‘You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer,’ said Frank Zappa. ‘It helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer.’ And in London, 2015, it could be suggested that you can’t be a real borough unless you have your own beer (let’s ignore the nuclear weapons bit. Best not to imagine those on the streets of Lewisham). Ealing, to many Londoners no more than the last stop on the Central line, has a better brewery than most boroughs in Weird Beard.
Sitting in an industrial estate or under a railway arch drinking brewery-fresh beer poured by the people who made it is the new sitting in pubs. And, proof that you don’t need to live in Hackney or Bermondsey to do just that, you can now visit the taproom on selected Sundays for informal tours, scotch eggs and sausage rolls from Pig & Hay, and the chance to clink glasses with the brewers themselves.
Weird Beard, as you might have guessed, does not make conventional beers, and this Sunday May 10 sees the launch of its latest creation, a Jim Beam barrel-aged imperial stout named Sadako, which is every bit as dark and unignorable as its ‘Ring’-referencing name suggests. Beards, weird or otherwise, entirely optional.
Weird Beard, Unit 5, Boston Business Park, Trumpers Way, W7 2QA. weirdbeardbrewco.com. Boston Manor tube.
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