Brick Field Brown, Five Points Brewery
Brewing in the heart of Hackney.
Ed Mason knows a thing or two about craft beer. The former proprietor and one-half of the names behind Mason & Taylor in Bethnal Green, he can probably lay claim to having owned one of London’s first craft beer pubs. So when he sold this back in 2012 to concentrate on launching his own brewery, there was a good reason to be excited.
Partnering up with head brewer Greg Hobbs who had cut his brewing teeth at the East London Brewing Co, The Five Points Brewing Company launched on the London beer scene from under a railway arch in Hackney Wick in March 2013.
This is the third time that a Five Points beer has featured in our beer club, and a lot has changed since the first, in 2015.
Digital and Marketing manager Claudia Mayne explains;
“It's been an industrious five and a half years; we began in a railway arch underneath Hackney Downs station. Now, we have a second arch that houses our dry-store and barrel ageing store, a warehouse site in Hackney and our first pub and taproom, The Pembury Tavern, directly opposite the brewery and sitting on the 'five points' junction that we're named after. As of January 2019, we now employ 34 people.”
A contributing factor to the success of Five Points is the attention to detail they apply to every beer they release. The range of beers has remained small. Nowadays that is a bold move in itself. The three beers they started with have been added to sparingly, so besides the occasional special and seasonal brews (London Smoke is particularly special), if you see that 5 Points Pentagon you know what you are going to get. It might not be “experimental”. It might not have the novelty of “new”. It will taste great though.
Brick Field Brown is one of the aforementioned seasonal brews and was first released in the autumn of 2017. The idea was to champion a quintessentially British beer style. Claudia describes what we should expect from this beer.
“Brick Field Brown is our take on the classic British Brown Ale. English brown ale rebooted. It's smooth and creamy, incredibly hazelnutty, and using floral, elderberry-like US Willamette hops adds such great character to the beer. We add some of the darkest malts right at the end of the boil - this way we get the colour without making the beer too bitter and roasty.”
The beer was so popular (and a staff favourite too) that it now returns every year. With a successful crowdfunding campaign during 2018 and ambitions to treble brewing capacity in the coming year, expect to see Five Points continue their incredible trajectory.