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 for what’s happening in Londontown.
With the last of the beer garden weather upon us, it’s time to accept the change of season and hole ourselves up with a cosy pint. For beer drinkers, October brings the close of Oktoberfest celebrations and the season of highly divisive pumpkin beers. But if neither of these prospects takes your fancy, there are plenty of other events to satisfy your autumnal cravings.
You might feel pressure to bid adieu to sours and saisons in lieu of more warming styles, but whatever you’re drinking, we’ve put together a list of our pick of events across London this October:
HAMMERTON BREWERY TAPROOM OPENING: Saturday, 1 October, 14:00-23:00. Head over to N7 (that’s Islington) to have a drink amongst locals at Hammerton Brewery’s monthly taproom opening. There’s plenty of table space inside and be sure to sample their new Chicha Pale, a Peruvian Maize Morada. They’re dog-friendly too, so why not take Rover for an extra long walk? Hammerton Brewery, Unit 8 & 9 Roman Way Industrial Estate, 149 Roman Way, London N7 8XH. Free: http://www.hammertonbrewery.co.uk/blog/
HIBERNATION PARTY WITH ORBIT BEERS: Saturday, 1 October, 12:00-20:00. Here’s your incentive to embrace the first frost of winter. Orbit Beers are throwing a party at their brewery to honour the season and while the vinyl spins, there will be bratwurst and currywurst proffered from Get Wurst. And in case that wasn’t enough, every guest will get a free beer on arrival. Suddenly winter doesn’t seem so bad, does it? Orbit Brewery, 225 Fielding Road, London SE17 3HD. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1470228143003605/
WE BROUGHT BREW BY NUMBERS: Wednesday, 5 October, 19:00-22:00. Bermondsey’s Brew by Numbers will be chatting beer at We Brought Beer’s Clapham Junction location. Their recent endeavours have been exceptional, including their long-awaited foray into pale ales. If attendees are lucky, the new 21|04 Pale Ale (Motueka) might be on offer. We Brought Beer Clapham Junction, 78 St. Johns Hill, Battersea, SW11 1SP. Event is free, but attendees must e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the guest list: https://www.webroughtbeer.co.uk/event/brought-brew-numbers/
MEET THE BREWER WITH WILD CARD BREWERY: Wednesday, 5 October, from 20:00. The Beer Shop London is hosting a Meet the Brewer night with Wild Card Brewery. This is the perfect opportunity to see what’s brewing and what’s in the pipelines for this Walthamstow favourite. Don’t forget to ask about their Queen of Diamonds IPA, which recently was awarded the ‘Beautiful Brew’ distinction by the Urban Food Awards. The Beer Shop London, 40 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QF. Event is free, but spaces must be reserved by e-mailing email@example.com: http://www.thebeershoplondon.co.uk/events.html
WALTHAMSTOW BEER PROJECT 2016 WITH ELB: Thursday, 6 October from 18:30. East London Brewing Company invite you to Ye Olde Rose and Crown for the launch of their Walthamstow Beer. Over the summer, over 200 Prima Donna hop plants were grown in the area and harvested in mid-September to create this green hopped ale. Come down and sample the fruits of their labour, learn about the hop harvest and meet the brewery team. Beer doesn’t get more local than this. Ye Olde Rose and Crown, 55 Hoe St, London E17 4SA. Free: http://www.eastlondonbrewing.com/blogs/news/walthamstow-beer-project-2016
CRAFT 100 BEER FESTIVAL: Thursday, 6 October, 12:00 until Sunday October 9, 23:00. The Craft Beer Co’s Clapham location will be transformed into a utopia of beer aplenty for this unmissable event. With over 100 beers on offer, there’s something guaranteed to tickle your taste buds, including beer from Beavertown Brewery, Brixton Brewery, By the Horns Brewing Co., Hackney Brewery, Kew Brewery, Redemption Brewing, Partizan Brewing and Weird Beard Brew Co.– and that’s just on keg. Phew. Craft Beer Co, 128 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham, London SW4 6ED. Free: http://www.thecraftbeerco.com/craft100/
FIVE POINTS BREWERY TOUR: Saturday, 8 October, 12:00-14:00. Take a trip to Hackney for The Five Points Brewing Company’s monthly brewery tour, where guests are guided through their story and their range, all in the heart of the action on the brewery floor. See the brewing kit and the canning line, where the newly canned Pils has been flying out. Generous samples and a glass to take home are included in the ticket price. The Five Points Brewing Company, 3 Institute Place, London E8 1JE. Tickets are £12 plus VAT and can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/october-brewery-tour-at-the-five-points-brewing-company-tickets-26520197625 Note: This date is now sold out
IPA VS CHEESE WITH BREW BY NUMBERS: Thursday, 13 October, 18:00-21:00. Beer and cheese, need we say more? Take a range of Brew by Numbers‘ IPAs personally selected by Chris Hall, the brewery’s Sales and Media guru, married with a cornucopia of British cheeses chosen by Ned Palmer (Edited to add: “Legend!”) of The Cheese Tasting Company and- well, you get the idea. The evening will include five cheeses, bread and beer. Attendees are warned to come hungry. Brew by Numbers, 79 Enid Street London SE16 3RA. Tickets are £25 and can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ipa-vs-cheese-a-beer-and-cheese-throwdown-tickets-27930495865
MEAT + BEER WITH BRIXTON BREWERY: Thursday, 13 October, 19:00-20:30. October is bursting with foodie options for beer drinkers, including this enticing event from the Meat School in Borough Market. A selection of fine British cured meats will be expertly paired with beer from Brixton Brewery. This is not for the faint hearted, however, as 5 courses of meat, each one paired with a beer from Brixton, are included in the ticket price. CANNON & CANNON, Unit 4W, Jubilee Place, Winchester Walk, London SE1 9AG. Tickets are £25 and can be purchased here: http://www.meatschool.co.uk/product/meat-beer-pairing-with-brixton-brewery-thurs-13-oct/
CROYDON CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL: Thursday, 13 October, 2016 17:00 until Saturday October 15, 2016 19:00. Held at Braithwaite Hall, this is the third Croydon Craft Beer Festival with an Oktoberfest theme. While oodles of beers from around the world will be available in cans, there’s a good representation form London breweries too, including: Belleville Brewing Co, By the Horns Brewing Co, The London Beer Factory and Croydon’s own darlings, The Cronx Brewery. Croydon Clocktower, Katherine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET. Tickets are £5 + VAT and can be purchased here: https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/craftycroydon2016
OKTOBEERFEST WITH WILD CARD BREWERY: Friday, 14 October, 20:00- Saturday October 15, 22:00. For a taste of Bavaria, make a beeline to Wild Card Brewery’s taproom to sample over 30 beers, including a special small batch raspberry wheat beer brewed for the occasion. There’s an eclectic selection of music promised all weekend, including DJ sets with some synth pop, disco and…kraut rock? Well, we’re intrigued. Wild Card Brewery Tap Bar, Shernhall Street, London E17 9HQ. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/205242163214638/
BAVARIAN BREAKFAST WITH ONE MILE END: Saturday, 15 October, 9:00-14:00. Science has proven that beer is the breakfast of champions* and science is never wrong, so don’t miss the opportunity to sample One Mile End Brewery’s new wheat beer at The White Hart. Their head brewer will be onsite and beer will be poured from 9am to accompany the brew pub’s new tantalising brunch menu. Brunch beers are definitely a thing that should be embraced (*this might be wildly inaccurate). The White Hart Brew Pub, 1 Mile End Road, London E1 4TP, free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1796999037247541/
FIVE POINTS AUTUMN JOLLY: Saturday, 15 October, 13:00-22:00.Following the rip-roaring fun of The Five Points Brewing Company‘s summer yard parties, they’ve taken the same ingredients- e.g. great beer, outstanding eats from Capish? and formidable beats- and reinvented the monthly affair for the season. Come try the Brick Field Brown launched in cask and the Five Points Extra Pale relaunched as Five Points XPA. Surprises are assured and there’s a special meet the brewer session with Vito himself, who is the brains behind the Brick Field Brown. The Five Points Brewing Company Warehouse & Yard, 61 Mare Street, London E8 4RG. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1756385964601426/
ELENA COOPER’S PORTER WITH REDEMPTION: Monday, 17 October, 18:00-23:30. Head down to the Holborn Whippet to sample Elena Cooper’s Porter, a new brew from Redemption Brewing Company to commemorate the London Beer Flood of the 17 October, 1814. On this solemn day, a torrent of beer flooded Tottenham Court Road and killed 8 people. Raise a glass of this porter that has been smoked with oak chips alongside representatives from the brewery. Cue the argument of whether there are worse ways to go. The Holborn Whippet, 25-29 Sicilian Ave, London WC1A 2QH. Free.
BRICK FIELD BROWN LAUNCH WITH PETE BROWN: Tuesday, 18 October, 18:00-22:00. Eminent beer writer Pete Brown joins The Five Points Brewing Company in launching their latest cask ale offering at The Harp in Covent Garden. Two hour-long sessions will be held in The Harp’s cosy upstairs room, where The Five Points’ Assistant Head Brewer Vito Carrescia will introduce his Brick Field Brown, and Pete Brown will share his thoughts about the brown ale style as well as discuss his new book, The Pub: A Cultural Institution. Tickets are £10 + booking fee, which includes a pint of Brick Field Brown, and proceeds from each ticket sale go to St Joseph’s Hospice. There’s also a Five Points Tap Takeover at the bar, which is free to attend, and the chance to buy a copy of Pete Brown’s book. The Harp, 47 Chandos Place, London WC2N 4HS. Tickets to Pete Brown & Vito Carrescia’s talk are £10 + booking fee, tap takeover is free entry. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-five-points-brewer-beer-writer-pete-brown-tickets-28424538560
WE BROUGHT REDCHURCH: Wednesday, 19 October, 19:00-22:00. Another meet the brewer event hosted by We Brought Beer, this time at their Balham site. East London’s The Redchurch Brewery will be talking guests through their new foray into wild beers with their Urban Farmhouse project. These experimental beers hail from their old brewery, which is now dedicated to wild and sour brewing. Guests will sample some of the first batches, so don’t miss out. We Brought Beer Balham, 28 Hildreth Street SW12 9RQ. Event is free, but attendees must e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the guest list: https://www.webroughtbeer.co.uk/event/we-brought-redchurch/
BREWDOG #COLLABFEST 2016: Saturday, 22 October, 13:00 – Sunday October 23, 0:00. Each of London’s Brewdog locations will be brewing up some special delights with the help of a local brewery. Details are still hush-hush on what to expect, but last year saw some great London breweries thrown in the mix, including Orbit Beers, Weird Beard Brew Co., Brew by Numbers and The Redchurch Brewery. So it’s a fairly safe bet. All Brewdog London sites, free: https://www.brewdog.com/lowdown/events/collab-fest-2016
LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET AT VENN STREET MARKET: Saturday, 22 October, 10:00 – 16:00. London Brewers’ Market will be holding a showcase of South London Breweries (oh, and a certain Hackney brewery that organises LBM) at the wonderful Venn Street Market, a weekly food market in Clapham Common. Breweries include The Five Points Brewing Company, Anspach & Hobday, Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, Mondo Brewing Company, and Orbit Beers, who will all be selling beer to drink on the day and for take away. Venn Street Market, Venn Street, Clapham SW4 0AT, free: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-brewers-market-at-venn-street-market-tickets-28282564913
HACKNEY BREWERY’S 5TH BIRTHDAY: Saturday, 22 October, 13:00 – 19:00. The mighty Hackney Brewery celebrate their 5th Birthday with some of their fantastic brews, including their Oktoberfest and a brand new Pale Ale, plus a look around their newly-installed brewing equipment! Grill My Cheese will be catering food at this free event, so rock up and show some love to this wonderful local brewery! Hackney Brewery,358 Laburnum St, London E2 8BB, free: https://www.facebook.com/events/544229609099275/
*new* MEET THE BREWER WITH REDCHURCH: Thursday, 27 October, 18:00-0:00. Redchurch Brewery are visiting their close neighbours, BrewDog Shoreditch, to flaunt some of their beers. There will be some surprises of a sour nature in store. This is another opportunity to get your hands on their new Urban Farmhouse beers this month, so don’t miss out- the brewery team will also be in attendance to guide you through the brews. BrewDog Bar Shoreditch, 51-55 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA , free: https://www.facebook.com/events/571214406409072/
*new* MEET THE BREWER WITH BEAVERTOWN: Thursday, 27 October, 19:30-21:00. The Beavertown Brewery crew are paying The Coborn a visit to guide drinkers through their brewing process from hops to pints. Attendees will also be tutored through four different beers and learn that when it comes to packaging, why the can is king. It’s a great time to get on the Beavertown bandwagon. The Coborn, 8 Coborn Road, E3 2DA London. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased by contacting the venue: https://www.facebook.com/events/1197092370329555/
*new* DAY OF THE DEAD PARTY WITH 40FT: Friday, 28 October, 18:00- Saturday 29 October, 2:00. Once again, 40ft Brewery are inviting revellers inside their shipping container taproom (and sizable yard) to celebrate in style. They’ve teamed up with The Real Al Company to bring Dia de los Muertos celebrations to Dalston. The fiesta will include a special chili IPA and the spicy Mexican beer-cocktail favourite, the Michelada. Mulled cider, face painting and Mexican street food are a given. All will be against a deadly soundtrack to get your sugar skull boogie on. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, London E8 3DP, free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1604855099817724/
*new* PILLARS BREWERY TAPROOM LAUNCH: Friday, 28 October, 17:00- Saturday 29 October, 23:30. NEW BREWERY KLAXON. Head Walthamstow way to check out the Pillars Brewery, formerly known as the Four Pillars Brewery, as they proclaim their arrival with a weekend long party. Expect music, food and their flagship Traditional Lager, branded an ‘India pale lager’, flowing alongside some taproom exclusives. Looks like Wild Card Brewery have new neighbours and Walthamstow just got a bit sexier. Pillars Brewery, Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Walthamstow E17 9HQ , free: https://www.facebook.com/events/204350073312057/
*new* UBREW BEER LAUNCH PARTY: Saturday, 29 October, 12:30-21:00. Bermondsey’s open brewery, UBREW are unleashing their own beers on the public and throwing a bit of a bash. They’ve taken the best of the members’ beer brewed onsite and upscaled production to their industrial 5 bbl kit, resulting in the Rocket Bear IPA, the Octobear Sorachi Ace saison, the Hoplust Stout and a sessionable pale ale. Discounts and tours will be on offer as well, so you can nurse your beer while convincing yourself that your recipe might be next. Ubrew, 24 Old Jamaica Road, London, SE16 4AW, free but tours and cases can be bought in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ubrew-official-beer-launch-tickets-28523591831
*new* SIGNATURE BREW’S 5TH BIRTHDAY PARTY: Saturday, 29 October, 12:00-22:00. We’ll be shimmying down to Signature Brew’s 5th birthday celebrations- a beer and music festival like Leyton has never seen. The largest range of Signature Brew’s beers ever in one place (EVER) and a glut of collaborations will be offered. Music is obviously a fixture and an extensive list of bands and acoustic performers are already lined up. Food and tours are also going to be on offer for those who can stop dancing. Signature Brew, Unit 25, Leyton Business Centre, London E10 7BT. Tickets are free and available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/signature-brews-5th-birthday-party-tickets-28361370623
*new* HIVER’WEEN: Saturday, 29 October, 11:00-19:00.Honey beer specialists Hiver Beers have partnered with All Good Beer for a day packed with Hallowe’en activities, including pumpkin carving, beeswax candle rolling and- deep breath- Bermondsey’s FIRST ever conker championship. Honey beer and other craft selections will be on hand alongside some delicious honey from local bees. Honey is like nature’s candy, so it’s all treats and no tricks here. Hiver, Arch 55 Stanworth Street, London SE1 3NY. Tickets are £7, can be purchased here and include a pumpkin, a sheet of beeswax and a half pint of Hiver.
REDEMPTION BREWERY’S TAPROOM OPENING: Saturday, 29 October, 11:00-17:00. The big day is upon us: Redemption Brewing are letting the public into their brand spanking-new brewery’s taproom! Lots of special surprises are promised, including special one-off beers alongside their ever-dependable core range. More details will be released closer to the time, but don’t miss out on christening the Redemption crew’s new space in Tottenham. Redemption Brewing Co, Unit 16, Compass West Industrial Estate West Road, Tottenham N17 0XL. Free.
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. This post will be edited as the month progresses to include new events, so watch this space!