May is an exceptional month (mostly down to not one, but two, long weekends). London is flirting with summer and we’re ready for any excuse to drink outdoors. Yes, most of the events listed below take place inside- but it’s likely for the best because it will probably rain anyway (sorry to be a downer).
But whether it’s balmy or chilly, we’ll still happily drink some great beer around the city, so let’s make this month count.
KEW BREWERY TAP TAKEOVER, MEET THE BREWER AND BEER LAUNCH: Wednesday, May 3, 6pm-late. Expect Kew Brewery to be very busy this month, as it’s not only their 2nd birthday, but they’ve just collaborated on a beer with Weird Beard Brew Co. If you can’t make the party at the Dodo Micropub (see below), head to The Pineapple in Kentish Town for the first official launch of the Fruitbat beer, a strawberry and blackberry pale ale. Remember: this is only part 1 of the birthday celebrations, followed by a second party on May 9th. Get involved. The Pineapple, 51 Leverton St, London NW5 2NX. Free.
LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET AT GREENWICH MARKET: Friday, May 5, 6:30pm-10:30pm. We’re bringing a taste of East London south of the river! The London Brewers’ Market will be setting up in Greenwich for a special night market and, as you’d expect, there will be a solid list of London breweries involved, including: The Five Points Brewing Co, Partizan Brewing, Orbit Beers, Bullfinch Brewery & Tap Room, The Gipsy Hill Brewing Co, The London Beer Factory, Canopy Beer Company, The Brockley Brewing Company, Bianca Road Brew Co and Villages. Phew. This incredible line-up will be accompanied with some great tunes on the evening from the Independent Label Market, who are co-hosting the shindig. Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/657478307773464/
CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA WITH MONDO: Friday, May 5, 7pm-11pm. Mondo Brewing Company have teamed up with Draft House Old Street to bring you this banging Mexican-themed celebration. There’s mucho fun to be had in the guise of a sombrero stand game, a chance to beat the brewer at a chilli eating challenge (yes, you read that right) and even – naturally – pinatas. Mondo will have their tasty Mexican Lager pouring as well, so this oughta be a fantastic fiesta. Better dig out those novelty mustaches now. Draft House Old Street, Mews Unit, The Bower, 211 Old St, London EC1V 9NR. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1934487363452822/
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT CONVERSATIONS, PART 2: Friday, May 5, 7pm-11pm. Are you terrified at the prospect of talking to a stranger? We all know how infrequently we actually have discussions with people outside of our social groups in London and the guys at 40FT Brewery are asking us to open up. Everyone will be paired with a stranger (or not, if they prefer) and given 30 minutes of topics to breeze through. There will be some music on the evening and, naturally, beer will be pouring in the taproom. What an inspired idea. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, London E8 3DP. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/259822611091345/
KEW BREWERY 2ND BIRTHDAY PARTY: Tuesday, May 9, 7pm-10pm. Happy birthday to Kew, happy birthday to Kew…Kew Brewery is celebrating their second year in the beer biz at The Dodo Micropub in Hanwell and you’re invited. They will be taking over the taps and collaborated with Weird Beard Brew Co on a special beer, Fruitbat, a strawberry and blackberry pale ale, that will also be available on the night. Help the Kew team celebrate in West London. The Dodo Micropub, 52 Boston Road, London W7 3TR. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/215177502310072/
*new* MEET THE BREWER AND TAP TAKEOVER WITH SIGNATURE BREW: Thursday, May 11, 6.30pm-10.30pm. The cool cats from Signature Brew will be hanging out at Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch for this tap takeover and meet the brewer session. In fact, Strongroom professes to be the very bar where the original brainstorming sessions occurred that led to the brewery’s founding, so there’s obviously a lot of mutual love here (aww). As you’d expect, there will be music and DJs on the night in addition to a great line-up of rocking beer. Strongroom Bar
120-124 Curtain Road,, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3SQ. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1843923352535647/
*new* TOTTENHAM BEER TRAIL: Saturday, May 13, 11am – Sunday, May 15, 6pm. If you’re not in Copenhagen for the Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen, then you have to head to Tottenham for this grand event: not one, but FIVE breweries will be opening their taprooms and welcoming drinkers across the weekend. Hit up Beavertown Brewery, One Mile End Brewery, Affinity Brew Co, Brewheadz and Enfield Brewery. There will be lots of beer flowing across all sites and it happens to be the launch of the Brewheadz taproom, so get involved in the beer pilgrimage. Various Tottenham sites. Free, but for more information, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/125885734634932/
TOTTENHAM HOME BREW #1: Sunday, May 14, 3pm-6pm. Chicken Town is rallying together some of Tottenham’s best at this celebration of brewers and vendors. Come along to support and drink beer from Affinity Brew Co, Beavertown Brewery, Redemption Brewing and One Mile End Brewery. While you’re there, make sure to scoff some delicious (‘healthy’) fried chicken. For £16, attendees get four great beers and a bar snack. Tottenham is tasty! Chicken Town, Town Hall Approach Road, London N15 4RX. Tickets are £16 and can be purchased here.
*new* WHITE LABEL #10 LAUNCH AT ORBIT: Tuesday, May 16, 5pm-11pm. Beer + music is an equation that always equals Orbit Beers. For this BYOV session (yes, that’s Bring Your Own Vinyl), they’re bringing along some experimental beer from their White Label Series. They’re hosted at the Draft House Old Street for a preview of their latest concoction and everyone who brings vinyl to play will get a pint on Orbit. Sweet sounds indeed. Draft House Old Street, Mews Unit, The Warehouse, The Bower, London EC1V 9NR. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/228657640952877/
*new* ORBIT TAP TAKEOVER AT THE LONDON BEER DISPENSARY: Thursday, May 18, 5pm-11pm. More fun from Orbit Beers, this time in the guise of a tap takeover and meet the brewer evening at the London Beer Dispensary. The team will be there to chat, a range of their beers will be on hand and expect a special limited edition Orbit-inspired beer burger on the night. Nom. London Beer Dispensary, 389 Brockley Road, London SE4 2PH. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1897628177133711/
*new* DALSTON FOOD DAY: SPRING EDITION: Saturday, May 20, 12pm-11pm. Those intrepid bunch at 40ft Brewery are throwing the second Dalston Food Day in conjunction with Root+Bone magazine. This is going to be a collection of delicious local food vendors and purveyors. Expect preserves, cheeses and gelato with a side of still life drawing in support of Made In Hackney Local Food Kitchen. The vendors will be on site until 5pm, but beers will continue flowing at the brewery’s taproom until 11pm. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, London E8 3DP. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1911736865760256/
REDEMPTION & PARTIZAN DUAL TAP TAKEOVER: Saturday, May 20, 12pm-late. London brewery stalwarts Redemption Brewing Company and Partizan Brewing have teamed up for this tap takeover at Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell. They will be launching a special collaboration, a yet-to-be-named pale ale brewed with green tea, lemon, orange and lime zest. The teams will be on hand throughout the day and extra surprises – including a raffle – have been promised. Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell, 82 Leather Ln, Clerkenwell, London EC1N 7TR. Free.
*new* THE KERNEL SHOWCASE AT BREWDOG SHOREDITCH: Thursday, May 25, 6pm-12am. The Kernel Brewery is a perennial favourite with London’s beer drinkers, so head to BrewDog in Shoreditch to drink six of their magnificent beers. A selection of styles and strengths are promised, ensuring that all tastes are catered to. Delicious beer, enough said. BrewDog Bar Shoreditch, 51-55 Bethnal Green Rd, London. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/1842879795976171/
*new* CANOPY MEET THE BREWER AT DULWICH VINTNERS: Friday, May 26, 5.30pm-8pm. Can’t get enough of Canopy Beer Company? Well, here’s your chance to tell the team why you love their beers so. They’ll be ready for your questions at the Dulwich Vintners with a selection of their beers on offer. If you haven’t tried their tasty Brockwell IPA yet, here’s your chance. Dulwich Vintners, 85-87 Dulwich Village, London SE21 7BJ. Free: https://www.facebook.com/events/203452690159447/
MATS AND VATS: Friday, May 26, 7pm-9pm. You may have spotted the plethora of beer yoga videos being shared across your social media feeds. Don’t worry if you’ve missed this new sensation, but it’s pretty straightforward: take a yoga class and add that wonderful social lubricant: beer. The newly opened Nirvana Brewery specialises in low/no alcohol beer, so this is the perfect location for such a venture: ticket holders get a 75 minutes hatha yoga class, a tasting of non alcoholic beers, Indian nibbles and a Nirvana goodie bag. Namaste! Nirvana Brewery, Unit T6, Leyton Industrial Village, Argall Ave, E10 7QP. Tickets are £20 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.