It’s about time N7 had more props, dontchathink? And one local business is determined to instil a new sense of pride in the area, in the form of a devilishly tasty pale ale.
Hammerton is one of the new wave of microbreweries currently springing up across London as a result of our seemingly insatiable thirst for a better tasting pint.
Owner/brewer Lee Hammerton stumbled upon his family’s link to the original Hammerton Brewery, which set up shop back in 1868.
“It was October 2012 when I woke up one morning, fed up with my city office job, and decided what I’d really love to do was start a brewery,” he tells us.
“So I started a business plan and the more I got into it, the more feasible it seemed. It was then that my brother highlighted the fact there used to be a brewery called ‘Hammerton Brewery’ that ceased to brew back in the 1950’s and was later demolished. It turned out, after speaking to my grandparents, that we were blood relatives to the original brewery owners.”
Clearly, beer was already running in Lee’s veins, even if he was only beginning to become aware of it. And last year he successfully reinstated N7’s – and his family’s – great beer-making heritage, when the all new Hammerton produced its first commercial batch.
Among their growing range is a stout they’ve named Pentonville, made with wild oysters. “It’s an ingredient that the original Hammerton brewers pioneered back in 1938,” says Lee “so it seemed a great idea to bring it back.”
With serendipity in apparently boundless supply, Lee’s risky decision to quit finance for beer looks like a very good move. And he’s put the booze back in N7, in the most positive sense too.