London’s Brewers’ Market Round Up: March 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.

February brought a flurry of events – and then concluded with literal flurries. Even if we’re stepping into March with snow on the ground, spring is just around the corner. We hope. And, like February, this month also promises plenty of beer events around London.

One of March’s highlights is Women’s History Month, so we’re delighted to see events and special brews happening across the month.

Check out March’s offerings below.

HALE BREWING LAUNCH PARTY: Saturday, March 3, from noon. Details are scarce about this new brewery, which has taken up Affinity Brew Co‘s former space in a shipping container in Tottenham’s Five Miles venue, called Hale Brewing. So consider this your opportunity to try their range of beer beer before everyone else. Five Miles, 39b Markfield Road, N15 4QA. Free, more information here.

MASON & COMPANY’S MARCH BOTTLE CLUB: Saturday, March 3, 4pm-5.30pm. As part of Women’s History Month, Hackney Wick’s Mason & Company are hosting their monthly bottle club with a Women in Beer theme. Sample five beers accompanied by a tutored tasting from their resident beer expert. London brewery, Wild Card Brewery, will be represented in the beer line-up. Mason & Company, 25 East Bay Lane, Here East, Hackney Wick, E20 3BS. Tickets are £10 plus booking fee and available here.

LONDON DRINKER FESTIVAL: Wednesday, March 14 – Friday, March 16. Sadly, this is the last ever London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival, which is brought to you by the North London branch of CAMRA. Join them for the 34th (and final) year at the Camden Centre for a selection of ciders and beers on cask and keg from a line-up of London breweries. There will also be talks held during each session for your chance to get up close and personal with some of the beers, but tickets must be bought in advance. Camden Centre, Bidborough St, WC1H 9JE. Tickets are £8-£11 and can be purchased here.

40 SHADES OF GREEN V2: Saturday, March 17, 12pm-11pm. Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up, so eschew the same old black stuff for some excellent beers from 40FT Brewery. One of the founders is Irish, so it’s no surprise that they’re taking the event seriously. Expect glorious dry Irish stouts, authentic Irish food and music in addition to the Irish rugby match. It’ll be a great craic. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, E8 3DP. Free, more information here.

*new* ST PATRICK’S DAY & SIX NATIONS: Saturday, March 17, 12pm-10:30pm. If you haven’t heard, there’s a pretty big rugby game on St Patrick’s Day this year that sees Ireland playing against England. Yikes. So why not watch it with an Irish craft beer in hand? If you head to Gipsy Hill Brewing Co, you can do just that, as they’ve curated an excellent Irish beer selection and even some glorious noms from Roast Hog. No matter what the outcome of the rugby is, you’ll be winning. Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, 5, Hamilton Road Industrial Estate, 160 Hamilton Rd, West Norwood, SE27 9SF. Free, more information here.

DEPTFORD CRAFT BEER FEAST: Saturday, March 23, 12pm-9pm. Over 20 breweries from across the UK are descending upon Deptford for Craft Beer Feast, hosted by Hop Stuff Brewery, including a number of London’s finest (Brew by Numbers, Five Points Brewing Company, Fourpure Brewing Co and Partizan Brewing, to name but a few). Street food will be on offer to supplement the flowing beer and expect crowds in droves for this one. Deptford Market Yard, SE8 4BX. Free, RSVP 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.


London Brewers’ Market Round up: February 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.

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 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.

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* AFFINITY BREW TAP TAKEOVER: Thursday, January 25, 7pm. Having recently moved from Tottenham to a bigger site in Bermondsey, the guys at Affinity Brew Co have a lot to celebrate. Join both founders, Ben Duckworth and Steve Grae, at Bernsteins Bar and enjoy a selection of their beers on tap, including their Breeze lime and coriander saison, LOLmash double stout, Ember winter saison and January coffee and walnut ruby mild. There will also be some culinary delights available from the kitchen inspired by the beer. Bernsteins Bar, 73 Chatsworth Road, E5 0LH. Free, more information here.

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.

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 to reserve your place. 

BLINDSIDE CHARITY LAUNCH: Wednesday, January 31, 5pm. Sample Blindside, the rugby seasonal beer from Truman’s, at this special launch at The Globe Tavern in Borough Market. Every penny is going toward charity the School of Hard Knocks (SOHK), which uses sport to tackle issues linked to unemployment, health and fitness. For this event, Blindside will be only beer pouring, so you can head down and enjoy the feeling of drinking for a good cause all night long. The Globe Tavern, 8 Bedale St, SE1 9AL. 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.


London Brewers’ Market at The Horniman Museum Christmas Market!

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


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!


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. 


Market Spotlight: Welcoming Square Root Soda!


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.



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.


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.