Monday 20 August 2012
Logan Plant, the son of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, is at the forefront of a niche movement that’s reviving London’s brewing industry. Adrian Tierney-Jones raises a pint glass to the capital's beer renaissance.
Late afternoon at Duke’s Brew & Que in Hackney, east London, an old-school boozer that has recently undergone a cool and elegantly scuffed makeover (bare floorboards, elemental wooden furniture, comfy sofas). It’s also the home of Beavertown Brewery, the latest addition to London’s beer renaissance.
Next to the open-plan kitchen, several stainless-steel vessels stand idle waiting for the following morning’s brewing. The brewmaster and Beavertown founder is Logan Plant, a tall, easy-going thirtysomething whose enthusiasm for the beers he makes is infectious.
You might have heard of his father Robert, the Led Zeppelin frontman. Logan initially took off in the old man’s footsteps, fronting the rock band Sons of Albion. This took him gigging around the world where a passion for beer, initially nurtured in Black Country pubs, turned into something more serious.
“On my last schlep across the pond, I found myself in Brooklyn,” he says. “After coming offstage, a local hipster directed me to a late-night joint where ales flowed from the walls and pulled pork was served until the early hours. Three lashings of pork later and half a yard of ale down my neck, I knew what I wanted to do. This was it. I had found my calling!”