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Church sends out beer by bike

Money raised goes to youth work

17 August, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

Roddy Monroe in the crypt

A BREWERY which is operating from a church crypt in Primrose Hill has begun delivering its beers by bike.

Proceeds from sales of the heavenly drop are all going to help St Mary’s programme to support young people at risk of violence and exclusion.

Roddy Monroe, a church warden and beer brewer at the Elsworthy Road church, said: “St Mary’s has suffered without having a regular income stream, and the problem with that is that every time something goes wrong, it is a mad panic. “I thought it would be so cool to have a predictable income stream so the church can do some planning.”

A pop-up ice cream stall outside the front of the church has made £600 profit since opening last month, going towards the church and youth work. Mr Monroe started the brewery three years ago.

Its beers include Ale Mary – described as a traditional ale with fewer hops compared to other craft beers – and Holy Smoke, a porter with malt undertones.

For more information on St Mary’s beers visit and to learn more about its youth work programme visit

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