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.
We are throwing open our production doors again on 15th September 2018, for an Open Day with a bit of a difference. We love our films and what better way than viewing a FREE movie, than in a brewery with amazing street food and a bar with beer (and of course soft drinks) straight from the source.
We are screening Coco for the little (or not so little) visitors at 2pm and then at 7.30pm we will be screening Angle’s Share. It is free entry but you will need to reserve a ticket through the link below as it has limited capacity and first come first served without.
Open from 12noon we will have a full bar stocked with all our beer, either draught or in can, plus street food from Barbecue Beer Brothers
Get your tickets here
This weekend we are hosting our very own Oktoberfest at the Tap Room. Running from Friday 28th September to Sunday 30th September, come and join us with a line-up of German inspired one-off special beers (traditional recipes to some experimental ingredients… think sauerkraut and pretzels…). plus some German beers from these amazing breweries (without the umlauts as we cannot work out how to insert them!):
Hofbrau – Oktoberfestbier
Ayinger – Fest Marzen
Schneiderweisse – Mein Original
We mixed it up a little and you know we love an adjunct and so here are the Brick specials, exclusive to the Tap Room:
Mango, Ginger, Turmeric and Lime Weisse
German Pale Single Hop Hallertau Blanc
Cacao Nib Dunkelweisse
Come taste them all and let us know your favourite!
Oktoberfest, Friday 28th September
Brick Brewery Taproom, Peckham
Peckham Festival once again descends across the streets of Peckham and we are excited to get involved this year by bringing a local home-brewer’s event to the Taproom. We will be running a home brew competition in association with London Amateur Brewers and judged partly by the public, which must use SE London ingredients or be SE London themed.
Contact Trudie for more information and to enter: email@example.com.
Peckham Festival, Friday 14th– Sunday 16th September
Brick Brewery Taproom, Peckham
From the team behind Craft Beer Rising, a craft beer and street food festival and Digbeth Dining Club an epic beer, street food and music event at the Custard Factory, Birmingham. Birmingham has a flourishing craft beer scene and we are excited to explore it for the first time!
Joining 20 other breweries from across the UK we will be pouring some special beers and of course, our Foundation Range all available to try.
Tickets are still available and you can get them here
TAPS, Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd September
The Custard Factory, Birmingham
We are really excited to get involved with the Peckham & Nunhead film festival again, particularly after the success of our free film night over in Deptford back in April! Showing Strange Brew (1983), a Canadian comedy film that follows two brothers Bob and Doug McKenzie as they get jobs in a brewery. Joining a host of other amazing venues across Peckham and Nunhead, showing free films from 31st August- 16th September.
Entry is free (first come first served seats), with the film being shown at 8:30pm.
Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival, Wednesday 5th September
Brick Brewery Taproom, Peckham
We are heading up to Leeds to help our friends, The Brunswick, celebrate their 3rd birthday with a casual food and beer pairing evening! The Brunswick’s amazing chefs have paired 5 of our beers with special dishes, including some one-off beers and the first try of our newest sour. Members of the Brick team will also be in attendance to chat all things beer and have a great night celebrating. Contact The Brunswick to find out more and reserve a table.
The Brunswick 3rd Birthday Beer & Food Pairing, Wednesday 5th September
The Brunswick, Leeds
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: