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.
October was admittedly a weird month. It was plagued with high winds and cuminated with Halloween, the date that adults dress as characters from their favourite Netflix show. But unless you’re American, or you’ve managed to swing an invite to an expat Thanksgiving dinner, there’s no real reason to crack open libations from November until Christmas.
Or is there?
We’ve found plenty to do this month around London to make the most of this stretch before the mince pies come out in full force. Enjoy!
40 FT DEEP CEILI PARTY: Friday, November 3, 7pm-11:30pm. Stout aficionados rejoice, as 40FT Brewery’s Deep is making a return in time for this traditional ceili (also known as a ceilidh) at The Scolt Head. This Irish dance will be called by the masterful Hugh Cooney, who will lead the ceremony with the help of a back-up band. Everyone is a little bit Irish, so this should be a sociable and enjoyable evening for all. The Scolt Head, 107A Culford Road, N1 4HT. Free, more information here.
LIVING WAGE BREWERS BEER FESTIVAL: Friday, November 10, 5pm – November 12, 11pm. To celebrate Living Wage Week (Sunday 5th – Sunday 12th November), Hackney Wick’s Mason & Company is hosting 13 breweries from around the UK over this weekend for a beer festival. The final line-up is TBC, but you can bet that there will be some London breweries involved, such as The Five Points Brewing Company, who were the UK’s first Living Wage brewery. Mason & Company, 25 East Bay Lane, Here East, Hackney Wick, E20 3BS. Free, more information here.
NOVEMBER RAIN: Saturday, November 11, 11am-9pm. More fun from 40FT Brewery this month, this time in the guise of a mini beer festival. They’ve involved six breweries, including London-based Beavertown Brewery, Hackney Brewery, Howling Hops Brewery and Signature Brew (with the USA’s Sierra Nevada also joining in). Other bevvies on the day will be served up by The Real Al Company (cider) and cocktails from COLD&BLAC. The best part of this event might be the theme – 80s and 90s hard rock – which will be the soundtrack for the day. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, E8 3DP. Free, more information here.
MONDO & FRIENDS: Saturday, November 11, 2pm-10pm. Mondo Brewing Company have a few friends coming over for this special event and want you to join them. The reason? They’re pouring three exciting collaborative brews alongside a host of tasty beer from the likes of Cloudwater Brew Co and To Øl , including a Watermelon & ChenPi IPA, a Yuzu IPA and a DDH Lychee Pale. Street food vendors will be on site and brewery tours offered throughout the day. We all wish we had more friends like this. Mondo Brewing, 86 Stewarts Road, SW8 4UG. Free, more information here.
FIVE POINTS PARTY AT THE STAR OF BETHNAL GREEN: Wednesday, November 15, 7pm-12am. Ladies and gents, we’ve been assured that – ahem – there ain’t no party like a Five Points party. Put that theory to the test at The Star of Bethnal Green, where the Five Points Brewing Company team will be on hand to serve you beer and challenge you to boozy games. There will be plenty of their beer on tap and to take away, but you’ll want to try and win a pint by demolishing everyone at beer pong, right? The Star of Bethnal Green, 359 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6LG. Free, more information here.
PRESSURE DROP SWAP: Thursday, November 16, 8pm-11pm. Have you been to a Hop Swap yet? No? Well, it’s a great evening that involves a bottle share, tap takeover, a meet the brewer session, tasting of a delicious foodstuff AND a smattering of hot sauce. This month, it’s Pressure Drop Brewing taking over the taps at The Cock Tavern in Hackney and they’ll be leading Hop Swappers through a tasting of their beer. Attendees are encouraged to get involved and bring a bottle of something special too. All are welcome to partake, even if they prefer Big Beer to crafty styles. The Cock Tavern, 315 Mare Street, E8 1EJ. Free, more information here.
AFFINITY IS ONE!: Saturday, November 18, 1pm-11pm. Boy, they grow up so fast – Affinity Brewing Company is officially turning one and they’d love for you to help them celebrate. In case you missed it, they’ve moved into a nice arch in Bermondsey and have plenty of space for partygoers. For the occasion, they’ll be launching LOLmash, a double stout that’s one of the strongest beers that they’ve ever brewed. They’ve also promised to serve the LAST EVER keg of Brimful of Masha, a collaboration brewed with Elusive Brewing way back in the salad days of 2016. Oh, and there will be cake. Affinity Brew Co.,7 Almond Road, SE16 3LR. Free, more information here.
*new* FIVE POINTS CASK PARTY: Tuesday, November 21, 6pm-11pm. Dubbed Cask Party Fun Times, this is a celebration of The Five Points Brewing Company’s cask range at the charming Old Fountain pub in Old Street. It’s actually their 5th – and final – cask party of the year, so expect a big blow-out with six beers pumping, including one of your last chances to taste their special green-hopped bitter, Green Hop. The cheery Five Points team and brewers will be on hand, promising lotsa beery surprises. Old Fountain, 3 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU. Free, more information here.
SHEBU BIRTHDAY BEAVERTOWN BASH: Thursday, November 23, 6pm-12am. BrewDog Shepherd’s Bush is turning four and they’ve invited Beavertown Brewery along for the festivities. And when you have mates like Beavertown and you invite them to your party, they show up with 20 different beers. Head down to join in on the revelry. Brewdog Shepherds Bush, 15-19 Goldhawk Road, W12 8QQ. Free, more information here.
LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET: Saturday, November 25, 11:30am-6:30pm. We return to Old Spitalfields Market for another round of the London Brewers’ Market and the Independent Label Market! We’re tremendously excited to bring you an all-star line-up of over 20 London breweries, all in one awe-inspiring venue. The brewery list will keep growing, so be sure to check out our Facebook event page for updates, but you can expect a huge range of beers and styles represented on the day with tunes curated by our friends from the Independent Label Market. Record hunters and beer lovers unite for what will be an unmissable day. Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, EC1 6EW. Free, more information and brewery list here.
ANSPACH & HOBDAY BEER & CAKE DAY: Sunday, November 26, 12pm-5pm. Officially everyone’s favourite day (don’t you dare say that it isn’t), Anspach & Hobday bring back their annual beer & cake event. The premise is really very simple: you bring the cakes and they bring the beer. Cakes will be judged at 3:30pm and the winning entry will receive 2 tickets to the Tanker tasting event (held on the November 30, see below for information). If you’re up for the challenge, fill out this form and start thinking about your extravagant bake. Anspach & Hobday, 118 Druid Street, SE1 2HH. Free, more information here.
ANSPACH & HOBDAY TANKER: Thursday, November 30, 6:30pm-10:30pm. Estonian craft beer, anyone? Anspach & Hobday are hosting Tanker brewery, founded by three former homebrewers from Estonia, who are pouring their beers in England for the first time ever. They’ve brewed a special collaboration for the occasion and will both be featured on tap. For a £25 ticket, attendees will get four 1/3rds of Tanker and of Anspach & Hobday beers. Get a free ticket by winning the baking competition at the beer & cake day (see above). Anspach & Hobday, 118 Druid Street, SE1 2HH. Tickets are £25 and available 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.