Members of both CAMRA and Slow Food came together a few nights ago for a tour of East London’s newest brewery, Brodie’s Beers. The Brewery was set up a year ago round the back of the William the Forth pub on Leyton High street and is run by brother and sister team, James and Lizzie Brodie. The former providing his home brewing enthusiast skills to the mix while the latter throws in her knowledge gleaned from achieving a degree in Biological Sciences.
The brother-sister duo’s beers are available in the pub next door but also in the Crossed Keys in Covent Garden, The Hermit’s Cave in Camberwell, and the King Charles I in King’s Cross. The first beer James produced was an IPA to a recipe he used to make for himself in his bath, which is available now in bottles. However, Londonist was keen to try some of what’s on tap. First off was Brodie’s Red, a chestnutty brew with plenty of flavour. Later we moved on to Sunshine, lighter and more golden. It was a perfect summer pint.
During the tour, James let 23 year old brewery student Tom Unwin use Brodie’s equipment to brew his own recipe. Tom didn’t have a name for the beer yet, but readers are welcome to suggest possible titles in the comments box below.
Words and photography by Andrew Webb