The London Beer Factory are set for a South London takeover this summer, and are launching a pop up and festival. We find out more…

How did The London Beer Factory begin?

My brother, Ed, studied wine at university and I started home brewing when living with some friends after university. After a few years working in jobs we didn’t particularly enjoy, Ed and I decided it was time to set something up on our own, fast forward to the summer of 2014 and The London Beer Factory was born!

What’s up next over summer?

Well this summer we’re launching The Bussey Beer Garden: a rooftop craft beer popup that’s opening on the roof of the Bussey Building in Copeland Park in Peckham on Friday 7 July.

There will be 15 different beers on tap at any given time from The London Beer Factory, as well as a host of other breweries across the UK. Plus plenty of other refreshments.

The Bussey Beer Garden will be popping up every Friday and Saturday in July and August from 12pm right through to 11pm and its set to be one of the hottest destinations for craft beer fans in the capital.

Your perfect beer and food pairings…

For me it has to be BBQ. That’s why we’re teaming up with Kebab die-hards; The Babek Brothers, who will be running the BBQ all day long at The Bussey Beer Garden. Think charred chunks of meat, fresh bread, feta fries and the best chilli yoghurt this side of Istanbul.

What else should visitors keep an eye out for over summer?

The Peckham Craft Beer Festival, which is taking place on Saturday 22 July from 12pm ’til 11pm at Copeland Park in Peckham. Featuring live DJs, this free event will showcase over 20 hand-picked local breweries. Organised by The London Beer Factory, the aim is to showcase the best beer south London has to offer and put the area’s brightest stars firmly on the map. There will also be an array of popular street food traders, including The Belpassi Bros and Salty Loins.

What tips do you have for beginner brewers out there?

Firstly if you are able to start home brewing, get yourself a full grain brew kit rather than messing around with extract kits. Then start experimenting with as many different beer styles and ingredients as possible. In terms of working on a commercial scale, try doing work experience at as many different breweries as you can, just a few days here and there. Once you’ve found a place you like if you’ve got the right work ethic they’ll snap you up in no time.

What ingredients do you like to experiment with?

Well having made a couple of trips to Belgium this year we have been inspired to starting our own Barrel Project. Recently we have been inoculating our barrel aged beer with various strains of wild yeast and bacteria, which might not sound that appealing but once aged for around 12 months can result in the most fantastic funky flavour. We’ll probably also look to add some fruit to some of the barrels over the next few months.

The London Beer Factory | www.thelondonbeerfactory.com

The Bussey Beer Garden | Every Friday and Saturday in July and August from 12pm right through to 11pm.

The Peckham Craft Beer Festival | 22 July

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