Having brewed a red currant, sour cherry saison called Sour Power last year in London with Beavertown and Mikkeller, the Wilderness boys invited lead Beaver, Logan Plant, to Arizona to join forces on a Grätzer — a historical style rarely seen these days. We’ll get back to the Grätzer later, but Logan’s backstory warrants some words.
|Logan and his son brewing in the Wilderness|
But Logan is his own Plant. Though he did dabble in music as lead singer of Sons of Albion, Logan’s life changed forever once he discovered homebrewing. In 2011, he decided to set up Beavertown Brewery in 2011 as a 4 BBL brew house in the kitchen of his London barbecue joint, Duke’s Brew and Que. It only took a little over three years for Beavertown to outgrow its space, so they hired former Meantime brewer Jenn Merrick as head brewer, moved to a separate facility in Tottenham, upgraded to a 30BBL system, began a barrel program and started canning core beers like Black Betty Black IPA and Neck Oil Session IPA. They did, however, keep their 4BBL kit for experimental beers.
Speaking of experimental brews, Beavertown is widely known as one of London’s most outside-the-box breweries. In fact, Logan says the English beer scene is starting to feel the craft beer boom and that artisanal-style ales are becoming more common. In fact, London is seeing quite the surge in craft breweries — there were only 11 in 2011, today there are over 80. It’s a testament to how far craft beer has come, as English beer fans are some of the most fickle, especially when it comes to straying from the tried-and-true browns, bitters and cask-conditioned ales.
So what’s next for these two inspired breweries? Too much to list here. Good times, bad times, I’m sure. But the future is undoubtedly bright so long as those bright ideas keep fermenting in the form of creative, quaffable ales. Cheers!