One of the country's most pioneering brewers has secured a London premises which will be converted into a tap house on Bermondsey’s 'Beer Mile'.
Moor Beer’s new 2,000 square foot space will initially open as a pop-up bar and warehouse, so customers will have the chance to stock up on Christmas presents and no-doubt enjoy a welcome break from shopping.
The site will remain open as a pop-up throughout January after which a full refurbishment will take place, with expectations to open fully in February.
The independent brewer’s mission with the new location is to bolster the availability of award-winning beers – in the form of Moor’s 'modern real ales' – available in London and the south east.
'Getting the keys to our new London base means we will increase and improve the supply of our products to a really big market, as well as get involved in an area renowned for its brewing culture,' said Justin Hawke, owner and head brewer.
'On Enid Street we are neighbours with some other great breweries, like Brew By Numbers and The Kernel Brewery.
'We are investing heavily in more equipment so we can also use the new space to do more barrel ageing of our beers, giving our products the time they deserve for the best result.’
The unfined nature of Moor’s beers helps to retain the full freshness, aroma and flavour of the product. Hawke was an early proponent of this style of brewing in the UK and is the first brewer to have Campaign for Real Ale accreditation for cask, keg, bottle and can. Moor is also the only producer to have CAMRA accreditation for real ale in cans.
Acquiring the premises rounds off a good year for Hawke, who was named Brewer of the Year at the British Guild of Beer Writer’s awards. It was also the brewery’s 10th anniversary, and turnover shot up 74% year-on-year.
'We are excited about how this will support our development and future plans to grow. Having a London presence, as well as in our hometown base in Bristol, is perfect to help us move forward,' said Hawke.
'2018 and beyond is a great prospect for extending the quality beers we can offer.'
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