The first commercial brewery to open in Hackney since the 19th Century, London Fields Brewery was launched in the summer of 2011. Following a sequence of legal issues surrounding co-founder Jules De Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson, the brewery was acquired by Carlsberg in 2017, purchased in a joint venture with Brooklyn Brewery, with which the Danish company signed a UK distribution deal in 2016. Currently brewed at Truman’s Brewery in east London, the Carlsberg/Brooklyn takeover plans to return the brewing process to London Fields Brewery’s original site, having launched its first ever range of canned beers last year, each embellished with psychedelic illustrations from Luke McLean, having previously collaborated with bands such as U2, Motörhead and The Horrors.
From the brewery’s core portfolio, ‘Broadway Boss’ is an unfiltered pilsner lager brewed with classic Hallertauer Mittelfrüh and Lemondrop hops. On pour, the beer is clear golden, capped with a white head. Aromas of light grain, straw, biscuit and grass are each prevalent, joined by notes of lemon peel and apple. Lemon continues on the palate, joined by a nip of dough, more pale grains, cereal and a whisper of salt. Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, Broadway Boss climaxes with a pithy finish that’s notably clean, thanks to lager yeast. While London Fields Brewery’s Pils Lager isn’t necessarily revolutionary, it’s an easy-drinking, fair example of its respective style.
London Fields Brewery Broadway Boss is available from Ocado, £1.80, 330ml can. Further information on London Fields Brewery can be found here.