Take a peak behind Kingston’s suburban houses and you’ll find all kinds of secrets and curiosities. Take, for instance, Park Brewery on Elm Road
Take a peak behind the blinds and curtains of North Kingston’s suburban houses and you’ll find all kinds of secrets and curiosities. Take, for instance, Park Brewery on Elm Road. This small craft brewery run by Josh and Frankie Kearns is gaining a reputation for creating tasty artisan brews and is reviving Kingston’s rich history of brewing, which at its peak in the 19th century had 11 breweries on the high street.
It all started in 2013 when Josh, a freelance photographer, would home brew in between jobs. He then approached a friend who runs a couple of bars – one in Chelsea, and one in Clapham called the Jam Tree – and asked if he would like Josh to make him a bespoke beer. Josh made the beer and the bars went from selling about 50 bottles a month of their existing American brand beer to 150 of Josh’s creation. Encouraged by their success they continued to build production and Park Brewery has now become a full-time business.
So how does one go about creating new recipes and flavours?
‘We use malted barley,’ says Josh, ‘which is the basic pale malt of which there are several variations. You get malts that are roasted at different temperatures and they take on more bitter flavours or chocolatey flavours. So you can make a vast array from your basic malt to make a flavour profile, but then you introduce hops which give even more scope for flavour.’
All of the beers in the current range are named after places in Richmond Park and include:
• Killcat Pale (named after Killcat Corner) 3.9% ABV
• Gallows Gold (named after Gallows Pond) 5% ABV
• Spankers IPA (named after Spankers Hill Wood) 6% ABV
• Dark Hill 6.2% ABV
• Two Storm Ruby (Two Storm Wood) 6.8%
For more information about Park Brewery and to find stockists go to www.theparkbrewery.com