East London’s largest independent brewery The Five Points Brewing Company has announced a new range of 5L mini casks, giving drinkers the opportunity to play pub landlord and pour their own pints at home. Pair with East London boozer The Pembury Tavern’s virtual pub quiz on a Monday night for the ultimate pub-at-home experience. For more information and to purchase a mini cask or beer from their range, visit shop.fivepointsbrewing.co.uk

Two bitters from the Five Points range have been given the special mini-cask treatment, just in time for the bank holidays in May. The first, Five Points Best (4.1%), is the brewery’s flagship single-hopped Best Bitter, which has only been available in cask until now. Brewed with Fuggles hops from Hukins Hops in Kent, it’s refreshing and smooth, with notes of caramel and biscuit, and a lovely grassy, herbal freshness.

The second, Five Points Ordinary (3.6%), is a drinkable, balanced session bitter brewed with British Goldings and Challenger hops. With floral, earthy notes and a touch of toffee-like sweetness from the crystal malt, the bitter was brewed in partnership with Brewgooder’s Global Gathering project – a collaborative campaign to support World Water Day. £1 from every mini cask sold will go towards the project.

Ed Mason, co-founder and Managing Director of Five Points Brewing Company, comments: “We know that one of the things people are missing most at the moment is that draught beer experience. That’s why our Head Brewer Greg Hobbs and I have been experimenting with these new mini casks the past few weeks (it’s a tough life!) and have now decided we’ve found the right product.

As well as shipping cans of Five Points classics like Pale, XPA and JUPA to homes around the UK, we’re pleased that we can now get more of our range into the hands of beer lovers who are missing the experience of a great pint of cask ale down the pub.

We’re starting with our flagship bitter Best and new collaboration brew Ordinary – both of which would’ve been cask-only beers available at pubs. We’ll see what the response is like before looking at releasing a few other styles in due course.

Both beers are currently available for UK home delivery through our webstore, and we’re hoping to add a Click & Collect service again before too long.”

The mini casks join the Five Points core range in the brewery’s online shop, which offers a home delivery service for a nation of beer drinkers seeking high-quality, delicious-tasting beer. Another recent addition to the range is a collaboration with Five Points’ friends Turning Point Brew Co, the super-limited edition Known Unknowns Future Export Stout – a 6.8% rich and roasty stout brewed to celebrate the Yorkshire brewery’s third birthday. 

The news comes as The Five Points Brewing Company and legendary Hackney pub The Pembury Tavern join the Hospitality Union’s call for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to action a #NationalTimeOut to help save jobs, businesses and the craft beer industry. 

Continuing to support charitable causes, Five Points offers all NHS staff 20% off its webstore as well as pledging £1 for every webshop purchase to charity. May’s donations will go to local charity Mind (City, Hackney and Waltham Forest), which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Charities will change monthly to help those in need.

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