Five of the best: Upcoming beer events28 Aug 2015
With the dust finally having settled following a rollocking London Beer City, it’s time to look to the future. Yes, it’s sad that #lbc15 is over; yes, lots of us had a wonderful time. But beer-drinking isn’t over. There are still plenty of exciting events to look forward to.
Not least those run by There’s A Beer For That, which played such a huge role in London Beer City. One of the highlights was the fish-and-beer dinner they hosted at The Bull in Highgate, part of their Beer Club Live series. Both Beer Club Live and #beermatch will continue, so keep your eyes peeled on @beerforthat.
Coming up very soon is Beer By The River, hosted by Sambrook’s at Morden Hall Park in South Wimbledon, which takes place next Friday and Saturday. There are some absolutely superb breweries lined up, including not only Sambrook’s but also Five Points, Burning Sky, Crouch Vale, Hawkshead, Ilkley and more besides. Pre-bought entrance tickets cost £8, with plenty of music and food on the agenda too.
And there’s more - lots more. Autumn, which appears to be prematurely upon us, is a great time for beer drinking (think Oktoberfest) and there’ll be lots of opportunities to indulge - and not just in London, either. Here are five upcoming beer events that you’ll no doubt want to get involved in.
Leeds International Beer Festival (3-6 September, Leeds Town Hall)
In one of Britain’s best beer-drinking towns, a magnificent beer festival in a remarkable building (trust me, ‘Leeds Town Hall’ does not do it justice). The city of owls - check out that wonderful poster - is serving up a festival full not only of great British beer but also some superb foreign drops, particularly from Italy. Look out for Birrificio Italiano and Birra Del Borgo.
Bristol Beer Week (18-26 September, all over Bristol)
Bristol has a number of excellent breweries (particularly, in our view, Bristol Beer Factory and Moor), with at least one more to come (hurry up, Mr Troncoso). There are lots of good pubs, too, so it’s no surprise that Bristol Beer Week is a very appealing proposition. The final line-up is currently being finetuned but you can expect fine beer in equally impressive surroundings.
Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight (25 September-11 October, Kent)
Every year, the cream of Kentish brewing brews beers with the fresh, ‘green’ hops from the newly-picked harvest. The brainchild of head-man at the Ramsgate Brewery, Eddie Gadd, this event has grown hugely since the original in 2012. It all kicks off at the Canterbury Food and Drink Festival on the weekend of 25-26 September.
London Beer Carnival (1-4 October, Leake Street, SE1)
This new addition to the beer calendar will see some extraordinarily rare and coveted beers brought to the capital. The canny crew behind the Craft Beer Co have convinced 50 breweries - including Cigar City, Evil Twin, Galway Bay, Jester King, Prairie, De Struise and many more - to be part of it. The unique nature of the event is reflected in the price tag - £50 - but you will be drinking beer that - in many cases - you won’t find elsewhere in the UK.
IndyManBeerCon (8-11 October, Victoria Baths, Manchester)
In a few short years, IndyManBeerCon has established itself as the beer geek’s festival of choice, and for good reason. There’s excellent beer - of course - but also a stunning venue, good food and a wonderful atmosphere. Last year Beavertown were tucked away in the Turkish Bath and Brewdog were out in the car park (not quite the doghouse), so make sure you have a nose around.