Inside Beavertown Brewery

Written by: You're turning Violet, Violet Myers

“Gee Whizz!” I exclaimed as I read the golden email “I’m just a poor cockney lad with a heart of gold, this type of thing just doesn’t happen to the likes of me!”

“I’ve got it! I’ve got it!” I shouted to my elderly impoverish family, who were sleeping in the old gross bed they all share. “Grandpa Joe! Poppa Jim! Granny K and little Bob! It’s happened, my dreams have come true, I’m going to Beavertown Beer Factory!”

Long ago – before cellulite and student debt-ravaged my life, my preteen dream was all about chocolate factories. Then I hit my twenties and along with the housing market my whimsical candy dreams crashed and were replaced with the need for something a little stronger.

So, imagine my joy when North Four was invited to visit North London’s own Beavertown Brewery in Tottenham Hale. With the amount of joy one would expect from legitimately drinking at two-o-clock on a Thursday, I headed out to meet my dreams with my Oompa Loompa gun on stun. The brewery was born in 2014 and in two short years has already made a name for itself in the UK and abroad. Combining an excellent and varied range of IPA’s, ales and stouts, with some of the most recognisable and attractive branding in the get-krunked industry, Beavertown is pretty much killing it. “We can’t keep up with the demand. We don’t want to disappoint people, we want to be able to sell beer to whoever wants it.”

We started in London and are loyal to our customer base here, so even though we could probably sell everything abroad, we want to keep our local market happy

Says Kamilla (who disappointingly isn’t a manic, yet loveable, eccentric dressed in a crushed purple suit, but is lovely nonetheless) as she shows us around the busy factory, which is literally ankle deep with waves of beer. The distinct and intense smell of hops hits us straight away, but instead of giving us fresher’s flashbacks, it’s delicious and quite frankly is what the party cloud in heaven would smell like.

There are so many beer enthusiasts in London of all of ages. People are realising there’s a sophistication to beer making. You will always think of wine as something ‘finer’, but now people know that beer is just as complicated, the ingredients are just as delicate and it’s time-consuming.
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Beavertown’s overwhelming demand speaks for itself, from its humble beginnings two years ago, to a bustling business with 40 employees and a list of local and international customers so long Kamilla couldn’t recall the exact number, it’s plain to see that our local beer makers are thriving. But what sets them apart from the other thousands of breweries popping up all over the country? Part of their success could be down to the gnarly illustrations so omnipresent with the Beavertown brand. Featuring spaceships, skeleton astronauts, and other macabre characters who wouldn’t go amiss on a Slayer poster, their products really stand out in a beer line-up, a happy departure from a big old F on a can.

We have an in-house art director who does all our artwork. It’s such a gift because that visual recognition makes it so obvious that it’s Beavertown.

Kamilla is one member of the very young workforce. She’s joined by a team of brewers, packers and even a bloke working in a small lab who I can only think to call a beer scientist (I didn’t know that was an option when I was picking my GCSEs, the system failed me). They may not be three feet tall and painted orange, but they seem to be getting the job done and are blasting Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ during our visit, so they seem like a pretty worthy crowd.

We’re a really hungry creative brewery, who are eager to try new things. Everyone who works here is like “oh my god, is this actually a job?” I mean we all work really hard, but it’s really fun and our bosses are keen for all of us to provide our input to help the company grow.

So what’s next for Beavertown? Kamilla talks us through some of the new seasonal beers currently on offer and coming to a pub near you (while providing a few cheeky samples, she is allowed to drink at work after all). The brewery also runs a ridiculously successful taproom, with up to 2000 people popping by the North London factory every Saturday, all in the name of good, fresh beer. The company are even flirting with the idea of opening a Beavertown Bar; “it would be the next natural step”.

All we know is that this youthful company, Oompa Loompa or no Oompa Loompa, is set to dominate the world one trendy bar at a time. Get down to The Beavertown weekly taproom to see for yourself, no golden ticket required.

Taprooms are Saturday 2 – 8pm, click here for more info.

Photos: Mike ‘Teavee’ Barry

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