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.
Unbelievably, September is suddenly upon us (with promises of an Indian summer already making the rounds). While we can ardently hope for continued warmth and sunshine, there’s a bill of London brewery events scheduled, regardless of the weather.
It’s hopefully too early to trade in our shorts for scarves just yet, but no matter what you’re wearing, you’re welcome to join in on this month’s craft beer festivities.
CRAFTOPIA AT MEATOPIA V: Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3, various session times. Craftopia returns as part of the legendary Meatopia, the annual highlight on every carnivore’s calendar. Curated by beer writer and their resident expert Melissa Cole, the line-up includes some London favourites, such as Fourpure Brewing Co, Gipsy Hill Brewing Company and Hackney Brewery. There will be sessions and masterclasses presented on the Craftopia stage on Saturday and Sunday alongside tastings aplenty. You might go to Meatopia for the unbeatable line-up of meaty delights from chefs around the globe, but you’ll definitely want to stick around for the tasty beer. Tobacco Dock Venue LTD, Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, E1W 2SF. Tickets prices vary and some sessions are sold out, but can be purchased here.
EXMOUTH MARKET BEER FESTIVAL: Friday, September 1, 1pm-late. If live music and craft beer are your idea of a marriage made in heaven, be sure to head to Exmouth Market for this event. Hosted by London band The Turn, the evening will see four bands play, food dished out by The London Bagel Co and beer flowing from By The Horns Brewing Co, Brixton Brewery and Rocky Head Brewery. The Exmouth Market Centre26 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4QE. Free, more information here.
VILLAGE FEST AFTER PARTY: Saturday, September 2, 2pm-12am. If you’re planning on attending the Walthamstow Village Festival, then make a beeline to Pillars Brewery for the official post-festival libations. Expect a solid line-up of live music and street food to complement a range of crisp lagers from the brewery. Pillars Brewery, Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Walthamstow, E17 9HQ. Free, more information here.
THE BEAVERTOWN EXTRAVAGANZA: Friday, September 8, 3pm – Saturday, September 9, 8pm. This is perhaps *the* unmissable beer festival of the year, so if you’re lucky enough to have snapped up a ticket, you’re probably counting down the days. Over 70 breweries have been announced for what basically is an excuse to bring the best breweries in the world together. Amongst these is a crackling line-up of London comrades, including: 40FT Brewery, Brew by Numbers, Partizan Brewing, Pressure Drop Brewing, Redchurch Brewery, The Kernel Brewery and the hosts, Beavertown Brewery. The event will be taking place in the 95,000 sq ft space that is Print Works in Canada Water. And yes, while tickets are now sold out, get on the official Facebook event page or cosy up to some friends to try and catch them on resale. Printworks London, 1 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7PJ. Tickets are currently sold out, but find out more information here.
BREWERY BASHMENT: Sunday, September 10, 2pm-8pm. If you’ve survived The Beavertown Extravaganza, here’s the way to spend your Sunday. Head to Dalston for a casual afternoon at the 40FT Brewery that includes the launch of a special sorrel and ginger sour beer that was brewed for the Hackney One Carnival. Called the Dubweisse, it’s said to be an exceptionally refreshing drop. To accompany the beer will be live DJs, jerk oysters and jerk chicken. For those non-beer drinkers, there will be cocktails on offer as well. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, E8 3DP. Free, more information here.
CRAFT BREWNEL: Thursday, September 14, 6:30pm-10:30pm. Boozers Without Borders bring this fundraising event to the Brunel Museum’s peaceful roof gardens. The idea is to drink for charity – with all profits going to Help Refugees and the Brunel Museum – and this works via a bottle auction, bottle share and plenty of booze available on the night. Beer has been donated by London breweries By The Horns Brewing Co and Pressure Drop Brewing alongside other UK names. Craft beer golf is also promised, so sink a couple of bottles and balls for two great causes. Brunel Museum, Railway Ave, SE16 4LF. Free, more information here.
PRETTY DECENT BEER CO FIRST POUR: Friday, September 15, 7pm-11pm. East London has a new addition to its bustling brewing scene and we hear that they’re, well, pretty decent. Pretty Decent Brewing Co will be debuting their IPA at Mason & Company in Hackney Wick and you’re invited to give it a try. Pretty Decent use British gown New World hops in their range and donate a chunk of their profits to water based charities in the developing world. That’s pretty decent of them, so why not come down and have a drink for a great cause? Mason & Company, 25 East Bay Lane, Here East, Hackney Wick, E20 3BS. Free, more information here.
VILLAGES TASTING AT CLAPTON CRAFT: Friday, September 15, 6pm-9pm. In need of instant Friday feeling? Pop over to Clapton Craft’s N4 Stroud Green/Finsbury Park location for a free tasting of Villages Brewery’s range. This Deptford crew are brewing up some delicious wares, including their Whistle pilsner, Rodeo pale ale and Toucan session IPA. Say hello the team and learn about what you can expect from Villages down the line. Clapton Craft, 77 Stroud Green Rd, Stroud Green, N4 3EG. Free, more information here.
EAST LONDON £ TAKEOVER AT FOREST ROAD: Saturday, September 16, 12pm-9pm. The East London Pound is brought to you by Colu, a digital wallet that supports and encourages buying local by keeping money in the local economy. Even if that doesn’t completely make sense to you, that’s no excuse to miss this East London Pound currency takeover at Forest Road Brewing Co. Boozy games, special prizes and plenty of beer are promised. Did someone say ka-ching? Forest Road Brewing Company, 355 Westgate Street, E8 3RL. Free, more information here.
AFFINITY TASTING AT CLAPTON CRAFT: Saturday, September 16, all day. There’s a second exciting free tasting at Clapton Craft’s N4 site this month; this time, it’s Tottenham’s Affinity Brew Co. that will be serving up samples of their new Coconut Breeze in can. Expect a saison with lime zest and coriander seed with the addition of tropical coconut flavour. Who says summer is over? Clapton Craft, 77 Stroud Green Rd, Stroud Green, N4 3EG. Free, more information here.
BY THE HORNS TAP TAKEOVER: Wednesday, September 20, 5pm-10pm. Borough Market’s The Rake is handing the taps over to South West London’s By The Horns Brewing Co. More details are TBC, but you can expect a line-up of tasty beer courtesy of the brewery, which specialises in beers from all over the world, including everything from hoppy US pales to Belgian sours. The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, Borough Market, SE1 9AG. Free, more information here.
FOURPURE BEARTOOTH LAUNCH: Thursday, September 21, 6.30pm-12am. The Mermaid in Clapton is hosting the Fourpure Brewing Co. team for the big re-launch of their Beartooth American brown ale. There will be free pints until the first keg kicks (yes, free beer) and a selection of their range available on tap and in the fridges. Buy a beer and you’ll get a raffle ticket and be in the running for some swag. The Mermaid Clapton,
181 Clarence Road, E5 8EE. Free, more information here.
*new* TOTTENHAM TAP TAKEOVER: Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24. Find a wealth of Tottenham breweries represented in Hackney Wick at this Mason & Company tap takeover weekend. In case you didn’t know, Tottenham Hotspur and playing West Ham at the Olympic Park this weekend, but you obviously don’t have to enjoy footie to drink tasty beer from Affinity Brew Co, Beavertown Brewery, Brewheadz, One Mile End Brewery, Pressure Drop Brewing and Redemption Brewing . No matter how the football goes, those drinking this beer will be winning. Mason & Company, 25 East Bay Lane, Here East, Hackney Wick, E20 3BS. Free, more information here.
LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET AT GREENWICH MARKET: Friday, September 22, 6pm-10pm. Yes, we’ve Greenwich-bound once again for another special edition of London Brewers’ Market. We’re celebrating the Urban Food Fortnight in conjunction with Greenwich Market, which will see flavoursome cuisines from Greenwich food vendors married with an exemplary line-up of beer from London breweries. The final list of breweries is TBC, but you know that we won’t let you down. Greenwich Market, 26 King William Walk, SE10 9HZ. Free, more information here.
DALSTON BEER DAY: Saturday, September 23, 12pm-9pm. This is the fourth Dalston Beer Day, an event hosted by the crew at 40FT Brewery, and it’s going to be a vibrant occasion filled with beer, culinary delights and tunes. London breweries represented will include Brixton Brewery, Deviant & Dandy Brewery and Husk Brewing. Head down to the Bootyard for a tip-top day out in east London. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, E8 3DP. Free, more information here.
BREWHEADZ END OF SUMMER PARTY: Saturday, September 12, 12pm-9pm. You don’t want to admit that summer is coming to an end, but…Well, any excuse for a party, right? The guys at Brewheadz are promising quite the knees-up, including plenty of beer on draught, cocktails, delicious pizza from LOVENpresents Pizzeria and a line-up of DJS to make your ears smile. Take that, summer! Brewheadz, Unit 16a Rosebery Industrial Park, N17 9SR. Free, more information 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.