What’s their story?
Long Arm Brewing Co is a new microbrewery from brothers Ed and Tom Martin, who run several pubs across the city. Among these is the Ealing Park Tavern, on the site of which is a small out-building that the brothers have converted into a brewery. That distinctive branding takes its lead from prison tattoos. Not sure why, but it certainly looks the business.
What’s the beer like?
The core range is fairly conservative by craft standards (a pale ale, an IPA, a red ale and a stout), but limited edition specials are also promised. That’s not to say they’re dull – plenty of brash US hops make sure each one of these staples makes its mark.
Where can I drink the stuff?
At the moment, it’s just pubs belonging to the brothers’ ETM Group, which are all north of the river and mostly in Zone 1. Oh, and Flight Club, the new Worship Street bar doing to darts what Bounce did to ping-pong.
What should I try first?
At this time of year it’d be foolish to kick off with anything but the Shadow Wolf (5% ABV) – an oddly moreish and oh-so comforting smoked stout full of warming chocolate and caramel notes. Have it for pudding after a big Sunday roast and you’ll see what we mean.