London Brewers’ Market at Old Spitalfields Market: First Fourteen Announced


We are pleased to be back at Old Spitalfields Market alongside Independent Label Market on Saturday, the 1st of April!

Here’s the first set of stall holders for this round of London Brewers’ Market, which includes some fresh faces along with some veterans of the London beer world:

  1. The Five Points Brewing Company (organisers), Hackney
  2. Bullfinch Brewery, Herne Hill
  3. Hackney Brewery, Hackney
  4. Brewheadz, Tottenham Hale
  5. Anspach & Hobday, Bermondsey
  6. Solvay Society, Ilford
  7. Beavertown Brewery, Tottenham Hale
  8. One Mile End, Tottenham
  9. Fourpure Brewing Company, Bermondsey
  10. Orbit Beers, Walworth
  11. Canopy Beer Co., Herne Hill
  12. Mondo Brewing Company, Battersea
  13. Affinity Brew Co., Tottenham Hale
  14. UBREW, Bermondsey

We have more breweries to announce soon, so keep your eyes peeled and save the date! We’ve got event pages on both Eventbrite and Facebook for easy planning and for you to share the day with friends.

London Brewers’ Market at Old Spitalfields Market is free entry and we’ll be open from 11am, so come along and taste some of the best this city has to offer in beer!


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:

Beer By the River

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.

London Brewers’ Market Event Round-Up: August 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, and stay tuned for a later post focusing exclusively on all the London brewers’ events at London Beer City.

With August comes London Beer City, ten days replete with beer festivals, tap takeovers and meet the brewer events starting this Friday, the 5th, and running until Sunday, the 14th. Beer aficionados will have already trawled through the immense itinerary, but we can’t let this eclipse other exciting happenings across the capital throughout the month.

We’ve compiled a list of events unaffiliated with London Beer City to further enhance your August. Whether it’s to help you ease into the month, keep you energised during LBC 2016 or to temper the harshness of LBC 2016 withdrawal, here’s more to pencil into your diary:

RICHMOND BREWERS’ FAIR: Saturday August 6, 12:00-19:30. Although it’s based in Surrey, some London breweries are featured as part of this CAMRA real ales event, including Kew Brewery and Long Arm Brewing Company. It follows the success of the inaugural Brewers’ Fair held in February and promises beer, live music and food stalls.
Richmond Adult Community College Theatre, Parkshot Richmond, London TW9 2RE. Tickets are £4 for CAMRA members and £5 for non-members and can be purchased here:

GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL: Tuesday, 9 August- Saturday, 13 August. Various times. This CAMRA-run festival will showcase over 900 real ales alongside ciders, perries and international beers. Come celebrate some great local examples and raise a glass to cask. In between libation, live music, food stalls and even traditional pub games will be on offer, all under a single roof with 55,000 other thirsty patrons at Olympia London. Who will be crowned 2016’s the Champion Beer of Britain? We’re on tenterhooks.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX. Tickets are £9 for CAMRA members or £11 for non-members and are available here:

THE RAKE’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY: Wednesday, 10 August. Two sessions: 12:00-17:00 & 17:30- 22:00. The Rake in Borough Market- London’s coveted specialist beer outlet- is celebrating ten successful years in business with an evening hosted by Melissa Cole, esteemed and award-winning beer and food writer. Cole will be curating an odyssey across a landscape of tremendous beers- and, unbelievably, it’s all free. Act fast as places are limited. The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, Borough Market SE1 9AG. Free, but wristbands are required and must be collected in advance. For more information, e-mail

COLLABORATION RANGE / HOME BREW DEPOT LA LAUNCH PARTY: Thursday, 11 August, 19:00-01:00 (12 August). Home Brew Depot is hoping to crack the American market and to celebrate, they’re releasing two collaboration recipes with One Mile End and Hackney Brewery. The former is the home brewer’s version of Snakes Alive DIPA and the latter is a summery saison. Both head brewers will be live brewing on the night, there will be beers available from the breweries and live music to boot.
Brew Club, 38-40 Upper Clapton Road #9, London E5 8BQ. Tickets are free, include two ½ pints and are available here:

ONE KEG WONDER SERIES – BREW BY NUMBERS: Thursday, 11 August, 19:00. This is the launch of Simon the Tanner’s One Keg Wonder series and they have something very special lined up for the night: a maple pecan brown ale from Brew By Numbers that’s never seen light within the M25. One keg only means just that: once it’s gone, it’s gone. Three other beers from Brew By Numbers will also be available on the night.
Simon the Tanner, 231 Long Lane, London SE1 4PR. Free.

CRATE BEER & LA FROMAGERIE CHEESE TASTING: Thursday, 11 August, 18:00 & 20:00. Nothing marries quite like beer and cheese. Hackney Wick’s canalside hotspot, Crate Brewery, will be pairing four of their beers, including some examples of their limited Brewers Tap range, with cheese from La Fromagerie. Guided by beer sommelier & maître fromager Tom Williams, this will brie a gouda time.
The Larder, 8 Pearson Square, London W1W 7EY. Tickets are £22 for one session and can be purchased here:

PAINTING PARTY WITH FIVE POINTS: Wednesday, 17 August, from 18:00. This is your chance to see if beer really does fuel creativity. Look Mum No Hands! on the Southbank is hosting an evening of artistic pursuits in conjunction with The Five Points Brewing Company where art materials are supplied with the purchase of a pint. A range of Five Points will be available, so channel your inner Picasso over a solid beer.
Look Mum No Hands! Queen’s Walk under Hungerford Bridge, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX. Free.

ORBIT BEERS TAP TAKEOVER: Wednesday, 17 August, from 17:00. Those music buff brewers at Orbit Beers descend upon The Rake in Borough Market to bring a little hi-fidelity to your pint glass. Their range will be proffered and the brewers will be on hand to answer your burning questions, like just how do you flavour a Köln style lager with the Velvet Underground?
The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AG. Free:

SAMBROOK’S BREW SCHOOL: Saturday, 20 August, 12:00-17:00. Sambrook’s Brewery welcomes brewmasters and novices alike to create a perfect iteration of a craft beer with the Grainfather, an all-in-one homebrew system. A hands-on brewing experience, a brewery tour and the opportunity to quiz Sambrook’s head brewer, Sean Knight, are included. Samples of the Sambrook’s range will also be flowing. Following the session, attendees will be given bottles of their own brew, so better start thinking of a punny beer name now.
Sambrook’s Brewery, Yelverton Road #Unit 1 & 2, Battersea SW11 3QG. Tickets are £49 and can be purchased here:

GIPSY HILL YARD PARTY: Saturday, 20 August, 13:00-20:00. Gipsy Hill Brewing Company are celebrating ‘Local producers, live music & great beer!’ Join them at their party showcasing some of the other local makers and doers, including picture framers, charcuterie makers, and fellow brewers and neighbours The London Beer Factory. The party will launch a beer brewed with Certitude, who work to break down the social exclusion of people with disabilities.
Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, Unit 11 – Hamilton Road Industrial Estate, 160 Hamilton Road, London SE27 9SF. Free:

MEET THE BREWER- HIVER: Wednesday, 24 August, 18:30-20:30. Hiver Beers have been causing a buzz with their range of beer fermented with raw honeys. Using British ingredients and suppliers, Hiver has salvaged the reputation of honey beer from other artificial, cloying interpretations on the market. Have a chat with the team and pollinate your palate with samples of the beer. Oh, and brush up on your entomology- there’s prizes at stake on the night.
Smiths of Smithfield, 67-77A Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6HJ. Free, but tickets should be reserved in advance here:

MEET THE BREWER- ONE MILE END: Wednesday, 31 August, 19:00-20:00. Another beer event hosted at Look Mum No Hands! on the Southbank and chance to speak to Simon McCabe, head brewer at One Mile End. Expect a tap takeover with a range of One Mile End beers in addition to some surprises- a special beer for the event is rumoured to be in the works.
Look Mum No Hands! Queen’s Walk under Hungerford Bridge, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX. 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.

London Brewers’ Market Beer Event Round-Up

On the London Brewers’ Market blog, we’re launching a monthly round-up of upcoming and unmissable events for London’s beer drinkers introduced by Rebecca Pate of Brewing East. Given the sheer abundance of tap takeovers, talks and festivals that are announced each week, we’re considering making this a fortnightly feature. Watch this space.

Let’s get straight to the good stuff promised for July 2016:

7th CHURCH OF THE APOCALYPTIC LAWNMOWER: WEIRD BEARD + ANSPACH & HOBDAY COLLAB LAUNCH: Friday, 1 July, 17:00-21:30. The creative minds behind Weird Beard Brew Co. and Anspach & Hobday are launching their collaborative dark cream ale, 7th Church of the Apocalyptic Lawnmower, this Friday evening at Anspach & Hobday’s brewery arch. The new brew will be alongside a selection of beers from Weird Beard as well as Anspach & Hobday, and the lovely folks behind both breweries will be on hand to answer questions about the new beer. Anspach & Hobday, 118 Druid St, London SE1 2HH. Free.

CRAFT BEER & CO. SOUR BEER FESTIVAL: Saturday, 2 July, 12:00-23:00. The Craft Beer Co. are throwing a party to celebrate the fifth birthday of their Clerkenwell site. If you’re a fan of the lip-puckering style, they have 20 iterations from breweries across the globe on offer on keg, cask and bottle. The line-up looks pretty solid, including The Kernel Brewery and Partizan Brewing. The Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell, 82 Leather Lane, EC1N 7TR London. Free.


FIVE POINTS YARD PARTY: Saturday, 2 July, 13:00-20:00. The Five Points Brewing Company welcome you to join them for their third yard party at their new warehouse site. Their core range will be pouring alongside some specials and hungry patrons will be catered for by Italian-American purveyors Capish! There will be DJs and gelato also available-one flavour even boasting the brewery’s Railway Porter as an ingredient. Come along for good vibes and crowds. The Five Points Brewing Company Warehouse, 61 Mare Street London E8 4RG. Free.

BEER MEANS BUSINESS BOOK LAUNCH: Wednesday, 6 July, 19:00-21:00. Csaba Baba has penned a book, Beer Means Business, and invites you to join him at the White Hart brew pub in Whitechapel for its launch. Representatives from Redchurch Brewery and The Five Points Brewing Company will also be in attendance to discuss the topic and the beer industry in general. One Mile End Brewery‘s head brewer, Simon McCabe, will be tempting attendees with their new Kumquat Session IPA to keep the discussion flowing. The White Hart Brew Pub, 1 Mile End Road, London E1 4TP. Free, but reservation necessary.

PRESSURE DROP TAP TAKEOVER & MEET THE BREWER: Thursday, 7 July from 18:00. Pressure Drop has allied with BrewDog Shoreditch as part of their Meet the Brewer season. Details are scarce, but previous events have entailed a showcase of the featured brewery’s range on tap and the chance to pick the brains of the brewers behind the beer. With Pressure Drop involved, you won’t need more reason than that to go. There will be a selection of handmade- non-alcoholic, but delicious nonetheless- sodas from Hackney’s Square Root Soda, too. BrewDog Shoreditch, 51-55 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA. Free.

ORBIT SUMMER PARTY: Saturday, 9 July, 12:00-22:00. Orbit Beers are hosting a summer party underneath the brewery’s arches in Walworth. Good beer and food will be offered against the background of some serious tunes. They’ll be spinning vinyl throughout the day–revellers are encouraged to bring their own– and pouring beer from their custom-made wooden cask. A brand new special beer from their White Label series will also be on tap: an apricot saison. Orbit Beers, 225 & 228 Fielding St, London SE17 3HD. Free.

REDEMPTION BREWING FREE TASTING: Saturday, 9 July, 13:00-17:00. Crouch End has something to crow about with a free tasting of Redemption Brewing Company‘s range at The Bottle Apostle. Redemption recently made the move to a brand new 30 bbl capacity brewery, so this is a good opportunity to familiarise yourself with their beer- you’ll be seeing it everywhere soon enough. Bottle Apostle Crouch End, 49 Park Road, Crouch End, LondonN8 8SY. Free.

Hackney Summer Fete 2016

LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET AT THE HACKNEY SUMMER FETE: Saturday, 9 July from 12:00 to 19:00. If you can’t wait until the 23 July for the next instalment of the London Brewers’ Market, a smaller selection of independent London breweries will be represented at Hackney Summer Fete. It’s a good warm up for the large scale event only two weeks later. Hackney Summer Fete: St John at Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 0PD. Free.

HAMMERTON TAP TAKEOVER & ‘50s NIGHT: Thursday, 14 July from 18:00. Islington scions Hammerton Brewery are hosting a tap takeover and 1950s night at BrewDog Shoreditch. Meet the folks behind the reborn Hammerton Brewery, learn about their fascinating history, and try some of their award-winning beer. BrewDog Shoreditch, 51-55 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. Free.

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LONDON BREWERS’ MARKET: Saturday, 23 July, 11:00-18:30. Don’t forget the next London Brewers’ Market at Old Spitalfields Market on the 23 July. Sample some beers from 26 of London’s finest breweries including The Five PointsFourpure, The London Beer Factory, Partizan Brewing, and Anspach & Hobday, all while enjoying the soundtrack provided by the Independent Record Label Market. Old Spitalfields Market, Horner Square, Spitalfields, London E1 6EW. Free. 

FOURPURE GARDEN PARTY: Saturday, 30 July, 14:00-21:00. The excellent Fourpure Brewing Co. are throwing a garden party with the help of We Brought Beer in Battersea, taking over their garden and taps to bring a range of their core, seasonal and rare beers to guests. Street food will be available from Oh My Dog! and the Fourpure team will be milling about to discuss their beer and ethos. This is the ideal way to familiarise yourself with one of London’s most revered breweries. 78 St. Johns Hill, Battersea SW11 1SP. Free.

FOODSTOCK 2016: Saturday & Sunday, 30-31 July from 12:00-20:00 (Saturday) and 12:00-19:00 (Sunday). This brand new event aimed at foodies kicks off in Battersea Park, focusing on local produce, live folk music and including some great beer from Sambrook’s Brewery, who will be serving over 20 craft ales at the bar. Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ. An adult ticket is £2 in advance and can be purchased online.

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 Field Day, 11-12 June

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We are incredibly excited to be at Field Day in Victoria Park once again this year! In addition to the tent selling some of the best beer brewed in London, we’ll have ten breweries selling their beer directly to attendees on both days!

The London breweries who will be running their own stalls at Field Day are:

  • The Five Points Brewing Company
  • Howling Hops
  • One Mile End
  • Redemption Brewing Company
  • Partizan Brewing
  • Beavertown Brewery
  • Signature Brew
  • The Redchurch Brewery
  • Gipsy Hill Brewing Company
  • Hackney Brewery

With a great beer line-up as well as an incredible music line up, plus a top food line up from the likes of Street Feast and Venn Street Market, this Field Day is not one to miss. Be sure to get your tickets and come along on Saturday and Sunday, the 11th and 12th of June.

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Guest Post: London Brewers’ Market April Review

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Our latest guest posting is from Rebecca Pate, who is a fledging beer writer, craft beer enthusiast and East London dweller. You can follow her on Twitter (@rpate) or say hello at the next beer event-she’s the six foot tall Canadian.

Not even April showers could dampen spirits at the inaugural London Brewers’ Market of 2016.

Held in partnership with the Independent Label Market on the 4 April, Old Spitalfields Market was occupied by 26 independent brewers from across the capital. Attracting a steady stream of pundits for one afternoon, drinkers and breweries came together to exalt great beer. Brewers eagerly showcased a range of styles, representing the innovative spirit behind London’s growing brewing scene.

With such a dizzying selection on offer, it was a defensible act to overlook a stall. It was equally pardonable if- instead of pushing the boat out- you were tempted by an old favourite. The cold, harsh reality is that it was impossible to try everything on offer.

With that acknowledgement of our individual limitations—whether attributable to time or ABVs—I’ve compiled a list of five beers that were proffered at LBM. These are representative of the spectrum of styles currently in demand in the city.

The Five Points Brewing Company: Vito’s Brown Ale (Now known as Brick Field Brown)
The most recent version of this brown ale was unveiled at LBM. Although it pours an opaque black, its high carbonation and dry finish made it a highly sessionable choice. It delivered warm malty notes with hints of dark chocolate. Deliciously moreish and undoubtedly one to track down again.

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Hackney Brewery: Kiwi Thunder
A solid IPA with a clout of antipodean flavours. The New Zealand hops gave it aromas of juicy grapefruit, orange peel and other tropical notes- the taste also delivered the same citrusy punch, balanced with light sweetness from the malt. A zesty IPA that’s worth revisiting.

• Rocky Head Brewery: Pale Ale
An American pale ale from a small brewery based in Southfields, this was a flavoursome and balanced pale ale. Golden, unfiltered and using new world hops, this smooth-drinking pint had aromas of citrus and pine. A hint of sweetness from the malt and a clean finish make this a fruity and pleasant choice.

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• One Mile End: Blood Orange Wheat DIPA
With an ABV of 7.4%, this packed a punch. A complex aroma of marmalade, pepper and citrus, this dark golden beer was intensely citrusy at first sip. The bitter hops then kicked in and the alcohol lent a warming finish. It grew on me, but I didn’t dare go back for a second so early in the afternoon.

• Anspach & Hobday: The Sour Dry Hop
A sour/wild ale that was outstanding. It carried an aroma of acidic lemon and followed through with lip-puckering tartness. It finished with a dry crispness and screamed out for an afternoon session in the sun.

This is by far a non-exhaustive list, but it highlights the varied tastes catered for at LBM and across London more generally. It will be fascinating to see what styles prevail at the next LBM-yet to be confirmed-but we hopefully won’t be kept on tenterhooks for too long.

Brewtunes from Hackney Brewery, Orbit Beers, One Mile End and The Five Points

Breweries tend to be noisy places, with the hiss of equipment, the clank of pallet trucks, the bang of mallets onto casks and the whine of pipes as wort moves through them. Another common sound in the breweries of our London brewers is music, often played loudly to be heard over the constant din of brewing and packaging.

Here’s a small selection of what some of our London Brewers’ Market breweries are listening to while brewing, packaging and organising the sales of the beer you’ll be drinking at the next market.

Hackney Brewery’s Jack Landridge 

Jack Landridge at Hackney Brewery

Jerusalem/ Dopesmoker
“Immensely heavy drone-rock that soundtracked our Gyle 666 brew.”

Chuck Berry
The Best Of
“Ideal when we’re rocking out brewing up our American Pale Ale!”

Chas and Dave
Anything they’ve recorded
“Look, we’re in the heart of the East End. Our perfect pub has a piano in the corner for a knees-up singalong, pickled eggs on the bar, and local beers made in Hackney available in cask and keg. Gertcha!”

Orbit Beers’ Robert Middleton

Orbit Beers' Robert Middleton

False Idols
“Best album since his debut with Maxinquaye.”

Telemetric Melodies
“Other worldly sounds for chilled out days.”

Truckload of Trouble
“Kurt Cobain’s second favourite band’s finest moments.”

One Mile End’s Simon McCabe

Simon McCabe of One Mile End

Gallon Drunk
The Road Gets Darker From Here
“Legendary band keep knocking out amazing albums.”

Antlered Man
This Devil is Them
“Bonkers brilliance.”

Lord Auch
To The Shithouse
“Had to shove one of my own in 😉 Young and Lost Club are at the Independent Label Market, too. Farewell to an amazing label!”

The Five Points’ Doreen Joy Barber

Doreen at The Five Points

Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear
“Incredibly wry, but also terribly earnest. Sort of reminds me of growing up in the American South. Maybe it’s the swearing”

Viet Cong
Viet Cong
“We play this album often, as well as Public Strain by Women. It’s just amazing”

Jessica Pratt
Jessica Pratt
“Haven’t had a chance to hear her latest album yet, but her debut LP is aching and magnificent.”

The creativity in brewing often spills over into music, with quite a few brewhands and beer workers in bands and other music projects, as you can see above with Simon McCabe’s Lord Auch, and also Dearjoseph and Echo Lake, featuring Five Points’ Emmanuel Ross and Thom Hill respectively. Signature Brew blend music and together well in their tasty collaborations with artists and record labels.

Beer and music go great together, which is why it’s brilliant to have them both together at Old Spitalfields Market with London Brewers’ Market and Independent Label Market. Ask the brewers what music they’ve been listening to, and chat with the record label folks about what beers they’ve been enjoying!

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.

One Mile End on board for LBM Easter Market

One Mile End in The White Hart

We are glad to see One Mile End back at London Brewers’ Market for our Easter Market on Saturday, the 28th of March! One Mile End are beneath The White Hart Brew Pub in Whitechapel, and if you haven’t visited the pub yet for a pint of Salvation Pale Ale or Snakecharmer IPA, you should definitely pay a visit soon!

One Mile End bottles

Those of you who attended our Friday evening session during our Christmas 2014 market period may have had a chance to try some of One Mile End’s interesting range. If you haven’t, be sure to come along to our next market at Old Spitalfields. You can find the event on Facebook, too.

Dianne Tanner’s photos from LBM Xmas 2014

We got in touch with photographer Dianne Tanner to take photos of our last London Brewers’ Market, 28-29 November 2014. Here’s a selection of the photographs she took on the Friday evening & Saturday at Old Spitalfields Market.

The fantastic Fourpure with their cans during the Friday evening session of LBM

The fantastic Fourpure with their cans during the Friday evening session of LBM

These two Bermondsey brewers shared a stall during the Friday session of London Brewers' Market

Brew By Numbers and Partizan Brewing: two Bermondsey brewers sharing a stall during the Friday session of London Brewers’ Market

Beer from independent London brewers Honest Brew and Gipsy Hill Brewing Co.

Beer from independent London brewers Honest Brew and Gipsy Hill Brewing Co.

Twickenham Ales & Clarkshaws representing during the Friday evening session of LBM

Twickenham Ales & Clarkshaws representing during the Friday evening session of LBM

Thirsty crowd of folks during London Brewers' Market's Friday session

Thirsty crowd of folks during London Brewers’ Market’s Friday session

Bethnal Green's One Mile End brewery pouring beer for thirsty customers on Friday evening's LBM session

Bethnal Green’s One Mile End brewery pouring beer for thirsty customers on Friday evening’s LBM session

Jack of Hackney Brewery pouring beer during the Saturday Session at London Brewers' Market

Jack of Hackney Brewery pouring beer during the Saturday Session at London Brewers’ Market

In the beer garden during the Saturday session of London Brewers' Market, Christmas 2014

In the beer garden during the Saturday session of London Brewers’ Market, Christmas 2014

Camden Town Brewery's eye-catching display at the London Brewers' Market Saturday session

Camden Town Brewery’s eye-catching display at the London Brewers’ Market Saturday session

A bottle of By The Horns' Stiff Upper Lip

A bottle of By The Horns’ Stiff Upper Lip

Two ale casks and a member of the Sambrook's team look on during the busy Saturday session of LBM

Two ale casks and a member of the Sambrook’s team look on during the busy Saturday session of LBM

Redchurch's Tida pouring pints during our Saturday LBM session

Redchurch’s Tida pouring pints during our Saturday LBM session

Cans of Smog Rocket from Beavertown

Cans of Smog Rocket from Beavertown

See additional photos from London Brewers’ Market on Dianne Tanner’s blog. If you have photos or videos from previous London Brewers’ Markets, let us know and we’ll share the link on our Media page.