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Brewdog Hopworks, Essex Rd, Islington to proceed (with caution)

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2018 by kmflett

It has already been an interesting new year for Brewdog. They have announced the opening of a new bar in the vicinity of Seven Dials (the location of the last attempt at an armed rising in England by London Chartists in August 1848 as I assume most readers of this blog already know).

The details of this are here:

http://goodbeerhunting.com/sightlines/2018/1/11/brewdog-expands-its-london-bar-estate-within-thriving-tourist-district

In addition on 4th January Islington Council’s Licensing Committee gave approval to turn the former Punk Kitchen on Essex Rd N1 into a Hopworks.

The Licensing application, which makes interesting if lengthy reading is below.

Key points include:

The previous restriction to sell beer only with food has been lifted though pizzas made with brewers yeast will be sold

The capacity is limited to well under 100 people

The opening hours have been cut back to 11pm with 30 minutes drinking up time

There were objections from local residents in the immediate vicinity and these were not entirely of the temperance variety. Some point out that when they moved in the premises had been retail, then became a restaurant and will now be a bar with outside seating.

Anyway Brewdog have a licence for a small bar, a ‘brew your own’ facility and off sales.

It will be interesting to see how it works..

http://democracy.islington.gov.uk/documents/s13899/SIGNED%20-%20Report-BrewDogHopworks%20EssexRd-29-31-PremNew-04Jan18.pdf

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One Response to “Brewdog Hopworks, Essex Rd, Islington to proceed (with caution)”

  1. Community access to home-brew kits, education/training and advice – what a great idea! Interestingly, the Black Isle Brewery has a predominantly pizza-based menu at its Bar in Inverness (it also offers salads…), plus meat and cheese plates, and it’s a good combination being based not so far as I can see on brewer’s yeast but certainly on sustainably sourced, literally home-grown ingredients.

    Having lived above a retail unit, which was then converted into a tearoom, and then a licensed restaurant, I can well understand fears about ‘licence creep’ and effective soundproofing is probably a must. But this sort of venture looks a really good way forward in these craft-based times.

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