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.

Celebrating 6 Years of Brick Brewery: Our Guide to Peckham

Brick Brewery’s Guide to Peckham

In the penultimate week of build up to our 6th birthday party on Saturday 7th December we are continuing our celebration of 6 years of Brick Brewery. Last week we put together a Brick Brewery’s Guide to Deptford, celebrating our adopted brewery home with recommendations from the Brick team on where we like to eat drink and go in the area. This week we’ve done the same for Peckham. Brick Brewery started in Ian’s shed at his home in Peckham and began commercially brewing in a railway arch underneath Peckham Rye station in 2013 until we outgrew the space and moved production to Deptford in summer 2017. However, Peckham Rye remains our original home with the space now our Taproom. Everyone at Brick spends a lot of time in Peckham; whether it’s working at the Taproom, visiting the many accounts who stock our beer, living locally and generally enjoying everywhere there is to drink, eat and visit in the area. This is Brick Brewery’s Guide to Peckham.

Where to Drink

As a brewery we are thankful that the drinkers of Peckham are such a thirsty bunch! For a period of time when we were brewing at our Peckham site, at capacity and unable to get any more beer out of the door, the majority of our stock didn’t go much further than a 2 mile radius, with some of our very first customers still continuing to get our beer in six years later. The area has a serious drinking scene, with pubs and cocktail bars on every street; tucked under railway arches, on top of car parks and unassuming residential streets, these are just a handful of where we like to drink in Peckham.

Brick Brewery Taproom

For anyone reading this guide that isn’t familiar with us… we have our own bar! Of course, our Taproom under Peckham Rye station is our favourite place to drink in Peckham. A pint of Peckham Pils is always the first on the agenda for after-work refreshment then we work our way through the latest specials from the 20 lines.

The Old Nun’s Head

“The Ryan Gosling of Pubs” is how The Old Nun’s Head modestly describes itself. Their Twitter account is worth following even if you have no intention of ever drinking there, but you should! Not technically in Peckham but just a 10 minute walk away in Nunhead it’s worth the detour for its great beer, cosy nooks and crannies and great food from their rotating pop-up kitchen residencies. The ONH has also been getting Brick beers in pretty much from the beginning, so we love them for that too!

“I mean, it’s just everything you want from a great pub. A great atmosphere, loads of events on each week and friendly staff.. super dog friendly too with Ludo ruling the roost!” – Tallulah, Taproom Supervisor

East Dulwich Tavern

Another loyal Brick Brewery venue, the East Dulwich Tavern (or EDT as it’s otherwise known) is a great homely and charming pub. 2 roaring fires in the winter, with a consistent selection of beer from local breweries and brilliant pub food.

Hop Burns and Black

Their Deptford site was one of our recommended places to drink in last week’s Brick Brewery’s Guide to Deptford, so of course we had to include Hop Burns and Black’s Peckham site in this guide. Championing independent breweries and great beer since 2014, Jen and Glenn have been one of our biggest supporters. Their original shop on East Dulwich Road is one of the best places to go to buy beer in South East London. The small outside seating area is great for afternoon people watching over some beers or bottle of wine.

The Gowlett Arms

After a sudden closure in November 2017, The Gowlett Arms re-opened its doors last year much to the delight of the local community. Situated on a corner just off Peckham Rye, The Gowlett Arms is a true neighbourhood pub and always popular thanks to its brilliant pizza kitchen, good beer and welcoming atmosphere.

“We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to pubs in Peckham. However, The Gowlett Arms still stands out amongst the crowded field. It does everything and caters for everyone the way any local boozer should. Their incredible pizzas are the icing on the cake though.”
– Luke, Taproom Manager

Franks Cafe

Franks is on every guide of where to go in Peckham. A bar at the top of Peckham Levels (and previously a multi-storey car park), Franks becomes a summer pilgrimage activity to seemingly every Millennial in London. However, the views, the sunset and the cocktails make it worth the queue.

“Get there way before sunset to grab a table and buy your cocktails two at a time, but it’s worth it for the incredible views of the city. A great way to spend a boozy, hot summer’s day in London.” – Nadia, Marketing and Events

Zapoi

Zapoi bar opened this summer on Rye Lane and is definitely the most aesthetically pleasing bar in Peckham with its mismatched floral seating, mixed in with vintage grandma-style rugs and antique mirrors everywhere in a bright, industrial style setting.

“Zapoi’s cocktails are just as fantastic as the bar’s décor. With our Peckham Pale and Peckham Pils on tap too I’d definitely recommend Zapoi for pre-dinner drinks with a group of friends or visiting family you want to impress!”
– Sally, Brand Director

Where to Eat

There seems to be new places to eat in Peckham popping up every week, but we are creatures of habit here at Brick Brewery and continue to visit a lot of the same places in all the time we spend in Peckham. This is definitely not a guide to the most trendy and fanciest places to eat in the area, there are enough guides online for those places already! Great food still applies to all our recommendations below though.

Slow Richie’s

Alex and Richie of Slow Richie’s have been part of Brick Brewery Taproom since summer 2015, serving up burgers and their homemade hot sauces out of our bright red shipping container. The perfect accompaniment to any pint at our Taproom, their vegetarian Goat’s Cheese and Beetroot burger shouldn’t be overlooked either.

Kudu

Kudu, a species of antelope, and also the name of the South African-inspired restaurant on the stretch of Queens Road which is increasingly popular for some great places to eat. Small plates dominate the menu with a nose-to-tail vibe from some more unusual ingredients to choose from.

“A fantastic family-run restaurant on Queens Road, amazing food with South African influences. Everything on the menu is great but get the Kudu bread with bacon butter whilst you decide what to order… it’s incredible!”
– Pete, Bookkeeper

Lovely House

Bellenden Road is quite a contrast from the sometimes overwhelming bustle of Rye Lane, it’s more like a village high street. Great pubs and restaurants dominate the area but it’s the unassuming Lovely House Dim Sum restaurant that deserves more recognition in amongst the trendier food options on the street. A short but fantastic dim sum menu with authentic Chinese food served by the most welcoming staff that make you feel at home. Even more so when you go past the children’s shoes that line the stairs as you go up the toilet. The soft shell crab and pork sui mai are the winners.

Yadas

Down an alleyway opposite Peckham Rye station is Yadas. A family-run Kurdish restaurant that is a favourite of most of us here at Brick. It’s the perfect spot to go in a big group as you can try pretty much everything on the menu, we even took the brewers from KCBC here after a tap takeover at our Taproom and they were won over by the generous mezze platters (if you’re going in a group, get one each of the platters and a few dips for an impressive selection of everything). Don’t expect great service, go a bit later on in the evening when it’s quietened down a bit as it gets really busy, especially in the summer when it’s warm enough to eat on the ramshackle terrace, and enjoy the food as it slowly comes out. It’s also BYOB!

Steamers

Peckham Food Hall, a small canteen/café next to Peckham Rye Station bus stop, has 3 food traders; Izatu Kitchen, Copeland Jerk Centre and Steamers. Steamers have moved into this new premises after previously being in the Peckham Rye station tunnels but the menu remains the same and more importantly, the countertop display of the steaming buns is still there. A steamed bun for £1.80 is an essential snack on your journey home, with various fillings to try but the Pork with Chinese Cabbage or Char Sui Pork are the tastiest.

“You’ll often find one of the bar staff grabbing a quick lunch from this family-run, no frills Chinese takeaway. Fresh noodles, big portions of rice and the best steamed buns in London!”. – Tallulah, Bar Supervisor

Persepolis

An unmissable corner shop painted bright canary yellow opposite Peckham Library, Persepolis is a fantastic Persian deli-cum-café with one half of the shop packed with Middle Eastern spices, herbs, pickles, drinks, sweets, gifts and cookware with the other half a lively vegetarian café. It’s extremely popular with students on the weekend evenings thanks to its £20 tasting menu and BYOB status, so book for then.

“A truly unique Persian corner shop and café. The café/restaurant side of things has an ever changing vegetarian menu serving Middle Eastern food with a real homemade feel. Persepolis is small but oozing character and charm. It’s also banging value and won’t ever break the bank. Try the daily wraps and meze platter….probably not at the same time unless you’re absolutely staaarving.”
– Stu, Sales Director

Smokey Jerkey

Smokey Jerkey on New Cross Road was once so smokey it caught fire. It also serves some of the best jerk and Caribbean food this side of the river. You’re not ever quite sure it’s open, there’s no signage, no menu, and usually no one at the counter. Be brave, step inside and ask what’s good today coming in from the jerk drums out the back. Don’t forget to try the homemade hot sauces on the counter, they’re delicious but lethally spicy.

“The best Jerk house in South East London without a shadow of a doubt.  I’d trade my last breath for their hot sauce recipe.” – Pete, Head Brewer

Salas Wraps

Another awesome quick bite recommendation is Salas Wraps on Rye Lane, serving Turkish-inspired wraps where the heady smell from the grill pulls you in to the unassuming food truck. A permanent fixture in Peckham for 5 years now, everything is made fresh; the dips, falafel, wraps for the perfect lunch option.

“A Peckham institution! The single best value for money meal I’ve ever eaten (in London). Big wraps, big flavours all made to order. It really has to be tasted to be believed. Top tip: go for the Falafel + Halloumi combination wrap.”
– Luke, Taproom Manager

Miss Tapas

Just around the corner from the chaos of Rye Lane is Miss Tapas. A small but always bustling and busy neighbourhood tapas restaurant ran by born and raised Sevillian, Blanca Rowe, Miss Tapas uses fresh ingredients, sourcing their meat from Flock and Herd Butchers just 5 minutes away, or importing ingredients from Spain themselves.

“The food, music and décor help to create an authentic Spanish feeling. The staff are chatty, attentive and recommend winning combinations every time! The menu changes up every so often so you don’t always get the same things and you can try all sorts of new stuff with each visit! The quail eggs and chorizo are divine…”
– Oscar, Credit Controller

Flock and Herd

Flock and Herd, a butchers on Bellenden Road, have built up a great reputation and super loyal customer base for their high-quality, high-welfare meat. Flock and Herd were also one of Brick Brewery’s very first customers, when Ian used to carry cases of bottles the 5 minute walk up the road from the brewery. They continue to stock us and Ian continues to go into Flock and Herd pretty much weekly.

“As soon as we step in Flock and Herd one of the guys behind the counter will say “Duck breasts? Steak?” We are creatures of habit! We buy all our meat here, it’s right next to our kid’s school so will drop by on the way home and have a great relationship with them from being one of our first customers. We love cooking up one of their awesome steaks on the BBQ any time of year, or duck breasts are our weekend go-to meal.” – Ian, Managing Director

Let us know your favourite place in Peckham or if this has made you want to make a trip! Our 6th birthday party is on Saturday 7th December at our Taproom in Peckham, more details on what we have planned here. Free entry, Midday to 1am, DJ from 7pm and loads of other things going on… everyone welcome!

Celebrating 6 Years of Brick Brewery: Our Guide to Deptford

Brick Brewery’s Guide to Deptford

Continuing our celebration of 6 years of Brick Brewery in the lead up to our birthday party on Saturday 7th December, this week we’ve put together a Brick Brewery’s Guide to Deptford. This nook of South East London, tucked between Bermondsey and Greenwich, has been home to our brewery since summer 2017 when we moved our brewing 2.5 miles east from our outgrown Peckham site (obviously now our Taproom). The base for our beer production, warehouse and office-based teams we think we’ve got to know Deptford quite well over the past two and a half years. So, in celebration of our adopted neighbourhood we’ve put together a Guide to Deptford if you ever find yourself in the SE8 postcode with recommendations from the Brick team on where we like to eat, drink and go in the area. Settle in and start planning a trip to Deptford…

Where to Drink

Just one stop away from London Bridge and a short bus ride away from the Bermondsey Beer Mile, we think Deptford should be getting lots more attention as a drinking destination, which Matt Curtis summarised brilliantly in this blogpost about Villages’ Beam fruited sour. Whilst Deptford doesn’t have the buzzing nightlife crowd of neighbouring New Cross or Peckham, our recommendations all have their own unpretentious charm and unique community vibe.

The Dog and Bell

The Dog and Bell is a traditional pub, ran by Charlie and Eileen Gallagher since 1988, tucked away between a quiet street and an empty plot of land next to the river. Once inside, The Dog and Bell wraps you into a warm blanket of comfort and familiarity you only get from the very best pubs, where time seems to run away from you and before you know it they’re calling last orders, you’re stumbling out onto the pavement and the spell is broken. Take a read of Boak and Bailey’s recent blog post on The Dog and Bell here, where they encapsulated its charm in better words than we could ever write! I think every single one of us at Brick would rate The Dog and Bell as our favourite place to drink in Deptford; we’ve spent a lot of evenings here with its cosiness and great beer irresistable after a long, cold day in the brewery but Pete summarises it up nicely;

“The Dog and Bell is one of the best community pubs in London. A great rotating selection of ales on cask, bottled Belgian beers and proper home cooked pub food. Prick up your ears up and listen out for a good story..”
– Pete, Head Brewer

Little Faith 

Little Faith Beer’s taproom based in the historic Deptford Creek and once the home of the docks, Little Faith fits in to the creative surroundings that are now found in Creekside with its vintage metal signs all over the walls and mismatched seating. Brilliant beer selection, including theirs (brewed in nearby Bermondsey) and guest breweries, from 15 of their taps with a guest street food vendor every Friday and Sunday. Their beer garden is great in the summer too.

Hop Burns and Black

Hop Burns and Black‘s sister site to their original Peckham store, this bottle shop in an archway and right next to Deptford station is a go-to on the way home for takeaway beers. Often a pitstop for us on the way to Villages taproom, you can drink in too. If the weather is okay sit outside and people watch city workers scurrying home or squeeze inside next to the shelves of hot sauces. Nathan the manager is always ready to recommend something decent if you’re overwhelmed by all the beer choice.

Villages

Villages Brewery, a small independent brewery brewing in the heart of Deptford, is a fundamental drinking hole for us. The brewery transforms into a Taproom from Thursday to Sunday and their Rafiki Session IPA often pulls us to their archway for post-work pints. Ran by brothers Archie and Louis, they’ve created an essential beer destination for the area.

“Archie and Louis are two of the nicest guys in the industry, I’m not the first person to say that! The ethos of Villages and vibe at the Taproom is testament to them and the team they’ve assembled. Always welcoming and always seeking to integrate with the local community, it’s a cracking space for a beer! They also know how to throw a pretty mean party.” – Stu, Sales Director

Gin and Beer

Gin and Beer, situated in between Hop Burns and Black and Villages in another railway arch, is a modern cocktail bar specialising in gin and Belgian beers that remains relaxed and the perfect pre or post-dinner spot.

“A cocktail menu with over 10 different types of negronis was enough for me to love Gin and Beer from my first visit. The extensive list of Belgian beer is an added bonus, 2 specialities done really well.”
– Nadia, Marketing and Events

Big John’s Biltong Bar

Just over 1 year old, owner Big John opened London’s first bar dedicated to biltong, Big John’s Biltong Bar, in a former shoe shop after 9 years living in Deptford. Native to New Zealand, and whilst working as a painter and decorator a South African colleague introduced John to biltong and he was hooked. Since opening he’s created a cheerful and socialable space where people from every community in Deptford chat across tables, the walls decorated with erotic rugs, old maps, photos and no sense of theme whatsoever. A small bar with only 3 or 4 beer taps and a whole wall of spirits and wine. This is no bar for people who want to sit quietly in the corner with a book, Big John’s almost demands you to be the most sociable version of yourself… it’s great!

The Royal Albert

In the blurr between New Cross and Deptford is The Royal Albert. A Victorian freehouse we love to head to particularly when the sun is out, commandeer a big bench on the terrace and order endless bowls of chips. Showcasing a range of independent UK breweries… we always get a squeal of delight from Sam when there’s Burning Sky Plateau on cask.

” The Royal Albert always has a good selection of cask and keg, with awesome good value pub grub and bar snacks. Make sure you order a portion of frickles and settle yourself into one of the many well worn-in Chesterfield sofas” – Sam, Brewer

If you’re less about booze and more into coffee, The Waiting Room and Lomond Coffee do the best brews in the area.

Where to Eat

Whether it’s on the high street or surrounding streets we are never short of choice of something amazing to eat for lunch, Deptford is a complete mish-mash of cultures and eateries that have been around for decades and newer, more modern places that have brought in a different crowd of people to discover its charm. We do have our favourites though, as recommended below…

Eat Vietnam

Deptford’s large resident Vietnamese community means you’re spoilt for choice of excellent Vietnamese eateries (and no queues snaking down the street like you have to endure on Shoreditch’s “Pho Mile”). Our favourite, however, is Eat Vietnam. A small restaurant on Evelyn Street it’s also, conveniently, just a 5 minute walk away from the brewery. Super friendly staff, always busy, fresh ingredients and massive portions with change from a tenner.

“Their spicy Imperial Hue pho will blow out any cold and has been the cure to many post-tap takeover hangovers. We’ve also recently discovered how good their Bánh xèo is, a crispy pancake stuffed with prawns, pork, beansprouts and herbs… so good.” – Nadia, Marketing and Events

Manze’s

Manze’s on Deptford High Street is one of the few remaining pie and mash shops in South East London. Open for over 100 years by the Manze family, Manze’s looks exactly like a pie and mash shop should; bench seating, white tiles and tall serving counter. Making their beef mince pies fresh every day, with the addition of mash and liquor for the perfect comfort food.

Hullaballoo

Deptford’s only vegetarian and vegan Indian restaurant, Hullabaloo opened just over 2 years ago by Baloo. Formerly a chef in Mayfair, Baloo started Hullabaloo to be closer to home and serve food he loves to cook and will happily chat to you as he bakes fresh naan and rotis. Extremely popular with locals due to its fresh vegetarian dishes, awesome staff and all served in the small restaurant where the walls are covered in Bollywood film posters. Hullabaloo is our first choice for a collab brew day lunch when we have guests to feed, with Ian zipping off on his scooter to pick up our monstorous sized takeaway.

“Hullabaloo is so tasty, never oily like many other takeaways with a homemade kind of feeling. Satisfies even a non-vegetarian like me, you don’t even notice there’s no meat – Boom!” – Oscar, Credit Controller

Welcome Inn

Our local chippy. Nothing special to separate it from the typical fish and chip shop you’ll find anywhere, the curry sauce is pretty good though, but we love it because the portions are huge and Eric the owner will never fail to put you in a good mood with his contagious happy vibes.

W H Wellbeloved

A butchers at the New Cross end of Deptford High St open since 1829, Wellbeloved’s history adorns the walls with photos through the decades celebrating the heritage of this simple and traditional butchers. We’ve recommended it as somewhere to eat as they also sell excellent homemade meat pies. Ian has been known to nip out on his scooter and come back with a big bag of steaming hot pies for us all, amazing value and packed to the brim with slow cooked beef.

Marcella

The sister restaurant to the brilliant Artusi in Peckham, Marcella is no less fantastic. A relaxed Italian on Deptford High St with a short and ever-changing menu, and on Sundays have a 3-course menu for £20, Marcella is a sign of gentrification tricking its way into the area… but also an example of that not always being a bad thing. Perfectly executed Italian dishes and made for sharing, it’s a favourite of ours for long, lazy lunches or relaxed evenings.

“Their incredible pasta dishes are always excellent, which change seasonally so you’ll never feel disappointed. They use fresh ingredients to created flavours that are simple yet inventive. The hospitality is real and not scripted, always happy to have a chat. Couldn’t rate it more highly” – Fred, Sales Manager

Honey’s Caribbean Takeaway

Honey’s is an excellent takeaway serving hearty and full of flavour West Indian food on Deptford High St. Always buzzing with customers and chatter, their huge portion of jerk chicken and rice and peas is a winner when you’ve got a craving for something spicy.

“Honey’s do the best veggie pattie and red pea soup this side of Old Kent Road.  They’ve warmed my hands on many a cold day!” – Pete, Head Brewer

M + D Japanese 

Slap bang in the middle of Deptford High St is M+D Japanese restaurant with its painted bright pink exterior hard to miss. Serving great value Japanese curries, sushi and ramen where you squeeze into the small eating area and sit elbow to elbow with strangers.

“It’s Monday, it’s cold and you got up late so had no time to prepare a lunch. That’s okay because M&D Japanese are there for your Monday blues comfort food. With amazing noodle dishes with a spicy kick to katsu curries, yakisoba and sushi you’ll soon be looking forward to every Monday!” – Ian, Managing Director

What to Do

To be completely honest much of our activity in Deptford revolves around eating and drinking, but there’s some stand out things we love to do regularly on our lunch breaks and after work. Need the complete set of James Bond films on VHS? Head to Deptford Market. Not to be confused with the regenerated Deptford Market Yard area around the station, Deptford Market is the best kind of bric-a-brac market you’ll find anywhere in London, as well as fresh fruit and veg, clothes, fresh fish and hot food vendors. Only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays we’ll always come back to the brewery with a new mug, photo frame, bag of £1 bowl fruit or a Christmas jumper (only ever Sam).

Every Wednesday Little Faith hold their Strange Brew Comedy night from 7:30pm. Free-admission and different comedians each week it’s a great way to tackle mid-week blues. It’s always pretty busy so get there early to nab a good seat. Every Thursday, it’s worth getting to Villages’ taproom for their weekly pub quiz at 7:30pm. Ran by Joe, the questions are often weird and difficult but it’s great fun (blind tasting crisp round, paper aeroplane round for example). For a long time Lewisham was one of the 2 only boroughs in London not to have a cinema, so Deptford Cinema is a community-led not-for-profit organisation that was set up to bring cinema and arts to the community. The 39 seat venue regularly shows regular screenings, encouraging independent and interesting cinema based on what the community wants to watch. Deptford Cinema is also a venue that hosts films as part of the annual New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival (NXDFFF) which, in its 7th year, is a free neighbourhood festival that takes over cafes, libraries, pubs, churches etc to show films and encourage community involvement through film. We’ve been delighted to host the opening night at the brewery for the last 2 years and can’t wait to join in again next year!

Let us know your favourite place in Deptford or if this has made you want to make a trip! Our 6th birthday party is on Saturday 7th December at our Taproom in Peckham, more details on what we have planned here. Free entry, Midday to 1am, DJ from 7pm and loads of other things going on… everyone welcome!

Job Role – Head Brewer

 

Head Brewer, Deptford

Brick is an independently run brewery that started from humble roots in a Peckham shed. Since 2013 we have been building our brewery; first from a railway arch in Peckham Rye, SE London and after an expansion in 2017, now with a production site just down the road in Deptford. We are looking for a passionate, organised and driven Head Brewer to manage our brewery production and lead our brewing team.

Key Deliverables

  • Developing, motivating and managing the production team, performing regular reviews and encouraging vocational training
  • Production scheduling to ensure the delivery of product on time and in line with agreed costs
  • Develop and oversee implementation of processes relating to wort production, cellaring and packaging.
  • Work with the directors to create and manage plans to increase annual output in line with agreed sales forecasts.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with relevant industry legislation and food quality/safety standards.
  • Maintain record keeping and quality control to a high standard
  • Negotiation of raw material contracts and ordering of raw materials necessary to fulfil schedule.
  • Work with the sales team and logistics to ensure availability and delivery of core products
  • Manage the delivery of an innovative range of specials to a pre-agreed calendar and to appropriate costings.
  • Manage quality and quality processes to maintain our excellent standard of product.
  • Continuously research new methods, processes and materials to improve quality and deliver progressive products.
  • Take the lead in acquiring and implementing new equipment to improve quality and efficiencies.
  • Manage the maintenance of all brewing equipment to ensure it is fully functional at all times
  • Represent Brick at selected industry events as a brand ambassador.
  • Foster relationships with other breweries and artisanal producers

Who we are looking for:

  • 5+ years experience in brewing
  • Previous experience in managing a team
  • Ideally a relevant technical degree (e.g. engineering, brewing)
  • IBD Diploma in Brewing, Master Brewer qualification or similar (desirable)
  • Proficient MS Office skills – Excel, Word
  • Analytical capabilities
  • Fantastic communication skills
  • Project Management experience
  • The adaptability to problem solve
  • Passion for the brewing industry

What you get:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 28 days holiday
  • 1 day a year to volunteer with a local charity
  • 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.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

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 ian@brickbrewery.co.uk

CLOSING DATE: Friday 6thDecember 2019

Celebrating 6 Years of Brick Brewery: Our Collaborations

Celebrating 6 Years of Brick Brewery: Our Collaborations

Continuing our celebration of 6 years of Brick Brewery in the lead up to our birthday party on Saturday 7th December, this week we are looking back on the collaborations we’ve been part of over the years and led us to exciting endeavours that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise!

Collaborations are so commonplace nowadays with a new collaboration release out every week, epitomising the industry’s desire for sharing ideas, innovation and experimentation. Brick first dipped into collaboration beers in July 2017 with the release of Melange Imperial Stout, a collaboration with Peckham-based Melange chocolatier. They Using their dark chocolate cocoa nibs along with 7 malts and vanilla pods for a creamy and rich mouthfeel, plus a wrapped square of chocolate around the neck of the 660ml bottle.

Since then we have released 18 collaboration beers, plus collaborated with 7 breweries at their sites. With each collaboration, our aim is to push our own creative and brewing boundaries by releasing a style we might not have previously, using a new ingredient or collaborating with a different trade to combine their knowledge to produce an innovative final product that we all want to drink! We’d had on the brewing wish list to explore jerk smoking techniques and flavours within a beer for a while, so when we collaborated with 1251 Restaurant in November 2018 we used owner and Head Chef James Cochran’s we used James’ knowledge of Jamaican flavours to create a Jerk Spiced Stout using his famous secret jerk spice blend and smoked malt that James took to Whitstable, where he grew up, to smoke in a traditional smokehouse. The result was a subtly smokey, mildly spiced but full-bodied stout with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and sweet scotch bonnet, encapsulating each collaborator’s heritage and expertise to create something unique yet big on flavour.

This mantra to collaborate on beers that are more experimental and fun has continued throughout many of our collaborations. When we went over to The Garden Brewery in November 2018 to brew a Rosehip and Wild Sorrel Sour, Pete foraged the ingredients with The Garden team from the woodlands around Slijeme for a truly Croatian-centric beer.

Another great example; our Combined Harvest brewed in collaboration with Hawkes Cider. The Brut Graff, a hybrid between beer and cider, was made using 1.5 tonnes worth of Braeburn apple juice which Hawkes brought along to the brew day and was added to the whirlpool and then co-fermented with their house yeast and London Fog Ale yeast to create a beer that is super dry with hints of sweet spice and gentle cider tartness from the Braeburn apple juice. This release challenged some tasting notes… was it a beery cider? A cidery beer? As shown so eloquently on Untappd by some drinkers; “Like a London farmyard snakebite”. It split opinion but definitely challenged our knowledge and shifted our comfort zone.

2019 saw us approach some collaborations with breweries in a slightly different way by creating opportunities to add a charity and fundraising element to our collaborative projects. When we started putting together ideas for our 3 Peaks Challenge Collaboration Beers at the start of the year, being able to give something back to each community was an important part of the planning process. Born from our love of escaping London for the countryside and fresh air whenever we can, pushing our boundaries and collaborating with like-minded breweries we collaborated with 3 breweries all located within close proximity of the 3 highest peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon). Those 3 breweries were Fallen Brewing, Hawkshead Brewery and Wild Horse Brewing. Breweries of different sizes, locations and brewing styles but like-minded all the same, the 3 beers were inspired by each peak. Released in 440ml cans for the first time, a % of sale was donated to each collaborative brewery’s chosen charity; Start Up Stirling, Fix The Fells, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and Peckham Platform. Alongside these 3 Peaks inspired beers, we completed the 3 Peaks Challenge itself on 14th July 2019, with at least 1 member from each brewery taking part as we climbed all 3 peaks in 24 hours. We had so much fun collaborating all together to create 3 very special beers, travelling to new places and generally being inspired by the stunning surroundings these breweries are situated. Read more about that collaborative project here.

Our charity and fundraising-focussed collaborations have continued in 2019, with releasing Preferred Pronouns in collaboration with The Queer Brewing Project for the official London Craft Beer Festival beer, with 10% of sales going to Galop; the UK’s largest LGBTQ anti-violence charity. Our involvement in The Skyline Project, which saw us collaborate with Brooklyn-based KCBC to release Boysen Was The Cure, an Imperial Sour, contributed to £1 from each box being donated to Trees for Cities.

Our collaboration beers brewed at our site also gives opportunity to work with a new local artist for each label design. The most ‘free’ of all our beer labels, our collaboration labels gives each artist a lot of freedom to interpret the beer in their own unique way and showcasing their artistic style. This freedom has seen our collaborations go further than just creating the beer, with the label design being produced by our collaborators also. For our ‘Je Ne Saison Quoi’ Apricot Sour Saison release with Clapton Craft Forest Hill, then-manager Ben Weetman used his graphic design skills to translate the summer holiday inspiration with fun graphics and heady, summery colours onto the label. Lily of The Queer Brewing Project is also a talented artist who transformed a digital painting of hers, in a project exploring gender through art, from when she was a student at Camberwell College of Arts into a vibrant label design.

All of these collaborations over the years have set us new challenges, taken us to different parts of the world and made some great new friends. A big thanks to everyone who has collaborated with us over the years, these beers and projects have been a real highlight of our journey so far. We have big plans for 2020 and can’t wait to play host to some amazing new breweries, visit new places and brew even more beers. Stay tuned! What’s been your favourite collaboration we’ve done?

Our 6th birthday party is on Saturday 7th December at our Taproom in Peckham, more details on what we have planned here. Free entry, everyone welcome!