27 July 2017

London Beer City 2017: A Celebration of Beer

London Beer City kicks off a week today on Thursday, the 3rd of August, and runs through until Sunday, the 13th, with beer events going on all throughout the city.

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Within that time, there will be a phenomenal array of events celebrating beer in this town, with everything from tap takeovers, beer and food pairings, brewery open days, talks and an epic Battle of the Bottle Shops. Not only that, the week is bookended by two world-class beer festivals: London Craft Beer Festival and Great British Beer Festival.

As keen purveyors of beer and fun times, we at The Five Points are getting pretty stuck in to the beer week, alongside our Hackney Wick brethren Mason & Company. Here’s a run-down of what we both are up to during London Beer City:

London Beer City Opening Party at Mason & Company: Thursday, 3 August

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Kicking off the whole citywide frenzy of beer will be the London Beer City Opening Party at Mason & Company on Thursday, the 3rd of August. This will be the first chance to try the two limited edition collaborative brews for the week (more on that in a bit), which will be on pour alongside some of the best beers in the country!

There’s going to be great festive feels from DJs including the legendary Bradley Hall, plus a parade of Parm and other delights from the Capish? Street Food kitchen.

The London Beer City Opening Party is free entry and all are welcome. The North and South London Beer City collab beers will be on pour from 7pm, but head there early for food and a huge, huge selection of exceptional drinks to get stuck into.

Five Points at London Craft Beer Festival: Friday through Sunday, 4-6 August

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We’ll be holding it down at London Craft Beer Festival alongside a great crew of other brewers at the so-called East London Brewers Bar, but really it is and forever will be known as the LCBF Party Bar. Seriously, we’ve made a hashtag so it’s 100% legit. We are bringing top beer and top vibes alongside Affinity Brew Co., Crate Brewery, Hackney Brewery, 40FT, Anspach & Hobday, Signature Brew and Redemption Brewing. So come along for some of the best beer and bantz at the festival!

Mason & Company Yorkshire Beer Hub for London Beer City: 4-13 August

In a nod to our Northern family in Leeds, Whitelock’s Ale House and The Turk’s Head, Mason & Company are the Yorkshire Beer Hub for London Beer City throughout the week. Expect a wonderful selection from breweries such as Magic Rock Brewing, Northern Monk Brew Co, Kirkstall Brewery, Roosters Brewery, Ilkley Brewery, North Brewing Co. and more.

Five Points Presents Newer Brewers & Talks: Saturday, 5 August

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As part of our Summer Tap Saturdays, we are dedicating our guest lines at our Summer Tap to some newer London (and near enough!) breweries on Saturday, the 5th for Five Points Presents Newer Brewers. Come and enjoy beer from Affinity Brew Co., Villages, Elusive Brewing, Solvay Society and others, plus get a first taste of our international collaborative beer with Eternal City Brewing: Brit Pop!

We are also hosting a panel discussion on How to Get a Gig in Beer at 2pm, with confirmed industry titans including Archie Village from Villages and Stephanie Palgrave-Elliot from Caps & Taps. It’s free to attend, so rock up and learn how these folks got stuck into beer.

Whitelock’s Yorkshire Takeover at Mason & Company: Monday, 7 August

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Don’t mess with Yorkshire! Whitelock’s Ale House, the oldest pub in Leeds, will take over Mason & Company on Monday, the 7th of August, for a proper Northern knees-up! There’ll be a particularly special line-up of Yorkshire breweries on the bar poured by legends among the Whitelock’s staff.

The beer on draught will feature plenty of limited-edition beers, with many folks from the breweries themselves up for a chat and relaxed Meet the Brewer action.

Great British Beer Festival: Tuesday through Saturday, 8-12 August

The Five Points will be at the London Beer City bar at the Great British Beer Festival alongside Redemption Brewing and Windsor & Eton Brewery. Among the beer we’ll have on cask throughout the festival is an ultra-rare cask of Field Day Citrus Pale, alongside stalwarts of our cask range Five Points Pale and Railway Porter.

London Beer City Closing Party at The Five Points Summer Tap: Saturday, 12 August

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We are throwing the closing shin-dig for London Beer City at our Summer Tap’s Yard on Saturday, the 12th of August. Enjoy beer across four bars from 16 of London’s best breweries including Beavertown Brewery, The Kernel Brewery, One Mile End, Pressure Drop Brewing, The Redchurch Brewery, Fourpure Brewing and ourselves. Capish? Street Food will be serving up saucy sandwiches from their container kitchen, and there will be plenty of tunes played on the ones and twos from our resident DJs.

Plus, there will be optional tutored tastings focusing on local brewing hubs Bermondsey, Tottenham and Hackney.

Tickets are £8 for entry and include your first pint.

Agadoo London Beer City Collab

We brewed the north of the river London Beer City collab beer at our brewery underneath Hackney Downs Station with our pals at Pressure Drop and One Mile End, along with brewing superstar Jenn Merrick.

The North London Collab beer is Agadoo, a rich farmhouse saison brewed with El Dorado hops and a half-tonne of Costa Rican pineapples. This is a beer that is juicy, yet dry, brewed with Bohemia pilsner and wheat malt for a light, refreshing summer beer.

We look forward to the Agadoo debut at the London Beer City Opening Party, alongside the collaborative beer filled with Southern Hemisphere hops from our South London counterparts Fourpure Brewing Co., Wimbledon Brewery and Brew By Numbers. You’ll find both beers at many amazing venues throughout London Beer City, as well as the Closing Party at our Warehouse Yard.

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Need more beer action? Have a look at the full schedule on the London Beer City website, or check out some highlights in this article from Matt the List. We’ll see you around for the biggest beer week in the country!


13 July 2017

Summer Tap Saturdays at The Five Points Warehouse Yard

We’ve recently launched The Five Points Summer Tap Saturdays at our Warehouse Yard, similar to last year’s Yard Parties but with a bit more punch!

Our Summer Tap Saturdays are taking place every Saturday from 1pm to 8pm throughout July and August, located under our arches and in our yard at The Five Points Brewing Company Warehouse at 61 Mare Street, E8 4RG. Hang out with friends while enjoying beer from Five Points and friends, delicious street food from Capish? or guest traders, and epic tunes from our Five Points Resident DJs.

Each Saturday will have a different theme of events following up on our recent Manchester Comes To Hackney tap showcase, although excellent beer from us will always be in the cards! Here’s the line-up of events we’ve got coming up:

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15 July – Five Points Hearts Mason & Company
We love our little sibling Mason & Company, so we’ve invited our sister bar to curate our guest taps with some of their favourite brewers’ beers (who happen also to be some of ours, so win-win!). Enjoy a brew or two from One Mile End, Cloudwater and Pressure Drop in the cool climate of our railway arch tap bar or on the sun deck in the Yard.

Le Tour de Five Points Summer Tap Saturday

22 July – Tour de Five Points
We are bringing Le Tour to The Five Points by screening the Tour de France in our Yard. Come and watch the racers speed through the streets of Marseille while enjoying Capish? Street Food Sloppy Joe specials–both meat and vegan options! View the Facebook event page or on Eventbrite.

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29 July – Five Points Community Day
In partnership with and support of St Joseph’s Hospice, who are hosting their annual Summer Knees Up across the road, we are hosting a Community Day of fundraising for the Hospice as well as holding a good ol’ fashioned East End jumble sale. Plus, legends Oli Baba’s will be taking over the container kitchen with their infamously tasty halloumi fries! See the event on Facebook or Eventbrite to save the date.

Five Points Summer Tap Newer Brewers

5 August – Five Points Presents New Brewers & Beer Talks
For London Beer City, we are proud to be showcasing beer from some of the latest wave of London breweries on our guest taps! Come and meet folks from these exciting new breweries and hear about what’s brewing. Additionally, we will feature panel discussions on topics such as the current state of beer affairs in the UK and how to get a career in beer. See the event on Facebook or Eventbrite.

12 August – London Beer City Closing Party
We are pleased to be hosting the London Beer City Closing Party, which is going to be an even bigger bash than our party for the event last year! Join us as we’ll be pouring beers from all over London on four separate bars. Please note this is the only event in our Yard requiring paid entry. More info on that and how to book tickets here.

There will be more updates to come on the remaining August Summer Tap dates, but it’s always great to keep an eye on our Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as the catch-all Facebook Event page for the Summer Tap Saturdays and our Eventbrite page.

Summer Tap Saturdays

With the exception of our London Beer City Closing Party on the 12th of August, our Summer Tap Saturdays at our Warehouse space are free of entry, so rock up, hang out, enjoy some nosh and, of course, drink some excellent beer! We will have a Five Points Brewing Pop-Up bottle shop on site as well for any take-away beers to carry out for the rest of your weekend’s antics as well. Be sure to come along to the start of a superlative way to spend your Saturdays this summer!


6 April 2017

Announcing the Field Day Citrus Pale!

Field Day Citrus Pale from The Five Points

We are excited to once again team up with Field Day to make a brand new beer for the summer festival season!

Our Field Day Citrus Pale will be soon available on keg and in can! Brewed with Mosaic hops along with zest from grapefruits and organic Sicilian lemons, this juicy, zippy pale ale will be a perfect companion for sunny beer gardens, backyard barbecues and (naturally) incredible summertime music festivals. Clocking in with an ABV of 4.2%, the Field Day Citrus Pale is a superlative beer for session drinking and enjoyment, which is perfect because it will be hard to have just one can.

In keeping with the feline vibes from our friends at Field Day, our cans for Field Day Citrus Pale will feature cats pals from The Five Points and Field Day family, so say hello to Astrid, Ludo, Noodles,Polly and Scooby. Each of the cans for Field Day Citrus Pale will feature one of these cool cats, with a mix of all five throughout the range. Collect them all!

Five Points Field Day Citrus Pale Cats

You can get your hands on Field Day Citrus Pale in pubs, bars, shops and other venues soon, but one place you can definitely get it is on Sunday, the 30th of April at Field Day at Dinerama, the massive Field Day warm up party at Street Feast’s Dinerama in Shoreditch! Join us for an incredible all-day affair to celebrate the best in beer from The Five Points, food from Dinerama legends such as Lagom and Yum Bun, and music with DJ sets from Django Django, Kiwi, Erol Alkan, Tim Burgess and others.

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We hope to see you at Field Day at Dinerama! Tickets are just £8 in advance, which includes your first can of Field Day Citrus Pale on us!

Be sure to get your tickets booked soon for Field Day on Saturday, the 3rd of June, in glorious Victoria Park. We’ll be there with London Brewers’ Market, so there will be heaps of beer from London’s independent breweries to enjoy at the festival.

Keep an eye out for other special events with our Field Day Citrus Pale coming up through our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. We look forward to hearing your feedback on the beer–and the cats!

PS: Hats off to the incredible Kate Lyons for the purr-fect designs for this new beer.

 


22 December 2016

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017, a.k.a. Growing Pains

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2016 has been an interesting year, on a lot of levels(!), but for us here at The Five Points it’s been one that’s seen us more than double our production from 5,000 hectolitres (or around 900,000 pints), to 12,000 hectolitres – that’s 2.1 million pints, and in the process increasing our team from 10 to 23 full time staff. That rate of growth comes with a certain amount of growing pains!

As a result we are fast running out of space at our brewery in Hackney. We love every nook and cranny of our Victorian railway arch nestled here underneath Hackney Downs Railway Station, and we hope to stay here for many years to come. But realistically we are now at capacity at this site.

In order to continue to brew our beers to the standard we want, and in the quantities that you want, we need to expand. At Hackney Downs we are hemmed in on all sides, and after several months of (currently unsuccessful) negotiation with our neighbours and with Network Rail, sadly it looks like we’ve run out of expansion options at our current site.

So we are actively pursuing expansion plans – after a lot of discussion with suppliers and other brewers we have a new brewhouse manufacturer tee-ed up and we are actively looking for new premises, with a number of possibilities lined up. However this will take time, as we negotiate a new lease and then have equipment manufactured and installed, and so we’ve had to look at options to fill the gap.

After much research and deliberation, we have decided to partner with a family-owned independent brewery in Belgium, which will help us to meet demand on a temporary basis while we finalise our expansion plans. We continue to brew twice a day here in Hackney, but twice a month our Head Brewer Greg will also take the 200 mile trip to Belgium to brew some more of our beer on our partners’ kit. And that’s the important thing for us; while we continue to brew our full range of beers here in Hackney, our top up brews (which is currently some of our draught Five Points Pils) are still being brewed by our own brewers, to our own existing recipe, using our own ingredients.

While we’re a little bit sad that for now we can’t brew every single drop at our own premises, we’re also really excited about our London expansion plans, and teaming up with our new found Belgian friends is really going to help us out of a hole while we finalise those expansion plans here in the UK. Of which there will be more news very soon!

All of us here at The Five Points are hugely grateful for the support we’ve received from all of our customers in 2016. We truly value it. Thank you. And we look forward to sharing news of our development plans in 2017.


15 December 2016

Join our team! Experienced Brewer vacancy

We are Hiring

 

We at the Five Points have a new full-time role vacant for an experienced Brewer to join our talented team in East London! This new role is based primarily in our Brewery beneath Hackney Downs station, though there will be occasions where one will be based at our Warehouse space on Mare Street close to Broadway Market and Regent’s Canal.

All applicants must have relevant brewing experience in a commercial brewery, which will include an understanding and familiarity with the brewing, fermentation, and CIP processes. All candidates must be passionate about beer and committed to quality and consistency. Applicants with IBD, Brewlab or equivalent qualifications would be ideal. The role involves heavy lifting and manual handling.

The salary will be from £20,800 p.a. depending upon experience. The Five Points will fund and sponsor the successful candidate’s professional training through the Institute of Brewing & Distilling’s structure. Perks include a good amount of Five Points beer, infinite on-site tea and coffee, plus a staff discount at our sister venues Mason & Company, Whitelock’s Ale House and The Turk’s Head.

If this sounds like a role for you, please email our Head Brewer Greg Hobbs at greghobbs@fivepointsbrewing.co.uk to request a full job description. All applications must have “Brewer Application” in the subject heading and all applications must be sent across to Greg Hobbs via e-mail.

The closing date for all applications is Friday, the 20th of January, 2017, however we may begin interviewing suitably qualified candidates ahead of this date, so get your applications in early!

The Five Points Brewing Company is an accredited London Living Wage employer, and an equal opportunity employer.


1 December 2016

Introducing our Five Points XPA cans!

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Our new Five Points XPA cans went down a treat at the Christmas London Brewers’ Market! Thanks to everyone who came to our stall to help kick off its launch in this new format.

The Five Points XPA is the new incarnation of our popular collaboration brew for Field Day to celebrate their 10th anniversary this summer, the Ten Points Extra Pale Ale. Brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops, this super sessionable brew clocks in at 4% abv, making it a great choice for casual drinks with friends.

If you missed us at London Brewers’ Market, we are now selling Five Points XPA on our EeBria shop, where you can buy cans of it alongside our other beers and have it delivered right to your door.

Five Points XPA is also available to our trade customers for wholesale purchase in can as well as on keg. Please contact our sales team for more information.

We hope you enjoy this new beer addition to our family of brews!