'We' are Stratford International Brewhouse Ltd, and for those not 'in the know' we're the same people behind Utobeer.
Aims - Our aim for Tap East is to bring the vibrant 'craft beer' scene to East London by having at least four of our own beers on at any one time as well as two guest cask lines making six cask lines, supplemented by ten keg lines and a wide variety of bottled beers as you might expect from a company with our background.
We're going to have a cocktail list which will include what I call 'Hoptails' or Beer Cocktails as well as some classics, the list has been designed by Andy Pearson of Intoxicology.
We also have 8 wines and 1 sparkling wine for those that prefer the grape to the grain and I've put together a list of wines that I think will be good quality as well as good value for money!
Whilst I'm babbling insessantly I also want to thank a few people for getting us this far so here goes...
Westfield, if they hadn't approached us we wouldn't be here today.
Steve, Tesh and the rest of the guys at The Yard Creative.
Gina Baines - long suffering wife of our brewer and operator of Ethos coaching, she did all my staff training for me as I was otherwise engaged over here at Stratford!
Paul Martin and the folks at Concept Bars - without whom there would literally be no bar!
Joe Mayse and his team of builders, plumbers and sparks for actually building the place!
For those of you that love your shopping you can get off the Tube, Bus, DLR at Stratford and explore the mall from that end. We are at the opposite end!
For those of you (like me), who can't stand shopping, you can get off the DLR at Stratford International, walk through the train station concourse and we're literally opposite the station.
Food, we have a selection of snacks, sandwiches and boards all chosen to go very easily with beer, we source all our menu from The Great Eastern Market and Borough Market so as to get the food as fresh as possible.
Our bar team is run by Pietro and Joe, and our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you with recommendations if you're unsure of what you would like.
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Thanks for reading and watch this space!
See you soon,
Glyn, Operations Manager, Utobeer & Tap East.