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.
And just like that, it was June. What happened to May, a month brimming with weekends awash with sunshine and two magnificent bank holidays? It’s come and gone, but it really doesn’t matter because there’s still plenty on the horizon – summer isn’t over yet! Brewery taprooms beckon and canal side drinking makes for a weekend well spent.
In case you can’t decide where to even begin this June, we have some great suggestions (even if we do say so ourselves) below.
GIPSY HILL TAP TAKEOVER: Thursday, June 1, 7pm-10pm. The King & Co turn their taps over to Gipsy Hill Brewing Company. This will be a massive tap takeover with 10 beers to enjoy on keg, all to celebrate the brewery’s tenure status at the pub across June. Beer flight deals will be offered and there will be generous samples too. Delicious grub from Division 184 rounds off this excellent evening. The King & Co, 100 Clapham Park Rd, SW4 7BZ. Free, more information here.
POPPIES PALE ALE LAUNCH: Friday, June 2. National Fish & Chips Day sees the launch of a brand new beer, Poppies Pale Ale, a collaboration between Poppies Fish & Chips and The Five Points Brewing Company. This lovely, zesty pale has been brewed especially to complement the nation’s favourite dish, fish n’ chips. Using lovely British malt and hops, this is a refreshing pale that will eventually be available at all Poppies locations across London, but is launching today at the Soho site. Poppies, 55-59 Old Compton St, Soho, W1D 6HW. Free.
LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET AT FIELD DAY: Saturday, June 3, 12pm-10pm. If you’re attending Field Day in Victoria Park, you’re in luck: London Brewers’ Market will be making an appearance and serving up great beer from 10 different London breweries. Alongside the special Field Day Citrus Pale from The Five Points Brewing Company (fondly referred to as the ‘cat beer’ due to the moggies on the cans), Beavertown Brewery, Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, Hackney Brewery, One Mile End Brewery, 40FT Brewery, Howling Hops Brewery, Canopy Beer Company, Signature Brew and Laine Brew Co will be on hand. Great music deserves great beer. Field Day, Victoria Park, Grove Rd, E3 5TB. Free, more information here.
MONDO’S 2ND BIRTHDAY: Saturday, June 3, 2pm-11pm. Everyone loves a birthday party, so head to the Mondo Brewing Company‘s taproom to help them celebrate their second anniversary. This will be a fun-filled day that promises food, cake, party games – both in the guise of beer pong and a beer raffle. They will be launching a DIPA for the occasion, so the merriment level will be set to ‘high to danger zone’. Mondo Brewing, 86 Stewarts Road, SW8 4UG. Free, more information here.
HONESTBREW BOTTLE SHOP & POP-UP: Thursday, 5 June at 6pm until Saturday, 17 June, 6pm. If you’re on the hunt for a great selection of beer in the City, don’t neglect this pop-up bottle shop hosted by the friendly folks at HonestBrew. Located outside Old Street Station, the HB crew will be serving pints, selling take-away beer and hosting tasting sessions. They’re even launching their own beer alongside their reliably solid collection from both local and international breweries. Old Street station, Old St, EC1Y 1BE. Free, more information here.
THE ANGEL OF BOW LAUNCH: Thursday, 8 June. Redemption Brewing Company are behind this brilliant new pub concept in East London, The Angel of Bow. The pub has been refurbished and aims to deliver both great beer and food. Redemption’s beer will feature on cask permanently and the other lines will feature 15 of East London’s craft breweries in rotation. Live Jazz will be played on Sundays, tapping into the legacy of the pub – which was once known as Kitsons and considered one of East London’s greatest music venues. The Angel of Bow, 171 Devons Road, Bromley by Bow, Bow, E3 3QX. Free.
HOP BURNS & BLACK CAN STATION LAUNCH: Saturday, 10 June, 12pm-6pm. The fine folks at Hop Burns & Black are launching a can station at Serious Pig HQ near Peckham Rye Station. Every Saturday, you can head over to grab some delicious beer – and you know that a great range of London breweries will always be represented. Cans will be selected from their shop and transported over on Saturdays to ensure that a fine collection of fresh and exciting beer will be available. And while you’re there, you can indulge in some meaty snacks from craft meat specialists, Serious Pig. Serious Pig, Arch 221, 42 Blenheim Grove, Peckham Rye, SE15 4QL. Free, more information here.
WEIRD BEARD TAP TAKEOVER AT THE DODO: Thursday, 15 June, 6pm-10pm. The Dodo Micropub is hosting the Weird Beard Brew Co team and offering up 9 cask beers to help celebrate Beer Day Britain. The team will also be on hand, including Head Brewer Bryan, to guide folks through the beer and answer any pressing questions. Beers will range in strength and there will be some very sessionable stuff for the sensible (it is a school night, after all). The Dodo Micropub, 52 Boston Road, Hanwell, W7 3TR. Free, more information here.
*new* MUSIC TO MY BEERS WITH KERNEL: Thursday, 15 June, 6pm-late. New Tottenham venue Five Mile have invited The Kernel Brewery in to not only take over their taps, but to take over the evening’s tunes as well. For one night only, meet the music behind the people behind the beer. Five Miles, 39b Markfield Road, N15 4QA. Free, more information here.
SAMBROOK’S SUMMER PARTY 2017: Saturday, 17 June, 12pm-6pm. To herald the return of summer and celebrate the launch of two beers, the Sambrook’s Brewery team invite you to join them for a massive summer party. This will be a corker, with food served up from Liberty Cheesesteak and live music to keep both stomachs and ears happy. There will be Beer Day Britain-related events and take-away bottles for a last minute (and excellent) Fathers’ Day gifts. Their Lavender Hill, a golden ale with a touch of lavender, will be pouring alongside their Weiss, a new wheat beer. Tickets are a mere £5 and include a beer. Sambrook’s Brewery, 2 Yelverton Road, Unit 1, SW11 3QG. Tickets can be purchased here.
SUMMER BEER NIGHT: Friday, 23 June, 5pm-11pm. Have you ever had a drink in the Leyton Orient Supporters Club? Turns out it’s a pretty friendly and welcoming place that has a stack of CAMRA awards behind it. This is a great spot for great cask beer, so be sure to swing by for this special tap takeover featuring The Solvay Society and 40FT Brewery. Some of the beers pouring are exclusive to the event, so if you’re a fan of either brewery, you really can’t miss this. Leyton Orient Supporters Club, Brisbane Rd, E10 5NF. Free, more information here.
*new* FRIDAY STREET FOOD FEST WITH LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET: Friday, 23 June, 6pm-10.30pm. There will be food and beer in abundance in Greenwich for this Street Food Fest event. Greenwich Market and London Brewers’ Market have paired together to promise a showcase of street food traders, representing a wealth of global culinary delights, and local breweries. Enjoy Bianca Road Brewing Co, Hop Stuff Brewery, Orbit Beers, Partizan Brewing, The Five Points Brewing Company and Villages. Limited free tickets include a glass of bubbly. Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ. Free, more information here.
DALSTON BEER DAY: Saturday, 24 June, 12pm-9pm. Hurray, Dalston Beer Day returns for a summer edition. Always an excellent day spent in the Bootyard, the guys at 40FT Brewery know how to throw a party: expect a list of London breweries (and some from further afield) in attendance. There will be DJs spinning and food on hand in this excellent outdoor East London location with cover (dare we mention the possibility of bad weather?) and plenty of seating to sit and chill. These events do get busy, so head down early and beat the queue. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, E8 3DP. Free, more information here.
SOUR SOLSTICE: Sunday, 25 June, 12pm-6pm. Sour beer fans make the pilgrimage to Beavertown Brewery in Tottenham for this special event celebration all varieties of face-puckering and wild beers. Although the final brewery list is TBC, we can expect beers from Beavertown themselves and Redchurch Brewery, who are killing it with their Urban Farmhouse range. Food traders will be on hand and tickets are ‘all in’, meaning that attendees are entitled to unlimited 1/3rd pours. Children are also welcome and given its Sunday setting, this should be a relatively laid back affair. Beavertown Brewery, 17-18 Lockwood Industrial Estate, N17 9QP. Tickets are £39 each for adults 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.