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Visiting Beavertown Brewery and Duke’s Brew and Que

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The London craft beer is exciting at the moment, and one of the leading players is Beavertown, a brewery that’s just four years old. They’re based in Tottenham Hale on an industrial site, and although they’ve not been there that long, they have outgrown it and are looking for new premises around three times the size.

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This is a remarkable journey for a brewery that started as recently as 2012 as part of Duke’s Brew and Que, an American BBQ joint in Hackney. It was founded by Logan Plant, son of famous rocker Robert, and self-taught brewer. Logan was inspired by the BBQ joints he’d come across in the USA which served amazing craft beer, and he wanted to bring this back to London.

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The canning line

The canning line

They can produce 15 000 litres a day, which equates to 45 000 cans, and about half this is just one beer, the Gamma Ray IPA. Production is also split 50/50 between small and big pack, and the brave move they have taken is to move pretty much all the small pack to cans. This is good for freshness.

Key kegs

Key kegs

They also use quite a few disposable key kegs, which are plastic containers that dispense the beer by air pressure on a metallized inner bag. This have quite an advantage over stainless steel kegs which need returning.

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The illustrations on the cans are by Nick Dwyer, who previously worked at Duke’s as a waiter.

The original kit from Duke's

The original kit from Duke’s

The Tottenham Hale brewery is open 2-8 pm each Saturday as a tap room.

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We visited the brewery and had an excellent tasting of some very interesting beers. We then popped over to Hackney to sample Duke’s. As well as serving the Beavertown range, Duke’s also has a really impressive list of craft beer. It was quite the day.

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Beavertown Neck Oil Session IPA
4.3% alcohol
I love this lighter-styled IPA. Very fresh, bright and linear, with lovely lemon, grapefruit and pith notes. This has real precision: it’s pure, direct and focused. 8.5/10

Beavertown Gamma Ray IPA
5.4% alcohol
Lively with nice spiciness. It has a bit of malt, quite a lot of hop character, and lovely weight in the mouth. Quite classic in this IPA style. 8/10

Beavertown Peacher Man
6.2% alcohol
A collaboration with Heretic, containing peach juice, oats, nutmeg and a Belgian witt strain of yeast. Cloudy and a bit brown. Very powerful and concentrated with lovely sweet fruity notes and a bit of earthiness. There’s also some banana and clove from the yeast. 7/10

Beavertown Bloody Ell
7.2% alcohol
This is made with blood oranges from Sicily. Beavertown take the whole harvest from a couple of farms, because they want the zest non-waxed. The beer contains zest and juice from the oranges, with the former going into the mash and the the latter in the fermenter. It’s a lovely beer with the oranges adding flavours that fit in well with the hops. Notes of orange peel: spicy, tangy and detailed. Lively and bright with a bit of pithiness, and lovely texture too. 9/10

Beavertown/Boneyard Bloody Notorious
This is Bloody Ell with some Notorious IPA from Boneyard in Oregon. 9.1% alcohol. This is such a beautifully complex beer. Amazing nose of peach, mandarin, some saline notes, oysters and seaweed. Lovely powerful, textured palate with real concentration. Complex and delicate with a grapefruit freshness. This is so delicious, showing lovely weight. 9.5/10

Beavertown Sour Power
7.8% alcohol
This is from Beavertown’s Tempus project, which involves barrels. It’s a mixed fermentation with Pediococcus, Brettanomyces and Saccharomyces. Redcurrants and sour cherries are added, too. It’s a remarkable beer with cherries, sour plums and damsons on the nose. In the mouth it’s quite sour with some fruit sweetness and an expressive personality. So detailed and fine. 9/10

Beavertown Holy Cowbell
This is a dry-hopped India stout. Powerful flavours of coffee, spice and nuts with nice black coffee aromatics. Fresh, complex and detailed, with lovely weight. 8/10

Beavertown 8 Ball Rye IPA
Orange/brown in colour. Sweet and textural with nice richness. Smooth and broad with interesting texture and nice depth. There’s real finesse to this beer. 8/10

Beavertown Delta Unda
This is no 10 out of a series of beers called invasion of the upuloids. 5.7% alcohol. Hops: citra, matoueke and enigma. Cloudy yellow colour. Lovely aromatics and a nice broad texture with a slight creaminess. Lovely depth and texture. 9/10

Beavertown Black Betty Black IPA
7.4% alcohol
Complex, powerful and textured with sweet coffee and chocolate notes, but also a luvely personality and some sweet creaminess. Complex, harmonious and balanced. 9/10

Here is a video of the visit to both the brewery and Duke’s:

Some great beers from Beavertown

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We’ve reviewed a couple of Beavertown’s offerings on Beeranorak already (here) – well, at least Daniel has. I thought it was time for me to add some views on their range, which I think is really exciting. They’re based in Hackney, in a part known as De Beauvoir Town, hence ‘Beavertown’, which is the cockney reference to this area, which in Victorian times was known for its bars and breweries.

The brewery was established by Logan Plant and Byron Knight in 2011, and in 2012 they opened a brew pub, Duke’s Brew & Que. Everything I have tried from them so far has been excellent.

Beavertown Gamma Ray American Pale Ale
5.4% alcohol
This is a beer on which Daniel and I disagree. It’s beautifully aromatic, floral and tangy, with grapefruit and herbs in the mix, too. It has a lovely savoury, tangy palate with grapefruit, lemon and spice. Real precision and focus here. 8.5/10

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Beavertown 8 Ball Rye IPA
6.2% alcohol
Malts: Simpsons Best, Rye, Crystal Rye, CaraGold, Low colour Crystal. Hops: Magnum, Columbus, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy. 50 IBUs. There’s about 20% rye in this delicious, distinctive beer. Rich, warm and textured with a nice sweet, tangy, malty base, and precise citrus and herb notes, finishing rich, warm and spicy. 8.5/10

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Beavertown Bloody Ell Blood Orange IPA
7.4% alcohol
This is a really creative beer, brewed with 25 kg of blood oranges, which were hand-peeled, with the squeezed juice added at the end of the boil. An extra pale malt was used. Amazing aromas of orange peel, lemons, spice and tropical fruits. Lovely palate with sweet tangerine notes, as well as some lemon. Powerful, intense and amazingly fruity with real personality. 8.5/10

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Beavertown Black Betty Black IPA
7.4% alcohol
Malt: Simpsons Best, Caragold, Caramalt, Carafa II, Carafa III. Hops: Magnum, Columbus, Chinook, Citra. 60 IBUs. Rich, powerful, bold and dense with lovely sweet, subtly chocolatey notes and some malt. Amazing depth of flavour combining the rich notes with a tangy citrus freshness. 8/10

Beavertown Smog Rocket Smoked Porter
5.4% alcohol
Malt: Simpsons Best, Smoke, Caramalt, Crystal, Oats, Munich, Brown, Chocolate, Black. Hops: Magnum, Chinook. 23 IBUs. Amazingly rich and dense with chocolatey richness and some bitter notes. Intense with sweet dark maltiness, combining richness and intensity with lovely detail. 8/10

Bloody ‘Ell, Blood Orange IPA, Beavertown Brewery

Bloody 'Ell IPA
Beavertown Brewery was founded in 2011 in Hackney. Beavertown was the old cockney name given to the historic ‘de beauvoir’ area, famed across Victorian London for its rich characters and infinite revelry. It is a front runner in exciting experimental beers.

Bloody ‘Ell, Blood Orange IPA, Beavertown Brewery, Hackney, London
7.2% alcohol
Bloody ‘Ell Beavertown, this is clever. It is actually brewed with blood oranges. Much preferred to the Gamma Ray and perfect for the Spring Saison (get it?). This full bodied but elegant IPA still has the underlying pine resin bitterness I associate with Beavertown, but it’s not remotely overpowering and is complementary to the restrained orange flavour. If I had been asked blind, I would not have said it had been brewed with oranges in the mix, I’d have said it was from the likes of the Citra hop. This is extremely clever beer brewing, in that it is highly original, will appeal to fans of citrus hop IPA and is a very pretty colour to boot. 8.5/10

Gamma Ray, Beavertown Brewery

Gamma Ray, Beavertown Brewery

Gamma Ray, Beavertown Brewery

Beavertown Brewery was founded in 2011 in Hackney. Beavertown was the old cockney name given to the historic ‘de beauvoir’ area, famed across Victorian London for its rich characters and infinite revelry.

Gamma Ray, Beavertown Brewery, London
5.4% alcohol
I’ve been to Beavertown on several occasions, but this was my first taste of beer from there. Gamma Ray is in keeping with a great many of London’s craft beers in that the bitter oils from the hops are front and centre. There is not a lot of weight to the mouthfeel. The hops are grassy and there is a top note of an elderly gentleman’s cologne. It’s done well if you like this style, it is not subtle and I couldn’t finish the bottle. 5/10