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.
London Beer City is now in its fourth year and shows no sign of waning in popularity, still retaining its position as one of the most hotly anticipated beer events in the capital. As with previous years, this incarnation of LBC sees a spectrum of events billed, including tap takeovers, beer festivals and food pairing experiences. Running from August 3rd to August 13th, there’s ten full days of activities scheduled across the city.
The itinerary is brimming with choices, so we’ve done our best to highlight just a selection of the unmissable happenings planned by London breweries to help you get started.
We’ve picked two or three events per day to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the excitement.
For the full schedule of events, head to the London Beer City website.
We’ve also highlighted our top picks – the most unmissable of the unmissable events- in gold.
Thursday 03 August 2017
LONDON BEER HUNT: Thursday 03 – Sunday 13 August. Running throughout the duration of LBC, get ahead of the crowd and undertake a beery scavenger hunt around the city. Last year focused on East London, but this year will be around the Oxford Street/Soho area. Curated by the friendly crew at Honest Brew, participants download a map and follow the clues to discover some excellent spots for a remarkable pint. If you make it to your final destination, you get a tasty prize too (psst, it’s beer). London, free. More information here.
*BEER CITY OPENING PARTY*: 7pm-12pm. Kick off the festivities at Mason and Company in Hackney Wick, especially if you want to have the first tastes of the two official LBC beers – one a collaboration from North London breweries, brewed with northern hemisphere hops, and the second from South London breweries, brewed with South hemisphere hops. Expect great tunes, a superlative selection of beers from London (and further afield) on tap and delicious grub flying out from resident American-Italian honchos, Capish?. Mason & Company, 25 East Bay Lane, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 3BS, Free. More Information here.
Friday 04 August 2017
*LONDON CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL*: Friday 04 – Sunday 06 August, 12pm-12am. With LBC in full swing, it’s time for one of major craft beer events of the year. London Craft Beer Festival has moved to different premises this year, but still boasts an unbeatable billing with 45 breweries from around the globe. You’ll find plenty to drink from London’s finest, but also a stellar selection from breweries around the UK and the world. Combined with a music line-up that includes Foals and Hot Chip, the round-up of food vendors is equally top quality with Morito, Gunpowder and Berber & Q serving up. You might find that one session just isn’t enough (and weekender passes are available if so). Shoreditch Electric Light Station, Coronet St, N1 6HD. Tickets are £42.50 and can be purchased here.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: 6:30pm. Head to London Beer Lab taproom to be guided through a range from London’s newest breweries. Ten beers will be featured and tastings will be led by a knowledgeable workshop instructor. Tasters will be regaled with a background about some of the youngest breweries on the scene, so this is your chance to catch up with the city’s fast-moving landscape. London Beer Lab, 41 Nursery Road, Brixton SW9 8BP. Tickets are £13.50 and can be purchased here.
Saturday 05 August
SOLVAY SOCEITY TASTING: 10am. Ilford’s Solvay Society are nailing Belgian styles right here in London and here’s your opportunity to familiarise yourself with their beer. They’re hosting a free sampling session at Brook Green Market and they’re ready to talk you through their range and inspiration. Brook Green Market, Bolingbrook Rd, Addison Primary School, Addison Gardens, W14 0DT. Free, more information here.
BRIXTON’S SUMMER PARTY: 12pm. Brixton Brewery invites you to delve into the local flavours through their Brixton-inspired beers and mouth-watering sustenance provided by Bread Bread Bakery and the BBQ gurus from Bukowski grill. Take in the colourful surrounds in the heart of Brixton, just around the corner from Electric Avenue. Brixton Brewery, 547 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PF. Free, more information here.
KNOW YOUR HOPS!: 12pm. East London’s Wild Card Brewery challenges you to sharpen your knowledge on everyone’s favourite brewing ingredient: hops. Get ready to push all of your senses to their brink and appreciate the unique properties of different hop varieties. By the end of this session, you’ll know your Cascade from your Vic Secret like an old pro. Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow E17 9HQ. Free, more information here.
Sunday 06 August
HAWKSMOOR BY NUMBERS: Thursday 03-Sunday 13 August. Sunday is a good time to scope out the Brew by Numbers tap takeover hosted at The Hawksmoor in Spitalfields. Their Sunday lunches are a meaty marvel that will reach unparalleled gastronomic heights when accompanied by a perfect pint from the Bermondsey brewery. Tip: arrive both hungry and thirsty. Hawksmoor Spitalfields, 157A Commercial Street, E1 6BJ. If you’re keen on the Sunday roast, it’s recommended that you make a reservation. More information here.
BEER AND BOARD GAMES: 12pm. Beer and board games, board games and beer- is there a more magical pairing? Clarkshaws Brewing doesn’t think so – they’re got a pretty varied range of games at their taproom ready to be enjoyed alongside a refreshing beverage. If you’re set on playing that esoteric version of Settlers of Catan that you own, don’t worry – visitors are encouraged to bring their own games too. Clarkshaws Brewing, Unit 8, Tyrrell Trading Estate, SE22 9NA. Free, more information here.
Monday 07 August
N7 LONDON BEER FEST: Thursday 03 – Sunday 13 August, 4pm. Celebrate the best of London’s brewing scene across two North London locations: The House of Hammerton and The Lamb. Think of this as the perfect start to another week packed with LBC events, as you’ll have a plentiful selection flowing from 33 taps in both venues. A spectrum of styles will be available, so you can really get a sense of where London breweries are excelling. The Lamb, 54 Holloway Road & The House of Hammerton, 99 Holloway Road, N7 8JL. Free, more information here.
WEST IS BEST: Friday 04 – 13 August. One proclamation, two venues – but is West really best? Head to The Mall Tavern or BEER + BURGER to discover some uber tasty specimens from West London to the West coast of the UK and decide for yourself. Expect Weird Beard Brew Co to be representing the city with their devilishly tempting beers. The Mall Tavern, 71 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RU and BEER + BURGER, 88 Walm lane, Willesden Green, NW2 4QY. Free, more information here.
Tuesday 08 August
*GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL*: Tuesday 08 – Saturday 12 August, 12pm-10:30pm. London Beer City may be celebrating its fourth year, but that’s nothing on the Great British Beer Festival. For the fortieth year, GBBF is the definitive cask ale festival showcasing the finest UK cask beer alongside samples from around the world. If you’re looking to stock our on your local brewery supplies, eke out the London Beer City stand, which will have plenty of beer from The Five Points Brewing Company and Redemption Brewing Company. Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. Tickets are £11 and can be purchased here.
PRESSURE DROP X REDEMPTION: 6pm. The Tottenham dream team join powers for this double tap takeover at Euston Tap. They’re promised a selection comprised of their freshest and best beers, so not much more needs to be said. If you’re headed to the Great British Beer Festival, this is a no-brainer for either pre/post drinks (or both). Euston Tap, 190 Euston Road, Euston (Tube), NW1 2EF. Free, more information here.
Wednesday 09 August
THE OYSTERMEN X CANOPY BEER CO: 6pm. Herne Hill is the place to be for plump oysters washed down with a smooth oyster stout. Canopy Beer Co has convinced the team from The Oystermen to bring a taste of the sea to their taproom for the occasion and will have their collaboration beer, Everyday Oyster Stout, prepped for the event. Canopy Beer Co, Arch 1127, Bath Factory Estate, 41 Norwood Rd, Herne Hill, SE24 9AJ. Free, more information here.
BREW BY NUMBERS X HAWKSMOOR DINNER: 7:30pm. If you can’t had the chance to enjoy a delicious pint of something juicy from Brew by Numbers at the Hawksmoor in Spitalfields (they’re featured during LBC), don’t despair- they’ve partnered up for a very special dinner and drinks pairing that will appease even the pickiest of carnivores. Guests will dine on a selection of small plates and it’s unlikely that anyone will leave hungry. Hawksmoor Spitalfields, 157A Commercial Street, E1 6BJ. Tickets are £35 and more information can be found here.
Thursday 10 August
HACKNEY TAKES THE EAST LODGE: 5pm. East London’s Hackney Brewery will be taking over the lines at the East Lodge (Euston Tap) with eight of their glorious beers. This will include some of their punchy core range and some seasonal specials. The friendly crew will also be on hand to raise a glass with and answer your questions about the exciting developments at the brewery. Euston Tap (East Lodge), 190 Euston Road, Euston (Tube), NW1 2EF. Free, more information here.
RADLER YARD PARTY: 5pm. Howling Hops have collaborated with Square Root Soda to produce a thirst-quenching radler for your summer needs. A blend of Howling Hops’ Kolsch and Square Root’s Sicilian lemons, this is going to be a party in your mouth. Thankfully, everyone *is* invited and Billy Smokes has the food covered. Howling Hops Tank Bar, Unit 9, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN. Free, more information here.
MEET THE GIPSY HILLBILLIES: 7:30pm. Gipsy Hill Brewing Company invites you to visit their pub, The Douglas Fir, to enjoy their beer and meet the team. They’ll be offering sweet discounts on their bottled beer to take home too, so win-win. The Douglas Fir, 144 Anerley Road, SE20 8DL. Free, more information here.
Friday 11 August
HIVER & FRIENDS’ BERMONDSEY BASH: 4pm. Hiver Beers, maker of London’s favourite honey beers, is throwing a party. Quizzes and prizes will keep punters entertained and a beer tasting menu in conjunction with Woza Biltong will be offered (tickets required). Not forgetting the bees, honey tastings will also be held and beer flights available too. Neighbours Dalston Cola and All Good Beer, a mobile bottleshop, will also be participating in the revelry. Hiver Beers, Arch 56, Stanworth Street, SE1 3NY. Bash is free, but food pairing tickets are £8 and can be purchased here.
THE KERNEL TAP TAKEOVER: 5:45pm. Bermondsey stalwarts, The Kernel Brewery, will have 20 – yes, 20 – lines of beer pouring at Brewdog Shepherd’s Bush. We really don’t have to sell this any more, but expect fresh and delicious beer to make your face exceptionally happy. BrewDog Shepherd’s Bush, 15-19 Goldhawk Rd, W12 8QQ. Free, more information here.
Saturday 12 August
BAVARIAN BREAKFAST: 9am. Before heading to the London Beer City Closing Party in Hackney, line your stomach at The White Hart with some Weisswurst Frühstück, aka the traditional Bavarian breakfast consisting of boiled sausages, sweet mustard, freshly made pretzels and a wheat beer. To accompany your hearty dish, choose from one of 10 German/Bavarian styles of beer on both cask and keg. This was a popular excuse to start drinking early last year, so it might be wise to book a table in advance. The White Hart, 1-3 Mile End Road, Whitechapel, E1 4TP. Free, more information here.
BREWHEADZ X AFFINITY: 12pm. Two Tottenham-based breweries, Brewheadz and Affinity Brewing Company, have come together to brew a special beer. They’re launching it today and promise a great atmosphere (with food and music included, naturally). Brewheadz Taproom, Unit 16a Rosebery Industrial Park, N17 9SR. Free, more information here.
*LONDON BEER CITY CLOSING PARTY*: 12pm-8pm. Alas, all good things must come to an end. Head to the Five Points Brewing Company’s warehouse yard to close another great year of LBC in style. Just in case you haven’t had enough from London’s extensive brewery list, there will be 16 of these represented throughout the afternoon. Learn from the masters with a tutored tasting, which will each focus on a specific area of the city’s brewing scene, or just relish a divine chicken parm sandwich from Capish?. There are no losers here. Five Points Brewing Company, 61 Mare Street, E84RG. Tickets are £8 and include your first pint. They can be purchased here.
Sunday 13 August
WEIRD BEARD BREWERY BASH: 12pm. It will be worth the trek to Weird Beard Brew Co for this whopper of an event, where a tap list of epic proportions will be available. They’ll be pouring both of the LBC beers in addition to their own London Craft Beer Festival special and their first ever sour beer. The team will ensure that there will be vibes aplenty with food and great company. Weird Beard Brewing Co, Unit 5 & 9 Boston Business Park, Trumpers Way, W7 2QA. Free, more information here.
CLUB SODA AFTER-PARTY: 12pm. Because you might just feel like your liver as been pickled by this point, check out Club Soda’s less boozy affair, which will showcase non-alcoholic beer being produced in London. This will get you back on course (and perhaps restore your humanity). Bermondsey Square, Tower Bridge Road, SE1 3UN. Free, more information here.
DUAL RUNNINGS: 1pm. Get down to The Kernel Brewery to taste their collaboration with Partizan Brewing, a parti-gyle beer that’s been brewed both together and separately. In the makings for about three years, these two beers have been resting for two years, resulting in a Quadruple brewed at Partizan from the first wort runnings and a second beer brewed from the second runnings and aged in foudres at The Kernel. After trying these beauties on keg and in bottle, move on to the range of both breweries’ beers. The Kernel Brewery, Arch 11, Dockley Road Industrial Estate, Dockley Road, SE16 3SF. Free, more information here.
Happy London Beer City, folks!
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