COVID-19 Statement

COVID – 19 Statement – 14th March 2020 – see update on 1st June 2020 at end of blog post

As a business the health and wellbeing of our team, customers and visitors is of paramount importance.  In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, we have implemented additional precautionary measures to both our Taproom and Production sites to help ensure everyone’s safety.

Our Taproom continues to be a welcoming and relaxing environment and we will remain open at the current time. In the interest of social distancing, we reserve the right to refuse entry in instances where our site is operating close to capacity and would encourage you to utilize the vast outdoor seating areas.  We will be CARD ONLY from now on and we have put in place increased cleaning of all surfaces and team hygiene procedures.

We would really appreciate your co-operation in ensuring that you wash hands regularly and following the guidance from the Government, NHS and the World Health Organisation.

Should you have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature (37.8) then we would kindly ask you to refrain from entering the premises and follow the protocol of self isolation at home for 7 days.

The team at our production site have been fully briefed on our policy and we have put clear health and safety processes in place. We will continue to assess this on a daily basis.

We would encourage you to support local businesses during this tough time and whist we haven’t got our online shop up and running just yet, please don’t forget that you can always buy take out from the Taproom.

Working together, we can ensure that our Taproom and our production site continues to operate and that our team and our customers are taking every precaution they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Team Brick

 

Update 27th March 2020

The Taproom is now closed until further notice.

We have opened a web store, where you can order beer delivered to your door by courier – please click here 

We also have gift cards available should you wish to buy yourself or someone a virtual gift – these can be redeemed online on our web store (Discount code) or you can save them up for a bar tab for when we are back open!  There is even bonus credit – find out more here

Thanks for all your support during these times and we will see you on the other side!

Update 1st June 2020

The Taproom has re-opened for Click and Collect and Takeaway.  Please order online, where you can select your collection date and time.  This really helps us in getting your orders ready and waiting for you, plus also helps us manage queues.

Weds, Thurs, Friday 3-8pm

Saturday 12-5pm

Job Role – Packaging Manager

New Position: Packaging Manager, Deptford

We are looking for an experienced Packaging Manager to be based at our SE London production site. Responsible for all packaging at Brick Brewery according to schedule (can, keg, cask, bottle), this is a senior position and requires the capable supervision of junior members of staff, and effective communication with senior staff members across other departments and external partners.  An eye for detail in assuring that all duties are carried out in compliance to binding internal and external regulations and quality standards is imperative whilst also monitoring and maintaining stocks of packaging, raw materials, the upkeep of machinery and equipment relating to packaging, and the clean and tidy upkeep of all packaging areas.

Key Deliverables

  • Work with the head brewer and sales director to ensure steady supply of small and large pack products according to weekly, monthly and annual schedules and forecasting.
  • Maintenance of a clean, tidy and safe packaging environment and compliance with statutory regulation concerning HSE COSSH & PPE in collaboration with head brewer.
  • Comprehensive maintenance of all packaging machinery and equipment. Communication with suppliers on preventative maintenance and optimization procedures.
  • Working in collaboration with the head brewer in a continuous drive to improve packaged quality of products through proper CIP and operational procedures – Ensuring product complies to legal standards and conform to key quality specifications (CO2, TPO, CC etc.)
  • Managing all packaging raw materials ensuring that suppliers are in line with our ethical guidelines whist seeking to improve quality and price.
  • Maintain digital record keeping on packaging efficiencies and quality compliance to reduce wastage
  • Training and supervision of work performed by junior members of brewery team. Ensuring that legal and internal safety and quality standards are understood and being followed by all staff working in packaging roles.
  • In collaboration with the warehouse team, ensure proper logging of packaged product and efficient storage of packaged stock and packaging raw materials across all sites.
  • Manage quality and quality processes to maintain our excellent standard of product.
  • Represent Brick at selected industry events as a brand ambassador.

Who we are looking for:

  • 3+ years experience in packaging
  • Previous experience in managing a team
  • Previous experience working on a Microcan ML10 canning line
  • Ideally a relevant technical degree (e.g. engineering, brewing)
  • Proficient MS Office skills – Excel, Word
  • Analytical capabilities
  • Fantastic communication skills
  • The adaptability to problem solve
  • Passion for the brewing industry
  • Forklift truck license

What you get:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 28 days holiday
  • 1 day a year to volunteer with a local charity
  • 1 extra day leave for your Birthday
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Pension with NEST
  • Free beer!

The role is a full-time permanent position.  Salary is commensurate with experience based on an average of 40 hours a week, with shifts based on department needs between the brewery operation hours of 6am and 8pm.  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 tdixon@brickbrewery.co.uk

CLOSING DATE: Friday 20thMarch 2020

Extra Mile: A Runhead Community Beer

Extra Mile, Session IPA 3.9%

 

Extra Mile is a limited edition 3.9% Session IPA in collaboration with local running club, Runhead AC, to raise funds for Westminster House Youth Club. Westminster House Youth Club provides purposeful activities, both recreational and educational for young people aged 8-18 and Runhead AC have raised over £4000 for the charity to date to help them support young people to make positive life choices. When Dan and Terry from Runhead AC got in touch with us with the opportunity to produce this special one-off beer for WHYC we jumped at the opportunity to work with such an important service in our community.

Extra Mile is a 3.9% Session IPA, packed with Simcoe and Amarillo hops for notes of grapefruit and orange pith for a clean and refreshing finish.

“Extra Mile captures the amazing lengths, Dan, Terry and all the team at both Brick and Runhead have gone to in making this special collaboration happen, but also the extra lengths the amazing team at WHYC go to every day to support young people in the area.”
– Thom Banks, Runhead AC member.

Developing a Runhead beer and supporting local causes has been a Runhead AC goal from the very start of the club in 2016 with two of Runhead’s founders Anthony Mathews and Leonie Hope saying: “4 years ago a group of friends met at a party and chatted about how we all loved running and we all loved beer and Runhead was born. Our aim was to bring together local runners at a free club where they could run with friends, socialise with a beer, and support the local community. This message really hit home in Nunhead and Peckham, and suddenly we were running, drinking beer, and raising money for charity with over 50 friends. Having a Runhead beer is a dream come true. And the fact that the beer is in collaboration with Brick Brewery, somewhere we ran from in the very early days, and Westminster House Youth Club, a charity we have a strong history of supporting makes it taste even sweeter. ”

Westminster House Youth Club is one of the oldest youth clubs in the country.  From the very early days in of the Boys Club in Napier Hall to the modern Youth Club they operate from today, the Club has always worked with young people amongst the most deprived and disadvantaged in the country. It provides purposeful activities, both recreational and educational for young people aged 8-18. The local area is beset by a range of inner city problems, e.g. drugs, gang violence, poor educational opportunities, etc. The Club aims to support young people to make positive life choices.

“At Westminster House Youth Club we are all so excited to be supported by Runhead and Brick Brewery. Their latest project, Extra Mile, is such a fabulous example of Social Action – a local community supporting its most vulnerable young members – whilst also having a great time! Long may this partnership continue!”
– Kate Worthington MBE, Westminster House Youth Club

Community is what drives us at Brick and you can’t get any more community-focussed than this partnership with Runhead AC and WHYC. The children are the future and this is a charity that we very much stand behind. We’ll welcome anyone into our neighbourhood Tap Room to try the beer and raise a glass to the good work of our surrounding communities.

The Extra Mile label design details a map of the local area where Runhead, Brick and WHYC are all based and where WHYC carry out a lot of their amazing work. On the back of the can, you will notice a QR code. Scanning it will direct you to a selection of videos about the project and those involved. Extra Mile will go on sale from Sunday March 1st at the Brick Brewery Tap Room in Peckham immediately after the Big Half, one of the major events in the UK Running Calendar. The Runhead AC team will be celebrating their achievement and cheersing to the good work of WHYC with some of the team from Brick and the youth club.

If you’re a bar, pub or bottle shop  to stock Extra Mile to sell and help us raise vital funds for WHYC please get in touch with sales@brickbrewery.co.uk

Hachet Sour, 6.0%

Hatchet Sour, 6.0%

The latest release in our Heritage Sour Series, Hatchet Sour is a 6.0% cherry and cherry wood saison.

This tart Saison has been bolstered with Rye and Munich malts to add a peppery-spiced complexity. The generous addition of sweet cherry into the fermenter gives the Saison a jammy sweetness which is balanced with the tannic and subtle vanilla notes from the cherry wood chips.

The cherry tree myth is the most well-known and longest enduring legend about George Washington. In the original story, when Washington was 6 years old he received a hatchet as a gift and damaged his father’s cherry tree. When his father discovered what he had done, he became angry and confronted him. Young George bravely said, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” Washington’s father embraced him and rejoiced that his son’s honesty was worth more than a thousand trees. However true this story really is, this Hatchet Sour is honest using real sweet cherries and aged on cherry wood, albeit not quite 1,000 trees.

Hatchet Sour is available in 330ml can and keg from next Monday 2nd March and will be pouring exclusively at our Taproom from this Friday 28th February.

Label Artwork: More Than Equal

Job Role – Brewer

New Position: Brewer 

We are looking for a Brewer to join our passionate team at our production site in Deptford. 2019 has seen significant growth and we are scheduled to more than double production again in 2020.  As an Independent brewery, everyone is an integral part of the team delivering our plans and strategies to continue to grow Brick across the whole of the UK and Overseas.

The role of Brewer will combine general responsibilities across brewhouse, cellar and packaging lines

Key responsibilities:

  • CIP and sterilisation of brewhouse
  • Complete all appropriate production documentation from grain to glass and follow SOP (standard operating procedures)
  • Packaging beer into keg, cask & can
  • Bulk beer storage and transfer, including the correct handling of lines and sanitation of hoses & fittings
  • Maintaining a clean and tidy brewery and warehouse at all times
  • Assist in wort production schedule
  • Liaise with warehouse and sales teams about stock coming off the packaging lines and organising the storage of packaging materials
  • Comply with high level of Health and Safety at all times
  • Ensure ingredients and materials are monitored and maintained
  • Yeast Management i.e. harvesting, pitching, cell counts, record keeping
  • Ability to work alone and have the initiative to problem solve
  • Represent the company at beer tastings/industry events
  • Other duties as directed by the Lead Brewer or Head Brewer

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

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum 2-3 years of professional brewing experience
  • Minimum qualification level of General Certificate in Brewing. Preference will be given to candidates for those advancing through Diploma modules of equivalent / or previous industry experience
  • Excellent record keeping skills and professional compliance
  • Comfortable with wort production, cellaring, lab work and packaging
  • A passion for brewing
  • Forklift license (ideal but not essential)
  • A desire to innovate and share passion for beer is essential

What you get:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 28 days holiday
  • 1 day a year to volunteer with a charity
  • An extra day off for your Birthday
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Training Opportunities
  • Pension with NEST
  • Free beer!

The role is a full-time permanent position and offers the right candidate, the opportunity to progress and develop within the company.  Starting salary will be relative to prior experience. Brick is a 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 tdixon@brickbrewery.co.uk

 

CLOSING DATE: 14th February 2020

Job Role – Warehouse and Brewery Assistant

 

New Position: Warehouse and Brewery Assistant

We are looking for someone to join our Production team in to the role of Warehouse and Brewery Assistant. Combining responsibilities across warehousing and packaging this is a really important role in making sure our product is packaged, stored and out to customers on time.

Key responsibilities:

  • General warehouse maintenance and cleaning
  • Stock rotation
  • Assist on packaging lines – keg, cask and can
  • Packaging and labelling of small and large pack items
  • Liaise with warehouse and sales teams about stock coming off the packaging lines and 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
  • Any other duties to assist in the smooth running of the brewery and taproom including assisting in packaging, event work

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

  • 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
  • Full current and clean UK driving license
  • Must be over 25 years-old for insurance purposes and have held a UK driving license for more than three years (non-negotiable)
  • Ability to work on repetitive tasks
  • Experience of manual work
  • Display common sense and attention to detail
  • Legal right to work in the UK

What you get:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 28 days holiday
  • 1 day a year to volunteer with a local charity
  • 1 extra day holiday for your birthday
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Pension with NEST
  • Free beer!

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 tdixon@brickbrewery.co.uk

CLOSING DATE:  Friday 14th February 2020

Job Role – Warehouse, Stock and Delivery

 

New Position: Warehouse, Stock and Delivery

We are looking for a full-time member of staff to join our growing team to work in our warehouse, control stock and undertake delivery / dray driving.

Essential Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Full current and clean UK driving license
  • Must be over 25 years-old for insurance purposes and have held a UK driving license for more than three years (non-negotiable)
  • Knowledge of London roads and comfortable driving a long wheel base van in London
  • Must be physically fit and capable of bending and lifting casks, kegs and other heavy items but also able to sit for long periods
  • Fluent in English with excellent numerical, IT and organizational skills essential
  • Excellent customer relation skills – polite, responsive and helpful – with the confidence to think on your feet
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to take initiatives when necessary
  • Reliable, flexible and hard working

Desirable Skills and Qualifications:

  • Previous experience of delivery driving in London
  • Previous warehouse experience
  • Forklift training and/or familiarity
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about craft beer and familiar with the beer scene in London and beyond

Key Responsibilties:

  • Warehouse management
  • Management of stock, including tracking casks and kegs via a software programme
  • Use of a databases and IT
  • Picking stock to order
  • Loading and unloading stock
  • Planning delivery routes
  • Driving and delivering casks, kegs and cases of beer and cans across London and occasionally further afield
  • Moving stock items between brewery, warehouse and taproom
  • Keep records of deliveries and collections and ensure all deliveries are signed for and paperwork filed
  • Collect and be responsible for all cash on delivery payments
  • Represent Brick Brewery to consumers and provide excellent customer service
  • Coordinate external couriers and delivery services
  • Ensure safety, basic maintenance and cleanliness of delivery vehicles
  • Any other duties to assist in the smooth running of the brewery and taproom including assisting in packaging, event work and possible bar shifts

What you get:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 28 days holiday
  • 1 day a year to volunteer with a local charity
  • 1 extra day holiday for your birthday
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Pension with NEST
  • Free beer!

Hours of work are typically 08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday, although flexibility and some additional hours may be required

Salary subject to negotiation upon successful application and experience level.  Brick Brewery offers a London Living Wage.

To apply send your CV and covering letter to info@brickbrewery.co.uk.

CLOSING DATE: Friday 7th February 2020

Peckham Helles Joins Our Foundation Range

Peckham Helles, 4.2%

What a better way to start 2020 than with a new beer joining our Foundation Range; our core range of beers available all-year round, Peckham Helles is a 4.2% gluten-free Helles lager. Gluten-free because we think that good lager should be enjoyed by everyone. We’ve used the newly developed enzymes to remove unwanted gluten, Peckham Helles is classified as gluten reduced/free, without the use of non-traditional brewing grains such as sorghum or maize. Peckham Helles is an unadulterated classic Bavarian helles lager, knowing that the best lagers are simple lagers we use only German Pilsner malt for its delicate sweetness and straw gold appearance. This is combined with classic noble hop aroma from our favourite German varietal Hallertau Mittelfrüh. Fermented and conditioned slowly to develop a subdued floral yeast character and filtered for crystal clarity, Peckham Helles is designed simply for drinking, not thinking.

This Peckham Helles has a soft bitterness with light, fruity yeast esters and herbal spice. Refreshing and moreish with a clean and crisp finish. Available in 330ml cans and keg from this week!

Job Role – Brewer

New Position: Brewer 

We are looking for a Brewer to join our passionate team at our production site in Deptford. 2019 has seen significant growth and we are scheduled to more than double production again in 2020.  As an Independent brewery, everyone is an integral part of the team delivering our plans and strategies to continue to grow Brick across the whole of the UK and Overseas.

The role of Brewer will combine general responsibilities across brewhouse, cellar and packaging lines

Key responsibilities:

  • CIP and sterilisation of brewhouse
  • Complete all appropriate production documentation from grain to glass and follow SOP (standard operating procedures)
  • Packaging beer into keg, cask & can
  • Bulk beer storage and transfer, including the correct handling of lines and sanitation of hoses & fittings
  • Maintaining a clean and tidy brewery and warehouse at all times
  • Assist in wort production schedule
  • Liaise with warehouse and sales teams about stock coming off the packaging lines and organising the storage of packaging materials
  • Comply with high level of Health and Safety at all times
  • Ensure ingredients and materials are monitored and maintained
  • Yeast Management i.e. harvesting, pitching, cell counts, record keeping
  • Ability to work alone and have the initiative to problem solve
  • Represent the company at beer tastings/industry events
  • Other duties as directed by the Lead Brewer or Head Brewer

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

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum 2-3 years of professional brewing experience
  • Minimum qualification level of General Certificate in Brewing. Preference will be given to candidates for those advancing through Diploma modules of equivalent / or previous industry experience
  • Excellent record keeping skills and professional compliance
  • Comfortable with wort production, cellaring, lab work and packaging
  • A passion for brewing
  • Forklift license (ideal but not essential)
  • A desire to innovate and share passion for beer is essential

What you get:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 28 days holiday
  • 1 day a year to volunteer with a charity
  • An extra day off for your Birthday
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Training Opportunities
  • Pension with NEST
  • Free beer!

The role is a full-time permanent position and offers the right candidate, the opportunity to progress and develop within the company.  Starting salary will be relative to prior experience. Brick is a 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 tdixon@brickbrewery.co.uk

 

CLOSING DATE: 14th February 2020

6th Birthday Beers: Barrel-Aged Winter Berry Sours

Barrel-Aged Winter Berry Sours 2019

Last year for our 5th birthday we released Winter Berry Sour to commemorate a poignant year of Taproom renovation, settling into our bigger production site, growing as a team and continuing to execute our Sour Series we are being increasingly well known for. This Winter Berry Sour was an extra special release; a Flanders-red style with 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. Thinking ahead to our 6th birthday we also put a portion of this beer into 2 barrels: Moscatel and Pinot Noir. The beers had a 12 month long kip and when they were tasting amazing, bottled them into 375ml bottles. They’re now ready for release just in time to celebrate our 6th birthday this weekend.

Moscatel Barrel-Aged Winter Berry Sour. A type of fortified wine made from Muscat grapes in Spain and Portugal, Moscatel wine is characterised by its light floral aromas with undertones of floral orange blossom, jasmine with a sweet honeyed and raisin palate. 12 months in the Moscatel barrel has imparted a subtle honey and floral sweetness to the Winter Berry Sour, finishing on a soft, vanilla richness.

Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Winter Berry Sour. A red wine grape variety and the classic grape of Burgundy, Pinot Noir is well known for its heady aroma of red fruits and berries, French oak and pepper spice. 12 months in the Pinot Noir barrel has added further complexity with soft red berry tannins, rich oak spice and a vibrant acidity.

The stunning label designs were a collaboration between Peckham-based artist Katrina Russell-Adams and Elves Design Studio. Katrina is known for creating bold and bright abstract art, murals, textiles and installations. Katrina applied her style to this design through being inspired from various buildings and structures around Peckham, adding a provincial element to these special beers. Taking a screen-printing course 5 years ago kick started Katrina’s art and since then the hobby has grown into a career, boosting her confidence and creativity, 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.

The design was originally created for last year’s 2018 Winter Berry Sour label, but the colour palette of these 2 new labels have been updated to represent the deep and rich ingredients and barrel-aging identities of each beer whilst retaining the link between 2018’s release and this year’s. We’ve also packaged it into a special 2-pack box making it the perfect gift for your beer-loving partner, friend or family member this festive season.

Get your hands on these as we launch them at the London Christmas Beer Festival at Canopy Market, King’s Cross from this Friday and our 6th Birthday Party this Saturday 7th December. We are holding 2 free tutored tasting of both beers at our birthday party this Saturday 7th December at 3pm and 5pm too! Both sessions are sold out for guaranteed seats, but drop in and we will try to accommodate as many people as possible! Join Pete and Ian as we taste both beers and pick their brains with any beery questions.