Friday, 26 August 2011

Shoreditch Micro Brewery

Beer lovers are raising their glasses to the arrival of the first brewery in Hackney for more than 20 years.

Business partners Jules Whiteway and Ian Burgess are opening London Fields Brewery to the public for the first time this bank holiday weekend.

The micro-brewery under railway arches in Helmesley Place, off Mentmore Terrace, is believed to be the first commercial brewery operating in Hackney since the closure of the Pitfield Brewery in Pitfield Street, Hoxton, in the early 1990s.

Jules, 39, who left behind a gardening business in Gloucester to start the new venture, said: “It is good to take up the mantle and continue the tradition of brewing in east London, moving it on to the next generation.”

Ian, 34, already runs Climpson & Sons coffee shop in Broadway Market.

The pair have been taking training courses and will now be supplying homes and a handful of pubs nearby with their new brews.

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