THE PEASANTS' REVOLT
- "We just wanted somewhere where the people of Brentwood could have good beer"
If you've been following my blog, or maybe just dipped in from time to time, then you may have been wondering what I've been up to for the past few years.
It would be too simplistic to say that I lost my taste for writing or that I felt quite disillusioned with the beer scene in this country, it's more complicated than that, and there was Lockdown where none of us knew what was going to happen next and even if we would come out of the other side. My personal experiences through that dark period I will put down at some point, but this is not the place for that. However, if I could put my finger on the one thing that has made me pick up my laptop again after all this time, then it would have to be, without any shadow of doubt, the opening of the Peasants' Revolt micropub in my home town of Brentwood on the 29th January last year.
Of course, these things don't just happen overnight, and the journey that culminated in the opening of the Peasants' Revolt is a long and winding one.
Mason Nathaniel,, grew up in both Poplar and Bow in East London where his drink of choice was a lager top. On a trip to Newcastle with his mates he met Harriet, who would later become his wife. They both worked in recruitment, however Harriet's father just so happened to be Mark Hall, owner of The Split Chimp Micropub in Newcastle and The Split Chimp Ale House in Whitley Bay. It was around this time that Mason had his own beer revelation, and it was Brew Dog's 5am Saint that provided it, although he confesses that Stone's Arrogant Bastard has a fond place in his heart too. "Newcastle changed my view of beer," he tells me, "the way that the people demand good beer, and good quality beer, really opened my eyes."
After living, and learning about beer, in Newcastle for seven years, and marrying Harriet, the couple first moved to Finsbury Park for a year. Harriet however, wanted to move somewhere with "a decent high street", and chose Brentwood to be their home, their son, Fletcher, being born in 2020, and it's his face you'll see on the beer mats should you visit. Mason admits that Harriet was, and is the driving force, "the power behind the scenes", it was her that encouraged him to open the micropub, provided the backing, and still holds down a full-time job in recruitment so that this dream could become a reality.
In order to get some experience, Mason talked his way into a job behind the bar at the Brave Nelson for three months, a local pub that used to be the sole outlet for Nethergate beer in the area, before opening the Peasants' Revolt in what once was a Bridal Gown shop, just up from Brentwood station.
|Mason on the taps|
That's how it started, so how's it going?