Brick Brewery started life in the shed of Ian Stewart’s garden in Peckham, South East London. He gives us a little insight into how it all began;
“Pushed by my wife to brew in the shed at the bottom of the garden, I brewed beer at home for more than six years before starting Brick. I found it fascinating that every beer is made from 4 basic ingredients, it just depends on how you put them all together that makes it unique.”
During those six years, Ian tirelessly experimented, sharing his creations with family and friends. It wasn’t too long before the garden shed was bursting at the seams.
In early 2013, Ian decided to turn his hobby into a career, setting up shop in a railway arch under Peckham Rye station. The name, Brick Brewery, represents the bricks of said railway arch, and signifies the building blocks and ethos on which the brewery has developed.
“We will grow brick by brick, built on a solid foundation,'' explains Ian. The name also carries with it a much more literal meaning; “Since 2013 we have been building our brewery, in every aspect of the word. Every recipe is built from scratch, our Tapyard was built by our fair hands, hell, we even built our own urinals!”
In the early days, Ian did everything himself, from brewing to sales. However, it quickly became apparent that to keep up with the growing popularity of Brick beers, Ian could no longer go it alone. Between 2014 and 2016 the brewery experienced a number of expansions to the team and capacity of their now jam packed railway arch. In 2017 they expanded again, setting up a production brewery in nearby Deptford, which now produces all of their core range beers.
Despite the growth the brewery has experienced over the years, it has always stayed true to the values set out by Ian from day one; “to produce consistent and great quality beer to challenge the perception of the beer enthusiast and everyday beer drinker.”
This week’s beer epitomises the commitment to these values. We’ll let Jake, the team’s sales manager, introduce it to us;
“Peck is a table beer produced to meet the growing demand for lower ABV beers styles, but there is nothing small about Peck. Each batch is slightly different, packed with hops that have been selected based on the season and that are identified to work together. It’s a beer perfectly suited for summer BBQs.”
With the taproom packed most nights, a number of awards to their name and an ever expanding range of top quality beers, the wave of success Brick have been riding since leaving the shed is continuing to build momentum, brick by brick.