Dalston Beer Day

It’s Dalston Beer Day at the 40ft brewery’s yard again, and this time around we’ve been invited to join the party. We will be bringing kegs of all of our beers, the best vibes and maybe something a little special. Join us and a selection of other excellent breweries at this free celebration of beer.

For more info click here and check the Facebook event

Saturday, the 23rd of September from 12:00–21:00

Bootyard, Abbott Street, E8 3DP London, United Kingdom

List of breweries
40FT Brewery
Vibrant Forest
Lost and Grounded

Dude looks like hazy

“I’ve never met an interesting person in my life who doesn’t drink…”

once said Australian comedian Jim Jeffries on one his stand-ups. Although we’re not fans of absolute statements like that he’s certainly right in some respect. A large chunk of the most interesting conversations and encounters we’ve had have been at a bar over a couple of beers.

That is how our head Deviant Byron Knight and Anthony Painter met and eventually our NEIPA came to life. So how did this all come about ? Well, Byron owns a bar called Off Broadway in Hackney where Anthony came to to celebrate finishing writing the Barack Obama biography: ‘Barack Obama: The Movement for Change’.

Anthony is an economist, a writer but was also the labour candidate for the EU parliament unfortunately losing to those numpties at UKIP. But more interestingly to us he is also an avid and talented home brewer. Anthony joined Deviant & Dandy at our lager sensory panel a few months back and brought along a NEIPA he had recently brewed. He’d clearly been honing his skills because Byron loved it so much he decided to collaborate with him and use his recipe for our latest beer.

‘Dude looks like a hazy’ which is available now on tap is Deviant & Dandy’s take on NEIPAS using Anthony’s recipe. Watch the video below where Byron and Anthony discuss the NEIPA recipe and how it all came together.

Prost 🍻

Help a Deviant Out, all about Byron

Ya know you have a problem when you can’t ever accept status quo. Steady, reliable and more than anything ‘normal’. Welcome to the world as I think it should be: full of good cheer, tasty drinks, and great friends. I’m Byron the Head Deviant of Deviant and Dandy Brewery. We are putting this blog together to say what’s on our minds, to document the journey in getting our new brewery running, and to showcase some of the best in the craft F&B scene. F&B stands for food and beverage for those of you don’t know, but in this case ‘Faf & Booze’ the title of our blog.

Firstly we should be a bit traditional and get to know each other first. The project that is bringing this blog to life is Deviant and Dandy Brewery. We look to join the already large family of independent craft brewers in London. We are currently looking for a space in East London and hope to buy a decent second hand brewery to call our own. But in the meantime we have been lucky enough to have some friends let us gypsy brew on brew houses in London. Starting with the amazing guys up at Enefeld Brewery on their 3200litre brew kit.

Why start a craft brewery? Well because I love the beer community. Firstly, I have been around the hospitality industry my whole working life and I find the beer community in the UK to be the must open and friendly group of people you can ever meet. Also other craft lovers and beer drinkers are a good bunch, you don’t need to have loads in common to strike up a conversation and enjoy a beer together. Secondly, you can never have enough good interesting beer to drink. Beer is fun to make and unlike wine (which I love too) it does not take years to enjoy the fruits of your labor. There are still so many styles of beer to make and combinations to explore that it is hard not being tempted to keep pushing the boundaries and revive some history in a glass by brewing lost or neglected beer recipes.

So what’s going to be so special about your brewery? To be honest, absolutely nothing. Shit, the beer might be balls and the branding could be ‘el ka-ka po-po’. Well not really. But, I can promise it to be true to myself and make sure that I feel like everything we do is authentic and a true representation of who we at Deviant & Dandy really are. The thing I love about making beer is that it is completely subjective to a particular space and time. A beer that would blow your mind in a craft beer pub like Mother Kelly’s will leave you with a heart full of longing during a sweetie job moving house. What I want to do is try and encourage those special moments where every beer we’re brewing tastes perfect for that moment. When you’re with your peeps, having a great bit of street food or thoughtfully contemplating the meaning of belly button fluff. Deviant & Dandy wants to see beer drinking as a holistic event that involves lots of factors and the right beer to fully appreciate it. While I’m not the nicest guy in the world, I genuinely believe that there are very few bad beers and there is a time and place for everything. My first beer was a Miller High Life and when I lived in Manhattan. It was all about the cheap boiler makers at Yogi’s or a PBR at Wild Turkey Honey (or what ever vile booze they where trying to get rid of). So, I will seek out these two beers when I’m back in the USA because they have such fond memories for me. Is it Great beer / Is it not Great beer … does it matter? I have a very subjective relationship with them and the flavor brings me to a cool place. So, what Deviant & Dandy hopes to do is to be there and help facilitate those moments when one of our beers is the subjectively best beer in that space and time. Sounds impossible to deliver on,…. well not really. Our message will always be about finding a good space to experience or just chug our beers. Always choose good friends to meet with over a heady high ABV, have an exciting lifestyle that demands some light refreshing beer, or do nothing in complete confidence that you are being present whilst sipping from a can of craft by your self binging on Vice TV. Deviant & Dandy say drink in the moment and make every moment be full of love

What Evil are you ridding the world off with Deviant & Dandy? Well that is something that will change over time, but for the moment it is beer snobbery. Running with what I said in the last paragraph, almost all beers have value and merit. So we hope to expand the communities’ perception of beer, to not think that there is just one way to make an ale or lager. That not all adjuncts in beer are bad. To help expand what the definition of craft is. That crazy for crazy’s sake is ok in brewing and that a simple ‘mild bitter’ is also something to get excited about.

Beer can be like karaoke, each brewery gets on stage and sings along to a song. Good or Bad it’s interesting to watch.

Since brewers don’t make beer, yeast does, all we are trying to do is put our own special spin on something that has already been done before. So hopefully the punters in the bar clap after our rendition of ‘Dead or Alive’ (my favorite karaoke jam FYI) or what ever beer style we make with our special spin.

If your still reading then THANK YOU, for making it this far. I will try post stuff from myself and my friends so please keep checking back and subscribe to F&B. Life moves fast in the age of information overload, so thank you for giving me the gift of your time. If you think this is a decent blog then please, share it with your friends.

Cheers, Byron

Introducing Trust Pale Ale

So it has been about a month or so now, but the first offspring of the Deviant & Dandy family is out and Trust me it was a long hard labour to get to this Pale Ale.  Trust is a beer that is almost a year in the making, and you would have thought that we would have planned everything out when it came to finally brewing it. In true startup fashion though, nothing ever goes to plan. So we struggled a bit and had to hustle hard on a number things to get this one out of the blocks. 
First we had to source all the ingredients, and as you’ll see and hear if you watch the video with Byron below there’s quite a mix in there. No smooth sailing there, but we got there. Problem solved.

Then we had to shop around to find a printer that could deliver our labels in the spec our creative genius Adam Pobiak had in mind. We like shiny things and didn’t want to hide the metallic surface of the cans with our labels, so Adam put together designs that let the can shine through and become part of the artwork. We love the result, so the hassle was totally worth it.

Lastly, canning. Now while we’re fully committed to cans (for now), we could have made our lives much easier by packaging our beers in glass bottles. As mentioned in our previous blog post we are gypsy brewing at the moment with the guys at Enefeld Brewery, and they have a top notch bottling station right there for the picking. What were we thinking!!!

I guess you could say we don’t like making things easy for ourselves, but really it’s more about going ahead with our vision when we started – which is to focus on cans as a format, for reasons we might outline in an upcoming blog post.

But hey, we got there in the end and we hope you will like it too. Now I will stop my ramblings about our ‘struggle’ and leave it to Byron our head Deviant to tell you more about what’s gone into it and what to expect when you crack one open.


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