London Brewers’ Market at Venn Street Market: Saturday, 25 March

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Viva Venn Street! Come and see a tidy collection of London Brewers’ Market vendors at the wonderful Venn Street Market on Saturday, the 25th of March! Enjoy brews from some our favourite London breweries while you peruse the wonderful food and craft stalls at this classic Saturday market in Clapham!


Here’s our line-up of breweries for Venn Street Market on Saturday, the 25th:

The Five Points Brewing Company – The London Brewers’ Market organisers are back and bringing some of their beloved beers along in both cans and bottles. Expect some rarer offerings including their Barrel Aged Railway Porter and latest Old Greg’s Barley Wine!

Howling Hops – Howling Hops are joining their Hackney neighbours along south of the river. Taste some of their brews made in their unique tank bar–the first of its kind in the UK!

Anspach & Hobday – Bermondsey’s own Anspach & Hobday are making a return to Venn Street alongside Five Points and Gipsy Hill. Let’s hope they bring some of their Smoked Porter!

Gipsy Hill Brewing Company – Characterful beers made by wonderful folks, Gipsy Hill will have something for everyone at Venn Street Market. Pick up a few brews in some of their sweet carrying cases for a gift… to yourself.

Brixton Brewery – We’re glad to have Brixton Brewery along for our latest Venn Street jaunt! Their Atlantic APA is a favourite of their tasty range of beers, so don’t miss it when visiting.

Umbrella Brewing – These Holloway Heroes are making alcoholic ginger beer that’s packing plenty of punch! Get a taste of their refreshingly zippy offering to get you in the mood for the warmer weather.

You can enjoy beer on draught from our brewers as well as pick up bottles and cans for take-away to fill your fridge at home.

Get it in the diary! We’ll be operating the same time as Venn Street Market will be running, so that’s 10am until 4pm. Stop by and meet the brewers behind some of your favourite beers, or discover a new local brew!


This is a great event leading up to the London Brewers’ Market at Old Spitalfields just a week later! Both events are free entry, so stop in.


Guest Post: Beyond Bermondsey: South London Breweries to Visit

We’ve got Mark Whittaker guiding us around South London breweries in this guest post! Mark is a silver-haired South Londoner and fan of the occasional beer. He writes an infrequent blog about his even less frequent homebrewing over at Full disclosure: he also works part-time for London Beer Lab. Find him on Twitter: @Mark__Whittaker


Bruno at the London Beer Lab taproom

Bored of Bermondsey? Try this alternative South London brewery tour (Warning: it’s a bit longer than a mile so may occasionally involve some transport).

It’s been 2 years now since The Kernel Brewery made the controversial (but some say justified) decision to stop opening its brewery taproom on Saturdays. But, if anything, the famed Bermondsey Beer Mile that it helped start has only grown in popularity. Weekend craft beer pilgrims making the trek between the likes of Brew By Numbers, Fourpure, Southwark, Ansbach & Hobday and Partizan, and also the UBrew and the EeBria taprooms, can regular expect fresh, high quality and often exclusive brews. Opening times have been extended but with success comes crowds. At some taprooms you’ll often have to queue upwards of half an hour to get served on a Saturday afternoon and don’t expect anywhere to sit down. Plus, once you’ve done The Mile a few times, you might want to expand your drinking to some of London’s other 70+ breweries.

Our tour of just some of South London’s finest starts under the shadow of the Crystal Palace Tower. 5 minutes’ walk from Gipsy Hill station (direct trains from London Bridge and Victoria) is the Hamilton Road Industrial Estate, although when you get there the first sign you’ll notice is not for this neighbourhood’s eponymous brewery, but The London Beer Factory.

Founded in early 2014 by brothers Ed and Sim Cotton, The London Beer Factory has always committed to producing beer with character, unique flavours, engaging aromas, brimming with personality and distinctive qualities. With a core range of 5 beers, plus an alternating monthly Pilot Range, they recently launched the UK’s first 360 degree opening cans, and their Beer Cab is a regular feature at many London beer events. Their tap room and bottle shop is open every Saturday, but check the website for current times, plus details of occasional events (including regular live rugby match screenings).

If you walk out of The London Beer Factory and glance left, you will now see the Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, who, in this writer’s opinion, are currently making some of the best beer in London. Going from strength to strength, and with a core range of beers all under 5%, Gipsy Hill focus on beers with big taste that you can still drink by the pint. Their tap room bar is currently closed due to brewery expansion but their bottle shop is open every Saturday, 1pm – 6pm. Check back for details on the reopening in the spring – in the meantime, lots of Gipsy Hill events are happening at their micropub, the Douglas Fir, on the other side of Crystal Palace, but unfortunately, that’s in the wrong direction for this tour.

Next, you’re heading to Herne Hill – either a mile and a half walk, or you can hop on either 3 or 322 bus (check TFL for times and directions) – for Bullfinch Brewery. After originally starting out sharing a Bermondsey railway arch with Mssrs Ansbach & Hobday, the Bullfinch soon flew a few miles south to set up it’s on brewery, with a historic 5 barrel kit originally built by Charles Wells no less. With a tap room in the adjacent arch open Thursday through Friday (4pm – 10pm), Saturday & Sunday (midday – 10pm), there are usually 12 different beers on tap, from the Bullfinch’s core range, some experimental and exclusive brew that you’ll only find here, plus the occasional guest.

Resist the temptation to stay at Bullfinch for the rest of the day and it’s a short hop around the corner to the Canopy Beer Co, tucked in the Bath Factory Estate, one of the most welcoming tap rooms in the city. If it’s sunny, be sure to try the Champion Kolsch or Sunray Pale, otherwise head indoors for a Milkwood Amber or Full Moon Porter. Canopy is open Wednesday through Friday (5-11pm), Saturday (12-11pm) and Sunday (12-10pm).

You have a choice again next for either bus, train or your own two feet to take you the mile to Brixton for, wait for it… Brixton Brewery! Founded in 2013, BB is a family-run, community business with a core range of beers brewed in small batches. The tap room is usually open every Saturday, 12-6pm (but they recommend you check the website or Twitter first), and they also offer tours and tastings (see website for details).

For your final tap room of the day, turn left out of Brixton Brewery and along Brixton Station Road past POP! Brixton and the Brixton branch of the Craft Beer Co. until you hit Brixton Road. Take a left here then right over Brixton Road, through the alley known as Dorrell Place (by the M&S) and onto Nursery Road. Head left and then tucked in behind the railway bridge on your immediate right, you’ll find London Beer Lab at Arch 41.

London Beer Lab has been running beer making workshops and selling homebrew supplies here since 2012. In 2015 they started brewing commercially (under another railway arch off Coldharbour Lane), with plans to expand production in 2017. The Nursery Road taproom is also undergoing something of a revamp, with upwards of 10 beers soon to be on tap from across their range, with a few seasonals and some small batch brews made in the upstairs workshop, plus an extensive bottleshop of beers from around the world. Current opening times are Thursday 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Friday 2pm – 8pm, Saturday 12 – 8pm and Sunday 12 – 7pm.

That concludes our short tour, although the beer doesn’t have to stop there. Within a mile or two of Brixton if you head in a variety of directions there are ever more breweries and taprooms. How about north towards Elephant & Castle for Orbit Beers, or south west to Tooting for By The Horns then Wandsworth Common for Belleville? Or head east to Peckham for Brick Brewery and Bianca Road Brew Co. Or maybe save those for another tour. There are plenty more beer miles in London than just Bermondsey’s!


London Brewers’ Market Event Round-up: November 2016

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. 

Bring on November, with its cooler nights and shorter days. London is braced for you. In spite of your best efforts, we refuse to loaf around when there’s so much to do and such great beer to conquer.

We welcome this month with another round-up of the best beer events because as the woolly layers go on and daylight disappears, we have to do something to keep our sanity:

FIVE POINTS TAP TAKEOVER: Wednesday, 2 November, 17:00-23:00. Another corker from the good folks at The Rake pub in Borough Market, this tap takeover showcases Hackney’s The Five Points Brewing Co. Expect a range of their beers on cask, keg and in bottle together with chipper representatives on hand to answer any burning questions. Every beer purchased will put you in line to win a mysterious – but undoubtedly fabulous – beery prize. The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, Borough Market, SE1 9AG London. Free:

ANSPACH & HOBDAY TASTING & TOUR: Thursday, November 3, 18:30-21:30. One of the Bermondsey brewery crew, Anspach & Hobday invite you on a behind-the-scenes tour of their railway arch outfit, to meet the brewer and taste three of their beers (with another beer on arrival). Focused on making London the epicentre of the best beer in the world, this is a brewery with a mission- and they’re well on the way, from what we’ve tasted. Anspach & Hobday, 118 Druid Street, SE1 2 London. Tickets are £15 +bf and available to purchase here

BRIXTON BREWERY TASTINGS + TOURS: Friday, 4 November & Friday, 24 November, 18:30- 22:00. Join Brixton Brewery‘s founder, Jez Galaun, on an evening tour. Highlights include an overview of the brewing process and tasters of 4 beers with ample opportunity to find out more about this South London family-run operation. Their bold flavours and vibrant branding are as colourful as the local area, so escape the dreariness of November with some dynamic beer and insight into one of London’s most community-focused breweries. Brixton Brewery, Arch 547, Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PF. Tickets are £15 and available here.

HOP SWAP V.4 FEATURING MONDO BREWING: Tuesday, 8 November, 20:00-23:00. This month’s Hop Swap brings together a brewery, a baker and a candlestick maker. Well, maybe not the last one, but Battersea’s Mondo Brewing Company will be in attendance for a meet the brewer and tap takeover at The Cock Tavern in Hackney. Thai in a Pie will be dishing out their fusion-filled parcels and competing against marinara masters, Capish?, in a hot sauce showdown. All of this madness will unfold against the backdrop of a good old-fashioned bottle share- so be sure to have something special in tow- and even a mystery trade raffle that will have people talking for days. All types of beer drinkers- from lambic lovers to premium lager swillers- are welcome. The Cock Tavern, 315 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ. Free, but bring some beer along for the bottle share:

BEAVERTOWN PARTY AT MASON & CO: Wednesday, 9 November, 18:00-23:00. Hackney Wick hotspot Mason & Company are throwing a Beavertown Brewery tap takeover of collosal proportions: 18 taps will see the seven core beers represented alongside 11 specials and limited editions. Expect Phantom Sours, Elder Mother Elderberry Pale and Fresh ‘espresso Stout, with more surprises on the night. The team will be journeying in from Tottenham Hale to talk beer and – for the culture vultures – some of their legendary artwork will be on display. Like an eager beaver, get there early and try everything. Mason & Company, 25 East Bay Lane, Here East, Hackney Wick, Lonon E20 3BS. Free:

>>new>> LEYTON ORIENT SUPPORTERS CLUB ALE NIGHT: Friday, 11 November, 17:00-23:00. The Leyton Orient Supporters Club are holding a special evening to celebrate being awarded Greater London Club of the Year 2016 by CAMRA in appropriate style, putting on a commendable line-up of cask that showcases a number of local breweries. The Five Points Brewing Co, Hackney Brewery and One Mile End Brewery are on the bill. Signature Brew debuted their Roadie IPA on cask during a recent tap takeover and this will be available on the night. Raise a glass and see the team receive their award during the evening. Leyton Orient Supporters Club, Matchroom Stadium, Brisbane Road, London E10 5NF. Free:

THE BREWERY KITCHEN SUNDAY LUNCH: Sunday, 13 November, 13:00-17:00. Here’s one for the foodies- Fourepure Brewing Co has teamed up with The Brewery Kitchen to showcase how beer and brewing ingredients can be incorporated into cooking. A cornucopia across three courses is promised, with each dish matched with beer to bring out the complexities in both the food and libations. The Brewery Kitchen’s head chef will be on hand alongside a sommelier to act as guides and canapes and a welcome drink are also included. Your Sunday roast will pale in comparison to this feast. Fourpure Brewery, 22 Bermondsey Trading Estate, Rotherhithe New Road, London SE16 3LE. Tickets are £50 and can be purchased here. 

>>new>> BOOZERS WITHOUT BORDERS: Monday, 14 November, 19:00-23:00. Boozers without Borders present Craft for Calais, an event fundraising for refugees in Calais. Drink for a charitable cause – you philanthropist you – and you won’t be going parched or be awash in bland beer. Great London breweries such as 40FT BreweryThe Five Points Brewing Co, Fourpure Brewing Co, Pressure Drop Brewing and Hackney Brewery have donated beer for the occasion. A ticket guarantees you a generous tasting menu of beers. Giving never tasted so good.Draft House Hammersmith, 238 Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7NL London. Tickets are limited and only Generous tickets remain (£32 + bf), which can be purchased here.

BULLFINCH TAP TAKEOVER: Thursday, 17 November, 17:00-23:00. Yet another event at The Rake, this tap takeover sees Herne Hill’s Bullfinch Brewery take the reigns. Expect a selection of their beer and a chance to chat with the Bullfinch team about their adventurous, flavoursome beer. There’s a raffle involved, so grab a pint to ensure that you’re in it to win it. The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, Borough Market, SE1 9AG London. Free:

FOURPURE MEET THE BREWER AND TASTING: Friday, 18 November, 18:00-20:00. Friday night is best spent with friends, so why not head over to The Taproom in Woolwich Arsenal for a tasting and chinwag with Fourpure Brewing Co? They’ll be sampling five of their freshest seasonal beers and offering 10% off pizzas in the taproom on the night to keep drinkers sustained. Free registration includes a half pint too. Couldn’t we use more friends like this in all of our lives? The Hop Stuff Taproom, 15 Major Draper Street, London SE18. Free, but register here.

>>new>> 40FT CEILI OUTSIDE A CONTAINER PARTY: Friday, 18 November, 18:00- Saturday, 19 November, 02:00. Just in time for the plummeting temperatures, the guys at 40FT Brewery are relaunching Deep, their rich and malty stout. This will be an authentic Irish affair, where Hugh Cooney will be leading a ceili with the help from traditional in-house Irish band from The Auld Shillelagh pub. A friendly crowd, food and a roaring campfire will complete the experience with touches of Irish hospitality (an abundance of beer). 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, E8 3DP London. Free:

REDEMPTION & WEIRD BEARD DUAL TAP TAKEOVER: Saturday, 19 November, 12:00-23:00. Head down to The Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell for this tantalising dual tap takeover. Not one but TWO great breweries, Redemption Brewing and Weird Bread Brew Co, will join forces to bring drinkers a range of their core and special beers. Naturally, there will also be an exclusive collaboration available on the night and the opportunity to snap up some merchandise, mini kegs and other delights. The Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell, 82 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7TR. Free:

ANSPACH & HOBDAY BEER AND CAKE DAY: Sunday, 20 November, 12:30-17:30. Professed to be the biggest event of the year- Anspach & Hobday Brewery are marrying two of life’s greatest pleasures: beer and cake. They’ll provide the beer and invite guests to come to the brewery bearing cakes. Only 15 cakes can be accommodated and contributing bakers will each get a pint courtesy of A&H. Cakes will be judged and one will emerge victorious- there’s a prize of a case of beer and a brewery tour on the line. But really, everyone wins here. Somebody has to eat all of those cakes. Anspach & Hobday, 118 Druid Street, SE1 2 London. Free, but bakers must register their intent to bring cake in advance here.

>>new>> HOP STUFF & DRURY TEA & COFFEE BEER LAUNCH: Thursday, 24 November, 18:00-22:30. Woolwich’s Hop Stuff Brewery put their heads together with Drury Tea & Coffee to create three coffee-themed beers in 2015. This year, they’re upping the ante and hosting a party in their taproom to promote their three 2016 collaboration beers: Early Grey Pale Ale, Spiced Chai Red Ale and Coffee Infused Gunners Porter. There will be tasting flights and other coffee-related goodies available, including food inspired by java. It goes without saying: there will be a huge buzz surrounding this event. The Taproom, 15 Major Draper Street, London SE18. Free:

LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET CHRISTMAS EDITION: Saturday, 26 November, 11:00-18:30. Jingle beers, jingle beers…What’s better than turkey dinner and Eastenders? A Christmas beer festival, of course! Taking place at Old Spitalfields Market, the Christmas edition of the London Brewers’ Market is going to be a jolly affair with 26 London breweries already confirmed. Beer will be available on keg and to purchase and a stellar soundtrack will be provided by the event’s co-hosts, the Independent Label Market. You can expect some old favourites and new faces in attendance, so this is a great way to familiarise yourself with London’s brewing scene all while stocking up for Crimbo. Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA. Free:

>>new>> 33RD PIG’S EAR BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL: Tuesday, 29 November, 12:00- Saturday, 3 December, 22:30. Pig’s ear is Cockney rhyming slang for beer, and that’s exactly what is promised at this year’s East London & City’s CAMRA event. Over 230 real ales will be on offer, plus a huge range of bottles, perries and ciders to boot. Keep an eye on their website for announcements, but it’s assured that there will be some special beers on cask from local East London breweries alongside a range of other foreign and domestic beers. No porky pies here – this is going to be a real knees-up. Round Chapel, 1D Glenarm Road, E5 0LY London. Entry is £3 for CAMRA members and £5 for non-CAMRA members.

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. This post will be edited as the month progresses to include new events, so watch this space!

London Brewers’ Market Event Round-Up: October 2016

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. 

With the last of the beer garden weather upon us, it’s time to accept the change of season and hole ourselves up with a cosy pint. For beer drinkers, October brings the close of Oktoberfest celebrations and the season of highly divisive pumpkin beers. But if neither of these prospects takes your fancy, there are plenty of other events to satisfy your autumnal cravings.

You might feel pressure to bid adieu to sours and saisons in lieu of more warming styles, but whatever you’re drinking, we’ve put together a list of our pick of events across London this October:

HAMMERTON BREWERY TAPROOM OPENING: Saturday, 1 October, 14:00-23:00. Head over to N7 (that’s Islington) to have a drink amongst locals at Hammerton Brewery’s monthly taproom opening. There’s plenty of table space inside and be sure to sample their new Chicha Pale, a Peruvian Maize Morada. They’re dog-friendly too, so why not take Rover for an extra long walk? Hammerton Brewery, Unit 8 & 9 Roman Way Industrial Estate, 149 Roman Way, London N7 8XH. Free: 

HIBERNATION PARTY WITH ORBIT BEERS: Saturday, 1 October, 12:00-20:00. Here’s your incentive to embrace the first frost of winter. Orbit Beers are throwing a party at their brewery to honour the season and while the vinyl spins, there will be bratwurst and currywurst proffered from Get Wurst. And in case that wasn’t enough, every guest will get a free beer on arrival. Suddenly winter doesn’t seem so bad, does it? Orbit Brewery, 225 Fielding Road, London SE17 3HD. Free:

WE BROUGHT BREW BY NUMBERS: Wednesday, 5 October, 19:00-22:00. Bermondsey’s Brew by Numbers will be chatting beer at We Brought Beer’s Clapham Junction location. Their recent endeavours have been exceptional, including their long-awaited foray into pale ales. If attendees are lucky, the new 21|04 Pale Ale (Motueka) might be on offer. We Brought Beer Clapham Junction, 78 St. Johns Hill, Battersea, SW11 1SP. Event is free, but attendees must e-mail to be added to the guest list:

MEET THE BREWER WITH WILD CARD BREWERY: Wednesday, 5 October, from 20:00. The Beer Shop London is hosting a Meet the Brewer night with Wild Card Brewery. This is the perfect opportunity to see what’s brewing and what’s in the pipelines for this Walthamstow favourite. Don’t forget to ask about their Queen of Diamonds IPA, which recently was awarded the ‘Beautiful Brew’ distinction by the Urban Food Awards. The Beer Shop London, 40 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QF. Event is free, but spaces must be reserved by e-mailing

WALTHAMSTOW BEER PROJECT 2016 WITH ELB: Thursday, 6 October from 18:30. East London Brewing Company invite you to Ye Olde Rose and Crown for the launch of their Walthamstow Beer. Over the summer, over 200 Prima Donna hop plants were grown in the area and harvested in mid-September to create this green hopped ale. Come down and sample the fruits of their labour, learn about the hop harvest and meet the brewery team. Beer doesn’t get more local than this. Ye Olde Rose and Crown, 55 Hoe St, London E17 4SA. Free:

CRAFT 100 BEER FESTIVAL: Thursday, 6 October, 12:00 until Sunday October 9, 23:00. The Craft Beer Co’s Clapham location will be transformed into a utopia of beer aplenty for this unmissable event. With over 100 beers on offer, there’s something guaranteed to tickle your taste buds, including beer from Beavertown Brewery, Brixton Brewery, By the Horns Brewing Co., Hackney Brewery, Kew Brewery, Redemption BrewingPartizan Brewing and Weird Beard Brew Co.– and that’s just on keg. Phew. Craft Beer Co, 128 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham, London SW4 6ED. Free:

FIVE POINTS BREWERY TOUR: Saturday, 8 October, 12:00-14:00. Take a trip to Hackney for The Five Points Brewing Company’s monthly brewery tour, where guests are guided through their story and their range, all in the heart of the action on the brewery floor. See the brewing kit and the canning line, where the newly canned Pils has been flying out. Generous samples and a glass to take home are included in the ticket price. The Five Points Brewing Company, 3 Institute Place, London E8 1JE. Tickets are £12 plus VAT and can be purchased here: Note: This date is now sold out

IPA VS CHEESE WITH BREW BY NUMBERS: Thursday, 13 October, 18:00-21:00. Beer and cheese, need we say more? Take a range of Brew by Numbers IPAs personally selected by Chris Hall, the brewery’s Sales and Media guru, married with a cornucopia of British cheeses chosen by Ned Palmer (Edited to add: “Legend!”) of The Cheese Tasting Company and- well, you get the idea. The evening will include five cheeses, bread and beer. Attendees are warned to come hungry. Brew by Numbers, 79 Enid Street London SE16 3RA. Tickets are £25 and can be purchased here:

MEAT + BEER WITH BRIXTON BREWERY: Thursday, 13 October, 19:00-20:30. October is bursting with foodie options for beer drinkers, including this enticing event from the Meat School in Borough Market. A selection of fine British cured meats will be expertly paired with beer from Brixton Brewery. This is not for the faint hearted, however, as 5 courses of meat, each one paired with a beer from Brixton, are included in the ticket price. CANNON & CANNON, Unit 4W, Jubilee Place, Winchester Walk, London SE1 9AG. Tickets are £25 and can be purchased here:

CROYDON CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL: Thursday, 13 October, 2016 17:00 until Saturday October 15, 2016 19:00. Held at Braithwaite Hall, this is the third Croydon Craft Beer Festival with an Oktoberfest theme. While oodles of beers from around the world will be available in cans, there’s a good representation form London breweries too, including: Belleville Brewing Co, By the Horns Brewing Co, The London Beer Factory and Croydon’s own darlings, The Cronx Brewery. Croydon Clocktower, Katherine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET. Tickets are £5 + VAT and can be purchased here:

OKTOBEERFEST WITH WILD CARD BREWERY: Friday, 14 October, 20:00- Saturday October 15, 22:00. For a taste of Bavaria, make a beeline to Wild Card Brewery’s taproom to sample over 30 beers, including a special small batch raspberry wheat beer brewed for the occasion. There’s an eclectic selection of music promised all weekend, including DJ sets with some synth pop, disco and…kraut rock? Well, we’re intrigued. Wild Card Brewery Tap Bar, Shernhall Street, London E17 9HQ. Free:

BAVARIAN BREAKFAST WITH ONE MILE END: Saturday, 15 October, 9:00-14:00. Science has proven that beer is the breakfast of champions* and science is never wrong, so don’t miss the opportunity to sample One Mile End Brewery’s new wheat beer at The White Hart. Their head brewer will be onsite and beer will be poured from 9am to accompany the brew pub’s new tantalising brunch menu. Brunch beers are definitely a thing that should be embraced (*this might be wildly inaccurate). The White Hart Brew Pub, 1 Mile End Road, London E1 4TP, free:

FIVE POINTS AUTUMN JOLLY: Saturday, 15 October, 13:00-22:00.Following the rip-roaring fun of The Five Points Brewing Company‘s summer yard parties, they’ve taken the same ingredients- e.g. great beer, outstanding eats from Capish? and formidable beats- and reinvented the monthly affair for the season. Come try the Brick Field Brown launched in cask and the Five Points Extra Pale relaunched as Five Points XPA. Surprises are assured and there’s a special meet the brewer session with Vito himself, who is the brains behind the Brick Field Brown. The Five Points Brewing Company Warehouse & Yard, 61 Mare Street, London E8 4RG. Free:

ELENA COOPER’S PORTER WITH REDEMPTION: Monday, 17 October, 18:00-23:30. Head down to the Holborn Whippet to sample Elena Cooper’s Porter, a new brew from Redemption Brewing Company to commemorate the London Beer Flood of the 17 October, 1814. On this solemn day, a torrent of beer flooded  Tottenham Court Road and killed 8 people. Raise a glass of this porter that has been smoked with oak chips alongside representatives from the brewery. Cue the argument of whether there are worse ways to go. The Holborn Whippet, 25-29 Sicilian Ave, London WC1A 2QH. Free.

BRICK FIELD BROWN LAUNCH WITH PETE BROWNTuesday, 18 October, 18:00-22:00. Eminent beer writer Pete Brown joins The Five Points Brewing Company in launching their latest cask ale offering at The Harp in Covent Garden. Two hour-long sessions will be held in The Harp’s cosy upstairs room, where The Five Points’ Assistant Head Brewer Vito Carrescia will introduce his Brick Field Brown, and Pete Brown will share his thoughts about the brown ale style as well as discuss his new book, The Pub: A Cultural Institution. Tickets are £10 + booking fee, which includes a pint of Brick Field Brown, and proceeds from each ticket sale go to St Joseph’s Hospice. There’s also a Five Points Tap Takeover at the bar, which is free to attend, and the chance to buy a copy of Pete Brown’s book. The Harp, 47 Chandos Place, London WC2N 4HS. Tickets to Pete Brown & Vito Carrescia’s talk are £10 + booking fee, tap takeover is free entry.

WE BROUGHT REDCHURCH: Wednesday, 19 October, 19:00-22:00. Another meet the brewer event hosted by We Brought Beer, this time at their Balham site. East London’s The Redchurch Brewery will be talking guests through their new foray into wild beers with their Urban Farmhouse project. These experimental beers hail from  their old brewery, which is now dedicated to wild and sour brewing. Guests will sample some of the first batches, so don’t miss out. We Brought Beer Balham, 28 Hildreth Street SW12 9RQ. Event is free, but attendees must e-mail to be added to the guest list:

BREWDOG #COLLABFEST 2016: Saturday, 22 October, 13:00 – Sunday October 23, 0:00. Each of London’s Brewdog locations will be brewing up some special delights with the help of a local brewery. Details are still hush-hush on what to expect, but last year saw some great London breweries thrown in the mix, including Orbit Beers, Weird Beard Brew Co., Brew by Numbers and The Redchurch Brewery. So it’s a fairly safe bet. All Brewdog London sites, free:

LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET AT VENN STREET MARKET: Saturday, 22 October, 10:00 – 16:00. London Brewers’ Market will be holding a showcase of South London Breweries (oh, and a certain Hackney brewery that organises LBM) at the wonderful Venn Street Market, a weekly food market in Clapham Common. Breweries include The Five Points Brewing Company, Anspach & Hobday, Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, Mondo Brewing Company, and Orbit Beers, who will all be selling beer to drink on the day and for take away. Venn Street Market, Venn Street, Clapham SW4 0AT, free

HACKNEY BREWERY’S 5TH BIRTHDAYSaturday, 22 October, 13:00 – 19:00. The mighty Hackney Brewery celebrate their 5th Birthday with some of their fantastic brews, including their Oktoberfest and a brand new Pale Ale, plus a look around their newly-installed brewing equipment! Grill My Cheese will be catering food at this free event, so rock up and show some love to this wonderful local brewery! Hackney Brewery,358 Laburnum St, London E2 8BB, free:

*new* MEET THE BREWER WITH REDCHURCH: Thursday, 27 October, 18:00-0:00. Redchurch Brewery are visiting their close neighbours, BrewDog Shoreditch, to flaunt some of their beers. There will be some surprises of a sour nature in store. This is another opportunity to get your hands on their new Urban Farmhouse beers this month, so don’t miss out- the brewery team will also be in attendance to guide you through the brews. BrewDog Bar Shoreditch, 51-55 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA , free:

*new* MEET THE BREWER WITH BEAVERTOWN: Thursday, 27 October, 19:30-21:00. The Beavertown Brewery crew are paying The Coborn a visit to guide drinkers through their brewing process from hops to pints. Attendees will also be tutored through four different beers and learn that when it comes to packaging, why the can is king. It’s a great time to get on the Beavertown bandwagon. The Coborn, 8 Coborn Road, E3 2DA London. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased by contacting the venue:

*new* DAY OF THE DEAD PARTY WITH 40FT: Friday, 28 October, 18:00- Saturday 29 October, 2:00. Once again, 40ft Brewery are inviting revellers inside their shipping container taproom (and sizable yard) to celebrate in style. They’ve teamed up with The Real Al Company to bring Dia de los Muertos celebrations to Dalston. The fiesta will include a special chili IPA and the spicy Mexican beer-cocktail favourite, the Michelada. Mulled cider, face painting and Mexican street food are a given. All will be against a deadly soundtrack to get your sugar skull boogie on. 40FT Brewery, Bootyard, Abbott Street, London E8 3DP, free:

*new* PILLARS BREWERY TAPROOM LAUNCH: Friday, 28 October, 17:00- Saturday 29 October, 23:30. NEW BREWERY KLAXON. Head Walthamstow way to check out the Pillars Brewery, formerly known as the Four Pillars Brewery, as they proclaim their arrival with a weekend long party. Expect music, food and their flagship Traditional Lager, branded an ‘India pale lager’, flowing alongside some taproom exclusives. Looks like Wild Card Brewery have new neighbours and Walthamstow just got a bit sexier. Pillars Brewery, Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Walthamstow E17 9HQ , free:

*new* UBREW BEER LAUNCH PARTY: Saturday, 29 October, 12:30-21:00. Bermondsey’s open brewery, UBREW are unleashing their own beers on the public and throwing a bit of a bash. They’ve taken the best of the members’ beer brewed onsite and upscaled production to their industrial 5 bbl kit, resulting in the Rocket Bear IPA, the Octobear Sorachi Ace saison, the Hoplust Stout and a sessionable pale ale. Discounts and tours will be on offer as well, so you can nurse your beer while convincing yourself that your recipe might be next. Ubrew, 24 Old Jamaica Road, London, SE16 4AW, free but tours and cases can be bought in advance here:

*new* SIGNATURE BREW’S 5TH BIRTHDAY PARTY: Saturday, 29 October, 12:00-22:00. We’ll be shimmying down to Signature Brew’s 5th birthday celebrations- a beer and music festival like Leyton has never seen. The largest range of Signature Brew’s beers ever in one place (EVER) and a glut of collaborations will be offered. Music is obviously a fixture and an extensive list of bands and acoustic performers are already lined up. Food and tours are also going to be on offer for those who can stop dancing. Signature Brew, Unit 25, Leyton Business Centre, London E10 7BT. Tickets are free and available here:

*new* HIVER’WEEN: Saturday, 29 October, 11:00-19:00.Honey beer specialists Hiver Beers have partnered with All Good Beer for a day packed with Hallowe’en activities, including pumpkin carving, beeswax candle rolling and- deep breath- Bermondsey’s FIRST ever conker championship. Honey beer and other craft selections will be on hand alongside some delicious honey from local bees. Honey is like nature’s candy, so it’s all treats and no tricks here. Hiver, Arch 55 Stanworth Street, London SE1 3NY. Tickets are £7, can be purchased here and include a pumpkin, a sheet of beeswax and a half pint of Hiver.

REDEMPTION BREWERY’S TAPROOM OPENING: Saturday, 29 October, 11:00-17:00. The big day is upon us: Redemption Brewing are letting the public into their brand spanking-new brewery’s taproom! Lots of special surprises are promised, including special one-off beers alongside their ever-dependable core range. More details will be released closer to the time, but don’t miss out on christening the Redemption crew’s new space in Tottenham. Redemption Brewing Co, Unit 16, Compass West Industrial Estate West Road, Tottenham N17 0XL. Free.

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. This post will be edited as the month progresses to include new events, so watch this space!

London Brewers’ Market Event Round-up: September 2016

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. 

London’s breweries hardly stop to catch their breath during the summer months and the events keep rolling in. But as September rears its head, the balmy evenings are curtailed and our time spent lounging in beer gardens will be (rudely) interrupted by cooler temperatures and shortened daylight hours.

It’s a hard pill to swallow, but there’s still time to squeeze the most out of the summer. We must relish the last of the saisons before moving on to the comforting embrace of a stout!

To ease the transition, we give you a round-up of September’s unmissable events in London:

MEET THE BREWER WITH REDCHURCH: Thursday the 1st of September from 20:00. Head down to the Beer Shop London to catch up with The Redchurch Brewery and swill some of their range. There will be bottles available to drink onsite or take home, so stop by and get cosy with this East London brewery in Nunhead. The London Beer Shop, 40 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QF. Free but places must be reserved in advance:

MS. SHAKESPEARE AT WILD CARD BREWERY: Thursday the 1st of September from 18:30-23:00. The wonderful Wild Card Brewery are hosting an evening with Garden Gate Arts showcasing competition-winning new writing from four female playwrights, who will have their short plays staged as rehearsed readings for the very first time. This will be an incredible evening of homegrown talent and locally-brewed beer, topped off with live music and a pop-up pizza van. Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, London E17 9HQ. Tickets are £11 with booking fee:

TASTING EVENT WITH ONE MILE END: Friday the 2nd of September from 19:00. Following their big move to their new Tottenham digs, One Mile End are hosting a tasting event at Mother Kelly’s Bottle Shop. Hear about the expansion, their beers and what the future holds for this growing brewery. Samples of their beer- including some rare editions- are included in the ticket price. Mother Kelly’s Bottle Shop, 186 Well St, London E9 6QU. Tickets are £15:

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FIVE POINTS YARD PARTY: Saturday the 3rd of September from 13:00-20:00. Once again, The Five Points Brewing Company are opening up their warehouse yard to the public once again. Expect their range on tap, food from pop-up Italian-American purveyors Capish? and live music to get drinkers dancing. This will be a special occasion, as they will be celebrating the launch of their Pils in a can in all its glorious violet glory. Other brewers will be represented on the day in a mini London Brewers’ Market too. The Five Points Brewing Company Warehouse, 61 Mare Street, London E8 4RG. Free:

SAMBROOK’S BREWERY TOUR: Wednesday the 7th of September at 19:00. Get inside Sambrook’s Brewery in Battersea for a tour lead by head brewer, Sean Knight. Three half pint samples are served alongside the history of brewery, an explanation of the brewing process and the secret to brewing award-winning beer. You might need to take notes. Sambrook’s Brewery, Unit 1 & 2 Yelverton Road Battersea, London SW11 3QG. Tickets are £15 and can be purchased here:

THE BRICK LANE BEER FESTIVAL: Friday the 9th of September, 15:00. Promising a range of beers from By The Horns Brewing Co., Brixton Brewery and Rocky Head Brewery, this is a solid bet for quaffing a selection of beers from some noteworthy breweries based outside of East London. Live music and some smoked barbecue delights will be on hand from BearBQ. In other words, it’s worth skiving off work early to attend. Exmouth Market Centre, 49 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell EC1R 4QL. Free:

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BEER BY THE RIVER 2016: Saturday the 10th of September, 12:00-22:00. Beer? Check. Food? Check. Music? Check. This event is being thrown by Sambrook’s Brewery and promises to be a day bursting with good times. Set on Tooting Common, over 25 breweries will be represented, including a liberal range of Sambrook’s own beer. Pop-up vendors will keep drinkers going and the day promises something for everyone- from kids to the kids at heart. Tooting Bec Common, London SW16. Tickets range from £5- £10 and can be purchased here:

FIVE POINTS BREWERY TOUR: Saturday the 10th of September, 12:00-14:00. The monthly tour offered by The Five Points Brewing Company is the perfect balance of education and libation. Come along and learn about the brewery’s history, their range and see their brewing kit and packaging lines. You’ll be guided through beer with plenty of samples and- if you’re lucky- might get to stick your head in the mash tun. The Five Points Brewing Company, 3 Institute Pl, London E8 1JE, United Kingdom. Tickets are £12 + booking fee and can be purchased here:

MEET THE BREWER WITH REDEMPTION: Thursday the 15th of September, 18:00-22:00. This is your chance to catch up with Andy Moffat, head brewer and owner of Redemption Brewing Co. based in Tottenham. Stalwarts of the London brewing scene, why not stop by to catch up with the brewery and hear about their brand new brewing site? It’s three times larger than their former unit, so expect to see much more of their beer in your near future. Try some samples and indulge in a slice of Spain from Squid Kitchen’s pop-up kitchen. Craving Coffee, Gaunson House, Markfield Rd, London N15 4QQ. Free:

THE RAINBOW PROJECT AT BEAVERTOWN BREWERY: Saturday the 17th of September, 14:00-20:00. The ultimate beer collaboration is back, and what better way than to spend it at one of the collaborating breweries! Head to Beavertown Brewery on Saturday, the 17th, and enjoy their collaboration beer with Parrotdog, as well as the other beers pairing British brewers, including LBM pals Partizan, with their compatriots from New Zealand! There’s 7 collaborative beers in total, one for every colour of the rainbow, so arrive ready to beer. Beavertown Brewery, Units 17 & 18, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Road, Tottenham Hale, London N17 9QP. Tickets start at £40 for entry, commemorative Rainbow Project glass and ALL THE BEER ALL DAY. For serious. Tickets here:

POP-UP SUPPER CLUB AT BULLFINCH BREWERY: Wednesday the 21st of September, 19:00-22:00. La Petite Bouchee will be serving up French-inspired bistro classics for this pop-up supper club event at the Bullfinch Brewery in Herne Hill. Rillette and tartes are on the menu and diners can opt for classic moules mariniere in white wine or in a sauce made from Bullfinch’s own Milou saison. So there’s no contest, really- dinner infused with beer every time. Bullfinch Brewery Tap Room, Arch 886-887 Rosendale Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 9EH. Tickets are £30 and can be purchased here:

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ONE MILE END TAP TAKEOVER AT THE RAKE: Wednesday the 21st of September, 15:00-23:00. One Mile End will be the belle of the ball at this tap takeover at The Rake. Ask the brewers about their shiny new brewery space in Tottenham while sampling their beer and maybe even win some prizes. The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AG. Free:

BRIXTON BY BRIXTON: From Thursday the 29 September, 16:30 until Sunday the 2 October, 22:30. It’s The Craft Beer Co Brixton’s 4th Birthday and you’re invited to come along and get caught up in the revelries. They’ve joined by Brixton Brewery to celebrate the momentous occasion, offering a range of Brixton’s beers on tap, a meet the brewer event and a cracking DJ line-up. There will also be food onsite and a great party atmosphere guaranteed.  They grow up so fast, don’t they? The Craft Beer Co. Brixton, 11-13 Brixton Station Road London, London SW9 8PA. Free:

Have we missed something? Feel free to post any upcoming events featuring London breweries in London in the comments below.

Anita Lawlor’s photos for London Brewers’ Market, 11 July 2015

fun times in the London Brewers' Market beer garden

Photographer Anita Lawlor has taken some excellent photos of our most recent London Brewers’ Market at Old Spitalfields Market.

This market was a bit different, as we were perched above the beer garden with brewers inside a disused restaurant space and along a terrace. If you were there, relive that ace Saturday! If you weren’t there, see what you missed and be sure to attend our next one, where we’ll be back alongside Independent Label Market in November.

Tom at Camden Town Brewery

Beer terrace

Brixton Brewery bottles

Partizan and Five Points

London Brewers' Market beer garden

Dot from Beavertown

Crate Brewery at London Brewers' Market

Truman's at LBM

Tim at Howling Hops

Hammerton Brewery at LBM

Five Points from the beer garden

Guest Post from Matthew Curtis: Five Breweries Not To Be Overlooked At The Next London Brewers’ Market

Matthew Curtis is a London-based beer writer and writes about beer on his blog, Total Ales. He the co-author of Craft Beer: The 100 Best Breweries in the world, and is currently working on a new book, Beer & Craft: Britains Best Bars and Breweries. Photos from this article are from Dianne Tanner.

London Brewers’ Market returns to the Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday the 28th of March and with it a host of London’s brightest and best breweries. There’ll be gallons of what is some of the very best beer being brewed in the capital right now, to both drink in the market itself and to take home to enjoy later on. With almost eighty breweries in the city, creating beer from the traditional to the innovative, it can be difficult to know what to try next. As a result much of our attention is focused on a handful of larger and more successful breweries simply because their presence is more widely felt. Here, I’ve chosen a handful of breweries, some new and some with a couple of years already under their belts, that are not to be missed at the Market this March.

Orbit Beers – South London’s Orbit bounced onto the scene in 2014 with a range of beers inspired by both music and travel. You can always guarantee that a great record is spinning in this brewery when its beers are being created. The beers span from the traditional to the modern, both the Neu Altbier and Nico Kölsch are extremely accomplished recreations of classic German styles. These beers are subtle and nuanced with a depth of flavour that makes them both incredibly drinkable. On the other hand, Ivo is a pale ale that favours juicy, citrus forward, new world hop varieties and has more than a nod towards the modern pale ales of the United States. As well as these dialled in core brews look out for Orbit’s specials such as Leaf, a smoked Alt. I expect big things from this brewery in 2015.

One Mile End at London Brewers' Market

One Mile End – Orbit aren’t the only new brewery on the scene worth shouting about. One Mile End are already making waves with the forward thinking brews that emerge from beneath its brewpub, The White Hart in Whitechapel. As well as American influenced beers such as the jammy, hop packed Snakecharmer IPA this brewery is already bowling people over with a range of whisky barrel aged stouts and porters. Another beer to watch out for is its farmhouse pilsner, an unusual fusion of two styles that somehow just clicks. Make sure you visit these guys early, as their specials are certain to sell out fast.

Brixton bottles LBM Friday Xmas 2014

Brixton Brewery – The first thing you’ll notice about Brixton Brewery are the eye-catching labels that are as vibrant as Brixton itself. You may also notice that each of this brewery’s beers take their names from some of the South London borough’s landmarks. You’ve got Effra Ale, a traditional amber ale named after the River Effra that flows beneath Brixton’s concrete and the pithy, grapefruit-tinged Electric IPA named after the famous street that sits just behind the station. One Brixton beer not to be missed is the zingy Atlantic Pale Ale which uses both North American and Australian hop varieties to produce a beer that’s packed with flavours of lemon zest and mango.

Redchurch Brewery at London Brewers' Market

Redchurch Brewery – When it comes to bold, envelope pushing beers in London you might first think of The Kernel, Partizan or perhaps even Brodie’s but one name that also deserves the same high praise is Bethnal Green’s Redchurch Brewery. Take for instance its Old Ford Export Stout, it’s as dark as midnight and packed with huge aromas of liquorice, pine resin and grapefruit zest. In my opinion it’s one of the best beers the city of London has to offer its beer drinking public and is one of several brilliant beers this brewery has to offer. Another beer not to miss is the dank and resinous Great Eastern IPA that actually coats your mouth with hoppy goodness as you drink it. If you’re lucky you may even get to try its new Wild Isolation sour, a beer that was the result of a happy accident and will have you heading back to the bar for more.

Rocky Head Brewery – It’s hard to believe that the Rocky Head Brewery has been brewing its American inspired beers since 2012 and that they haven’t made more of an impact in this time. Despite this, they seem happy with their lot and those that know these beers know just how good they are. Just ask anyone who has tried its eponymous Pale Ale, packed with flavours of citrus and tropical fruit, you’re certain receive almost universal praise. You’ll be doing yourself an injustice if you don’t head to their stand at the London Brewers’ Market, make sure you seek out their Imitera IPA, you won’t be disappointed.

There are of course plenty of other fantastic breweries appearing at the London Brewers’ Market but if you’re seeking something new, different, or a little bit special then you’ll surely find it at the stands of these five fantastic breweries. Do yourself a favour and head down to the Old Spitalfields Market on March the 28th and make sure you take an extra big bag to bring plenty of the city’s best beer back home with you.

Is Brixton in the house? Brixton Brewery at Easter LBM!

Brixton Brewery LBM July 2014We welcome Brixton Brewery back to London Brewer’s Market for our Easter Market on the 28th of March. They have always been a great addition to the market, and we’re glad to have them as part of our line-up once again. They’ll be bringing their excellent beer, brewed in the heart of Brixton, to Old Spitalfields.

You can visit Brixton Brewery on most Saturdays from 12 noon until 4pm, which is located not far from Brixton rail station. A great one to start with if you’re not familiar with the Brixton Brewery range is their Atlantic A.P.A., which is a full-flavoured American-style pale ale brewed with Citra, Galaxy and Simcoe hops.

Brixton Brewery bottles

Don’t forget that London Brewers’ Market will be alongside Independent Label Market once again at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday, the 28th of March. Independent Label Market bring together some of the finest independent record labels around, many of which are local to London, just like our breweries.