Two Tribes brewhouse and taproom recently arrived in King’s Cross – it’s nestled in Tileyard Studios, amongst 70 state-of-the-art music studios where artists like Mark Ronson record. As well as producing and selling beer, the spot will house a Funktion-One sound system, host gigs in collaboration with Island Records and serve street food from the likes of burger faves Patty and Bun, plus pizza from nearby Vinyl Cafe. Justin Deighton (who used to own the label Pacific Records) is at the helm – he started a craft brewery in Sussex a few years back and is taking the brand further with this new venture. He gives us the low-down.
Why Tileyard Studios?
I went on a mission to try and find the right space. Tileyard is such an artistic space and heavily music industry influenced – I got to know the owners well, we got talking about my vision and they had a similar idea – to have a venue which would continue creativity after-hours. It was the perfect fit.
What beers will you produce?
They’ll be different to what we make in Sussex, and will change regularly. I’m calling it our creative kitchen. It’s about really getting the innovation going. The plan is to brew a couple of times a week and we’ll also have one inventive brew day a month. We’re always going to have at least one experimental offering. And Island Records will have their beer on tap.
How about the music?
We test ran everything and had three different artists playing, ranging from a guitarist to a four-piece band. Island Records will play a big part, they’re keen to be involved – putting on parties and secret gigs, hosting some nights.
What’s influenced you?
I spent quite a bit of time in Scandinavia, I’m a big fan of the brewing scene there, and the US too. It’s about the taproom and constantly evolving.
What’s your top tipple?
My favourite style at the moment is Berliner Weisse. I was in Copenhagen at a tap takeover and they served me five different types – the flavour profile went from fresh coffee bean to mango, it was phenomenal. But if you stood them beside each other, they were the same colour and had the same mouth feel.
Two Tribes, Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Rd, N7
By Laura Webb