Early Autumn will be the first release date for beers from Earth Station, the new brewery being built in London’s Royal Docks by former Beavertown head brewer Jenn Merrick.
The focus at the start will be fresh and hoppy pale ales, Merrick told Imbibe. She sees the London market offering much potential for ‘very fresh’ draft beer.
Sessionability will remain important, and Merrick expects barrel ageing to also feature within a few years. While draft will lead the way, cans are the most likely form of packaged. The brewery site will include a taproom.
Merrick, whose CV includes stints at Meantime and Dark Star, sees the issue of suitably qualified brewing staff as critical. Earth Station HQ has launched Pipework, a social enterprise scheme designed to address training in the sector, and is working with breweries, educators and industry bodies to develop a brewing apprenticeship standard.
A Newham Borough resident for 12 years, Merrick is particularly keen to offer employment opportunities to local residents. Having identified stay-at-home mums among the most underemployed, for example, packaging shifts have been designed with the school day in mind.
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