Independent Venue Week 2017 - Strongroom

Signature Brew Independent Venue Week 2017 Strongroom Bar and Kitchen

This week, in our second edition of blogs highlighting great independent venues in the run up to Independent Venue Week 2017 we’re focusing on a venue, bar and recording studios that means an awful lot to Signature Brew.

Strongroom Bar & Kitchen has been a cornerstone of the inimitable Shoreditch nightlife for as long as we can remember and has had a pretty key role in Signature Brews development too. In the pre-refurbed bar Tom, Sam and Dave held their first meeting to discuss their shared animosity towards the state of beer in music venues and there and then decided they should start a brewery. Soon after the first order came in, aptly from Strongrooms, and fast forward 5 years you can still find Roadie on the bar permanently. 

The studios upstairs have been a staple in the world of music for 30 years, with legendary acts such as Radiohead, The Prodigy and even The Spice Girls recording there. Whilst big acts continue to roll off the tongue Strongrooms are also hugely passionate about supporting new music, with weekly live shows from brilliant fresh acts from all over the UK.

It’s been a pleasure watching the bar go from strength to strength over the years, in an increasingly cursory and perfunctory world it’s comforting knowing Strongrooms will maintain it’s quality with good music, good beer and good people at its heart.

Make sure to check out their events page and their Twitter for upcoming gigs, quizzes and open mic nights. And of course, the live acts for Independent Venue Week in January!

AIM Independent Music Awards

Last week we were proud to attend and have beer at the AIM Independent Music Awards 2016. Somehow we’ve been lucky enough to be a part of this great night for 4 years now and last Tuesday was one of the best yet!


 Signature Brew at The AIM Independent Music Awards


The AIM Awards are a celebration of the very best in the independent music industry, a part of the music world close to our hearts. Not just because of the incredible music being produced by independent artists and labels but the correlations that can be made between the independent music industry and our independent brewing world. In both industries we strive for originality and quality above anything else and enjoy the fruits of our labour readily.


The incredible diversity awarded is a feature of the awards, exemplified this year with Slade, Adele and Stormzy picking up awards for their work. Our highlight of 2016 was without a doubt watching Damon Albarn’s Studio Vienna fuelled speech honouring the prolific producer Richard Russell.


 Signature Brew at the AIM Independent Music Awards


We very much look forward to supporting AIM and their awards for years to come. It’s just left for us to say a huge thank you to all the staff and organisers at AIM especially our chief beer liaison Lara. And finally a huge congratulations and thank you to Alison Wenham for her time as CEO of AIM, good luck to her in pastures new.

September 13, 2016 by Tom Bott

Black Tongue - Atlanta Takeover

The awesome Mastodon are playing a huge show at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, USA tonight. The collaboration beer we make with them, Black Tongue, is available on draft at all of the bars in the venue, which should make it an extra special hometown show for them.

For pre and post show drinking though, you can also head down to the Porter Beer Bar or the El Myr in the city to get yourself up for the gig or keep the buzz going long into the night afterwards.

November 07, 2014 by Sam McGregor

Signature Brew Live... At The World's End - October 10th

Red House Glory headline the World's End in Finsbury Park on 10th October.

Red House Glory are already earning their stripes at established venues like the Roundhouse, Camden Barfly and Islington Academy – their chemistry as a band (the four are childhood friends, two of which are brothers) and their sprawling, bass heavy sound pricking up the ears of A&Rs looking for the great American comeback. Only this time it’s emanating from the dive bars of North London. - Hunger Magazine.

Support comes from London/Brighton old school post-hardcore/emo newcomers Grayscale.

September 30, 2014 by David Riley

Signature Brew Live... At The World's End - 12th September

Sam Russo will headline our next monthly night at The World's End in Finsbury Park on the 12th September. Having toured with Frank Turner, The Lawrence Arms and countless others throughout his career we are super excited to have him play.

Support comes from Nightlife, who play some of the most exciting pop-punk in the Uk at the moment and Andrew Cream, acoustic troubadour from Manchester.

Free Entry and great Signature Brew beer available at the bar. Doors from 19:00

DJ's will play from 11 until late.
September 01, 2014 by David Riley

Signature Presents: Live at The World's End

This Friday the 11th April is the second of our new monthly nights presenting the best in new music at The World's End in Finsbury Park. Come down and enjoy great live music and some lovely signature brew beers...

April 08, 2014 by David Riley

Signature Brew Loves Listening To.... Lonely The Brave

The three of us all have a favourite beer, that 'go to' beer that you would choose above all others. The criteria varies, whether it's the perfectly balanced flavour, a huge strong note or the ability to envoke a reaction in us that can't be replicated by any other brew.

You know it's going to be your favourite beer as soon as you've finished your first pint of it. Knowing that your pallate will never be the same again and with time you'll taste more and experience it in greater depth than you expected there could be...

Well, that can happen with music too, and it happened the first time we listened to Lonely The Brave.

Sam and me have worked in the music industry since we were 21 and have been to hundreds and hundreds of gigs, listened to countless albums and tracks. The first time we heard Lonely The Brave tracks in 2011, we knew straight away that this was destined to be something very special. The hairs stood up on the backs of our necks and with every further listen the intense craftmanship and emotion in every line and chord seeped into our heads never to leave.

Rock music recently has the tendency to put style over substance or over-reach in 'emotional depth' to the point of farce. Lonely The Brave manage to achieve the sort of understated yet powerful lyrical and musical presence that feels like you're watching the world in black and white.

Soaring vocals, carefully used but powerful guitars and drumming reminiscent of early Foo Fighters. We promises this will be your new favourite band:

October 11, 2013 by David Riley
Tags: music