staff).
  • The beer garden at Duke of Edinburgh in Brixton.
  • The prints in Studio 74 in Brixton Market (I sell some of my screen prints there too!).
  • The view from Frank’s Cafe at Bold Tendencies in Peckham (eagerly waiting it for it open again in the summer!).
  • The Traid charity shop in Peckham.
  • The gallery space and book shop at South London Gallery in Camberwell.

 

Find more of Mathilda’s work here:

mathildadellatorre.com/

instagram.com/mathildadellatorre/

 

Join us on Friday 22ndMarch as we launch Buraz at the Taproom before general sale on Monday 25thMarch. We are holding a FREE tasting session to taste both the Buraz and Citrus Sour, lead by one of our brewers to find a bit more about the beers. Get your ticket here.

The Taproom is open as usual all weekend to try the beer exclusively too!

GM Vacancy

Job Opportunity – General Manager

Brick Brewery started in Peckham, London in December 2013 producing beers inspired from around the world.  Having expanded three times already, in 2017, the brewery secured an additional production facility in Deptford.  As such the existing brewery and taproom space underwent an expansion and subsequent refurbishment resulting in a significant increase in potential footfall. The refurbishment has increased the offering to customers on site and created a craft beer destination in Peckham.

Brick are looking to hire an experienced general manager to add to the ever-growing team. We are looking for someone who is passionate about beer and customer service and wants to be part of a dedicated team in a fast growing market sector. This is a hands-on role and requires someone who can lead by example in developing the Taproom in a rapidly changing area.

The General manager will be responsible for promoting and running the taproom and assist in driving the brewery brand forward.  The role will require a confident individual capable of discussing Brick beers and the trends in craft brewing in general.  The individual will have a strong background in cellar management, personnel management and customer service.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Taproom
  • Cellar Management to include responsibility of beer lines, beer styles, stock rotation, cleanliness of work area and sourcing complimentary guest beers.
  • Create, run and oversee taproom events including tap takeovers, meet the brewers, seasonal events (Oktoberfest, Cinco de Mayo etc.)
  • Staff management including employment, training, scheduling, supervising on shift. Delegating tasks to Duty Manager and bar staff colleagues.
  • Manage ePOS system and prepare weekly reports for the Directors.
  • Managing GP % and Staff costs, achieving targets set.
  • Cash handling including banking, weekly P&L
  • Stock ordering, handling and rotation. Entering products into our till database.
  • Opening and closing the bar, overseeing that the bar is functional, presentable and clean.
  • Monitoring health and safety for both customers and staff, keeping records of risk assessments, refusals, accidents and incidents.
  • Working closely with local communities.

What you need to have:

  • 2 years experience in a management role
  • Personal License
  • Passion and enthusiasm and knowledge of all things beer
  • Impeccable customer service
  • Strong cellar management skills, confident dealing with different types of kegs, changing regulators, increasing and reducing gas pressures, line cleaning.
  • Strong communication skills, line of contact between bar team and the brewery and vice versa.
  • Experience and confidence in multi-tasking and be someone who can manage multiple projects and events work from conception to completion
  • Confidence with the Brick Brewery brand and promotion.
  • Staff management experience
  • Ability to work well independently but also as part of a broader team
  • Working knowledge of Excel and Google programs (Sheets, Docs, Calendar), Outlook.
  • Permission to work in the UK

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of local licensing policies
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Knowledge of EposNow
  • Network of contacts with other breweries and suppliers

What you get:

  • £30k per year plus bonus
  • The opportunity to work in an exciting and vibrant location with a great team of people

If this sounds like you, please send your CV alongside a brief cover letter saying why you are right for this role to:

info@brickbrewery.co.uk

Closing date is 18th March 2019

Brick is a London Living Wage Employer.

This job description is not exhaustive and you may be required to carry out other duties as requested

 

 

 

 

Our Taproom: 1 Year On

1 Year of the (new) Tap by Trudie, Taproom Manager

In December 2017 we closed the Taproom doors to move the brewery out to our new unit at Deptford. We used this opportunity to expand our Taproom, almost quadrupling the amount of taps and expanding our offer to include more cider, wine and spirits. 2018 was a year of celebration for us as we introduced launch tastings, showcases, created a new exhibition space and celebrated our 5thyear in the local area.

Celebrating the Beer
Expanding our offer coincided with the expansion of the brewery also. In 2018, we upped our specials game with the ongoing Sour Series, and introduced Peck and Blackhorse to our seasonal Framing Range. We have released around 36 Brick specials at the Taproom, some of them exclusives. To put that into perspective it’s like releasing a new beer every 8 days! Nothing beats our core Foundation Range, however, smashing out over 21,000 pints of Peckham Pale, 19,000 Peckham Pils, 10,000 Peckham IPA and over 3,000 pints of Peckham Rye.

With 18/22 taps dedicated to beer we also committed to source a small range of international specials. Our goal is to constantly offer something different, either showcasing lesser-known breweries in the UK like the formidable French brewers Popihn and Mont Salève or seeking out extra specials from established brewers like Prairie Artisan Ales and The Bruery. This is also the way we structure our offering of bottles and cans, having a good balance in style, abv and price alongside our own releases. In April, we introduced a whole shelf of Gluten-Free beer options. This has been loved by many who would like to explore beer styles yet have a gluten intolerance and in December we decided to keep a wider range of low-no alcohol beer to cater to even more of you!

Celebrating the Non-Beer
Our ciders, wine and gin all come from London-based distributors or distillers. The cider comes from Walthamstow-based The Real Al Company and Hawkes in Bermondsey, our wine from Les Vins de Sylvain in Honor Oak and we regularly get gin from both East London Liquor Company and Peckham’s own Little Bird. Square Root, based in Hackney, provide all of our soft drinks including our beautiful Artemesia Tonic which we use for the gin and Serious Pig just a few arches down supply us with most of our snacking offer.
In December, we introduced a selection of 3 whisk(e)ys to our offer, of varying flavour profiles. At the moment we are serving Redbreast 12, Lagavulin 16 (my personal favourite) and Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve.

Celebrating our Staff
Of course, we would be nowhere without our dedicated team of bar staff. These are the lovely faces you see every day at the tap. We value their work immensely and this is why the decision was made in January 2018 to join the Living Wage Foundation, ensuring they are paid fairly and committing to matching the yearly changes. The dynamic we have built over the past 12 months feeds naturally into the service we provide creating a positive vibe all round. A massive shout-out to Jenny, my right-hand woman who joined us in April and who has been a phenomenal addition to the small management team and to Adam, Tallulah, Jesse, Alex, Sam and Will who make working at the Taproom such a pleasure!

 

Celebrating our Customers
Our customers; old and new, regular and passers-by are at the centre of this little patch of Peckham we inhabit. We keep our regular beer launches and tastings at the price of the beer offered to make the events as accessible as possible. We always ensure that a member of either the brew team or management are hosting to keep conversations open and to listen to feedback. Your opinion matters to us and throughout the year we brought a number of Taproom Exclusives from the brewery to you like the Rhubarb & Custard Sour, Beetroot Sour (my favourite!) and the many special beers for our showcases. The reactions we get to these specials sometimes influence our decision-making processes, so keep on chatting to us or posting and sharing your thoughts on social media.

Celebrating our Future
In a constantly changing Peckham our challenge has been to constantly adapt to our customer’s needs. Going forward in 2019 our goal is to make our launches and tastings more engaging and in-depth by the introduction of radar charts. We also want to make our events and exhibitions more dynamic by offering workshops, holding fairs and improving on our celebration showcases and festivals from last year. This year we also plan to research and action a plan to reduce our use of plastic and general waste, and increase the amount of items we recycle, including a plan to recycle any Keykegs that come in for special beers. We hope to keep running with our theme of Celebration for years to come, and we hope you will all join us!

Classic Cocktails, re-interpreted

We’ve taken a new and innovative approach to our Sour Series for 2019 with the addition of a new collection, called the Heritage Sour Series. These beers will have added complexities such as wood ageing or inspired by cocktails of old, or both, creating a depth and twist that compliments their Fruit Sour Series.

The first releases in this series are two vermouth cocktail-inspired beers; Manhattan Sour and Martini Sour.

Manhattan Sour: Styled on the classic cocktail, the Manhattan Sour blends sweet cherry with a dash of bitter orange.  Cinnamon and Ginger create a warmth alongside rich, sweet and fruity notes from ageing on cherry wood.  This dark sour harnesses the classic recipe made famous by New York’s speakeasies

Martini Sour: White grape, peach and lemon peel provide a delicate contrast to the dry base of this sour. Added chamomile, coriander seed and cardamom bring a level of complexity that defies expectation.  Classic, balanced, refined.  Olive not required.

Continuing to work with up and coming local artists and creatives, in addition to the different approach to the beers, we’ve also moved our inspiration for the artwork for this series on to the next era. They will follow a Mid-Century Modern influence which came directly after the Art Deco period for which the designs for the Fruit Sour Series are based. Function dictates form, with the flashy designs ditched and stripped down and organic clean lines embraced.

Using a new local artist for these label designs, we sat down with designer and creative Ted Low to find out a bit more about himself and how he approached this new label project for us!

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m Ted, 32 years old, and totally obsessed with sports and design. I loved playing basketball competitively but I’m not able to do it anymore due to an Achilles injury. Now instead I go running or surfing whenever I can get to the sea. Best of all, I love watching sports while enjoying a beer. Design is my second love and it’s awesome that I get to do it as my job. I’m always in awe at the breadth of talent in the design industry and the designs people create. I’ve lived in London now for six years after living in Brighton, Switzerland and South Africa.

What is your background and where did you grow up?

I’m originally from South Africa and feel like it was instilled in me from an early age by both my parents to be really proud of my South African nationality and how far the country has come. For my dad this meant making sure we watched all of South Africa’s rugby matches. As a family we left South Africa when I was three and half for Geneva, Switzerland as my dad was offered a new job. Upon arrival I apparently tried to leave the airport terminal bare footed and refused to put on shoes, even though there was snow on the ground. Switzerland was quite an adjustment at first, we really missed our family and friends in South Africa but looking back growing up with my older sister in Switzerland was great.

What does a typical day look like for you…

In September I started a Graphic Design studio with my friend and business partner Ryan Sargent, and shortly thereafter quit my regular full-time job, so I’m not too sure what a typical day looks like yet! Sometimes I’m out meeting clients, working from a coffee shop or I end up going to the office where I do most designing. As a company we just finished a branding project for a local café. Currently I’m working on a community mural and putting together proposals for new jobs. If I’m not too tired I try to get a run in before taking it easy in front of the TV, especially during the winter months.

How do you like to work?

When doing client work, my ideal scenario after getting the brief is to give myself the time and freedom to be creative. It usually gives me the biggest breadth of designs and I get to choose from a ton of designs and just present the best ones. For example, Martini Sour had 38 different designs but I only presented a few. If I’m doing personal work I tend to come up with a concept or idea for a design which challenges me to learn a new program, skill or technique to execute it in the way I envisioned it at the start. Say like learning how to code to create a website or testing out a new technique in animation software. I also can’t stand to work alone when doing design. Where possible, I aim to work in the company of other creatives, so that I can always get a second eye on something.

What/who inspires you and your work?

I’m always curious to see something new from Aaron Draplin, he’s so talented and I love his style of design but what I respect most about him is that he’s such a welcoming and genuine guy. I also hugely admire Saul Bass and Olly Moss design, not only are their designs graphically beautiful but the concepts behind their designs are brilliant. One of my favourite local designers is Rob Lowe a.k.a. Supermundane. And you never forget your first design crush: Tinker Hatfield; shoe designer for Nike.

Where or what is your favourite spot in South East London?

I wish this question was favourite spots plural rather than singular! If I’m forced to pick just one it has to be Marcella in Deptford (Brick: we also loooove this place! If you’re ever in/around Deptford… go!) The fact that I can get some of freshly made pasta that always blows my mind because of how good it is for a decent price is why it has to be my favourite. And if I’m allowed to cheat and add in a few more spots: Brockley Market, Browns coffee, Franks, Peckham Levels and Telegraph Hill.

Find more of Ted’s work here:

www.morethanequal.studio

www.ted8low.com

Instagram:

www.instagram.com/mtestudio/

www.instagram.com/ted8low

 

Taste them for the first time before it is released for general sale at the Taproom in keg or can. Get your tickets here for our brewer-led tutored tasting session to taste both beers, chat to the brewer who made them and find more about the beers’ journey! Ticket includes a welcome pint of Brick Brewery Foundation Range beer (Pils, Pale, Rye or IPA) and tasting quantities of the Martini and Manhattan Sour.

The Taproom is open as usual all weekend to try the beer exclusively too!

We’ll also be pouring them at Craft Beer Rising from 21st – 23rd February – stand 64

Introducing ROLLVNDO

 

This week sees the launch of another exhibition on our Taproom wall. We’re thrilled for Julia Fraile, a local paper collage artist, to exhibit her latest collection Voyage: Le Temps Des Fleurs. Originally from France, Julia is also a fashion designer by trade and uses the collages as another outlet of creativity, inspired by the contemporary culture we live in. We’re excited to have another medium make the most of our exhibition space for another talented local creative.

Julia’s collection will be on show from 7thFebruary until 24thMarch, take time to admire the exhibition when you’re next down in the Taproom. We sat down with Julia to find out a bit more about her and her work.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself…

 I’m Julia, 27 years old, I’ve lived in London for three years now and love the diversity and energy of city… as cliche as it sounds! I’ve always loved all forms of visual art, love surfing when I get the chance (obviously hard in London!), music and of course enjoy travelling and discovering new cultures. I started to work in collaging a few years ago as an escape to reality and an outlet for expressing my creativity.

 

What is your background and where did you grow up? 

I grew up in France. In Britanny in a small seaside town call Lorient. I moved to Nantes when I was 18 to Study Fashion Design in the Atelier Chardon Savard and then moved in Paris for my final year. Following this I moved to Biarritz to start a design job for a well-known surf company. A year after I moved onto Galicia in Spain to design for a Fast Fashion company and it’s at this time when that I really start to work on collage to challenge myself.

 

What does a typical day look like for you…

Wake up, drink a black coffee, cycle to East where I work as a designer for Billionaires Boys Club which is great as it gives me a chance to merge multiple interests, my design background and my collage work. Then it’s cycle back home and go to the gym or do collages to release any extra energy I have!!

 

How do you like to work?

I love to work from my flat where I have all my books, magazines and also good records to listen too! It’s not a big space but it’s for me the place I feel brings my best ideas and vibe to create.

 

What/who inspires you and your work?

 People, song lyrics, quotes in a book, objects, a bit of everything really. A mix of popular and contemporary culture.

 

Where or what is your favourite spot in South East London?

 

There’s an amazing old Irish pub next to my flat in Elephant that’s pretty untouched, the vibe of the locals are amazing. Theo’s is always a staple for the best pizza and during summer a cycle along the river to Wapping and then Greenwich is the perfect way to spend the day.

 

Check out more of Julia’s work here :

www.instagram.com/rollvndo/

cargocollective.com/JFraile

https://rollvndo.com/

 

Latest Collaboration

The Garden Brewery Collaboration: Rosehip and Wild Sorrel Sour, 3.8%

Our first collaboration beer of the year is with The Garden Brewery… all the way from Zagreb, Croatia!

Our Head Brewer, Pete, worked at The Garden Brewery before joining us at Brick Brewery so this is a collaboration close to our hearts. Pete headed over to Zagreb last November to brew a Rosehip and Wild Sorrel Sour with The Garden Brewery gang. This Rosehip & Wild Sorrel Sour was brewed with ingredients foraged by the brewers from the woodlands around Slijeme, a mountain to the North of Zagreb. Tart and floral with spicy almost lemongrass notes, with locally foraged Croatian herbs and plants.

The label artwork is inspired by traditional Croatian folk art. These particular patterns are interpreted in tattoos and are variations of pine trees and circle motives originating from a sort of circular dance in 19thcentury Croatian villages, meaning a union and collectiveness.  A true union of 2 breweries.

 

Join us on Friday 8thFebruary as we launch the beer at the Taproom, with an exclusive free tasting session of the beer with Tom from The Garden Brewery and our own Pete, PLUS a Tap Takeover from The Garden on our guest lines. Get your free tasting session ticket here to taste the beer exclusively before anywhere else, learn more about the beer and a chance to chat to the brewers.

As well as our collab in cans and on tap, there will also be from The Garden Brewery:

– Pale, 5.1%
– Chocolate & Peanut Butter Stout, 6.9%
– Milkshake IPA, 6.7%
– Garden Sour, 3.5%
– Vanilla & Chocolate Porter, 6.7%

Whilst some of The Garden Brewery team are in London we will be brewing a reciprocal collaboration at our Deptford site to be released in can and keg in March, so keep your eyes peeled for that too!

 

Rhubarb is back!

 

Rhubarb Sour, 2.5%

Our first beer release of 2019 sees the return of an old favourite; Rhubarb Sour! First released in July 2017 in keg and can, it sold out in a matter of hours and what followed was months of requests to bring it back. We did just that in January 2018 to suit a drinker demand for lower ABV beers in January, and we’ve done the same again this year!

Using kettle souring techniques to create a tart, lip-puckering base with fresh rhubarb added to bring sweetness to this sessionable thirst quencher. Easy drinking for any time of year.

Rhubarb Sour is launching at our Taproom this Friday 18thJanuary in keg and can, exclusively pouring before general release next week. To celebrate its return, we are holding a FREE tasting session at 6pm, tasting not only the Rhubarb Sour but 2 other lower ABV Brick beers, to explore and discuss the current trend and popularity surrounding lower ABV beers. Just turn up, no need to book! Just make yourself known to the bar staff when you arrive you are here for the tasting session.

There are also a few kegs of Rhubarb and Custard Sour knocking around that will be put on exclusively at the Taproom, keep an eye on our social media to find out when they will be on as they won’t last for long!

Rhubarb Sour will be out for general release from Monday 21stJanuary. Get cans once released from our online shop here

Xmas Tap Room Opening Hours

This Christmas we have reduced our Tap Room hours as we know lots of you will be at home with family and friends and our Tap Room team also need some time to enjoy the festive season and so please make note of the dates and times above so that you aren’t left disappointed.

Don’t forget you can always buy beer to take away as well as gift boxes for that gift for a special someone.

Open as normal from Thursday 3rd January onwards!

Winter Berry Sour, 7.2%

2018 has been a special and poignant year for us. From settling in to our bigger production site in Deptford, a huge Taproom renovation, welcoming more staff in to Team Brick and making more beer than ever before we’ve been a bit busy! Releasing a new sour beer every 4-6 weeks into our Sour Series for the past year, it seemed perfect to round off 2018 and coordinate our birthday beer with a special sour release.

Our Winter Berry Sour is a Flanders-red style perfect for the occasion. Additions of dark fruits; sour cherries, elderberries, blackcurrants and blackberries post-fermentation with oak and cherry wood to create a vinous and complex blend of rich berry fruit, sweet vanilla and caramel malt notes. At 7.2% this is the highest strength sour we’ve done so far to suit the celebratory event.

We also transferred some of the beer into barrels for a bit of ageing, 1 version of which will be pouring throughout our Birthday Tour this week and our Taproom birthday party on Saturday 8thDecember. Aged in a Côtes du Rhônes barrel has added even more vinous notes, with spicy hints of pepper and wood. The other 3 barrels (muscat, port and bourbon) will be ageing away nicely for other special occasions and maybe our 6th birthday next year!

In creating the label for this beer, we had a chat with the label artists, Katrina Russel-Adams and Tom Kellet, to get to know them a bit better. Both South East London-based, Katrina and Tom have worked collaboratively on this label and used their talents to create a bold and provincial design. In keeping with Katrina’s style and use of shapes. The design is inspired from various buildings and structures around Peckham, with the colours representing the deep and rich ingredients in the beer.

Katrina Russel-Adams is a Peckham-based artist and printmaker, creating bold and bright abstract art through screen-printing, sculpture and murals. Taking a screen-printing course 4 years ago kick-started Katrina’s art and since then the hobby has grown into a career, boosting her confidence and creativity and brightening up any space her stunning work is found. Camberwell- based designer Tom Kellet runs design company Elves Design Studio which specialises in graphic design, furniture and set design. Tom helped bring Katrina’s label design to reality by transforming it into the graphic.

Here’s a little bit more about them:

What are your backgrounds and where did you grow up?

Katrina: I grew up in the Midlands, however my parents met and married in Peckham and the family goes back 6 generations of birth, living and working in SE15. My children attend the same primary school that my dad went to in the 1950’s.

Tom: I grew up in South East London, studied at Ravensbourne. During my gap year I had experience with Terry Murphy Scenery Company off the Old Kent Road while being mentored by artist, Peter Midgley. With years of working in the design and music industry living in Camden I moved back to Camberwell a decade ago just before having our second child. In the last year I have setup my own design company (Elves Design Studio) working across the design field in graphic, furniture and set design.

What does a typical day look like for you…

Katrina: If I’m not working on a project onsite such as a mural then I’m in the studio; I take the children to their schools / nursery, walk to the studio and settle with a large mug of tea and check my emails. I then have a long ‘to do’ list to work through; often that could be doing research or working on a design for something specific either in 2D or 3D. I may need to go to the DIY shop for paint or other materials. I only work school hours and it’s a short day, so I very much get my head down and crack on. Though I’m very good at procrastinating and distracting Kate and Sophie who studio share with me.

Tom: Always starts with coffee. Sometimes I’m up and out early, others I’m working in my studio.

How do you like to work?

Katrina: With company and while listening to BBC Radio 6.

Tom: As I’m one for detail, I take time to consider the clients requirements, best materials, styling and finish. I like to work both digitally and on paper. I still enjoy learning about new techniques and materials as I’ve always believed design is a cyclical process and its always easy to go back again after exploring ideas. Obviously, deadlines don’t always permit this, so I will try to explore ideas in my studio and implement them when I can.

What or who inspires you and your work?

Katrina: I’m inspired by spaces, places, architecture, community and history. I love the work of Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly and Bauhaus is also a big influence.

Tom: I think of myself as an emotional designer. This comes from my own personal reaction to art and design throughout the 20th century from Bauhaus to classic Americana.

Where are your favourite spots in South East London?

Katrina: Peckham of course, it’s where my roots lie.

Tom: Since having kids and a dog I’m a huge fan of the local parks and woodlands. I also have a soft spot for Manzies pie shop in Peckham.

Where to find it…

The Winter Berry Sour is now packaged and ready for release. Before we put it out for general sale, we are off on a week-long tour around the UK to celebrate its release and our 5thbirthday before returning for our Taproom birthday party on Saturday 8thDecember! Find out where we are headed on our tour here and more about our Taproom birthday party here.

Winter Berry Sour 330ml cans are available from our online shop from 10thDecember:

Winter Berry Sour 330ml cans available for trade direct or via Eebria Trade from 10thDecember:

Take a look at Katrina’s other work:
https://katrinarusselladams.com/
https://www.instagram.com/katrinaradams/

Brick’s Birthday Tour

We’re setting off on a week-long tour to various venues across the UK. We’re so excited to be hosting events at venues outside of London who have supported us in many ways over the past few years!

All venues will be showcasing our newest beer; Winter Berry Sour and an exclusive Barrel Aged Winter Berry Sour version- of which there are only 1 keg for each event! Members of the team will be attending each event to chat, play games (of which there are many prizes up for grabs!) and generally celebrate our 5th birthday at these awesome venues.

Check out our Facebook events page for more details on each event:

Tuesday 4th December: Meet the Brewer Tutored Tasting @ Nord Bottle Shop, Newcastle (Ticketed)

Wednesday 5th December: Tap Takeover @ Arcade, Huddersfield

Thursday 6th December: Tap Takeover @ House of Trembling Madness, York

Friday 7th December: Tap Takeover & Beat the Brewer Evening @ Bison Beer Crafthouse, Brighton

Saturday 8th December: 5th Birthday Party @ Brick Brewery Taproom, London

Brick Brewery Birthday Tour

Tuesday 4th– Friday 7th December

Various Venues