Historic Truman's makes comeback at new site

12 September, 2013

Historic London brewery Trumanís is opening in Hackney this month, 24 years after its original Brick Lane brewery shut down.

The new 10,000 sq ft brewery has been named the Eyrie, the term for an eagleís roost, and will kick off production with two core beers Ė Trumanís Runner, a best bitter, and Trumanís Swift, a golden ale.

The team has even recovered the yeast strain that was used in the Brick Lane brewery in Trumanís heyday, and had been preserved in liquid nitrogen since 1958.

Managing director James Morgan said: ďI am just delighted, and not a little humbled, to be able to return Trumanís to East London. We are producing brilliant, flavour-packed ale from our new brewery and are working hard to ensure that Trumanís Beer is once again a great name in brewing.Ē

The brewery is focusing on cask ale but will also be producing bottles. Initially Trumanís is hand-picking the off-trade retailers it wants to deal with, but expects to roll its beers out later on.

Trumanís was founded in 1666 but was shut down in 1989. In 2010 Morgan and fellow beer lover Michael-George Hemus started lobbying then owner Scottish & Newcastle to reopen the brewery, and when Heineken bought S&N in 2012 the pair, trading as Black Eagle Brewery, bought Trumanís.




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