Five Points Brewery has acquired The Pembury Tavern, which sits on the five-point junction that gave the brewery its name. The historic site on the junction of Amhurst Road, Pembury Road and Dalston Lane will now carry even more neighbourhood resonance, becoming the local pub for a local brewery: the front doors are just a minute away from each other.
The Pembury Tavern was built in the 1860s, a storied member of the Hackney community: it was gutted by fire in the 1990s before being restored in 2006. Five Points have pledged to maintain several of its more unique touches: it is the only pub serving beer from Milton Brewery, Cambridgeshire in the capital and its bar billiards table is of such renown that Five Points MD Ed Mason has already predicted a revolt if it were to disappear. Mason added:
We’re not going to be doing anything too radical. We have a few plans that we’ll announce in due course once we’ve moved in, but at the end of the day it’s a great pub, and we don’t want to change that. Of course we will feature the full range of Five Points beers, but we also want to showcase the best of the independent British beer scene. There will be lots of guest beers and beer from our friends throughout the independent London beer industry and beyond ... we love the fact that the Pembury has 12 real ale hand-pumps, we will be using those to showcase the best of British cask beer, as well as keg, can and bottle!
Five Points launched in Hackney in March 2013, with a single pale ale in the wheelhouse. In a London more sozzled by craft beer than ever, the brewery has grown exponentially since, with eight beers available and numerous collaborations behind them. It joins giant of the industry BrewDog in announcing expansion plans for 2018, with the pair making strides to differentiate themselves in an increasingly crowded market.