Deviant & Dandy


Founders Byron Knight (the Deviant) and Ben Taub (The Fixer) are looking to plot the map to brewing glory. Having been around in the early days of the craft beer movement in the UK, it’s a passion that the founders of Deviant and Dandy could not shake. We love making beer and most importantly hanging out with people enjoying beer and good banter. Deviant and Dandy Brewery thinks that you can’t always drink just hoppy IPA and you shouldn’t define your life by just mild bitter ale.

We are a modern people and we can choose everyday and with every pint to define who we are. So Deviant and Dandy Brewery looks to give our community, with our ever changing and schizofrantic life, the chance to express with Dandy style beers like pale ales, brown bitters and lagers or Deviant styles like IPA, heritage rice APA, or new world sours. We make beers that speak to your inner voice to express and explore new styles and flavours of beer.

We look to have our flagship brewery set up in our backyard of Hackney central in East London. We will be developing our recipes and coming up with new styles and names, so please join us on our adventure to a world full of Deviant & Dandy beer lovers.

The Team

Head Deviant
When Byron used to be the manager at high-end restaurants, the chefs and him used to big stock pots to make home brews after the restaurant had closed. There is nothing about drinking that he doesn’t love (except for bad drunks, we all know one).

Byron came to London as a political refugee from the USA back when G.W. Bush became president. Saying he wasn’t a fan is an understatement. Little did he know they would end up with Trump. You won’t see this man rushing back to the US now.

After leaving as founder of Beavertown his last brewery project, Byron found out that he couldn’t kick his love for brewing. He’s now starting Deviant & Dandy Brewery to keep pushing the boundaries of beer while having some fun doing it.

The Fixer
Despite having no previous experience of working in the craft beer industry, Ben grew up in Belgium and Germany, arguably two of the biggest beer heritage countries - so he has been exposed to quality beer his whole life. What a sad day it was when he first moved to England pre-craft beer boom. Although quality beer is now more available in the UK it is still time to fix that age old problem, and what better way to do it than to take matters in your own hands.

Ben is an avid marketer and creative having run a digital and branding agency working across music, film, tech as well as the food and drinks industries.

Head Brewer
Paul's plan one day is to move back to Limerick and open up his own brew pub. In the meantime he's perfecting his recipes with Deviant & Dandy and taking in on all the wackiness that comes with it. Before joining us this year (2018), Paul was heading up the innovation brewery at Camden Town Brewery.

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