Beer Week 19 January

Here we go then, think people are keeping their powder dry until they know drinkers have been paid!

All Week
The Bree Louise have a massive pile of Titanic beers on. Rather disappointed that I didn’t know they did Tiny Rebel last week, lovely Tiny Rebel…

The Lyric in soho have Big Smoke in to do a tap takeover.

Word reaches me that the Royal George on Eversholt St are having Portobello in for a Meet the Brewer, can’t find any more confirmation online…

All Weekend
The Finborough Arms are having their first beer festival, focussing on winter ales appropriately.

And that’s all I’ve got! Plenty of other things on the horizon though!

Beer Week 12 January


Still a bit quiet this week, but a few things knocking about.

Every Monday in January Dukes Brew and Que (although mainly Que these days!) are doing 20% off their near-legendary huge piles of meat, so more money to spend on their lovely, mainly Beavertown-related, beer!



Bit quiet, eh?

La la la…

Here we go then!
Five Points (or, at least, friend of the show, Doreen) are leading an East London Pub Crawl from “somewhere near Bethnal Green” to “somewhere near Shoreditch High Street”. I’ve got my ideas about where they might be going [cough]motherkellyskingsarmswellandbucketbrewdog[cough] but WHO KNOWS where you may end up!

Brewdog Shepherd’s Bush are having a Colorado tap takeover with Oscar Blues and Great Divide beers “fresh off the boat”!!!

Jeff at the Finborough Arms over West Brompton/Earls Court way is hosting a tap takeover from the very new Park Brewery from Kingston.

Recovery, I suspect.


Apologies for the break in service, just as we’d got going, but there was NOWT over the last couple of weeks and I’ve had a bad case of MAN FLU since New Year’s Day.

All I’ve got for this week is Anchor tap takeover at the Rake on Wednesday and the launch of (yes, really) Juicy Banger at Camden Town Brewery bar on Friday.

Normal service to be resumed from next week!

Beer Week 15 December

As suspected, things be tailing off with Christmas just around the corner, but still one or two interesting things about this week!

Jolly Butchers in Stokie have Brew By Numbers in for a Tap Takeover and MTB, including several on cask, which is an unusual sight.

Beavertown are doing some sort of (possibly invite only?) launch for their new Londonerwiesse brewed with Dogfish Head and East London Liquor Co.

And, not strictly in London (but the Internet is kind of everywhere, right?), the good folk at Beer O’Clock Show have their Live Season Finale on Monday evening.

Tuesday sees the launch of Camden’s Christmas Off-Licence which runs through til, um, Christmas!

In Farringdon at Harrild and Sons (another Barworks establishment) they seem to have quite an exciting range of Buxton Beers including the brand new 10.4% Black IPA called WARHORSE.

Hop Burns Black are having a Stone tasting evening (£15 from the link), if you’re in the Dulwich vicinity and like a big beer.


Kind of the opposite of an event but, according to this tweet Saturday will be the last time Mother Kelly’s will be open until 5 January!!! Good thing we hadn’t planned our Between Christmas And New Year Pub Crawl to finish there…

Well, I’ll be popping into Clapton Craft for at least one growler fill as my mate’s having a party round the corner!

Beer Week 8 December

Gosh, that was quite a week, almost as though it was December and there’s quite a lot going on. Apologies for the slight delay in posting this week, did the Bermondsey Mile yesterday and was a bit, um, tired when I got in!

Off we go then!

A day for keeping powder dry it seems…

Me and Ben from Beer Advent Calendar (the original and best) will be down The Rake for my sponsored day of this year’s calendar. It was only after planning this that we realised Sierra Nevada are there doing a Tap Takeover as well!

Mother Kelly’s in Bethnal Green (clearly, far and away, my favourite new bar/pub/beer seller of the year) are having a quiet little launch for some interesting sounding Czech lager.

Hammerton are having a do at the Perseverance on Lamb’s Conduit Street (which seems to have become a brewpub when I wasn’t watching!!!).

Top Tottenham action at Craving Coffee with a Beavertown Meet The Brewer.

Far far away in KT6 The Antelope is launching its Big Smoke Brewery. (h/t BeerGuideLondon)

Weird Beard are having an Open Day out in the wilds of Hanwell (Mrs Londonbeerdiary is from that neck of the woods, I’m allowed to make jokes ;)) Map etc here

Clapton Craft have a beavertown tap takeover all weekend, so get your growlers out etc.

Fun down in Bermondsey as Anspach & Hobday, Bullfinch and Moncada have a breakfast stout off and Bottle Shop have their Christmas Party a few doors down.

Further south Gypsy Hill are also having festive party.

Somewhere in between (Kennington) Orbit are joining in the fun too with carols, hot dogs and their rather good Rauch Alt which i tried at Pig’s Ear last week, proper bacon beer! (h/t BeerGuideLondon again!)

I will be joining the Beer O’Clock Show gang for their Christmas Crawl, at least as far as the Tap anyway…

And, although this isn’t really a beery event, I couldn’t not mention that the Three Compasses in Dalston are having a Streetfighter Knockout Tournament!!!

(They sell decent beer, although I’m still a bit upset they ripped the carpet out! #campaignforrealpubcarpets)

Another chance to work out where Hanwell is as Weird Beard have a second open day

Hopefully, despite us heading into full-on Amateur Season, we’ll still have plenty of things going on, but suspect it might tail off a bit, let me know otherwise!

Beer Week 1 December

Well, I think that was a pretty successful first week! Thanks for all the follows, RTs mentions etcetc. As always tips and hints to londonbeerdiary [at] gmail [dot] com or londonbeerdiary on the twitters.

Possibly a bit ‘Ackney ‘eavy this week, sorry South London!

Stokie’s Jolly Butchers are having a Tap Takeover from Firebrand Beers, a Cornish brewer I have to admit to not knowing, but JBs rarely stock rubbish…

London’s most architecturally interesting CAMRA beer festival starts at the Round Chapel in Hackney. Always a good range on at Pig’s Ear and, who knows, maybe they’ll have UK beer on keg again like they did last year! Following on from London and Hackney bars in previous years, this year it’s a DARK BEER bar, right up my straße! £5 in per day, £3 for members.

More Pig’s Ear

Down at The Rake By The Horns have control of the taps for the evening.

Pig’s Ear is basically on all week.

Five Points are doing a tap takeover and home brew thing down at the Adam and Eve in Homerton. It’s got an L-shaped pool table you know?

Have found Pig’s Ear a bit busy of a Friday previously, but may well be there anyway!

Frankly it’ll be last knockings at Pig’s Ear come Saturday, but it is officially the last day…

At the Bottle Shop on Druid Street Weird Beard have a strong line-up including Sorachi Faceplant an Faceless Spreadsheet Ninja (I just type this, I don’t name the beers!).

Clerkshaws are part of the Southwark Christmas Cracker in East Dulwich with mulled beer and brewery tours.

The Water Poet down Spitalfields is having a Winter Fair including mulled beer and cheap Trumans, which is nice.

Hard as it may be to believe, it’s three years since Messers Watt & Dickie drove Super Furry Animals’ old tank down Camden High Street to publicise their first bar outside of Scotland. Hard because that seems like only yesterday, and yet Camden Brewdog feels like a veteran of the “scene”. They appear to be going for an Alice In Wonderland theme for their party (what is it with these young people and their dressing up?)

Clerkshaws are having a Christmas Party down at theirs with various local food providers too.

Beer Week 24 November

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Nothing it seems? Anyone?

Islington Bar & Kitchen are doing a beer and food matching event (fb link), £25. Not much info so far, so get in touch with them.

Opening tonight is Hop Burns Black, down Peckham/East Dulwich way, London’s first (perhaps the world’s first???) beer, hot sauce and record shop!

(Thanks Justin for the reminder)

Kernel are doing a Meet the Brewer / beer and cheese matching at Brewdog Shepherds Bush (fb link). £15, tickets from the link.

Friend of the show Matt Curtis is hosting a Darker Beers tasting at Dukes Head, Highgate, but it’s SOLD OUT already! Really enjoyed his last one, look out for future events.

Pete Brown hosts another of his Music and Beer matching events at The Wenlock Arms, Islington, £12. I did this at the Stokie Lit Fest in June and, even squeezed into an hour, it was great. You’ll never drink Duvel the same way again!

The Kings Arms E2 have got Mark Tranter and his friends from Burning Sky in for a Meet the Brewer and Tap Takeover, which should be a good evening.

London Brewers’ Market is back in Spitalfields (fb link), joined by Wine Carboot on Friday and 20 London brewers (brewer lists here)

Second day of London Beer Market sees them joined by the Indie Record Fair, always handy for picking up exciting new sounds when slightly tipsy… I’ve enjoyed my trips down to this in the past, but it can get pretty busy.

Up at Beavertown in Tottenham Hale, they’re having a launch for Rule of Thirds, their collab brew with Siren and Magic Rock, 2-8pm.

Bottle Shop down Druid Street is having an Orbit Beer (one of South London’s newer brewers who seem to be concentrating on German styles) Tap Takeover, they’re open 10-6.

Also, it’s Brewdog Shepherd’s Bush’s first birthday do, I understand there may be a piratical theme, check their tweets for more info.

(h/t Justin, Emma and Cellarman for those last three!)

Probably best that Sunday seems quiet after all that, especially with London’s most architecturally interesting beer festival just around the corner.