London craft brewer, the Fourpure Brewing Company, a family brewery in South-east London, has won a competition to become the house beer of Le Gavroche, and Roux at Parliament Square and Roux at the Landau restaurants.
The competition was organised with Daniel Fox of the London Brewers Alliance, and 12 London breweries entered the search for the ‘Roux Brew', which will be paired with seasonal summertime food for the two-Michelin-starred Le Gavroche, and for Roux at Parliament Square and Roux at the Landau.
The listing will be guaranteed from April until the end of September, and a competition for a second brew for winter menus is planned for the autumn.
Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr worked alongside fellow judges, Le Gavroche head sommelier David Galetti, head chef Rachel Humphreys, MasterChef series co-presenter Greg Wallace, Silvano Giraldin, and Luke Finegan, sous chef at Roux at Parliament Square, to select the beer.
Head Brewer at Fourpure, John Driebergen, describes its Roux Brew as a Belgian Wit - 5.6 ABV - Belgian yeast, with fresh pink grapefruit zest, fresh Sicilian Navelina orange zest, and coriander seed.
"The beer is unfiltered and unfined, meaning when the beer is bottled there is still yeast in suspension so it bottle conditions. It's naturally carbonated during the fermentation and then we make any minor adjustments we need to, in order to achieve the perfect level of carbonation," said Driebergen.
The LBA was formed in 2010 as a collective of London breweries within the M25 to celebrate the resurgence of brewing in London.
Le Gavroche was among the first quality restaurants to establish a beer list. This now extends to 17 choices.