“We were just hoping that they wouldn’t find out there was a brewery here,” says Ian Burgess, co-founder of the London Fields microbrewery, which launched at the weekend.
The tiny brewery (londonfieldsbrewery.co.uk), based in a Hackney warehouse, is just around the corner from where recent looting took place. But the team, who barricaded themselves in and continued brewing through the unrest, have now named a drink – “Love, not war” – in memory of the experience.
Using powerfully flavoured hops such as the Galaxy variety from Tasmania, London’s newest brewery follows a rapidly developing trend, as drinkers weary of bland, mass-market beers increasingly turn to small, artisan brewers with greater individuality. IPAs, stouts, and continental-style lagers are among the beers now attracting a younger, cooler and more gender-balanced crowd.