The Old Truman Brewery – originaly called the Black Eagle brewery – in Brick Lane is now usually filled with young chaps in trilbies drinking cans of Red Stripe. But it was once one of the largest breweries in England, pumping out hundreds of thousands of barrels of Truman’s ale and porter in an attempt to quench Londoners’ insatiable appetite for booze. It closed in 1989, a result of mergers and the ‘lagerisation’ of British drinking culture. But two forward-thinking beer fanatics have bought the rights to the Truman name, and are now making a version of the historic ‘Runner’; in May, they’re introducing a seasonal ale called ‘Summer Runner’. At the moment these are brewed at Nethergate in Suffolk, but the company is searching for new premises not too far from Truman’s spiritual home in Spitalfields. You can already find Runner on draught in around 40 pubs in east London, or bottled from several progressive off-licences.
For info, see trumansbeer.co.uk.