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On Beer: East London’s Burgeoning Beer Mile (and a bit)

The CultureJukebox team are fond of a real ale or two (or three or four…)  So, it’s great to hear about some awesome new breweries opening up close to our home in East London.

In fact, the team here thrilled that some of these new breweries are putting purpose before profit too. Opening up near each other, this new brewing scene is top tribute to a fantastic beer culture that is brewing in our corner of the capital.

So, what’s new?

The Magic Spells Brewery, Leyton

The newest and latest independent Craft Brewery in East London currently produces three bottled beers:  A Craft Lager, a Pale Ale (called Hackney Hare) and an IPA.

Magic Spells’ beers are a somewhere between modern brewing techniques and old styles and methods; taking inspiration from classics and adding a modern twist. The brewery creates distinct flavour profiles for the beers – an up front and bold hoppy flavour, a satisfying bite to the beer, smoothly balanced due to a nice malty body and warming alcohol.

The brewery sources most of the malt used in its beers from the UK plus British hops boosted by punchy flavoured hops from New Zealand and America.

It was founded by Jas Hare, an Eastender born-and-bred, who has a fantastic track record in the drinks industry as well as being a craft beer enthusiast.

Magic Spells Beers are available in both 330ml and 500ml bottles with an RRP of £2.49 and £2.99 respectively. They’re all available online, and in venues around London too.

 

Nirvana Brewery, Leyton

Another new brewery for 2017, Nirvana does something completely different. A low / no-alcohol brewery – sure a great idea for our increasingly health-conscious times.

It’s the UK’s only micro brewery dedicated to zero and low ABV craft beers. Beers on offer include Mantra (an IPA at 0.7% ABV), Kosmic (a stout at 0% ABV), and Chakra (a stout at 1% ABV). The team at Nirvana promise “no compromises” on flavour, so we’re excited about our first visit!

Pretty Decent Beer

Opening up just down the road in Forest Gate, Pretty Decent Beer Co has just opened its doors.

On Sheridan Road in Forest Gate, near Cann Hall Road, this brewery looks like one to watch. The team promise: “We make decent beer and do decent things with the money you spend drinking it. We brew our beer in London and every bottle helps to fund sustainable water projects around the world.”

 

The CultureJukebox team hasn’t had chance to visit yet, but this brewery promises to be really superb – we like what we’ve seen on Instagram so far.

And Pretty Decent Beer Co is just a few minutes walk from some of Forest Gate’s best independent venues – The Wanstead Tap for an incredible selection of real ale and provocative programming, Burgess & Hall for beautiful wines; and the quirky and delicious Hawkes cider HQ.

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A proper round-up of some of Forest Gate, Leyton and Leytonstone’s best watering holes for this summer is coming soon. Where do you think should be on the list? Send us a Tweet and let us know where we should visit..

 

Our Neighbourhood: Shake The High Road festival unveiled

Great news for Leytonstone, a new festival has been announced for this summer – Shake The High Road.

It takes place on Saturday May 27th 2017 across several venues all in the vicinity of Leytonstone High Road, E11.

Shake The High Road promises more than 30 live bands and DJs, a pop-up record fair, afternoon funk and soul session. Organiers are also promising a few surprises from East London’s music scene too..

Leytonstone is blessed with some really characterful and unique venues, sure Shake The High Road festival will make good use of these… The Red Lion BallroomAll You Read Is Love, and The Luna Lounge are all signed up already with more to be announced soon.

But what about the tunes you say! Well, Shake The High Road looks to have an awesome programme of familiar faces and new music.  Mystery Jets are doing a DJ set, Woman’s Hour (on uber cool label Secretly Canadian – home of The War On Drugs) are playing their first live show in a year, and if funk is your thing Fela Kuti’s former band member Dele Sosimi is coming to East London for a performance of Nigerian-inspired funk. One half of The 2 Bears Raf Daddy is also coming to the festival for an essential selection of dance tunes. The festival line-up is here (with more acts announced soon!)

Follow the festival on all the usual social media channels, including its Facebook page.

Our Neighbourhood: DJ Cash Money live in Leytonstone

Is great to live in E12, loads of great new places opening up. Not least the new ballroom at The Red Lion in Leytonstone.

The venue has booked legendary turntablist DJ Cash Money for a party early December – details here.

DJ Cash Money is a Philadelphia-based turntablist and legend of the hip-hop scene (he was the first inductee into the DJ Hall of Fame!).

He emerged from the Philadelphia hip hop scene in the late 1980s alongside his rival Jazzy Jeff. He went on to remix tracks for big-name artists such as Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and Public Enemy.

The Moose Funk Squad are the support acts,  alongside Droppin’ Science DJs; Matman & Daredevil. Buy your tickets here for what promises to be a high quality night of Hip Hop in East London. (There’s a Central Line night tube to get you home right next door too!)

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On Culture: The Wanstead Fringe

This month, Wanstead’s annual Fringe Festival begins its fantastic celebration of some of East London’s most creative residents and venues.

With a more than thirty events taking place venues around Wanstead and beyond – people can enjoy live comedy, open-air cinema, poetry, a vinyl record night, a cult pop quiz,  art exhibitions and much more.

If you’ve not been to Wanstead before, it’s the perfect excuse to hop on the Central Line and head East..

Wanstead Kinema, c/o Geoff Wilkinson
Wanstead Kinema, c/o Geoff Wilkinson

The literary events are one of the highlights. The CultureJukebox team are looking forward to Aldersbrook resident and Guardian journalist Hugh Muir joining local author John Rogers on a discussion about the changing face of London’s suburbs. The talk will cover place, space and the future of East London.

Locals are also looking forward to some of the live music – with East London rising stars Recoupes and Luna Blaze (Tues 13th) at the brilliant Wanstead Tap. Finally, a live acoustic night in the Manor House sees Wanstead-based acts take to the stage in a  special event called  Keep your Freak Flag Flying.

The Duke, Wanstead

Other eclectic events include nocturnal photography walks, a guided gardening tour and yoga among the trees. There’s also a cornucopia of events for families, children and particularly foodies..

.. in fact, some of Wanstead’s best independent eateries are offering food and menus at a discount, as part of Wanstead Restaurant Week. With this summer’s arrival of Bombetta, The Ginger Pig and a beautiful new greengrocer alongside some of the area’s old foodie-favourites doing great business – it’s a brill time to visit the area.

Bombetta
Bombetta

For more information on The Wanstead Fringe, see here: https://wansteadfringe.wansteadium.com/

Our Neighbourhood: in praise of the Leytonstone Arts Trail

Was brilliant to attend the Leytonstone  Arts Trail this year – we spent a few days exploring wonderful exhibitions in some of the area’s most creative neighbourhood locations.

It featured the work of more than 150 artists, with exhibitions, open studios and community events around Leytonstone.

The team there are doing a fantastic job at building a new community of really creative and artistic people. Worth checking out the trail’s website to see what’s going on.

image c/o Leytonstone Arts Trail: ©Martine Charalambou
image c/o Leytonstone Arts Trail: ©Martine Charalambou
image c/o Leytonstone Arts Trail: ©Sue Mcqueen
image c/o Leytonstone Arts Trail: ©Sue Mcqueen