You know I don’t do things by halves. I rarely even do things by halves. I’ve gone through the London Beer City schedule that was released last week.
This list is my shortlist of events going on – with an even shorter list in pink/purple that I think are the picks of each day/try to make it to multiple events. These are my picks as someone who mistakenly things they have their finger on the craft beer pulse.
Thornbridge week-long tap takeover
Mon Aug 8th 11:00am – Sun 14th 11:00pm
Craft Beer Co, City House, 82 Leather Ln, London EC1N 7TR, UK map
One of Britain’s finest breweries is repeating last year’s hugely successful takeover. Expect 19 different kegs and 19 different casks, plus special brewery events too.
Tiny Rebel week-long tap takeover
Mon Aug 8th 11:00am – Sun 14th 11:00pm
Craft Beer Co Covent Garden, 168 High Holborn, WC1V 7AA map
The winner of last year’s CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain is taking over Craft Beer Co’s central London stronghold. Expect old favourites and specials.
Friday August 5th
London Beer City beer launch
Fri Aug 5th 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Mason and Co, E Bay Ln, London E20, UK map
Begin as you mean to go on at this beautiful – and brand new – beer-focused bar in Hackney Wick. You’ll be able to try the London Beer City beer – brewed in collaboration by Beavertown, Five Points, Fourpure and Fuller’s – and plenty more from the capital’s best breweries.
Sat Aug 6th 12:00pm – 11:30pm
The Beer Shop, 40 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QG, UK map
Head down to the Beer Shop to taste three collaborations: one made with Bullfinch, one with Old Kent Rd and one with the bar’s own homebrewers. There’ll also be a homebrew competition, with prizes (including Beer Shop ‘Beer Bucks’ and homebrew gear) for the best efforts. Get brewing.
If ya ain’t Dutch, ya ain’t much
Sat Aug 6th 7:00pm – Sun 7th 12:00am
Mother Kelly’s, 251 Paradise Row, London E2, UK map
Taste the very best of The Netherlands, focusing on beers that don’t make it to the UK through regular lines of distribution. Straight from the (Dutch) brewery to the glass.
Hangover Club featuring Northern Monk
Sun Aug 7th 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Duke’s Head, 16 Highgate High St, London N6 5JG map
This is for those who partied too hard at the official opening party. There’ll be a specially brewed hangover beer and the good people from Leeds’ Northern Monk brewery will be talking about their beer with the pub’s resident beer writer Matt Curtis. Reviving.
One Mile End: official taproom opening
Sun Aug 7th 11:00am – 6:00pm
One Mile End, 33, West Road, Tottenham, N17 0XL map
Be among the first to visit One Mile End’s new brewery in Tottenham. There’s be beer, snacks and lots of stainless steel. Expect exciting new creations. Beer will be available to take away, too.
PARTIZAN. THE KERNEL. BREW BY NUMBERS.
Sun Aug 7th 11:00am – 7:00pm
Partizan Brewery, 8 Almond Rd, London SE16 3LR map
Three Bermondsey brewers, one venue. What began at The Kernel in 2014 and moved to Brew By Numbers last year is now at Partizan: a coming together of three of London’s most feted breweries. Expect excellent beer and food.
Hunt The Cantillon
Mon Aug 8th 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Caps and Taps, 130 Kentish Town Road map
Think you know your Cantillon from your Drie Fonteinen? Attendees will find out: you’ll be blind-tasting five different producers to see if you can tell which is made by the famous Brussels brewery. Cheese and meats also provided, along with prizes for people who correctly guess the Cantillon. Buy tickets directly from the venue, Caps and Taps.
Tue Aug 9th 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Dean Swift, 10 Gainsford St, Butler’s Wharf, London SE1 2NE map
Experience a unique boilermaker tasting led by Beavertown Brewer Cosmo and Whisky Ambassador Stefanie Holt at the Dean Swift. Attendees will sample their way through an expertly paired selection of Beavertown beers with a specifically chosen selection of whiskies from around the world. Also included in the evening will be a selection of beer snacks made using and inspired by the beers being tasted. A truly unmissable experience.
Get your ticket (£20) direct from the venue!
Taste Aegir – fantastic beer from Norway
Wed Aug 10th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Mother Kelly’s Bottle Shop, 186 Well Street, Homerton, E9 6QU map
Grab your chance to sample some exciting beers from the West Coast of Norway made by the highly-rated Aegir. A Viking gathering in the new tasting room at Mother Kelly’s Bottle Shop Well Street.
Wed Aug 10th 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Out of Office, 2 Stormont Rd, London SW11 5EN, UK map
Come to a tasting and talk hosted by Boutique Bar Brands with a special guest from a brewing background. You’ll taste various amazing sour beers from the UK and Belgium, matched with unusual food pairings. You’ll try different styles of sour beers from rare lambic andFlemish sour ales to more modern sour beers from breweries like Wild Beer and Siren. Expect rare and unusual beers introduced to you by industry experts. If you like sour beers, this is an event not to be missed.
Meet Manchester’s hottest brewery: Cloudwater
Thu Aug 11th 6:00pm – 11:30pm
Mason and Co, 7, Canalside, Here East, Hackney Wick, London E20 3BS map
Few breweries have made such an impressive start to life as Manchester’s Cloudwater, and you can find out why at this meet-the-brewer event at Mason & Co. The team will be in situ to showcase their beers matched to delicious Italian-American food produced by Capish.
London Brewers’ Market takes over the Duke’s Head
Thu Aug 11th 1:00am – Fri 12th 1:00am
Duke’s Head, 16 Highgate High St, London, N6 5JG map
Come, drink and buy records as London Brewers Market takes over the Duke’s Head for one day only. There’ll be live music, a pop-up record store and late night DJs! The bar will feature some of London’s best breweries on cask and keg. Tickets entitle the holder to access to the after-party (from 6pm), and include two halves of beer.
Viva Hate: A Brewer Reads Angry Emails
Thu Aug 11th 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Hop, Burns and Black, 38 East Dulwich Road, London, SE22 9AX map
“I purchased your beer for $5.50 thinking it would be the nectar of the gods…”
And so begins yet another one of Yeastie Boys’ infamous hate e-mails. Hop Burns & Black is proud to present Viva Hate, in conjunction with our good friends at Yeastie Boys. While we take a sensory walk through their often experimental range of beers, Yeastie Boys founder and Benevolent Dictator Stu McKinlay reads from his songbook of love and hate.
Hatemail about the beers he has so passionately created, found poems from online beer ratings, and perhaps the occasional love letter to bring you back from the brink of tears (hopefully tears of laughter, but you never know).
Prepare for an insight into the kinds of messages your favourite brewer may receive and the reasons Stu tends to avoid walking alone at night.
Hop Burns & Black presents Chilli Karaoke: Hellzapoppin’ Edition
Fri Aug 12th 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Beer Kat, 203 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DL, UK map
The inaugural Chilli Karaoke in June went down like a house on fire, inspiring laughs, tears, digestive issues and over-emotional tweets such as this: “Anyone not at the Beer Kat right now is missing out on one of the best pub nights I have ever witnessed. Fact.”
WTF is Chilli Karaoke? Check it out here. Pretty much what it says on the tin, you pick a song, eat a whole chilli pepper and try to sing your song to be in to win a Hop Burns & Black voucher (where you can get all the beer, chilli and music you need).
This time around, we’re pairing up with those mad Kiwi bastards at Yeastie Boys to celebrate the launch of their new chilli beer Hellzapoppin’. The fridges will be full of the Yeasties’ glorious range of beer, with the good breweries of Bermondsey propping up the taps and Team HB&B on the wheels of steel until close.
Friday 12 August, from 8pm as part of the Bermondsey Takeover at the Beer Kat, 207 Holloway Road, London N7 8DL. Pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UBREW members’ tap takeover
Sat Aug 13th 12:00pm – 9:00pm
UBREW, Old Jamaica Business Estate, 24 Old Jamaica Rd, London SE16 4AW, UK map
Try the best beers made by UBREW members. Expect big flavours and innovative efforts. Previous brews include an Apple Strudel Stout, a Saison with Thyme herbs and also UBREW’s own ‘Donald Chump’ a frothy beer with plenty of mouth made using champagne yeast.
London Craft Beer Festival
Fri Aug 12th 12:00pm – Sun 14th 5:00pm – we will go on Saturday evening
Oval Space, 32 The Oval, London E2 9DU, UK map
London’s premier craft-beer festival is back for what should be another superb year. With more than 250 beers, from breweries such as T he Kernel, Beavertown, Magic Rock, Buxton and Weird Beard, it’s not to be missed. This year Fuller’s will be curating a cask selection in the Pickle Factory across the road, and there’ll be plenty of great food and music too. The whole thing kicks off with the London Beer City afternoon session on Friday: get your hands on a copy of the London Beer City programme for £5 off the ticket price.