A zythophile . . .? What’s a Zythophile?

The English language evolves at an incredible rate, gobbling up words from other languages, and inventing new ones. Well here is one I hadn’t heard of before until yesterday – Zythophile.

It’s pronounced zee-tho-fyle. What does it mean? It means ‘a lover of beer’. It’s a word that is derived from the greek and thus its etymology should be perfectly acceptable to philologists.

So what is this to do with our hero Thomas Fowell Buxton? Well TFB was a zythophile, at least he made his living out of beer. In 1808 he joined the brewing firm of Truman and Hanbury in Brick Lane, Spitalfields and later became a partner.

tfblintel_smThe brewery closed in the late 1980’s but the buildings still remain and the the lintel over the old brewery offices at 91 Brick Lane, still carries the names of the partners ‘Truman, Hanbury and Buxton’.

Martyn Cornell, who runs a blog called ‘Zythophile’ has written a well researched post on the history of the Black Eagle Brewery of Truman, Hanbury and Buxton. You can find this by clicking this link

The brewery itself has long been sold and redeveloped into a home to bars, cafes, clothes shops, art galleries. A weekend food hall in the old boiler house has take-away food from an amazing spread of countries, There are markets on Saturdays and Sundays and exhibition halls, shows and festivals..

Recently, enthusiasts have worked to take up brewing again in the tradition of Truman, Hanbury and Buxton. The new brewery is being set up in Spring 2013 at Stour Road, Hackney Wick. The Black Eagle flies again!

Closer to home in Weymouth, we have long mused about whether a local brewery could be persuaded to create a beer in honour of Thomas Fowell Buxton. Alternatively, perhaps the Black Eagle Brewery can be persuaded to produce a commemorative beer. On the happy day when we dedicate the new monument, we could toast his memory in beer rather than champagne!,