London Brewers’ Market Round-up: January 2018

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.

January was a month once marred with guilty consciences following the overindulgences of Christmas and the Dryanuary movement. But no longer! Thankfully, the Tryanuary campaign has really taken off, which encourages support for independent breweries and businesses in the beer industry.

And so we’ve compiled a list of January’s events around London to help you get involved in all of the fun – and to support the beer industry in this challenging month.

TAPROOM OPENING PARTY AND BEER LAUNCH: Friday, January 12, 4pm-11pm. Join Partizan Brewing to not only officially celebrate the opening of their shiny new taproom, but to enjoy their first special beer launch of the year. It’s called Tropical Rubicon Courage, a pina colada-inspired double dryhopped IPA that sounds absolutely delectable (and was the last brew of their much loved brewer, Chris, who is moving on). The team will be hosting a beat the brewer competition too, with beery prizes on the line. Partizan Brewing, 34 Raymouth Road, SE16 2DB. Free, more information here.

TRYANUARY RUNNING CLUB: Saturday, January 13, 12pm-1pm. This collaborative effort between Mason & Company and Beer Boars will tempt those who’ve resolved to get moving in 2018. Come along to Mason & Company for either an easygoing 5km or 10km, guided through The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or Victoria Park. It’s free and all participants get 50% off a Five Points Brewing Company beer. Mason & Company, 25 East Bay Lane, Here East, Hackney Wick, E20 3BS. Free, more information here.

TASTING SESSION WITH NIRVANA BREWERY: Wednesday, January 17, 7pm-9pm. Check out Crouch Hill’s newest craft beer spot, Brave Sir Robin, for a tasting session and meet the brewer with Nirvana Brewery. Nirvana specialises in low and no alcohol beers, so this might be right up your alley if you’re cutting back for January. Low alcohol beers are set to be very popular in 2018, so see what the fuss is about. Brave Sir Robin, 29 Crouch Hill, N4 4AP. Free, more information here.

*new* SAMBROOK’S BREWERY TRYANUARY PARTY: Friday, January 26, 5pm-10.30pm.
This marks the first party of a series of ten happening across the year to celebrate the brewery’s 10th anniversary! This one’s aimed at celebrating the joy of discovering and tasting new beers and flavours, and in this spirit of new things, the folks at Sambrook’s will be re-launching old favourites, and launching new, special brews. Sambrook’s Brewery Taproom, SW11 3QG. Tickets are £25 (+ fees) which includes all drinks at the open bar. 

THE TRYANUARY HACKNEY BEER HOP: Saturday, January 27, 12pm-5pm. The Five Points Brewing Company are hosting their annual Tryanuary pub crawl, this time with a focus on Hackney Wick. Grab a £7 ticket (all proceeds going to Hackney Winter Night Shelter) and you’ll discover Tap East, Howling Hops, Crate Brewery, Four Quarters East and Mason & Company. You’ll even get a tinnie along the way to make walking between locations that much easier (it really isn’t far). Various sites. Tickets are £7 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased here.

SATURDAY SESSIONS: WINTER WARMERS WITH FIVE POINTS: Saturday, January 27, 1pm and 3pm. The Five Points Brewing Company are showcasing their superb darker beers with tutored tastings at Mason & Company. The first session is already sold out, but there are tickets available for the 3pm sitting. For £10, you’ll get samples of five beers and even 10% off of Capish? food on the day. Mason & Company, 25 East Bay Lane, Here East, Hackney Wick, E20 3BS. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased here.

*new* GIPSY HILL BREWING MEET THE BREWER AT PARK FEVER: Wednesday, January 31. Craft beer and chocolate. Oh, hello! Head down to Hither Green’s newest bottleshop, Park Fever, to hang out with the Gipsy Hill brewers, taste their beers and nibble on a choco, or two. 21a Staplehurst Rd, SE13 5ND. Email adrian@parkfever.co.uk to reserve your place. 

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.

 

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London Brewers’ Market at The Horniman Museum Christmas Market!

Thursday, 7th December, 5.30pm until 10.30pm at The Horniman Museum and Gardens.

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The London Brewers’ Market is making its museum debut at the Horniman Museum and Gardens this December!

The Horniman Christmas Market runs annually each year and sees the museum decking its halls and welcoming dozens of local designers and craftmakers into their grounds for an evening of Christmas shopping. There will be festive tunes from live DJs and winter songs from Raise the Roof choir, and, this time, a stellar offering of locally brewed beer! 10 breweries from South London will be be pouring beers to enjoy while you browse the array of Christmas stalls, plus cans, bottles and giftpacks a plenty.

Brewery Lineup:

Brick Brewery

Bianca Road

Brockley Brewery

Bullfinch Brewery

Canopy Beer Co

The Five Points Brewing Company

Big Smoke Brew Co

Mondo Brewing Company

Partizan Brewing

Southey Brew Co

 The market is free entry and open to all, and will run from 5.30pm until 9.30pm on Thursday, 7th December, 2017.

 

London Brewers’ Market Round-up: December 2017

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.

Incomprehensibly, we find ourselves already into December, a month brimming with festive joy and a raft of opportunities to get jolly. You’ve probably already marked off dates for drinks with friends, office Christmas parties and are even thinking towards NYE, but don’t forget to raise a glass with those London breweries that have been so good to you in 2017.

This year saw London breweries surpass the 100 mark, a figure that will continue to grow in 2018. Now that’s something to celebrate.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT ANSPACH & HOBDAY: Friday, December 1, 5pm-10.30pm. Is there a better way to kick-start December than a rousing singalong? Probably not (and if there is, please let us know). Set underneath their Bermondsey arch, Anspach & Hobday invite you to join a choir and celebrate the launch of this year’s vintage of their Christmas beer, Pfeffernusse Saison. Proceeds on the night will go to the Kings College Hospital Critical Care Unit too, so you can feel like a bona fide Kris Kringle. Anspach & Hobday, 118 Druid Street, SE1 2HH. Free, more information here.

FOREST ROAD X SANDOWS HIGH PITCH LAUNCH: Friday, December 1, 5pm-11pm. Not strictly Christmassy, but the raucous gang at Forest Road Brewing Co have collaborated on a nitro blend of their Pitch beer with Sandows, purveyors of cold brew. High Pitch is a smooth coffee beer with a 3% ABV, so perfect to keep you buzzing through Christmas dinner prep. Forest Road Brewing Company, 355 Westgate Street, E8 3RL. Free, more information here. 

SOLVAY SOCIETY OPEN DAY AND SPECULAETIVE LAUNCH: Saturday, December 2, 10am-2pm. If you’re still on the hunt for something to pair with your cheeseboard, Solvay Society have you covered. They’re opening up their Aldborough Hall Farm brewery to the public and launching their Speculative Belgian barley wine. Only 250 bottles will be available on the day, so get down early – especially if you’d like to get your hands on some of the biscuits being handed out to complement the beer. Solvay SocietyAldborough Hall Farm, IG2 7TD. Free, more information here.

UBREW BREWERS’ MARKET: Saturday, December 2, 12pm-8pm. A long list of London breweries started at UBREW, the open brewery based in Bermondsey. UBREW is celebrating some of their current residents for one afternoon, including Old Kent RoadBrewage à Trois, River Widow, Burner Bash and Tidal. UBREW have their own range of beers that will also be pouring on the day. Head down to try beer from some of London’s smallest operations (some with large ambitions). UBREW, Old Jamaica Business Estate #29, SE16 4AW. Free, more information here.

ANTHOLOGY IMPERIAL STOUT LAUNCH: Sunday, December 3, 4pm-9pm. Signature Brew welcome all to the launch of their limited edition imperial stout, Anthology. Held at The Kings Arms in Bethnal Green, come along to try this 10% beer that boasts six different malts, an abundance of Chinook hops and cocoa nibs. This is the inaugural brew, but Anthology will become an annual affair. Why not try it before everyone else catches on? Kings Arms, 11A Buckfast Street, E2 6EY. Free, more information here.

THE 34TH PIGS EAR BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL: Tuesday, December 5 12pm- Saturday, December 9, 11pm. The Pigs Ear Festival returns to the Round Chapel in Hackney for 2017, boasting a line-up of world-class ales and ciders. Many London breweries will be represented across the billing of over 230 beers over the five days, including some rare offerings. The full listing is available on their website and is worth a gander, but prepare for a proper knees-up. Round Chapel, 1D Glenarm Road, E5 0LY. Admission is £3 for CAMRA members an £5 for non members. More information here.

LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET AT HORNIMAN MUSEUM CHRISTMAS MARKET: Thursday, December 7, 5.30pm-7.30pm. This is the London Brewers’ Market’s museum market debut! We’re getting jolly at the Horniman Museum Christmas Market, an annual event open to craftmakers and local designers. Expect some Christmas music and decked halls to get you in the mood for shopping. We’ll have ten London breweries present pouring their wares and tempting you with cans, bottles and gift packs for the beer lover in your life (and yourself). Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ. Free, more information here.

THE FIVE POINTS CHRISTMAS BEER PARTY: Saturday, December 9, 12pm-11pm. It’s officially getting close to the big day and we just can’t wait any longer, so enter The Five Points Brewing Company with festive cheer. They’re hosting a pop-up beer festival at The Lock Tavern in Camden that promises a massive billing of all of their tasty beer. If you’re in the area doing a spot of window (or stall) shopping, this is a great excuse to get out of the cold. The Lock Tavern, 35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ. Free, more information here.

BRICK BREWERY’S 4TH BIRTHDAY PARTY: Saturday, December 9, 12pm-12am. Can you believe that Brick Brewery has been supplying Peckham with beer for four whole years? It’s a cause worthy of celebration, so head down to enjoy some freshly brewed beer and the launch of their cranberry and clementine sour. No birthday would be complete without DJs and street food vendors, so expect those too. Brick Brewery, Arch 209, Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL. Free, more information here.

VILLAGES FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY: Saturday, December 9, 12pm-11pm. Opening a brewery right before Christmas night not be for everyone, but Villages did just that in 2016. To honour this act of madness, they’re inviting you to help them to celebrate with their full range of beers on tap, some tasty wood fired pizzas and a soundtrack curated my friends. Villages, 21-22 Resolution Way, Deptford, SE8 4NT. Free, more information here.

*new* ZILLA NIGHTS: FESTIVE TAP TAKEOVER WITH THE KERNEL: Saturday, December 9, 7.30pm-12am. The Kernel Brewery is teaming up with their Bermondsey neighbours at The Understudy bar at the National Theatre with this tap takeover. Zilla Nights DJs will be providing a soundtrack of afrobeat, highlife, and other assorted musics of the African diaspora. Beers to pair with such tunes will include The Kernel’s Biere de Saison Apricot, The Raspberry Stout and The Damson Sour. The Understudy, National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PX. Free, more information here.

FESTIVE SEASON OPEN BREWERY DAY AT WEIRD BEARD: Sunday, December 10, 12pm-8pm. The Weird Beard Brew Co team like to pull out all of the big stops when they host an open day. For their last one of 2017, they’re promising a host of fun: special releases – including Black Christmas, a cranberry stout, and rare barrel-aged beers – mulled beer and tasty sodas from Square Root, free brewery tours and a head banging Christmas playlist. Food will be available on site, so you should probably make a day of it. Weird Beard Brew Co., Unit 5 Boston Business Park, W7 2QA. Free, more information here.

AFFINITY BREW CO VERSUS CHRISTMAS: Saturday, December 16, 1pm-11pm. Desperate to ensure that you clear your diaries for this now, Affinity Brew Co is officially taking on Christmas. It’s a pretty solid effort to trump the holidays too, including the launch of three new beers and a mulled saison. Smokey Chef will be doing his own take on Christmas dinner (not sure that they traditionally involved a smoker, but we’re down) and a team from Five Miles in Tottenham will be curating the tunes to keep ears happy. Who will be victorious? Will Christmas ever be the same again? Affinity Brew Co, 7 Almond Road, Bermondsey, SE16 3LR. Free, more information here.

BIKINI BEACH BAND AT WILD CARD: Friday, December 29, 8.30pm-11pm. It’s not too early to start planning for the ‘other side’ of the holidays, when even the sight of a mince pie will make your skin crawl. Head to Wild Card Brewery for an evening of fun-filled tunes and leis courtesy of the genius Bikini Beach Band. Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St, E17 9HQ. 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.

Market Spotlight: Welcoming Spartan Brewery!

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Colin Brooks and Mike Willetts met in 2003 at Warwick University, bonding over a love for real ale. They began homebrewing together in a studio flat in Shepherd’s Bush and then upgraded to a small 5 BBL kit at UBREW, the open brewery. They’re currently in the process of moving under an arch in Bermondsey, in Partizan Brewery’s old Almond Road site, where they will be operating on a 10 BBL kit and will be inviting the public in to drink on site later this year. Both Colin and Mike consider Spartan to be a labour of love and brew in their spare time while they hold down day jobs. They’re focused on producing the kind of beer that they enjoy themselves with an emphasis on sessionable and hoppy styles in both cask and keg. They’re also committed to keeping their beers as local as possible and only use British hops.

For the London Brewers’ Market, they’re bringing along Phalanx, a blackcurrant mild, Fog of War, a NE style IPA with a low ABV twist, both on cask and keg. In can, they’ll have Trojan Horse, a California Common.

This marks our third and final Newcomer Market Spotlight, and we’re looking forward to giving them a very warm welcome in the run-up to Saturday, 25th. As ever, the London Brewers’ Market remains a platform for independent breweries based in London, from the established, well-respected and popular, to those in the very early stages of their brewing career. Check out the full lineup here.

See you at Old Spitalfield’s Market on Saturday, 25th November. The market, alongside the Independent Label Market, is free entry, welcome to all, and runs from 11.30pm until 6.30pm. 

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Market Spotlight: Welcoming Square Root Soda!

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Officially, Square Root Soda began its journey in 2012 with founders Ed Taylor and Robyn Simms proffering their handmade ginger beer at a farmers’ market in Haringey. But before this, the co-founders were working in beer, with Ed brewing at Redemption and Howling Hops, and Robyn working at the Euston Tap. From ginger beer, they moved on to experimenting with flavours inspired by seasonal produce. Square Root then relocated from their home kitchen to a Hackney Downs arch, where they’re based today.

Their handmade sodas went down so well that Square Root decided to collaborate with some of their industry friends on a series of non-alcoholic shandies. They first experimented with Pressure Drop Brewing and Wallbanger and Smallbanger were born. They’ve worked with other London breweries for a series of delicious variations, including a Citrus Pale Shandy with The Five Points Brewing Co and a Bergamot Weizen with Beavertown Brewery.

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The team at Square Root use only the finest, freshest ingredients, with everything juiced or infused by hand. They work directly with farmers to ensure that they’re getting the best and most flavoursome materials, snapping up the softest (and often most juicy!) and wonky fruits deemed too ugly for supermarket shelves. This philosophy extends to their shandies and even to the juices and rinds that they provide to breweries to be used in their beers.

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We have invited Square Root to join us at The London Brewers’ Market at Old Spitalfield’s Market because – following from the success of their non-alcoholic range – they’ve recently forayed into the world of hard shandies. Going back to their roots, they approached Howling Hops to make this dream happen. Das Radler, a 2.5% shandy, is the fruit of their labour. This might just be the beginning of Square Root wading into higher ABV territory, and we can’t wait to see what more they might bring to the multi-talented landscape of our city’s brewing scene.

Join Square Root Soda, and 22 other London breweries, at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday, 25th November. The market will run from 11.30am until 6.30pm alongside the Independent Label Market, and both are free entry and open to all. 

Market Spotlight: Welcoming Old Kent Road Brewery!

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Old Kent Road Brewery

Brainchild of Will O’Neale and David Clack, this part-time brewery currently turns out a single 800 litre brew each month. These two divide the rest of their time demonstrating genuine start-up ingenuity by doing absolutely everything themselves– from brewing, packaging, and marketing to cycling their beer around London. Their core range is seasonal and constantly in flux, but always exciting. Inspired by their local surroundings, their beers are named after points of historical and cultural interest around Old Kent Road in South East London.

For the London Brewers’ Market, you can expect their Heygate Pale, Albion Pale, Zeppelin IPA and a very special Mano & Lime Tropical Pale, a one keg exclusive beer for the event. Join them and 22 other fantastic breweries at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday, 25th November, for lots of beery fun times, tasty food and tunes from the Independent Label Market.

Find out more about Old Kent Road Brewery on their Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and website.

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Market Spotlight: Welcoming Neckstamper Brewing!

On Saturday, November 25th, the London Brewers’ Market returns to the iconic Old Spitalfields Market in partnership with the Independent Label Market. With a line-up of over 20 London breweries, this is an event not to be missed. To mark this occasion, we’re unrolling a new Market Spotlight feature to shine a light on newcomers and on what beers to look out for on the day. You might be familiar with some of the seasoned contributors to the London Brewers’ Market, but don’t forget to visit the stalls of some of the newest breweries in London.

Neckstamper Brewing

A fresh addition to the London brewing scene, Leyton’s Neckstamper Brewing was born when founder and head brewer, Adam Jefferies, decided to pursue a more fulfilling career. With a background in engineering – and coming from a family of engineers – Adam worked with Formula 1 on the MacLaren racing team and in banking in The City. He was also an avid homebrewer and, in 2015, decided to delve in headfirst into the London beer industry. In late 2016, he celebrated his first commercial brew, which went on sale in early 2017.

The name of the brewery comes from Adam’s love of the history of brewing in Britain – Neckstamper is a nod to this, being the name was given to the pot boys in ale houses in the 1700s. Neck stampers collected empty bottles and tankards from private homes (and were often seen stamping around with their wares strung from their necks!)

For the London Brewers’ Market, Neckstamper will be bringing along their two core beers, Moon Curser American Pale Ale and Squencher IPA. Adam will also be serving up something very special, a session IPA called Elbow Crooker, which will be launched on the day.

Next up: Spartan Brewery