Bakers team up with Beer52 for exclusive craft brews

London eateries, including bakery Lily Vanilli and Cantonese bun restaurant Bun House, have collaborated with craft beer company Beer52 to launch an exclusive range of brews.

Lily Vanilli has created a Black Forest Stout, while Bun House created a Pale Ale with Kumquat and Chrysanthemum.

“Sweet stouts have been quite a big trend within craft beer this past year,” said Beer52’s co-founder Fraser Doherty. “We're huge fans of Lily's creativity within baking so figured that working on an idea for a beer together would be a fun way to explore this theme.”

Doherty added that the Lily Vanilli beer is brewed with many of the same ingredients used in a Black Forest Gateau, such as malted barley, malted wheat, oats, lactose, vanilla pods, cherries, cacao, hops and yeast. He described the drink as “creamy, toasty and fruity with a delicious vanilla note and beautiful light acidity from the cherries.”

Bun House’s Pale Ale contains typically Cantonese floral notes – kumquat and chrysanthemum – which it chose as an ideal pairing for its signature steamed buns.

“What you’d usually drink with our food is a very fragrant or aromatic tea. So when we were talking about this beer, it made sense to use these very Chinese tea characteristics,” said Bun House co-founder Alex Peffly. 

Bun House recently announced it was to open its second site in London’s Chinatown, where it would add a brioche-style pineapple bun to its menu. The site is due to open in February 2019.

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