Beer Alley

In 1751 Londoners discovered that beer was the key to social order and in that spirit the Gin Palace is now stocking locally made ale. From way over in Leyton E10, near the Lee Valley Ice Rink home of the Lee Valley synchronised skating team comes Sweet Bee Honey'd Wheat beer. Made by the lovely David from Brupond a bottle conditioned nice Hefeweizen, traditional unfiltered wheat beer with a low bitterness and malty sweetness. The wheat yeast gives banana and clove flavours.  Melanoidin a highly flavoured barley malt is added to impart sweet honey notes. Delicious! - and this Saturday the 25th May sees the first Brustival. A collaboration withWild Card brewery and East London meadery Gosnells running from noon til midnight at 15 Argall Ave, Leyton Studios 4, E10 7QE

In honour of this marriage of beer and spirits I bring you the very latest in cocktails, the hoptail


Shock me

1/4 cup Brown Ale
2 tablespoons bourbon (such as Maker’s Mark)
1 teaspoon Southern Comfort
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice; stir gently for 10 seconds.
Strain into an Old Fashioned glass.