Portraits of some of the brewers at the London Brewers Alliance 2011.
From top: Stuart Lascelles of East London Brewing Company, Andy Moffat of Redemption, Unknown (sorry, if you know this gentleman's name please leave a comment below), Des de Moor (a man who knows his beer) and Steve Gray of London Brewing Co.
A few observations:
- Brewing in London is in rude health. Since 2007 the number of breweries has increased threefold - from 7 to 21 (by the end of this year.)
- A big reason for this growth is that the brewers are a genuine community - nearly all have learned from someone else en route to opening their own brewery.
- The crowd was pleasingly diverse - from Camra gents to groups of girls in their 20s.
- The London Brewers Alliance is such a good showcase that it should be held biannually.
You can expect to see more on some of the guys above on M&I in the future; at least three brewery visits were merrily agreed to.