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.
We definitely don’t need to tell you what time of year it is – supermarket shelves are buckling under the weight of Christmas sandwiches, boxes of mince pies are ubiquitous and the annual debate of whether Die Hard constitutes a Christmas film is in full swing (it doesn’t, by the way).
The season of merriment goes hand in hand with beer festivals and events, so let’s kick off festivities with a beer in hand (there’s plenty to go around!).
THE 35TH ANNUAL PIG’S EAR BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL: Tuesday, 4th December – Saturday, 8th December. East London’s favourite CAMRA festival is back for its 35th year! Based at The Round Chapel in Hackney with over 230 real ales on offer and hot and cold food at the ready, Pig’s Ear is always a buzzing atmosphere. Some of East London’s best breweries will have some cask pouring, including 40FT Brewery, The Five Points Brewing Company, Hackney Brewery and Howling Hops Brewery. Round Chapel, 1D Glenarm Road, E5 0LY. Tickets are £3 for CAMRA members or £5 for non-members and are available on the door.
HACKNEY BREWERY BLACK MARKET LAUNCH: Wednesday, 5th December, 5pm-11pm. Head to Bottle Shop in Bermondsey for the launch of Hackney Brewery‘s Black Market triple fruited stout collaboration with New York’s Barrier Brewing Co. This stout is bursting with blueberries, blackberries and raspberries and certainly makes for a decadent Christmas treat. Bonus: Hackney’s own Jon Swain will be playing the role of a surly Santa Claus on the night. BottleShop: Bermondsey, 128 Druid Street, SE1 2HH. Free, more information here.
FIVE YEARS OF FIVE POINTS VOL. II LAUNCH PARTY: Wednesday, 5th December, 6pm-11pm. Get down to The Pembury Tavern in Hackney to sample the last wave of The Five Points Brewing Company‘s Five Years of Five Points collaboration beers. To bookend their fifth year brewing, Five Points have collaborated with some of the UK’s most exciting breweries – including Burning Sky Brewery, Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, Magic Rock Brewing Co and Wiper & True Brewery. Excitingly, ALL of the styles brewed are new to Five Points. They will have all beers on and will be offering a £10 deal at the bar when you can try them all. The Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Road, E8 1JH. Free, more information here.
SHUCKERS LAGER TASTING & FOOD PAIRING: Thursday, 6th December, 4pm-10pm. The crew at Two Tribes Brewing in King’s Cross have paired up with Bobby’s Oysters to do something slightly unheard of – an oyster lager (not a stout!). To celebrate the launch of Shuckers, they’re doing some oyster pairing, screening a film made about the collaboration and will have a DJ spinning from 6pm. Two Tribes Brewing Co, Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Rd, King’s Cross, N7 9AH. Free, more information here.
THE FIVE POINTS TAP TAKEOVER AT VINOTHEC: Thursday, 6th December, 6pm-10pm. Join The Five Points Brewing Company as they take over the taps at Vinothec Compass in Greenwich. If you missed the launch of their Five Years of Five Points Vol. II collaboration beers the night before (see above), you can try them here. Meet the team and enjoy some complimentary nibbles from Vinothec’s Basque Kitchen too. Vinothec Compass, Greenwich Peninsula Golf Range Tunnel Avenue, SE10 0QE. Free, more information here.
THE CHRISTMAS CAROLS WITH ANSPACH & HOBDAY: Friday, 7th December, 6pm-10:30pm. Is there anything more Christmassy than singing carols in a railway arch? Maybe. But it’s still pretty cool, so join Anspach & Hobday as they mark their Yuletide celebration of food and beer with a festive choir. This event gets very busy, so head down early to grab a good spot. Anspach & Hobday, 118 Druid Street, SE1 2HH. Free, more information here.
BRICK BREWERY’S 5TH BIRTHDAY PARTY: Saturday, 8th December, 12pm-12am. Can you believe it? Peckham’s Brick Brewery is turning five! To mark the occasion, they’ll be throwing a raucous bash at their taproom and you’re invited. They’re launching a winter berry sour, a 7.2% Flanders red-inspired beer with additions of elderberries, sour cherries, blackberries and blackcurrants – in both a non aged and barrel aged version. Sounds utterly divine. Plus there will be food, merriment and free swag going, so don’t miss it. Brick Brewery, Arch 209, Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL. Free, more information here.
VILLAGES 2ND BIRTHDAY: Saturday, 8th December, 12pm-11pm. Deptford’s Villages is turning two years young and they’re throwing a party to show everyone how grateful they are for all of their support. Get involved for lots of beer, DJs all day and possibly a bit of dog spotting too (dogs are encouraged!). Villages, 21-22 Resolution Way, Deptford, SE8 4NT.
SOLVAY SOCIETY BEER AND CHEESE AT MOTHER KELLY’S: Thursday, 13th December, 7:30pm-10:30pm. If there’s anything more festive than beer and cheese, we dare you to find it. Solvay Society have paired with L’Ubriaco Drunk Cheese for a special Christmas beer and cheese pairing event at Mother Kelly’s Bottle Shop in Stokey. Four blue cheeses that have been macerated in various Italian wines will be paired expertly with four Solvay Society beers. This event has Christmas written all over it. Mother Kelly’s Bottle Shop, 92 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AP. Tickets are £20 and can be purchased here.
AN EVENING WITH WEIRD BEARD CO: Friday, 14th December, 7pm. Meet the team behind the bold range of Weird Beard Brew Co‘s beers at Brewery Market, a new bottle shop in Twickenham. More details to come, but, naturally, great beer is guaranteed. Brewery Market, 48 – 49 Church Street, TW1 3NR. Free, more information here.
ECCLES PARTY WITH 40FT BREWERY: Saturday, 15th December, 3pm-11pm. Now this is exciting – the amiable guys at 40FT Brewery have partnered with St. JOHN restaurant to create an ECCLES STOUT. Yes, an eccles stout. The bad news is that they’ve only filled 28 kegs, but the good news is that you can try some before it disappears! The stout was brewed using the currants, dark brown sugar, allspice and nutmeg from the famous St. JOHN Eccles Cakes to flavour the beer. Get. On. It. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, E8 3DP. Free, more information here.
A MERRY CHRISTMAS AT THE PEMBURY TAVERN: Wednesday, 19th December, 6pm-11:30pm. The Pembury Tavern is promising quite the festive affair with a line-up of winter warmers and beers from The Five Points Brewing Company and friends taking over the taps. There will be Christmas tunes, seasonal snacks – both pizza and mince pie varieties –and plenty of festive touches (think Christmas hats) thrown into the mix. Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Road, E8 1JH. 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.