New Artist in Residence: Katy Binks

As most of you will know by now, since we launched our Sour Series, we have been working with numerous artists to help us create our wonderful eye catching and colourful labels.  We had big plans this year to incorporate these artists into an Artists in Residence scheme and whilst this has been somewhat delayed and unable to be completely fulfilled, we are incredibly happy to introduce our new Artist in Residence, Katy Binks.  Her first label for us is the brand new Lemon Verbena & Mandarin Sour, launching in our online store on Friday 24th July 2020.

 

Wanting to share her work with you and give you a bit more insight into the artists we work with, we asked Katy a few socially distanced questions:

Katy, tell us a bit about yourself… What is your background and where did you grow up?

I’ve lived in London for 15 years,  South London for 10 years,  it’s the longest I’ve lived anywhere so it’s my home. I grew up moving around quite a bit, when I was 12 my family moved to Seoul, they were in Asia until I was about 25, which included time in Singapore and Shanghai as well.  At 12, Seoul kind of blew my mind, it was so different from what I knew, that exposure to a different visual culture and big cities had a huge impact on me, I was really taken by it all.

What does a typical day look like for you…

Six months ago I would have given you quite a different answer! Right now, I’m still working towards finding a new typical, a lot has changed in the art and design world, it’s slowed down a lot, so have I. I’m an early riser, 6.30am most days, I workout most morning’s, it sets me up for the day and keeps me sane, especially during everything that’s going on right now.  Then it’s either to the studio to print, buying paper, exposing screens, maybe a bit of design work or painting walls, pitching for new work, obviously a lot of admin which I try to avoid at all costs but it underpins it all. 

How do you like to work?

Sometimes quite intuitively, I don’t like to plan too much when I print, just see where it takes me, I’m the complete opposite when it comes to painting murals – I like to have it all worked out.  I’m definitely one of those messy artists – my studio is rarely tidy.

What/who inspires you and your work?

I’m always inspired by my immediate environment and what’s going, art is how I make sense of the world around me but I’m also drawn to architecture, pattern and graphic design, which all feature in my work at different points.  If I’m thinking about other artist’s I’d have to say Matisse, particularly his Fauvist period, I also love Patrick Thomas for his stripped back graphic style.

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

I love Burgess Park, they landscaped it a few years ago, I know change is coming as they pull down the Aylesbury Estate and redevelop the area but right now it’s a beautiful spot that serves the local community. 

We are very excited to see what she does next! You can see more of Katy’s work here

What to expect….

Welcome Back! Updated 28th July 2020

We are incredibly excited for our Taproom to be back open, but as much as we are trying to make it feel like it was before Covid -19 hit the world with a bang, we have had to make some changes to ensure that we are doing everything possible to follow the guidelines of the Government.  Therefore, please before you visit, familiarise yourself with what to expect:

  • Bookings only – please reserve your table (remember only up to 6 people) via our bookings page on the website
  • Outside tables only, inside is not accessible, except for the use of toilets
  • As part of the Government guidelines for track and trace, we are required to keep your contact details from every booking for 21 days
  • You will be greeted at the front gate and advised where to go for your booking, this may be the front yard or you may be advised to go round to the back yard, please remember we only have a certain amount of tables with protection from the rain, fingers crossed for dry weather!
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be available at the entrance to both areas of the outside space, at the serving hatch and mobile bar and on stations around the Taproom.  Please ensure you use it on entry and when it is not possible to wash your hands
  • Order at either the hatch (front yard) or mobile bar (back yard) making sure you respect the socially distanced floor markings.  If there is a queue of more than 2 people, we politely ask you to just sit down and wait for it to ease, we will be as quick as we can
  • Screens have been implemented at both serving areas
  • Contactless payment only (this may need to be done by more than 1 transaction if is over £45)
  • All seating is socially distanced, please do not move seating around
  • Toilets will be operating on a one in, one out system with set queue areas.  You will be required to use the hand sanitiser before entering and please remember to wash your hands afterwards!
  • All tables and contact points will be thoroughly cleaned, regularly and at every opportunity
  • All staff have access to face coverings and gloves, however they are not obliged to wear them but will be observing social distancing at all times
  • Please ensure your children remain seated at the table and accompany them if they need to visit the toilet
  • Music will be ambient – enough for you to hear it, but not loud so you would ever have to talk loudly or shout
  • There is no food offering at the current time, however we have snacks and crisps available
  • Takeaway will only be available in cans or jugs (whilst we still have them) but they must be taken away i.e to the park or home and not drunk in the arches
  • Toilets are only available for those who are drinking in
  • Our team has received thorough training on new policies and procedures to ensure all customers and staff feel safe at all times

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday 5-10pm

Friday 3pm – 10pm

Saturday 12noon – 10pm

Sunday 12noon – 10pm

Please remember, if you or any of your party feel unwell, please do not visit, we would love to welcome you back when you feel better.

Please respect social distancing at all times, should you not be adhering, then our staff have the right to ask you to do so.  Should you not comply, then we have the right to ask you to leave.

Please be considerate towards fellow customers, staff and residents of Blenheim Grove

We can’t wait to welcome you back!

Team Brick

Taproom Re-opening!

Taproom Re-opening July 4th!

So the green light has been given for pubs to re-open on the 4th July and we are happy to announce that we will be re-opening!

We have been working incredibly hard in the background to follow all the guidelines given (plus the new guidelines announced at midnight last night!) and will be opening our outdoor spaces (front and back) for the time being.

We are accepting bookings for the tables in the front yard for Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July ONLY at the current time and so if you would like to reserve a space, please send an email to taproom@brickbrewery.co.uk with the following details and we can see what we are able to do:

  • Name (full name)
  • Time of Reservation (from which time to which time)
  • How many people (please remember that you are only allowed to meet with one other household or a maximum of 6 people from different households during which time social distancing applies i.e 1m + between you, please can you respect these guidelines – please can you confirm details of how your group is made up in your booking so we can allocate the table and space accordingly)
  • Contact Telephone Number

Please do bear with us, as we work everything out, it may take us longer than expected to come back to you.

The back area will be available for walk-ins, with an outdoor mobile bar, however there will be a limited capacity and so you may need to queue.  We ask that if this occurs, you do so in respect of the people around you, our neighbours and adhering to social distancing. We will make a full assessment after that weekend and then may make changes in the way we do things which is why we are only taking bookings for next weekend only.  All details of any changes and future opening times, will be posted on our social media channels so please follow us if you don’t already, to keep up to date. Links below.

Toilets will be available, but they will be limited and there will be no food available that weekend, however there will be crisps and snacks.

Please see below our opening times:

Saturday 4th July 

12noon – 10pm

Sunday 5th July

12noon – 10pm

If you aren’t ready to return just yet but still want to enjoy our beers, then the Takeaway option will still be available (until we run out of jugs, but don’t worry we have plenty!) so you can take your favourite draft beer home.  We will be ceasing Click and Collect from our online store once we open.

We are super happy to be opening back up, can’t wait to see your lovely faces and enjoy a lovely cold pint together!

See you soon!

Team Brick

Please note: Anyone not adhering to social distancing rules or any of the guidelines set out, may be asked to leave.

 

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: Monday 22nd June 2020

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