Thirty-year veteran of the brewing industry, Peter Jackson talks about starting his own microbrewery, the pleasures of mashing in and the revival of craft beer in London.
Southwark has always been the centre of brewing in London. Ask Peter Jackson of Southwark Brewing Co about the area around London’s Borough Market and he is more than enthusiastic. “It’s a fantastic area. It’s has always been the heart of brewing. Two of the UK’s largest brewers were here - Barclays Perkins, where Shakespeare's Globe is now, and Courage, just by Tower Bridge on the side of Thames. It has some of the best pubs in the capital and so I knew that I wanted to come back here.”
So when it came to launching his own microbrewery in October last year, it was just a matter of finding the right location, which he did in the converted arches of Druid Street in SE1. Joining him is business partner and long-time drinking mate, Andy Nichol, and Sean Franklin (on a consultancy basis). Of Rooster fame, Franklin is a master microbrewer. Peter himself is a thirty-year veteran of the brewing industry having worked for some of the UK largest brewers.
Specialising in traditional cask ales, Southwark Brewing Co crafts its beers on site. All are secondary fermented in the cask: not filtered, carbonated or sold under pressure. They brew three times a week - 10 barrels or 2880 pints. The company has already supplied to over 100 freehouses across London.
Discovered at Spa Terminus - Crown & Queue, creator of charcuterie using British rare breeds to 300 year old recipes. Adrienne Eiser Treeby brings her experience as a chef, cheesemonger and two-years training under Master Salumiere to London. We are hoping to interview Adrienne in the next few weeks to learn more about her craft and her journey as a new London food entrepreneur. You can visit Crown & Queue at Unit 8, Spa Business Park, Dockley Road. SE16 3FJ and learn more about Adrienne here.
You know when something has been on your to do list for a mine and then finally you get around to doing it. Well last week, I finally launched my newsletter. The format has been kept simple with the idea that I will post every two-months with a listing of those interviewed, walks created, and of course, things and people found. It's easy to subscribe - simply fill in your email address, first and last name in the top right hand order of my blog. I can see it from here!
WITH so many start-ups in London it was inevitable that someone would respond by offering commercial space to young businesses. Enter ContainerVille - a community of converted containers on the banks of Regent's Canal. Rentals include all bills and the cost ranges from £30 a week for a desk through to a container for around £1000 a month. We think this is a great idea both for the space solution that it offers and the sense of community that is creates for London entrepreneurs. This is to say nothing of its great location in the vicinity of Broadway Market. Unsurprisingly, it is currently full but to get yourself on the waiting list, contact ContainerVille here. You can go and see it for yourself at 5010 Corbridge Crescent, E2 9DS