The Ribman's Backyard Keg Party, Merchant's Yard, East London

'The Ribman' is a London street food vendor known for making what are possibly the best pork ribs in the capital and dishing them up stripped from the bone and served in big and squishy brioche buns. He's also known for making some of the best hot sauce money can buy - but currently demand far outstrips supply.

So in order to fund the purchase of a space to produce his infamous Holy Fuck Hot Sauce on a larger scale The Ribman launched a Kickstarter project to raise funds, the aim? To raise £10,000 in a month. Only, after 4 days that target was smashed and a new one of £15,000 was respectively announced and then suitably dispatched.

This Saturday was the celebration event put on for the project's backers plus their mates, and what a party it was. We had pre-ordered a keg of Camden's truly excellent unfiltered USA Hells, which was waiting for us upon arrival - by a reserved table and suitably chilled I might add - what more could you want?

It's a beer which has loads going on but which you can drink all day - not too bitter, not too heavy, but crisp, floral and citrusy with a perfectly weighted body of unfiltered pale grain.

It was also stonkingly good value, working out at roughly £2.40 a pint, which for central London is pretty much half price. Served via an American-frat-party-style pump it was also pretty fun to be able to pour our own beer all afternoon.

To soak up that excellent beer we ate rib meat tacos, which were a collaborative effort from The Ribman/Ambriento teams and baby back ribs from Dukes Brew & Que and hot dogs from somebody else I can't recall - it could've been Big Apple but I'm not 100%. All were pretty awesome, but it was those tacos that really stole the show. Tender pork rib meat, beetroot slaw, salsa verde and Holy Fuck Hot Sauce, combined to create a proper little firework display in the mouth. Outstanding stuff.

If you want to get in on the fun then your best bet is to head to Merchants Yard any Friday over the next few months and let the Street Feast team look after you.



  1. Where did you get the keg and tap from?

  2. Almost a year late with my reply... but it was from Camden Town Brewery.