Redchurch was my first, kinda.
The Redchurch Brewery, Great Eastern IPA
Size: 330ml (Bottle)
I first discovered Redchurch Brewery in an article in Timeout in the summer of 2012 and was instantly attracted to the story. In researching this piece I couldn’t find the exact story, but from memory it goes a little something like this; the founder, Gary Ward, had chucked in his job as a lawyer to start a brewery in the railway arches in Bethnal Green. After reading the article I became strangely hung up on trying their beer.
The only place I could track it down was at the City Beverage Company on Old Street (now Amathus). It felt strange travelling half way around London to find a beer that I had read about in Timeout. Little did I realise this would be the start of a new habit. I bought their Bethnal Pale Ale, Shoreditch Blonde and Hackney Gold. And really enjoyed them all.
A visit to their taproom followed. It’s a mezzanine sitting above their brewery that hosts DJs and live music Thursdays to Sundays. It wasn’t particular busy so we were easily back and forward to the bar to sample their core range fresh from the taps. My relationship with Redchurch was consummated.
They are currently fundraising on CrowdCube to fund their expansion, which is great to see, although I haven’t invested just yet as I was a little disappointed with the rewards. Petty I know, but with no guarantee of return at least give the punters some goodies! I think they will make a good go of it and perhaps I can invest my Hell Raiser cash (more on that in a later post). They have invested in an experienced team with Mark Hislop (formerly of Brewdog) driving business development and James Rylance (formerly of Beavertown) driving the brewing side and I look forward to seeing how they set about taking Redchurch to the next level.
The Great Eastern IPA is one of their beers I haven’t tried. Like the rest of their range, it’s named after places in East London and decorated with a resplendent ochre label. Launched last summer it promises to be a whopper of an IPA. And it doesn’t disappoint. Great Eastern drinks more like a DIPA; bold, smooth and syrupy, very different from last night’s Halcyon which is very hoppy and fruity. If this is the sign of things to come, time to stump up some cash!
Useful Links and Resources