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London Craft Beer Festival at the Oval Space – 13th to 16th August 2015

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London Craft Beer Festival Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval London

One of the great London success stories in recent years is the growth of microbreweries producing a variety of beers. To celebrate that success, many of those breweries will be attending the London Craft Beer Festival held at the Oval Space in Bethnal Green.The main ethos underlying Craft Beer is flavour and quality, and the wide range of  breweries attending will be showcasing their best beers they brew.

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Breweries include The Kernel Brewery, Edge Brewing, Magic Rock Brewing, Beavertown Brewery, Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Burning Sky Brewery, Siren Craft Brew, Weird Beard Brew Co., Thornbridge Brewery,Brew By Numbers, Omnipollo, Partizan Brewing, Wild Beer Co.,Pressure Drop Brewing, Camden Town Brewery,Buxton Brewery,Howling Hops, Redemption,Wiper & True, BrewDog, Stone Brewing Co, Founders Brewing Co, Signature Brew.

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The festival will be serving an assortment of dishes inspired by the flavours and techniques from the craft beers on offer throughout the day.  These will be supplied by Plump, The Ham and Cheese Co, The Ginger Pig and Pull and Punch.

The festival is also known for its music, this year it will feature a number of performers including :

THE DJS

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING (j. Willgoose esq)
THE CUBAN BROTHERS
DJ YODA
GHOSTPOET
WILL KENNARD (CHASE & STATUS)
ARTFUL DODGER
SPECTRASOUL
JETT
DANIEL SYLVESTER
YOMS
‘LOOK MUM NO HANDS’

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Tickets

ALL INCLUSIVE TICKETS – £38.50

The ticket system is that you pay for your ticket and you can try as many beers as you like in the session.

Ticket will get you:
•ENTRY TO THE EVENT – all the breweries, the food market and the terraces for the session
•LOTS OF GREAT BEER – You’ll get to try unlimited small pours (90ml tasters) of whatever you like form whichever brewer you choose for length of the session you buy a ticket for.
•LOVE / KNOWLEDGE / EXPERIENCE – Access to the brewers, brewery teams, beers from around the world, different types of beer
•FREE GLASS – A London Craft Beer Festival branded glass
•AWESOME FESTIVAL PROGRAMME – with tasting notes and information on each brewery
•HOURS OF FUN – 5 hours of enjoying great beer, great music and our lovely terraces
•*Food is not included in ticket price, be sure to bring a bit of cash for our amazing food market (cards also accepted)

NO ONE UNDER 18, INCLUDING INFANTS, WILL BE ALLOWED ENTRY

SESSION TIMINGS FOR TICKETS

Tickets are for each session…

THURSDAY 18:00 – 23:00 – LONDON BEER CITY LAUNCH NIGHT

FRIDAY 12:00: 17:00 – LONDON BEER CITY AFTERNOON (ALSO TRADE & FRIENDS SESSION)

FRIDAY 19:00 – 00:00 – END OF THE WEEK

SATURDAY 12:00 – 17:00 – SATURDAY SOCIAL

SATURDAY 19:00 – 00:00 – BIG NIGHT OUT

SUNDAY 13:00 – 20:00 – SUNDAY FUNDAY

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the London Craft Beer Festival website here

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Book Review : Drink London by Euan Ferguson (Frances Lincoln Publishing)

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London is famous for its pubs and bars, but with over 7,ooo drinking establishments it can be a daunting task to visit more than  a small selection.

However the author of this book Drink London published by Frances Lincoln has impeccable credentials for the task, Euan Ferguson has been for the last four years, the principal bars and pubs writer for Time Out London. Even before this enviable post he had worked in the licensed trade for many years.

Out of the large number of drinking establishments he has visited, he has selected the 100 best  based on following criteria ‘each one unique, memorable or simply unrivalled at what they do.’

The sections of the book reflect the huge variety available, therefore we have Cocktails, Legendary Locals, Craft Beer, Ale & Cider, Liquid History, Wine & Spirits Specialists, and finally With a Twist.

Within the last few years, London has become one of the Cocktail capitals of the world.  This  transformation is remarkable due to cocktails being once considered  exclusively reserved for the rich and wealthy in the more swanky hotel bars and upmarket clubs. Cocktail bars are popping up all over London in all kind of venues and locations, part of the appeal of the cocktail craze is that bars have developed their own speciality cocktails using techniques what are commonly called ‘molecular mixology.’

Bartenders  can achieve legendary status with their concoctions, Tony Conigliaro  at the Zetter Townhouse has developed the Flintlock which literally goes off with a bang. Many of the new bars tend to cultivate an informal but trendy environment in the new ‘happening places’ like 69 Colebrook Row in Islington and Happiness Forgets  in Hoxton. But the author is keen to point out that the hotel bars still have a lot to offer , the Coburg Bar at the Connaught  is one that is highly recommended.

From a recent development in London ‘s drinking culture, the book then moves to the search for Legendary Locals, pubs that have built up considerable reputations over a period of time.
Their reputations are usually based on the quality of the beer or the friendly and comfortable ambience, but they often have a magic ingredient that makes them special.

The Queen’s Head in King’s Cross has preserved many of its Victorian features but there is nothing old-fashioned about its use of quality beer and cider. The Charles Lamb offers an intriguing mix of English and French beers and cider. The Wenlock Arms in Hoxton causes the author to wax lyrically and state it is ‘quite possibly the best pub in London’.

Legendary Locals are followed by another recent movement that has revolutionised drinking in London . Although a new movement, the growth of  Craft Beer, Ale and Cider has its origins in the past.

London brewers in the past provided beer and ale to the home population  and the British Empire, however the growth of the massive conglomerates reduced the number of brewers and many would say the quality and variety of beer. The growth of the microbreweries  especially in London has sought to redress the balance by favouring quality over quantity.

More and more pubs and bars are using the new craft beers as a way to distinguish them from the crowd.  Based in a historic coffee shop , the Jerusalem Tavern only became a pub in 1996 owned by Suffolk brewery St Peter’s. It has quickly gained a reputation for good beer and a pleasant atmosphere. Some of the microbreweries have developed their own pubs and bars, Camden Town Brewery Bar is one such example .

However for one of the best examples of the mix of old and new is the Euston Tap and Cider Tap, located in the old gatehouses of Euston station  they  provide commuters and locals with quality Craft beer and cider.

In the next section we find those pubs that have Liquid History meaning they are tied up with the history of London itself. Often world-famous due to their associations with some of London’s great movers and shakers, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese built just after the Fire of London is associated with literary giants Dr Johnson, Mark Twain and others. The French House was home to many of the writers, artists and thinkers in bohemian Soho of the 60s. The George Inn in Southwark is one of London’s last galleried pubs and in the past counted  Charles Dickens as one of its customers.

Of course , drinking in London is not confined to Beers and Cocktails, the next section  Wine & Spirits Specialists offer an altogether different drinking experience. You can try orange wine at Terriors, Japanese Whisky at Mizuwari, Rum at the Artesian and Gin at the Portobello Star. This is just a small section of the enormous variety on offer.

The final section is With a Twist that describes those establishments which do not fit into any other category because they have developed their own unusual quality.  Irish pubs are not unusual in London but a genuine authentic  Irish pub is more of a rarity , however the Auld Shillelagh in Hackney is probably the nearest you will find. At the other end of the spectrum is the Aqua Shard on level 31 of London’s tallest building, tea based cocktails are a speciality. In the deepest Fulham we have the Harwood Arms, a country pub with a reputation for good food and stag’s heads on the wall.

In a every changing London drinking landscape , Drink London offers a taste of the old and the new which reflects some of the incredible diversity on offer.  Drink London  is  an invaluable companion to those who wish to find some of London’s best bars and pubs.  This informative, well written book with plenty of attractive photographs really does offer something for everyone whether a Londoner or a visitor, as well as  practical information , there is a checklist and a map to help you on your way.  There are a large number of books that offer advice on drinking in London, this book is without doubt is one of the best with its insider knowledge and authoritative but friendly approach.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

 If you would like to find out more about the book or buy a copy , visit the Frances Lincoln website here

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Book Review : Craft Beer London by Will Hawkes (Vespertine Press)

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Craft Beer London by Will Hawkes (Vespertine Books)

In recent years, much as been written about Craft Beer , but exactly what is “Craft Beer” ?

Will Hawkes in his book Craft Beer London seeks to explain and to give some insight into the micro-breweries that have developed in London that have provided the impetus for the Craft Beer revolution.

Although Craft Beer may have different definitions, most people agree its origins began in 1970s California when a number of people began to question the methods of the mass brewers and were determined to produce beer that was full flavoured and interesting. The new microbreweries tended to be small and independent with a great respect for traditional brewing methods. But the respect for the past did not mean they would not experiment with new methods. One of  the experiments  has been to use hops from all around the world to develop more flavours. Although that sometimes incurs the rancour of the tradionalists , the  Craft Beer movement  has seen substantial growth in the last few years.

To illustrate the growth of Craft Beer we are taken on a tour of some of the foremost craft beer pubs, bars and breweries in London. Divided into five distinct areas Central , North , East , South/South East and West / South West.  Each page gives basic information like opening times and location, plus some of the more interesting drinks available.

There is also short articles  about the history of the pub, bar or brewery and any other interesting facts.

The first articles shows how the Craft Beer movement can bring new life to even some of the oldest buildings. The Euston Tap is featured which is based in one of the lodges built for the original Euston Station. Although small it is ideal to show off some of the many Craft Beers in a location that is often bypassed  by Beer enthusiasts. Other Central pubs such as The Queens Head , Holborn Whippet and Exmouth Arms are recommended, whilst the Craft Beer company get a special mention for  its wonderful variety available and its collaboration with the world finest microbreweries.

In the North the Southampton Arms gets a special mention, but  North London is home to two of the major microbreweries Camden Town Brewery and the Redemption Breweries.

East London has a long tradition  of  breweries which have all but disappeared, however the area’s recent renaissance has led to a number of new pubs, bars and breweries that support the Craft Beer movement. The Fox, Cock Tavern and Tap East are featured as well as the innovative Brodie’s Brewery.

The South of the River was another district known for its beer production, Craft Beer breweries Kernel in Bermondsey and Meantime in Greenwich are staging a comeback based on tradition beers with interesting and complex flavours.

One of the trademarks of Vespertine Press books is that they are a traditional guide to places of interest, but in the rest of the book they have interesting articles  to put the whole movement into some kind of context. Therefore in the Beer Companion section, the book  has a short history of London Brewing , there is an article about the London Brewers Alliance , there is a guide where to buy craft beer in off licences and shops , and finally a beer dictionary.

Reading the History of London Brewing it quickly becomes clear that what we see as a Craft Beer revolution in London is really a movement to return to the past glories of a city that brewed beers that were sold around the world in vast numbers. The London Brewers dominance in the 19th century and early 20th century gave way to consolidations and large breweries whose prime concern seemed to be profits not the quality of the their products, this and the changing nature of British Society led to a steady and  lengthy decline.

This book is an invaluable guide to the Craft Beer movement in London , although in its early stages it shows that producers and drinking establishments  are united to offer more choice to the market place with an emphasis on quality over quantity.

Craft Beer London is a well written , informative and full of photographs that charts how the movement has developed and  points to some possible future development.  Old London brewing traditions  are being revived but often with a modern twist. This is proving extremely popular with growing numbers of Londoners who have grown tired of  the often bland offerings of the major breweries.

This book would appeal to many followers of the Craft Beer movement but also those who wish to find out more about one of the  most interesting recent developments in London’s beer brewing history.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

If you would like to find out more or buy a copy of the book , visit the Vespertine Press website here 

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