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.
Whether or not you participated in Dryanuary/Tryanuary last month, it feels good to see the back of January. With the arrival of February, we can shift away from all the roaring campaigns and just ease back into the regular rhythm of things. Phew.
As you’d expect, things jump once again into full throttle for this month, seeing a number of events already planned or in the works, so let’s dive straight in.
A VEGAN’S NOT JUST FOR VEGANUARY: Thursday, February 1, 6pm-12am. Maybe you did Veganuary, maybe you’re a full-time vegan, or maybe you just don’t like the idea of your beers not being vegan. Don’t blame you. Good thing is that all the beers from Weird Beard Brew Co on at Brew Dog Camden are vegan! Stop by and you can also partake in some tasty vegan dishes designed specifically for the occasion. BrewDog Camden, 113 Bayham Street, NW1 0AG. Free, more information here.
LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR: HACKNEY BREWERY: Thursday, February 1, 6pm-12am. BrewDog Shoreditch want to share the love of some local brewing superstars, so they’ve invited Hackney Brewery in to showcase a range of their juicy beers. The friendly team will be partying alongside punters and will be happy to discuss all of the excitement going on just ten minutes away from the bar in their Hackney arches. BrewDog Bar Shoreditch, 51-55 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA. Free, more information here.
ORBIT BEERS LAUNCH PARTY AT DRAFT HOUSE CAMDEN: Friday, February 2, 6pm-9pm. Orbit Beers are celebrating the fact that their beers will be pouring at every Draft House for three separate month-long residencies (including this February)! A momentous occasion like this deserves a momentous party, so head down to the Draft House in Camden to watch the launch kick-off against a great soundtrack of tunes courtesy of the Orbit team. Then you can watch them do it all over again in June and October, when they’ll be pouring and partying across venues again. Draft House Camden Road, 102-104 Camden Road, Camden, NW1 9EA. Free, more information here.
ONES TO WATCH BEER FESTIVAL WEEKEND: Friday, February 2 – Sunday February 4. Hackney Wick’s Mason & Company has put together a frankly epic line-up of ten breweries deemed ‘ones to watch’ by beer bloggers, writers and Ratebeer.com. All weekend long, you can try beers from a number of breweries around the UK and Ireland, including London’s own Affinity Brew Co. There’s a tutored tasting available on Friday the 2nd February at 6pm and you can get a wristband for £7.50 that will entitle you to three 1/3rds and a glass to take home. Mason & Company, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 25 E Bay Ln, E20 3BS. Festival is free entry, more information here.
PRESSURE DROP & PALS VOL 1: Saturday, February 3, 2pm-8pm. Head to Pressure Drop Brewing‘s new Tottenham taproom for their inaugural Pressure Drop & Pals event, which features Bristol-based brewery, Lost & Grounded Brewers, who will be taking over half of the taps. Keep an eye on the taproom for a series of events that see Pressure Drop invite in some brewing friends for a good old knees-up. Pressure Drop Brewing, Unit 6 Lockwood Industrial Estate, N17 9QP. Free, more information here.
MONDO SUPER BOWL PARTY: Sunday, February 4, 8pm-12am. You don’t have to be from the good old USA to enjoy a Super Bowl party, and that’s a fact. So join in on the fun with Mondo Brewing Company, who will be screening the entire Super Bowl (LII, if you’re curious) in the company of some excellent beers and prime football snacks. Game on. Mondo Brewing, 86 Stewarts Road, SW8 4UG. Free, more information here.
SQUARE ROOT BATCH 1000 LAUNCH PARTY: Wednesday, February 7, 6pm-11pm. Newbies to the London Brewers’ Market line-up, Hackney’s Square Root Soda likes to experiment with their craft, whether it’s with fruit, alcohol or even bourbon barrels. Join the team to help them celebrate four years in business and their 1,000th batch, with this special launch at Mason & Company. They’ll be serving up their limited edition bourbon barrel aged ginger beer and we hear that there might be a cake. Mason & Company, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 25 E Bay Ln, E20 3BS. Free, more information here.
CAPISH? X FIVE POINTS BEER PAIRING DINNER: Thursday, February 8, 7pm-10pm. Those Italian-American inspired, meatball slinging gurus, Capish?, will be joining forces with Hackney’s The Five Points Brewing Company for an impressive five course beer pairing dinner. Tickets are a mere £35 and include the company of Head Brewer Greg Hobbs in addition to five courses, five beers and a limited edition piece of artwork. Mason & Company, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 25 E Bay Ln, E20 3BS. Tickets are £35 (plus booking fee) and can be booked here.
FOURPURE BREWHOUSE WARMING: Saturday, February 10, 11am-8pm. Bermondsey stalwarts, Fourpure Brewing Co, are throwing open the doors to their newly expanded brewhouse and flashy new taproom to the public. They’re promising a big bash too, filled with one-off beers and specials, free merchandise and beer, live music and fun activities for all. Lots of details are still to be announced and most of the tickets are sold out, but you can still grab a full package. Fourpure Brewery, Bermondsey Trading Estate, 22 Rotherhithe New Road, SE16 3LL. Tickets are available here.
OLD KENT ROAD TAP SHARE: Saturday, February 10, 12pm-11pm. How nice! Bianca Road Brew Co have invited their neighbours and friends, Old Kent Rd. Brewery, in for a tap takeover and meet the brewer event. Stop by to try some delicious beers, including the Heygate Pale and limited edition Lychee Pale from Old Kent Road and a new Vanilla Coffee Porter from Bianca Road. Be there for 4pm, when they’ll be hosting a free tasting. Bianca Road Brew Co, 19 Pages Walk, SE1 4SB. Free, more information here.
*new* ANNIVERSARY OF WEIRD BEARD’S FIRST BREW: Thursday, February 15, 5pm-11pm. To mark the date of their first commercial brew 5 years ago, Weird Beard Brew Co are celebrating where it all began in Hanwell. They have opted to throw a big ol’ bash at The King’s Arms (also a W7 postcode) to commemorate this occasion. Join the team for lots of their awesome beer and delicious pizza too. Kings Arms, 110 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, W7 3SU. Free, more information here.
*new* ORBIT’S SEVEN DOUBLE BROWN STOUT LAUNCH: Thursday, February 15, 6pm-9pm. Orbit Beers are launching what just might be the perfect beer for this time of year: a double brown stout: The SEVEN. Described as an homage to the 7 inch record, each order of this chocolatey 7.4% beer will be served up with its namesake, a 7 inch record! Head to the Draft House Charlotte Street for this launch and a tap takeover to boot. Draft House Charlotte Street, 43 Goodge Street, W1T 1TA. Free, more information here.
SIX DEGREES OF BEAVERTOWN: Saturday, February 17, 2pm-8pm. If you were lucky enough to grab a ticket – this event is now sold out – get ready for Beavertown Brewery‘s big sixth birthday festivities. There are 34 beers promised to be pouring and eight special collaborations with a list of breweries from across the UK. Beavertown Brewery, 17-18 Lockwood Industrial Estate, N17 9QP. The event is now sold out, but find more information here.
STOKEY BEER FEST 2018: Saturday, February 17 – Sunday, February 18, various times. Returning for its second year, Stokey Beer Fest is bigger and better than last year’s momentous effort. Hosted in Abney Hall, London breweries such as Affinity Brew Co, Hammerton Brewery, Moncada Brewery, Solvay Society and Seven Sisters Brewery will be serving up some special beers to ticket holders. A £32 ticket will get you a a 1/3rd sample from each of the 14 vendors, a can of the festival beer and a branded festival glass. Abney Public Hall, 73A Stoke Newngton Church St, N16 0AS. Tickets are £32 and available here.
*new* SOUTH WEST BREWERIES TAP TAKEOVER: Friday, February 23, 5pm – Sunday, February 25. All weekend long, Hackney Wick’s Mason & Company are hosting a tap takeover of five breweries from the South West of England (not strictly London-based breweries, no, but you know you can always find local beer in the form of The Five Points Brewing Company on tap here at all times). Mason & Company, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 25 E Bay Ln, E20 3BS. Free, more information here.
*new* HACKNEY BREWERY/KCBC BEER LAUNCH: Friday, February 23, 6pm – close. Hackney Brewery recently collaborated with Brooklyn’s KCBC (Kings County Brewers Collective) to produce a juicy NEIPA called Sleeping Giants. Want to be the first to taste it? Head to this official launch and tap takeover at The Axe in Stoke Newington and you’ll find it on tap alongside a selection of some of Hackney’s very delicious beers. The Axe, 8 Northwold Road, N16 7HR. free.
HOW WE ROLL LAUNCH PARTY: Friday, February 23, 6pm – close. Recently, Tottenham’s Pressure Drop Brewing collaborated with Bristol’s Lost and Grounded Brewers and now they’re ready to launch the thing! Join them at The Kings Arms for the first pour of How We Roll, a Belgian Chocolate Stout. Made with the Pressure Drop’s house Belgian yeast and cacao shells from Land Chocolate, this is set to be a delicious drop. Kings Arms, 11A Buckfast Street, E2 6EY. Free, more information here.
CRAFT BEER RISING 2018: Thursday, February 22 – Saturday February 24. Craft Beer Rising is the UK’s biggest craft beer festival with 175 vendors set to exhibit in 2018 at the Old Truman Brewery. Head over to their website for a full listing of breweries, but there are a few great London names that will be involved, including Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, Brixton Brewery and Mondo Brewing Co. Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL London, United Kingdom. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased 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.