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.
February was a short month that ended on a crescendo with Craft Beer Rising, the UK’s biggest craft beer festival. In comparison, March seems a bit of a downer. Wages must be spread across a full 31 days and the weather isn’t mild enough to be considered spring. March might be a month to endure, but it thankfully isn’t uneventful.
In fact, there are a number of noteworthy events hosted by London’s breweries across the month, so let’s get straight into filling your diary now. March doesn’t have to be so glum!
SIGNATURE BREW NIGHTLINER LAUNCH: Wednesday, 1 March, 7pm-11pm. Those musical bunch at Signature Brew have collaborated with Curved Brick Co to bring you Nightliner, a 5.7% coffee porter that guarantees to be an orchestra of flavour. They’re setting up shop at The Leyton Star for the occasion, including both keg and cask versions, with a one-off special available to boot. Those burger kings We Serve Humans will keep drinkers satiated with a Nightliner-inspired special as well. The Leyton Star, 116 High Road, Leyton, London E15 2BX. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/380411435654626/
WILD CARD TAP TAKEOVER WEEKEND AT THE CHEQUERS: Friday, 3 March until Sunday, 5 March. The Chequers in Walthamstow has invited Wild Card Brewery to man their taps for an entire weekend. In addition to their decked out core range, there will be specials on hand for eager drinkers. Even the pub’s food has been given a bit of wild makeover, with a King of Hearts blonde ale battered fish & chips or a beer fondant. There are a few events happening across the residency, including a meet the brewer sessions (7pm-9pm on Friday and 1pm-4pm on Saturday) and an acoustic lunch from 1pm-4pm on Sunday. No jokers here, folks. The Chequers, 145 High Street, London E17 7BX. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1930691360487377/
INDY LAGER LAUNCH PARTY AT FOURPURE: Saturday, 4 March, 11am-10pm. Go Bermondsey way to celebrate the launch of Fourpure Brewing Co’s Indy Lager. It’s served in a Tallboy Can, that’s 500ml of drinking bliss, and promises to be a crisp, refreshing beer. The brewery crew will be hosting tours every hour between 12-4pm, first come first served. There will be free giveaways of the new addition with all of the regular favourites (and some seasonals) on at the bar. Food will be courtesy of Oh My Dog!, who might just do the best darn veggie dogs in London (their non veggie dogs also look fab too). Fourpure Brewing Co, 22 Bermondsey Trading Estate, Rotherhithe New Road, London SE16 3LL. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/212348229237678/
BREWHEADZ SHOWCASE AT BREWDOG: Sunday, 5 March, 12pm-11pm. Brewheadz is the brainchild of three Italian friends and brewed right here in London. These guys have been doing the rounds around the city, showcasing their three core beers and receiving an enthusiastic reception. Head to BrewDog in Clapham Junction to try all three and see for yourself what the fuss is about- they’re passionate about the quality of their ingredients, which is the basis for every great beer. The team will also be happy to have a chat about their story and range on the day. BrewDog Clapham Junction, 11 – 13 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HG. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1658752767484842/
LONDON DRINKER BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL: Wednesday, 8 March – Friday, 10 March. Now in its 33rd year, this CAMRA event will be celebrating London breweries at the Camden Centre. There are 250 London beers available throughout the festival in addition to homemade food from Phil’s Pop Up Kitchen. Tutored tasting sessions will be hosted across the three days and a number of events and games, including a pub quiz (Wednesday evening) and a Tombola. The Champion Beers of London will be judged and awarded on Thursday morning, then available to sample from Thursday afternoon onwards. Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London WC1H 9AU. Tickets are £4 a session (£3 for CAMRA members) with other ticket pricing options here.
40 SHADES OF GREEN WITH 40FT: Saturday, 18 March, 11am-11pm. The guys at 40ft Brewery are turning Saint Patrick’s Day on its head by eschewing the traditional black stuff for their own silky Deep stout. They’re showcasing modern Irish culture across an itinerary of music, drink and food. They’ve invited a team of Irish food producers and chefs to feed guests alongside a distiller to serve up Poitín, one of Ireland’s most notorious drinks. There will be Irish DJs spinning and, naturally, a selection of beers that will make both Irish and non-Irish eyes smile. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, London E8 3DP. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1280624665347623/
THE FIVE POINTS KNEES UP AT THE MORGAN ARMS: Thursday, 23 March, 5.30pm-10pm. There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned East London knees-up and The Five Points Brewing Company know how it’s done. They’re headed to The Morgan Arms, promising a selection of their beers alongside some specials and the chance to win some fabulous prizes. This is a lovely pub if you haven’t been that is also rumoured to be one of Danny Boyle’s regular haunts. The Morgan Arms, 43 Morgan Street, London E3 5AA. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1891586284450590/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1488194164611061
LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET AT VENN STREET MARKET: Saturday, 25 March, 10am-4pm. We love setting up at Venn Street Market and have a pretty solid line-up of London breweries involved for this March date. Dotted among the regular market stalls, find Howling Hops Brewery, Gipsy Hill Brewing Co, The Five Points Brewing Company, Brixton Brewery and Anspach & Hobday, all willing and ready to serve up great beer and will also be selling bottles. This is a fresh food market, so don’t forget to have a mosey around – it’s the perfect opportunity to up your dinner game with some choice beer and food pairing. Venn Street Market, Venn Street, London SW4 7UF. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/830541000426744/
MASON & CO SATURDAY SESSIONS WITH FIVE POINTS: Saturday, 25 March, 12pm-2pm. Head to Hackney Wick for this tutored tasting with The Five Points Brewing Company at Mason & Company. Places are limited to 20 people, but groups will be led through a range of beers and given an overview of the history of the East London brewery. Better yet, all participants are entitled to a 20% discount off brunch from the excellent Italian-American honchos Capish? before or following the event, basically making this the perfect Saturday. Mason & Company, 25 East Bay Lane, Here East, Hackney Wick, London E20 3BS. Tickets are £10 each and can be purchased here.
SAMBROOK’S SPRING FESTIVAL 2017: Saturday, 25 March, 12pm-6pm. The Sambrook’s Brewery crew are throwing a little party to celebrate spring (it’s coming soon, we promise). Think good beers, some great street food from Prairie Traditional Kansas City BBQ, mini brewery tours, live music and you’ve got…Well, a party! Excellent. They’ll be launching their new session IPA on the day as well, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Sambrook’s Brewery, Yelverton Road, Unit 1 & 2, London SW11 3QG. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased here.
BOOZERS WITHOUT BORDERS BACK IN (BARREL AGED) BLACK: Tuesday, 28 March, 7pm-11pm. This is a charity night for Help Refugees hosted at The Draft House Chancery Lane that is concerned with all things DARK. Expect some serious barrel-aged and imperial stouts to make an appearance. The premise is simple: buy a ticket to have a taste of their growing beer collection – and there’s more than plenty to go around – with all profits going to charity. Unsurprisingly, a handful of London breweries are involved, including 40Ft Brewery with their Deeper 7% export stout and Orbit Beers with their Leaf Beechwood smoked rauch altbier. Boozing for charity is a good thing indeed.Draft House Chancery Lane, 1 Plough Place, London EC4A 1HY. Tickets are £35- £36 and can be purchased here.
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!