June 2 is National Fish and Chips day in the UK, and one chip shop is marking the occasion with a specially-brewed beer.
Fish and chips – or at least the fish part – is said to have been invented in London’s East End, and now one East End brewer is honouring this tradition by brewing a beer especially designed to compliment fish and chips.
Poppie’s Fish & Chips and the Five Points Brewing Company have collaborated to make the beer, and will be launching it at Poppie’s in Soho, London on July 5. Poppie’s is well known for its fish and chips as well as its jellied eels, an East End staple. Their fish is supplied by third-generation Billingsgate fishmongers, and is filleted and prepared in-house.
Poppie’s co-owner Ural Hassan said: ‘We’ve had great fun collaborating with The Five Points team on Poppie’s Pale Ale. It’s an excellent brew with a nod to our East End heritage, and we can’t wait to see the reaction to it.’
The Five Points Brewing Co is based under a railway arch with Hackney Downs station on top. Head Brewer Greg Hobbs said: ‘Working together with Boutique Bar Brands and the Poppie’s team to create the perfect beer for fish and chips has been a really exciting and unusual project. We are passionate about beer and food matching, and delighted with the result of the Poppie’s Pale Ale.’
About the beer
English pale ale in style, the 3.9% beer uses 100% British malt, as well as hops from Kent, the garden of England. According to head brewer Greg it has the following tasting notes.
Dryness – a refreshingly dry bitter finish to cut the fats in the dish and clean the palate.
Citrus – a lemony hop character to bring a zesty flavour to each mouthful and tie everything together with a ‘zing’.
Biscuit – a pronounced biscuity malt character to complement the crispy batter.
The beer is available from branches of Poppie’s from June 2, 2017.
Poppie’s Camden, 30 Hawley Crescent, London, UK, +44 207 267 0440