Craft Beer Rising 2018

London Fields Brewery relaunches following Carlsberg acquisition

By James Beeson

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Top pedigree: head brewer Talfryn Provis-Evans has previously worked at Crate and Beavertown
Top pedigree: head brewer Talfryn Provis-Evans has previously worked at Crate and Beavertown

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Hackney-based London Fields Brewery has officially relaunched, following its acquisition by Carlsberg in July 2017.

The brewery, which was sold​ to the Danish brewing giant for a reported £4m, is to use this year’s Craft Beer Rising festival in London to showcase two core beers produced by new head brewer Talfryn Provis-Evans.

Among the beers pouring at this year’s festival will be the brewery’s Hackney Hopster (a 4.2% ABV pale ale) and 3 Weiss Monkeys (a 5% ABV Hefeweizen/IPA).

The new beers are currently being produced at Truman’s Brewery in Hackney Wick, while the London Fields site awaits construction of a new brewhouse, scheduled for completion towards the end of 2018.

Special collaboration beers

Commenting on the decision to allow London Fields to produce its core beers at the brewery, founder of the new Truman's Brewery James Morgan said: “Several of our team, both past and present, started their careers in beer at London Fields and it is great to be in a position to help them rebuild.

“We both have big plans for the future and the current beer scene offers so much opportunity for us to work together.”

There will also be a chance for attendees to taste collaboration beers made with the likes of Redchurch, Crate and Beavertown, all of which Provis-Evans has worked for.

Provis-Evans has teamed up with Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick to produce a lychee and coconut sour, while working with Nene Valley in Peterborough to produce a Banoffee pie-inspired beer called ‘Banoff with your head’. Both beers will be available at London Fields’ stand at Craft Beer Rising.

Rebuilding a reputation

These are the first in a series of experimental beers that London Fields will be working on throughout 2018, as the brewery seeks to rebuild its reputation after running into financial difficulties in 2016.  

“We want to work with local breweries, scientists and other creative minds to explore new collaborations and produce some high-intensity, pleasure-inducing beers,” commented Provis-Evans.

Craft Beer Rising festival is being held at The Old Truman Brewery between 22-24 February.

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