Friday 11th August
London Beer City has just a few more days to run, but there's still plenty to look forward to. Tonight sees a 20-tap Kernel tap takeover at Brewdog Shepherd's Bush, plus a special event featuring beer and biltong at Hiver's arch in Bermondsey, and plenty more besides.
And then tomorrow is one of the highlight's of the event, the official closing party. This year we've included beers from 16 of our favourite London breweries, and then there'll be great food, soft drinks and beer to take away too. We've also arranged some exclusive tastings, focusing on three of the city's most exciting areas: Bermondsey, Hackney and Tottenham.
For £5 (on top of the entry fee), guests will enjoy a tutored tastings of beers from three different breweries, led by those breweries themselves. For Bermondsey, we've lined up Partizan, Fourpure and Brew By Numbers; for Hackney, Five Points, Pressure Drop and Hackney; and for Tottenham, Beavertown, Affinity and Redemption.
Entry to the event is £8, which includes your first beer. You can buy your ticket here. What are you waiting for?
Thursday 10th August
Gipsy Hill is one of London's most impressive breweries. Launched in 2014 with the intention to create full-flavoured beers at session strength, they've achieved that and more besides, with stronger beers such as Ramblers, a double IPA brewed in collaboration with DEYA, and Bogan, a New Zealand pale ale - winning favour with the capital's in-the-know beer drinkers.
Now's your chance to meet them and find out how they do it. The team behind Gipsy Hill will be hanging out at their own pub, The Douglas Fir, from 7.30 this evening. You'll be able to try their brews, chat to the team and take away beers at a special London Beer City price. Not to be missed!
Tuesday 8th August 2017
Today the Great British Beer Festival opens at Olympia for its 40th magnificent year. The festival, which showcases the diversity of UK cask ale alongside superb beers from Germany, the USA, Belgium and elsewhere, has long been one of the world's most significant beer events. This year, though, is a little bit special, and not just because of that birthday celebration.
For the first time, London Beer City will have a stand at GBBF. Boasting beers from three of the festival's stalwarts - Five Points, Redemption and Windsor & Eton - the bar is to be found right at the heart of the main hall. So if you want to pick up a programme, enjoy a delicious beer or simply shoot the breeze about this year's festival, this is the place to come.
"We're absolutely delighted to be a part of GBBF this year," says London Beer City founder Will Hawkes. "Part of the inspiration for London Beer City came from GBBF - we wanted to take the excitement you get in Olympia during GBBF and spread it around the city. We can't wait to get involved."
Monday 7th August 2017
No trip to Leeds is complete without a visit to Whitelocks, the city's most famous pub. Established in the 18th century, it's an unmissable combination of tiles, etched mirrors, dark wood and excellent beer.
Well, tonight you don't need to go to Leeds. OK, the tiles, wood and mirrors are staying in Leeds, but staff and excellent Yorkshire beer are making the trip south for a very special tap takeover at Mason and Company in E20 tonight.
The fun kicks off at 6pm. Here's whats on offer:
And not forgetting our two London Beer City collaborations:
Five Points/Pressure Drop/One Mile End Agadoo Pineapple Saison
Fourpure/BBno/Wimbledon South Pacific Pale
Monday 31st July
Friday July 28 2017
Like beer, cheese, sake, mead and other fantastic fermented treasures? You're in luck? Crate has gathered some of the country's finest suppliers to celebrate all things Fermented in an amazing FREE event at their brewery & warehouse in Queens Yard, Hackney Wick on Saturday 12th.
Exhibitors including Pure Earth Foods, KANPAI Sake (Peckham) Gosnells Mead, PAMA Fermented Foods, & Neil”s Yard Cheese will have their wonderful produce available, as well as a wealth of knowledge to pass on to you - so come hungry & thirsty, leave enlightened!
An array of activities is also planned, from yeast-focused brewery tours, beer and cheese tasting, a Kombucha masterclass, and of course our famous bar and pizzeria by the canal featuring our core range of beers and some especially handpicked guest ales for you to sample.
Friday July 21 2017