Nestled under a tiny railway arch in Herne Hill, South East London, Canopy Beer Co have been quietly going about their business with little fanfare since 2014. They quite like it that way too.
Husband and wife team, Estelle and Matthew Theobalds had toyed with the idea of opening a brewery for a couple of years prior to taking the plunge in the summer of 2014. The catalyst for the switch? The birth of their first child. The new arrival, combined with the anti-social working hours of their previous jobs, made the decision to open a brewery and go it alone much more appealing. Matthew had been brewing at home since his school days and the duo were confident that with the support of the local community they could make the brewery work.
There is a lot of community support for hyper-local products in Herne Hill where we’re based, and that boosted our confidence. There’s an old saying that “beer is best drunk in the shadow of the brewery”, and with (at that time) a lack of micro-breweries in the area we felt confident that we would have a strong local customer base.
That confidence was well placed. The brewery has slowly but surely grown over the last 6 years, opening their taproom as well as upgrading their brew kit and installing their own canning line. Make no mistake though. Canopy have no plans to go global anytime soon, and many people outside the Big Smoke will have yet sampled their beers.
“We’ve always been small and I think we always will be. We like it that way. We’re just quietly ticking along, making some great beers. We’ve got the confidence to know that we’re happy with what we’re doing – we don’t need to shout about it. We do it because it’s hard, not because it’s easy. We’re a really compact team, just four of us full-time with a can-do attitude, coffee in our cups and always raring to go!”
Tonight you’ll have one of two beers in your case, Champion Kolsch or Spring Classic Elderflower Saison.
Champion Kolsch is Canopy’s take on a classic beer style from Cologne, Germany. Cold-fermented and long-matured this lager is crisp, dry and very refreshing.
Spring Classic Elderflower Saison is an evocation of spring in Belgium in beer format. Spicy, peppery notes from the yeast are accompanied by bright, floral esters.
With their stellar range of core beers and a number of new specials being added to the roster each month, we suggest you get yourself to Herne Hill to try some. You might not find their beers elsewhere for some while yet.