If you’ve ever been in East London, you’ve probably heard of 40FT Brewery (who we recommended during lockdown), if not already visited the taproom. And if you haven’t heard of them, there’s a strong chance you’ve glimpsed one of their tap badges or cans out of the corner of your eye at a local pub or bar. Perhaps you’ve even seen them featured on such menus as that of the illustrious St. JOHN Restaurant.
The brewery started out in two 20ft shipping containers, slowly adding on shipping containers like massive LEGO pieces as demand for their beer increased. Billing themselves as “Dalston’s neighbourhood brewery,” they liken their taproom to a friend’s living room (in atmosphere, not appearance!). Furthering their commitment to the local area, they invest in the community and the people around them.
Now, they’ve expanded their space, and partnered up with ACME Fire Cult to make their award-winning 40FT Brewery taproom even more of a draw. With both places focusing on modern approaches to traditional arts – brewing and BBQ – the matchup makes perfect sense. To further the new interplay between the two, ACME Fire Cult uses the by-products of 40FT’s brewing in their ferments and hot sauces, and 40FT uses some of ACME’s favourite ingredients (such as ancho chilies) in their special collaboration beers.
In the brewery taproom expect ten taps of fresh beer, brewed steps from where it’s poured, alongside a selection of natural wines, cider, and ready-to-drink cocktails. Directly opposite, ACME Fire Cult offers up a vegetable-forward – but still plenty meaty – menu of seasonal and low-waste grilled food. To go alongside, there’s an extended drinks menu that also includes plenty of fresh 40FT beers.
With the weather warming up, and the sun setting later, what’s better than a beer and a grill? Expertly brewed and poured beer, alongside expertly cooked BBQ.