Ladies and gentleman, please have your sample glasses at the ready as we sense a beer storm brewing. This month is packed with incredible beer events and festivals that you’d be hopping mad to miss. Take at look at some of the best beer bashes happening in London this month…
Meantime’s Pop up beer box Open now
‘Huh, what’s a beer box?’ we hear you ask. It’s Meantime’s great new pop up comprising of a quirky outdoor bar made from shipping containers. The bar serves Meantime’s core brews, as well as limited edition and seasonal beers such as the exclusive Peninsula Pale Ale. It’s even got a roof terrace to soak up some sun (that’s right, we have faith in the British summer sun).
Free entry, Greenwich Peninsula Square, London SE10 0ES.
London Beer Hunt, August 9-16
‘We’re going on a beer hunt. We’re gonna drink a good one. What a beautiful day!’ We sure are excited about this event kicking off London Beer City‘s multitude of brilliantly boozy events this Saturday August 9. Participants can join fellow beer fans on a treasure hunt to solve clues which leads them through some of London’s finest craft beer spots. The first 100 people to reach the final destination will receive a surprise reward. All together now ‘ooooh!’
It’s a great way to sample some local brews and once you’ve signed up at londonbeerhunt.com to receive clues and a map you can do it whenever you want. It starts off at Old Street station and work its way east. Each clue solved will lead participants to the next bar in the journey. Ready, set..
Free to participate, August 9-16.
Let the boozy Commonwealth games commence! The British Craft Beer Challenge returns for a battle of the UK’s tastiest craft beers against those of our Commonwealth neighbours. As well as 40 ex-colonial beers from countries such as India, Australia, Canada and New Zealand there will be classic British pub games, dancing, food and music.
Tickets include a free glass and program for £4, August 9, London Fields Brewery, Helmsley Pl, E8 3SB.
Hammerton Brewery, August 9
This Islington-based microbrewery will once again open its doors to the public, offering free tastings of their great small batch beers.
August 9, 12 noon- 9:30pm. Unit 8 &9 Roman Way, Industrial Estate, 149 Roman Way, London, N7 8XH.
Great British Beer Festival, August 12-16
If you’re a true beer aficionado then this event needs no explanation. The Great British Beer Festival is in its 37th year and offers thirsty visitors the choice of a whopping 900 different real ales, ciders and perries. Expect special one-off creations and limited edition brews from some of the best real ale breweries around, an American Cask beer bar and award-winning tipples from UK microbreweries. Attendees can also treat their tastebuds to Elland 1872 Porter that, after a year of local tasting panels and regional heats, has been crowned Camra’s best beer in Britain.
Incase you get carried away sampling (as you undoubtably will) there will be plenty of food to soak up the booze and satisfy any drunken munchies. Food ranges from pies and burgers, to seafood and olives. Entertainment comes in the form of a string quartet and a folk band playing punk covers.
Tickets £10, or £8 for CAMRA members, August 12-16, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX.
London Craft Beer Festival, August 14-17
There’s no warm pre-poured pints of Heineken at this summer festival. Oh no. Oval Space are welcoming 24 brewers and their crafty produce alongside some quality food stalls from the likes of Rita’s and The Ginger Pig. So far, brewers include the likes of Pressure Drop, Camden Town Brewery, The Kernel and plenty more cracking brands to choose from. Tickets include a free branded glass, live music, four beers of your choosing, unlimited small pours (90ml tasters) of whatever you like, and access to Flanders Festival in the Pickle Factory opposite. Drink responsibly and all that though, yeah.
All inclusive tickets £35 (not including food though), August 14-17, 29-32 Oval Space, The Oval, E2 9DT.
Beer By The River, August 30
London’s local microbrewery Sambrook’s are celebrating their sixth birthday by throwing a craft beer festival complete with local grub and music. Nothing new there, right? Wrong! They’ve teamed up with the National Trust so this beer festival will be held in the beautiful setting of Morden Hall Park.
Tickets £10, August 30, 12 noon – 11pm, Morden Hall Park, Surrey SM4 5JD.
By Laura Sagar