London Beer Week 2016: The Concept & Highlights
All this week until 28 February 2016, the London Beer Week festival will be offering the chance for all brew lovers to get knee deep in London’s best. Ales, lagers, ciders are all up for grabs at some of the best and most interesting venues around the capital.
It’s a deliciously simple idea taken to a grand scale across the city, with its central hub based at the Truman Brewery. There are events, there pop-ups, there is the Craft Beer Revival festival.. there’s everything.
How does London Beer Week work?
With so much going on, what do you need to do to get in on the action? All you need is a wristband – just like any other festival (although if you are up for it, you need to keep it on all week). You can buy your £10 wristband in advance online then pick it up from a hub, or simply dive into the festivities when you fancy by buying one on the day.
What does London Beer Week entail? Well, there are a huge number of participating pubs and bars across London, 93 to be precise, that are allowing wristband wearers the chance to grab great beers at cut prices, as well as some boilermakers on offer. Some of our favourites have signed up, including The Porterhouse in Covent Garden, the Wenlock & Essex, the London Cocktail Club in Angel, the Strongroom in Shoreditch and one of our old locals, the Rose & Crown. There are also some awesome eateries and restaurants on the list too, so you can have some decent food too, including the Belgo chain as well as Gaucho.
As well as some of these awesome venues, which you now have an excuse to visit this week (like you needed one), there are also a number of pop-ups from breweries to visit. Round the corner from the hub where you collect your wristband, there are a number of guests you simply have no excuse not to visit. There’s Sharp’s Brewery, Czech Club (Pilsner Urquell & Kozel), Guinness’ Hop House 13, Camden Town Brewery, The Five Points brewery, Hammerton Brewery and a tailored Boilermaker Bar featuring beers with perfectly paired whiskies.
London Beer Week Highlights
The Sharp’s pop-up at the hub will let you try samples of any three from their range, free of course, whilst you sit around planning your evening, week or weekend for London Beer Week. Sharp’s are brewing a speciality beer for this week only, so you should really stop by and give that a go, as well as their flagship beer Doom Bar will be available, alongside favourites like award winning Cornish Pilsner, and the brewery’s newest arrivals, Atlantic and Wolf Rock
Hop House 13 is another pick of the week for us, being big fans of Guinness. We’ve had our say on this new larger before, but although it’s the name above the door, you can get a load of all the current Guinness range on offer, including their Golden Ale, Dublin Porter and West Indies Porter. Drink aside, they also have Pizza Purists down with “custom pizzas” which match their beverages.
The Czech Republic is another nation that prides itself on its beers. This Joe has been on a beer tour of that country and we are pleased to see that Kozel will be on offer at their Czech pop-up for London Beer Week. There are brewery fresh tanks being shipped in specifically, and the atmosphere and environment is set to bring to light the distinctive culture of Czech brewing traditions. We would insist you go this.
It all culminates in a grand finale of sorts on the weekend. Craft Beer Revival (CBR), is a weekend long festival celebrating craft beer that people travel far and wide to enjoy. Of course, its not just craft beers to enjoy, with an area titled ‘Lost in Cyder Space’ you can guess there will be plenty of unique ciders on offer too. All the latest product launches and beer innovations will be there, so realistically, so should you. CBR also does music too, but that’s a little besides the point when you think about it, however, should you enjoy James Lavelle or Rob Da Bank, that should get you even more excited.
Quite frankly, there is a lot to do and see at the London Beer Week. Check their diary for more, and we expect to see you there without fail!!