Allie Bobak / ACB International Correspondent
American Craft Beer recently caught up with Ben Williams and Pete Lengyel, our friends from Brooklyn, New York’s Kings Country Brewers Collective (KCBC), as they took a whirlwind tour of London to collaborate with some of the best brewers in the United Kingdom.
First stop was Logan Plant’s Beavertown Brewery, one of our personal favorites and always a great brewing day hang…
At their massive brewery, we learned that the Beavertown and KCBC crew had decided to avoid the obvious collaborative move, brewing a double IPA, and turn their brewing talents to something a bit more unusual… something like a Belgian table beer.
And it was aptly named as well…
Debuting this weekend in London, with possibly a few being sent back to Brooklyn, Beavertown and KCBC’s ‘Unity Makes Strength’, is a wonderful direction…a Belgian-style table ale, rich with toasted coriander seeds, and celiac and Loral hops, that proves that unity really does make strength!
Be sure to look out for some amazing artwork on this collaboration, as both Beavertown and the Kings Country Brewers Collective have a huge reputation for the artwork that graces their beers.
You see, Unity Makes Strength is not just a brewer’s collaboration, it’s also a transatlantic collaboration of the art designers as well. And given that brainstorming for this beer’s artwork was happening over SEVERAL PINTS of Beavertown’s brilliant Pilsnerd, this beer’s imaging is guaranteed to be fun…
ACB’s next stop with the KCBC crew was the Hackney Brewery, an East London operation with a considerable rep for the quality, and the consistency, they put into what they do.
Sleeping Giant is what Ben and Pete crafted along with the Hackney Brewery team…It’s a hazy New England-style Pale Ale with over 4 types of hops including Calypso, Citra and Mosaic.
One of the first craft breweries in London, Hackney Brewery calls themselves a “progressive, independent and focused on flavor” brewery and after spending a ‘brew day’ with them we were floored by their passion and humble expertise! And we couldn’t help but celebrate the collaborative outing with a Hackney Boogie Van West Coast Pale Ale (or three).
Events featuring these great new collaborations are going will be popping up all over London, so keep your eyes peeled.
Also stay plugged into to ACB…where our now London-based International correspondent, Allie Bobak will be bringing you more serious craft beer news from the United Kingdom than ever before.
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