Albion in London seems to be evolving more and more into a lifestyle. For years it has offered a cafe, bakery, food store, lunch time takeaway and great British fare around beer garden like tables. This summer, it launched its own gin, and now, today, it has its own Pale Ale. With the recent trademark issues behind them, you can understand why they want to protect the name Albion. They aim to target all that is food and drink.
The history bit
Albion is the oldest known name of the island of Great Britain. It is still sometimes poetically referenced as the island. This is fitting as Albion in London is all about what is British.
In da hood
Shoreditch, the first home of Albion before it stretched towards the river with its second venue opening in Bankside SE1, has no shortage of beer brewers in the area. Redchurch Brewery, Truman’s Brewery and East London Brewing Company fly the flag in the area for interesting blends. Albion has partnered up with the latter to create a small batch of their very one Pale Ale.
It’s good stuff. Not sure that winter was the right time for it, but I can certainly see this as part of an Albion hamper in London Fields in summer 2015. It is brewed with English barley malt together with First Gold, Admiral and Bramling Cross hops. Beer connoisseurs probably understand what that means, but for me, it is a smooth, tasty beer suitable for all palates. It’s a yes from me. By Sammijo.