Ten UK chefs and restaurants that make their own beer

Michel Roux Jr and Fourpure

In 2014, chef Michel Roux Jr of the multi Michelin-starred Roux restaurant empire held a competition with the London Brewer’s Alliance. London brewers competed for the chance to brew the house beer to be served at Le Gavroche, Roux at Parliament Square and Roux at the Landau restaurants.

Bermondsey brewer Fourpure was crowned the winner, developing a beer flavoured with pink grapefruit zest, Sicilian Navelina orange zest and coriander seeds.

At the time, Roux said: “The freshness of the grapefruit and orange zest and coriander seed really stood out – this is a beer that has a sing about it , and we feel it will partner perfectly with the flavours of our summer menu”.

However, speaking to the drinks business for this month’s on-trade beer feature, Roux Jr. revealed that he no longer has a beer brewed under his name as he had struggled to use up stock before the expiration date.

He told db: “I no longer have a beer brewed under my name. I run restaurants so it’s harder to use up stocks of beer than it is at more beer-dedicated venues”.

Instead, Roux Jr. now works with fellow Bermondsey brewer Brew by Numbers to produce the house saison beer for his upmarket gastro pub The Wigmore.

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