There’s been a brewery at this Leyton pub for years, but it had been defunct for a while before Jamie and Lizzie Brodie took over the place in 2008. The couple hit the ground running: less than two years after they moved in and started brewing, they’d already nailed down a 20-plus range of ales, several of which can also now be found at unaffiliated pubs in London.
Not all of their beers quite work, and occasionally there is a sense that the pair might be stretched a little thin – the handpumps have up to a score of Brodie’s ales on the go at any one time. But it would be churlish to criticise their enterprise or their enthusiasm, especially when they sell their own beers for a mere £1.99 a pint; try the Red or the Amarilla and you’ll be on safe ground. The pub itself is a capacious, unpretentious corner local.