In the dawn of a new year, it’s time to blow away the cobwebs of 2016 and begin anew!
Last year brought a number of fantastic beer events, so we have no doubt that 2017 will trump it. There’s no better excuse to support the Tryanuary movement, which encourages us to try new independent breweries, beers, bars and bottle shops. The idea is to drink less and more meaningfully. After December indulgences, this sounds like a great plan.
So to get you started, here’s some of January’s offerings:
BULLFINCH MEET THE BREWER: Thursday, 19 January, 6:30pm. Beer and tunes marry perfectly, don’t they? So this event, where the Strongroom Bar & Kitchen resident DJ will be spinning tracks inspired by the beers and the brewers from Bullfinch Brewery, is bound to be banging. Their beers will be flowing and the Bullfinch team will be available for a chat about their beer and its global influences too. If the music is as good as the beer, this will be an unmissable night.Strongroom Bar & Kitchen, 120-124 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3SQ. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/821798217962702/
DESERTER WINTER SOCIAL: Thursday, 19 January, 3.55-11pm. Lifestyle website Deserter is aimed at those who try to get the most out of life doing less. They’ve collaborated with South London’s Southey Brewing to create the Deserter IPA in cask and keg. Attendees are encouraged to bunk off work and enjoy a free pint from the Deserter crew – there’s one cask to give away, so the earlier you get out of work, the better your chances. Of course, we do not condone bunking. But we won’t tell if you don’t. London Beer Dispensary, 389 Brockley Road, London SE4 2PH. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/237712546656303/
40FT YEAHNUARY CAT & MUTTON TAP TAKEOVER: Friday, 20 January, 7pm-1am. Those fun folks at 40FT are hosting a tap takeover and DJ night at The Cat & Mutton on Broadway Market. Enjoy some excellent brews from the Dalston brewery alongside some immense tunes all evening long. The Cat & Mutton, 76 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/103034956872588/
AFFINITY’S BIG JANUARY BASH: Saturday, 21 January, 12- 9pm. New to the Tottenham scene is Affinity Brewing Co, who operate out of a shipping container and offer a very cosy taproom that is perfect to combat the winter chill. A special beer is scheduled to make an appearance for the event and all of the beers pouring will complement the available hot food from Thai in a Pie. Big flavours are promised abound with great beer, superlative food and rocking tunes. Affinity Brew Co, 39A Markfield Road, London N15 4QA. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1961961344031487/
TRYANUARY TOUR DE PUB: Saturday, 21 January, 2:30-7pm. Join Doreen Joy Barber from The Five Points Brewing Company on a guided tour around tour of Old Street and Islington’s crème de la crème of pubs. In the spirit of Tryanuary, this afternoon encourages attendees to try new independent breweries and drinking establishments. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to St Joseph’s Hospice as well, so this is the perfect opportunity to do good for yourself and for others. An excellent group of people is guaranteed in addition to some yarns, facts and further recommendations for good beer in the area. Tour begins in the Old Street area.Tickets are £5 (+bf) with all proceeds going to charity and can be purchased here.
BEAVERTOWN MEET THE BREWER: Thursday, 26 January, 7pm. Earlsfield, get this in your diary: a meet the brewer event at the super cool Bean & Hop, a coffee and craft beer destination. This will be an intimate environment where four of Beavertown Brewery‘s beers will be on tap. There will also be pizza available to order, which is rumoured to be exceptional. The equation beer + coffee + pizza + Beavertown can have only one answer, and it’s ‘hell yeah’. Bean & Hop, 424-426 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4HN. Free: http://www.beavertownbrewery.co.uk/?post_type=wpa_events&p=2181
BRIXTON BREWERY TOUR: Thursday, 26 January, 6:30-8:00pm. Join Brixton Brewery for a tour and tasting of their locally-inspired beers. You might know their bright branding and bold flavours, but this is an opportunity to see inside the arch where the magic happens. See the brewing kit, learn the history of the brewery and sit down with a four tasters of their beers. Tickets are £15 and can be purchased here. Brixton Brewery, Arch 547, Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PF.
THE FIVE POINTS SATURDAY SESSIONS AT MASON & COMPANY: Saturday, 28 January, 12-1:30pm. The Five Points Brewing Company are kicking off the first of their new Saturday Sessions at Mason & Company. This tasting session focuses on Winter Warmers & Big Brews, and will be featuring not just one, but TWO newly-available beers: the 2016 version of Old Greg’s Barley Wine and Barrel-Aged Railway Porter. Plus, attendees can enjoy 20% off tasty Capish? brunch at M&Co. What’s not to love? Tickets are £10 + booking fee and available here. Mason & Company, 25 East Bay Lane, Queen Elizabeth Park, Hackney Wick, E20 3BS.
STOKEY BEER FEST: Saturday, 28 January, 12-11pm. This will be a full day of revelry in Stoke Newington with a line-up including 8 fantastic breweries. Drink beer from London’s 40FT Brewery, Howling Hops Brewery, Solvay Society, Seven Sisters Brewery, Vandells Brewery and Brewage a Trois. The ticket price includes a festival glass and a 1/3 pint from each of the featured breweries. Rounded off with a bottle shop courtesy of Mother Kelly’s and food from Provisions in the guise of bread, charcuterie and cheeses, and you have a party. Abney Public Hall, 73A Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS. Tickets are £20 for the afternoon session and £25 for the evening session (plus bf) and available here.
FIVE POINTS STOKEY PUB-A-RAMA: Saturday, 28 January, 12-11:30pm. In support of the above Stokey Beer Fest, The Five Points Brewing Company are working with some great local N16 venues to treat festival attendees to discount on Five Points brews for Five Points Stokey Pub-A-Rama! Show your ticket to a participating venue (which currently includes Ryan’s Bar, The Prince and Mother Kelly’s Bottle Shop N16) to get the deal all day Saturday and enjoy some brews before or after Stokey Beer Fest! Various venues in Stoke Newington. Free, but discount requires ticket to Stokey Beer Fest. More info here.
*new* BY THE HORNS BEER HALL BASH: Saturday, 28 January, 12pm-12am. It’s a busy Saturday, but SW Londoners shouldn’t feel left out – By the Horns Brewing Co is hosting a Beer Hall Bash, which promises some great live music from The Bara Bara Band and delicious offerings from Parm Star. In addition to this, there will be beer-a-plenty and some brewery tours for a fiver (pint included). Oh, did we mention that there will be free cask beer flowing? Well, there will be a free cask beer flowing. So yeah, it’s going to be pretty great. By the Horns Brewery, 25 Summerstown, London SW17 0BQ. Free (but tours are £5 with a pint included and bookable in advance): https://www.facebook.com/events/371851569860583/
TASTING NOTES – LBM AND TRYANUARY EDITION: Monday, 30 January, 7pm-9pm. The brilliantly beery and bookish minds behind Tasting Notes are holding their next beer and book pairing event at Mason & Company. This time, they’re teaming up with us here at London Brewers’ Market to showcase London beers alongside some brilliant novels of science fiction. A £10 ticket gets you tastings of 5 beers plus an introduction to each beer and book pairing, and proceeds for ticket sales go to Crisis as part of the Tryanuary antics this month, so come along. Tickets are £10 + booking fee and available here. Mason & Company, 25 East Bay Lane, Queen Elizabeth Park, Hackney Wick, E20 3BS.
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!