On the London Brewers’ Market blog, we’re launching a monthly round-up of upcoming and unmissable events for London’s beer drinkers introduced by Rebecca Pate of Brewing East. Given the sheer abundance of tap takeovers, talks and festivals that are announced each week, we’re considering making this a fortnightly feature. Watch this space.
Let’s get straight to the good stuff promised for July 2016:
7th CHURCH OF THE APOCALYPTIC LAWNMOWER: WEIRD BEARD + ANSPACH & HOBDAY COLLAB LAUNCH: Friday, 1 July, 17:00-21:30. The creative minds behind Weird Beard Brew Co. and Anspach & Hobday are launching their collaborative dark cream ale, 7th Church of the Apocalyptic Lawnmower, this Friday evening at Anspach & Hobday’s brewery arch. The new brew will be alongside a selection of beers from Weird Beard as well as Anspach & Hobday, and the lovely folks behind both breweries will be on hand to answer questions about the new beer. Anspach & Hobday, 118 Druid St, London SE1 2HH. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/140015166404917/
CRAFT BEER & CO. SOUR BEER FESTIVAL: Saturday, 2 July, 12:00-23:00. The Craft Beer Co. are throwing a party to celebrate the fifth birthday of their Clerkenwell site. If you’re a fan of the lip-puckering style, they have 20 iterations from breweries across the globe on offer on keg, cask and bottle. The line-up looks pretty solid, including The Kernel Brewery and Partizan Brewing. The Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell, 82 Leather Lane, EC1N 7TR London. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/1740506372885465/
FIVE POINTS YARD PARTY: Saturday, 2 July, 13:00-20:00. The Five Points Brewing Company welcome you to join them for their third yard party at their new warehouse site. Their core range will be pouring alongside some specials and hungry patrons will be catered for by Italian-American purveyors Capish! There will be DJs and gelato also available-one flavour even boasting the brewery’s Railway Porter as an ingredient. Come along for good vibes and crowds. The Five Points Brewing Company Warehouse, 61 Mare Street London E8 4RG. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/140015166404917/
BEER MEANS BUSINESS BOOK LAUNCH: Wednesday, 6 July, 19:00-21:00. Csaba Baba has penned a book, Beer Means Business, and invites you to join him at the White Hart brew pub in Whitechapel for its launch. Representatives from Redchurch Brewery and The Five Points Brewing Company will also be in attendance to discuss the topic and the beer industry in general. One Mile End Brewery‘s head brewer, Simon McCabe, will be tempting attendees with their new Kumquat Session IPA to keep the discussion flowing. The White Hart Brew Pub, 1 Mile End Road, London E1 4TP. Free, but reservation necessary. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beer-means-business-book-launch-tickets-26115510194?ref=estw
PRESSURE DROP TAP TAKEOVER & MEET THE BREWER: Thursday, 7 July from 18:00. Pressure Drop has allied with BrewDog Shoreditch as part of their Meet the Brewer season. Details are scarce, but previous events have entailed a showcase of the featured brewery’s range on tap and the chance to pick the brains of the brewers behind the beer. With Pressure Drop involved, you won’t need more reason than that to go. There will be a selection of handmade- non-alcoholic, but delicious nonetheless- sodas from Hackney’s Square Root Soda, too. BrewDog Shoreditch, 51-55 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/1145813045463351/
ORBIT SUMMER PARTY: Saturday, 9 July, 12:00-22:00. Orbit Beers are hosting a summer party underneath the brewery’s arches in Walworth. Good beer and food will be offered against the background of some serious tunes. They’ll be spinning vinyl throughout the day–revellers are encouraged to bring their own– and pouring beer from their custom-made wooden cask. A brand new special beer from their White Label series will also be on tap: an apricot saison. Orbit Beers, 225 & 228 Fielding St, London SE17 3HD. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/153581428392357/
REDEMPTION BREWING FREE TASTING: Saturday, 9 July, 13:00-17:00. Crouch End has something to crow about with a free tasting of Redemption Brewing Company‘s range at The Bottle Apostle. Redemption recently made the move to a brand new 30 bbl capacity brewery, so this is a good opportunity to familiarise yourself with their beer- you’ll be seeing it everywhere soon enough. Bottle Apostle Crouch End, 49 Park Road, Crouch End, LondonN8 8SY. Free. http://www.bottleapostle.com/event/redemption-brewing
LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET AT THE HACKNEY SUMMER FETE: Saturday, 9 July from 12:00 to 19:00. If you can’t wait until the 23 July for the next instalment of the London Brewers’ Market, a smaller selection of independent London breweries will be represented at Hackney Summer Fete. It’s a good warm up for the large scale event only two weeks later. Hackney Summer Fete: St John at Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 0PD. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/1558405741132184/
HAMMERTON TAP TAKEOVER & ‘50s NIGHT: Thursday, 14 July from 18:00. Islington scions Hammerton Brewery are hosting a tap takeover and 1950s night at BrewDog Shoreditch. Meet the folks behind the reborn Hammerton Brewery, learn about their fascinating history, and try some of their award-winning beer. BrewDog Shoreditch, 51-55 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/238593559842981/
LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET: Saturday, 23 July, 11:00-18:30. Don’t forget the next London Brewers’ Market at Old Spitalfields Market on the 23 July. Sample some beers from 26 of London’s finest breweries including The Five Points, Fourpure, The London Beer Factory, Partizan Brewing, and Anspach & Hobday, all while enjoying the soundtrack provided by the Independent Record Label Market. Old Spitalfields Market, Horner Square, Spitalfields, London E1 6EW. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/301735496833877/
FOURPURE GARDEN PARTY: Saturday, 30 July, 14:00-21:00. The excellent Fourpure Brewing Co. are throwing a garden party with the help of We Brought Beer in Battersea, taking over their garden and taps to bring a range of their core, seasonal and rare beers to guests. Street food will be available from Oh My Dog! and the Fourpure team will be milling about to discuss their beer and ethos. This is the ideal way to familiarise yourself with one of London’s most revered breweries. 78 St. Johns Hill, Battersea SW11 1SP. Free. https://www.webroughtbeer.co.uk/event/fourpure-garden-party/
FOODSTOCK 2016: Saturday & Sunday, 30-31 July from 12:00-20:00 (Saturday) and 12:00-19:00 (Sunday). This brand new event aimed at foodies kicks off in Battersea Park, focusing on local produce, live folk music and including some great beer from Sambrook’s Brewery, who will be serving over 20 craft ales at the bar. Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ. An adult ticket is £2 in advance and can be purchased online. http://enablelc.org/foodstock
Have we missed something? We’re not perfect, so feel free to post any upcoming events featuring London breweries in London in the comments below.