On the 26th – 28th October we are going to be holding a Belgian Weekender at the Tap Room, Peckham.
Following a 2 week road trip around Europe, our ace Assistant Brewer, Sam, has been brewing up a few Brick specials inspired by his travels on our small-kit (Belgian Pale, Belgian Brown, Belgian Witbier, Flander-style Red Ale). Plus alongside this there’s the following amazing Belgian beers across our Taps:
Come and join us for some very exclusive Brick specials and some outstanding Belgian beers – opening times below:
Friday 5pm – Midnight
Saturday 12 noon – Midnight
Sunday 12 noon – 8pm
This Friday 5th October 2018, sees the launch of a new display on our artists wall.
Graeme (aka grohs) is a multi-tasking artist, illustrator, graphic designer, art director, DJ and sound artist whose work focuses on everything and nothing in particular. In a development of his successful project Dogs Responding To The Huge Tunes, Graeme is creating Fantazia Does Fantasia – Animals Responding To The Huge Tunes
Exploring the present moment and in particular the euphoric feeling once can experience at a rave, in a nightclub, listening to music or indeed just having a nice time with friends in a fine drinking establishment, this showcase will turn the wall into a “club for animals”- a mural featuring various speakers,“clubartifacts”, songtitles, lyrices and animals – think Disney’s Fantasia set in 90’s rave scene Fantazia.
Lions roaring for the rave. Elephants with their trunks in the air. Hippos shouting for a rewind.
Intrigued? We certainly are. Launching this Friday at the Tap Room, Graeme will be there for any artist questions, plus he will be bringing his kit and DJ’ing for us. It won’t be a rave but we are hoping you will get that euphoric feeling, so come and join us from 5pm – midnight.
You can find out more about Graeme’s work here
The work will be on display until the 23rd November 2018
Yes that’s right, we are proud to be hosting Peckham’s own Conker Championship on Saturday 6th October at the Tap Room! Open to all, anyone can enter but you will need to reserve your space by registering here
There’s cash, beer and meat prizes up for grabs as well
So what are you waiting for? Get registering and practising!
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
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.
Our friends at Clapton Craft Forest Hill came to brew a collaborative beer with us back in July and it’s finally ready for release! Brewing a Saison beer for the first time and in the height of this summer’s heatwave, we used inspiration from Pete’s, our headbrewer, fond memories of holidays in France for the ingredients and flavours in the beer; think juicy apricots from the local markets and freshly baked bread from the boulangerie… all enjoyed in between jumping into the pool or sea to cool down.
The guys at Clapton Craft came down to the brewery for the day to help us brew; expect a hint of tartness, lush aroma and juicy taste from the apricots finishing on the bready, black pepper spice expected from Saison yeast.
As well as helping us brew, the label was designed by Clapton Craft Forest Hill’s Manager, Ben – who interpreted the story and beer into a truly summer experience.
Enjoy ‘Je Ne Saison Quoi’ at our Taproom in Peckham from Friday 24thAugust where we are launching the beer, as well as the Clapton Craft Forest Hill shop. Come down and chat to the Brick Brewery team about the beer in an informal tasting session from 6pm.
The beer will be available for your growler fills at Clapton Craft Forest Hill from Friday 24thAugust, as well as being able to pick up cans.
Raspberry and Thyme Sour: 3.6%
For the latest release in our Sour Series, we 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 in Peckham from this Friday 27thJuly where we are launching the beer and will be the first and only place to drink it before it is released next week! Come down and chat to the Brick Brewery team about the beer in an informal tasting session from 7pm.
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:
From 13th-15thJuly sees an exciting beer showcase at our Taproom in Peckham. Trudie, our Taproom manager we are sure many of you have become friendly with as a familiar face behind the bar, has worked hard to source some amazing beer from France and is a beer scene that is close to her heart! In her own words, find out more about what we will be pouring throughout the weekend and look forward to seeing you enjoy the beers.
“The French craft beer scene was a late starter in comparison to others. In 2007 France had no more than 200 breweries compared to around 700 in the UK, but when it exploded it followed the same pattern – it jumped astronomically to over 1000 in under 10 years. Having lived in France for two years from 2013 to 2015, I got to relive the initial excitement and passions of a fledgling craft beer scene that was already fully establishing itself in the UK and London. I experienced their first official Paris Beer Week and enjoyed making my pilgrimages to the very few shops and bars at the time in search of the newest breweries riding the craft wave.
Now in 2018 we see a lot of these breweries have built on the initial hype and emerge as interesting, high quality and consistent brands, but, yet, have not managed the journey over the pond. We have managed to source a small selection of the best of France.”
Pouring at the weekend we will see:
Located in Neydens, South-East France, since 2010 and founded by a former chemist who has a strong passion for hops, from French Barbe Rouge through to Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand and the now classic hops such as Cascade and Chinook the brewery has expanded its range to around 50 different beers. Mont Salève represent one of the most innovative and active breweries in the French craft beer scene.
Heavily regarded as one of France’s most exciting modern craft breweries, Popihn brew an acclaimed selection of beers from American-inspired pales to rich imperial stouts which have helped them grow a reputation for changing the perception of French beer across the world and become a highly-requested import.
La Débauche is a young, dynamic brewery which opened in 2013, the La Débauche team undertakes truly filigree work when it comes to barrel aging, using different types to develop aromas and work with powerful and unique aromatic notes. In amongst this they have gained notoriety in France through a crowdfunding campaign which was still an unusual undertaking in France at the time.
Gypsy brewers since 2011 and moving into their own brewery on the outskirts of Paris in 2017, The success of Les Brasseurs du Grand Paris is linked to their meticulous work ethic and the quality of their American-influenced beers. They use only very aromatic American and New Zealand hops. Unlike most other breweries in France, Grand Paris has worked closely with the cocktail world, collaborating with renowned bars across France.
This Bordeaux based brewery create adventurous and surprising, yet accessible recipes, with both core beers and an exploration range, with their main aim being “Our goal is to craft beers that are simple, original, accessible and surprising. We conceive and develop all our beers so that they can be drunk in pints by themselves or with a meal”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org telling us why you would be perfect for the role.
Closing Date: 6th July 2018
We are a London Living wage employer
Black Malt Bottle Share
Brick Brewery Taproom, Peckham
Sunday 17th June
We are extremely excited to host our first Black Malt Bottle Share with organiser; Alexandra Sewell. Black Malt is London’s first dark beer bottle share club. The event aims to educate about dark beer through discussion, tasting and sharing. It’s open to:
POC | WOKE MEN & WOMEN | NON-BINARY FOLK | LGBTQIA | EVERYONE IN BETWEEN | ALL WELCOME.
+ BYOB! Choose 1 or 2 bottles/cans that you’re excited about and bring ’em along! Everything from milk stouts to black barleywines to those glorious imperials.
+ Food pairings are life, so if you bake, cook or want to try an unusual pairing, bring it and we’ll try it! Vegan/non-vegan, whatever!
+ Open discussions about the beers, food pairings, lifestyle, staying healthy etc encouraged!
It is a ticketed event and you can get your tickets here