On the London Brewers’ Market blog, we are featuring a monthly round-up of upcoming and unmissable events for London’s beer drinkers introduced by Rebecca Pate of Brewing East. Here are her picks, and stay tuned for a later post focusing exclusively on all the London brewers’ events at London Beer City.
With August comes London Beer City, ten days replete with beer festivals, tap takeovers and meet the brewer events starting this Friday, the 5th, and running until Sunday, the 14th. Beer aficionados will have already trawled through the immense itinerary, but we can’t let this eclipse other exciting happenings across the capital throughout the month.
We’ve compiled a list of events unaffiliated with London Beer City to further enhance your August. Whether it’s to help you ease into the month, keep you energised during LBC 2016 or to temper the harshness of LBC 2016 withdrawal, here’s more to pencil into your diary:
RICHMOND BREWERS’ FAIR: Saturday August 6, 12:00-19:30. Although it’s based in Surrey, some London breweries are featured as part of this CAMRA real ales event, including Kew Brewery and Long Arm Brewing Company. It follows the success of the inaugural Brewers’ Fair held in February and promises beer, live music and food stalls.
Richmond Adult Community College Theatre, Parkshot Richmond, London TW9 2RE. Tickets are £4 for CAMRA members and £5 for non-members and can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/richmond-brewers-fair-tickets-26222681747
GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL: Tuesday, 9 August- Saturday, 13 August. Various times. This CAMRA-run festival will showcase over 900 real ales alongside ciders, perries and international beers. Come celebrate some great local examples and raise a glass to cask. In between libation, live music, food stalls and even traditional pub games will be on offer, all under a single roof with 55,000 other thirsty patrons at Olympia London. Who will be crowned 2016’s the Champion Beer of Britain? We’re on tenterhooks.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX. Tickets are £9 for CAMRA members or £11 for non-members and are available here: http://gbbf.org.uk/tickets
THE RAKE’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY: Wednesday, 10 August. Two sessions: 12:00-17:00 & 17:30- 22:00. The Rake in Borough Market- London’s coveted specialist beer outlet- is celebrating ten successful years in business with an evening hosted by Melissa Cole, esteemed and award-winning beer and food writer. Cole will be curating an odyssey across a landscape of tremendous beers- and, unbelievably, it’s all free. Act fast as places are limited. The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, Borough Market SE1 9AG. Free, but wristbands are required and must be collected in advance. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLLABORATION RANGE / HOME BREW DEPOT LA LAUNCH PARTY: Thursday, 11 August, 19:00-01:00 (12 August). Home Brew Depot is hoping to crack the American market and to celebrate, they’re releasing two collaboration recipes with One Mile End and Hackney Brewery. The former is the home brewer’s version of Snakes Alive DIPA and the latter is a summery saison. Both head brewers will be live brewing on the night, there will be beers available from the breweries and live music to boot.
Brew Club, 38-40 Upper Clapton Road #9, London E5 8BQ. Tickets are free, include two ½ pints and are available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hackney-brewery-saison-one-mile-end-snakes-alive-dipa-launch-mtb-tickets-26720865829
ONE KEG WONDER SERIES – BREW BY NUMBERS: Thursday, 11 August, 19:00. This is the launch of Simon the Tanner’s One Keg Wonder series and they have something very special lined up for the night: a maple pecan brown ale from Brew By Numbers that’s never seen light within the M25. One keg only means just that: once it’s gone, it’s gone. Three other beers from Brew By Numbers will also be available on the night.
Simon the Tanner, 231 Long Lane, London SE1 4PR. Free.
CRATE BEER & LA FROMAGERIE CHEESE TASTING: Thursday, 11 August, 18:00 & 20:00. Nothing marries quite like beer and cheese. Hackney Wick’s canalside hotspot, Crate Brewery, will be pairing four of their beers, including some examples of their limited Brewers Tap range, with cheese from La Fromagerie. Guided by beer sommelier & maître fromager Tom Williams, this will brie a gouda time.
The Larder, 8 Pearson Square, London W1W 7EY. Tickets are £22 for one session and can be purchased here: https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/food-drink/crate-beer-la-fromagerie-cheese-tasting?t=tickets
PAINTING PARTY WITH FIVE POINTS: Wednesday, 17 August, from 18:00. This is your chance to see if beer really does fuel creativity. Look Mum No Hands! on the Southbank is hosting an evening of artistic pursuits in conjunction with The Five Points Brewing Company where art materials are supplied with the purchase of a pint. A range of Five Points will be available, so channel your inner Picasso over a solid beer.
Look Mum No Hands! Queen’s Walk under Hungerford Bridge, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX. Free. http://www.lookmumnohands.com/events/painting-party-with-five-points
ORBIT BEERS TAP TAKEOVER: Wednesday, 17 August, from 17:00. Those music buff brewers at Orbit Beers descend upon The Rake in Borough Market to bring a little hi-fidelity to your pint glass. Their range will be proffered and the brewers will be on hand to answer your burning questions, like just how do you flavour a Köln style lager with the Velvet Underground?
The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AG. Free: https://allevents.in/london/orbit-beers-tap-take-over-at-the-rake/1726598650913167
SAMBROOK’S BREW SCHOOL: Saturday, 20 August, 12:00-17:00. Sambrook’s Brewery welcomes brewmasters and novices alike to create a perfect iteration of a craft beer with the Grainfather, an all-in-one homebrew system. A hands-on brewing experience, a brewery tour and the opportunity to quiz Sambrook’s head brewer, Sean Knight, are included. Samples of the Sambrook’s range will also be flowing. Following the session, attendees will be given bottles of their own brew, so better start thinking of a punny beer name now.
Sambrook’s Brewery, Yelverton Road #Unit 1 & 2, Battersea SW11 3QG. Tickets are £49 and can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sambrooks-brew-school-brewing-with-the-grainfather-tickets-26280255953
GIPSY HILL YARD PARTY: Saturday, 20 August, 13:00-20:00. Gipsy Hill Brewing Company are celebrating ‘Local producers, live music & great beer!’ Join them at their party showcasing some of the other local makers and doers, including picture framers, charcuterie makers, and fellow brewers and neighbours The London Beer Factory. The party will launch a beer brewed with Certitude, who work to break down the social exclusion of people with disabilities.
Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, Unit 11 – Hamilton Road Industrial Estate, 160 Hamilton Road, London SE27 9SF. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/981204081999247/
MEET THE BREWER- HIVER: Wednesday, 24 August, 18:30-20:30. Hiver Beers have been causing a buzz with their range of beer fermented with raw honeys. Using British ingredients and suppliers, Hiver has salvaged the reputation of honey beer from other artificial, cloying interpretations on the market. Have a chat with the team and pollinate your palate with samples of the beer. Oh, and brush up on your entomology- there’s prizes at stake on the night.
Smiths of Smithfield, 67-77A Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6HJ. Free, but tickets should be reserved in advance here: https://www.designmynight.com/london/bars/farringdon/smiths-of-smithfield/meet-the-brewer-hiver
MEET THE BREWER- ONE MILE END: Wednesday, 31 August, 19:00-20:00. Another beer event hosted at Look Mum No Hands! on the Southbank and chance to speak to Simon McCabe, head brewer at One Mile End. Expect a tap takeover with a range of One Mile End beers in addition to some surprises- a special beer for the event is rumoured to be in the works.
Look Mum No Hands! Queen’s Walk under Hungerford Bridge, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX. Free. http://www.lookmumnohands.com/events/one-mile-end-brewery-tap-takeover
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.