Truman’s Brewery grand opening after two decades of closure in the East End

New Truman's Brewery. Photo: Twitter @BraumasterBen.

New Truman’s Brewery. Photo: Twitter @BraumasterBen.

Truman’s Brewery will reopen its doors to the public at its new home in Hackney Wick on September 14 after years of hard work by two budding beer enthusiasts.

The pair, James Morgan and Michael-George Hemus, will be throwing an opening ceremony at 4pm at The Eyrie to celebrate, with beers, food, music and entertainment aplenty.

Entrance will be free and the founders have promised to keep the cost of beer and food as low as we can. Activities for children will also be available.

Morgan commented: “We are delighted to be bringing 346 years of brewing heritage back to the local community. This is the biggest brewing investment in East London in several decades. The site is in Hackney Wick, one of the most exciting areas in East London. You can see the Olympic Stadium from the front door”.

Truman's refounders (left: James Morgan, right: Michael-George Hemus). Photo: The Gentle Author.

Truman’s refounders (left: James Morgan, right: Michael-George Hemus). Photo: The Gentle Author.

Morgan and Hemus started the brave venture in 2010, after the once heavyweight of British brewing fell victim to the ‘merger mania’ of the 1960s and 70s and finally closed down in 1989. They were able to recreate the old recipe using yeast from the old brewery that had been cryogenically preserved at the National Yeast Bank in Norwich for decades. The site of the new home was settled on in 2012.

Hemus said: “It all seemed a bit daunting when we set out to bring Truman’s back to East London. But we have had great support from the East London community, with a number of local people investing directly in the project via our ‘Truman’s Eagle’ scheme. We want to make the Truman’s name great again – and we are only just getting started.”

Truman’s was founded in 1666 and had been the beer of East London for more than 300 years. It also held on to be one of the last independent brewers in London, but in 1971 it succumbed to a hostile takeover. 18 years later, after a long period of decline, its breweries were closed and its pubs sold off.

Re-founded again, it began brewing elsewhere in Nethergate in Essex and Everards in Leicestershire, while a suitable new home was found. Its flagship beer – Truman’s Runner – has currently been available in more than 150 pubs across London.

The goal of the business it to make Truman’s a great name in beer once again.

For more information visit their website or follow them on Twitter @TRUMANSBEER.

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