Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The Week in Beer: 4-7 July, 2013

Another big week of beer lies ahead. I got up early to write this, so please read it. If you see an error let us know @londonbeerguide.

Wednesday, 3 July:
  • Ealing Beer Festival (3-6 July):
    • The 24th year of this festival will feature some 247 (give or take )beers and ciders. The obvious emphasis of this CAMRA festival is on cask ales but they've also got a solid foreign bar with the likes of Cantillon, Struise, De Molen and many more. Further information can be found here. Definitely a festival worth checking out.

Thursday, 4 July:
  • The Wandsworth Common London Beer Festival at Le Gothique (4-6 July):
    • This is routinely one of my favourite beer festivals in London. The setting is unique, the beer list always well curated. For this iteration the festival organizers are focusing solely on London breweries. The goal is to have 'all' London breweries available. While I don't believe they will have them all in the strictest sense of that proclamation, I am very much looking forward to enjoying the majority of London brewers all in one place. Event info here.
  • The American Beer Festival at the White Horse on Parson's Green (4-7 July):
    • I'm usually impressed by some of the beers that the Pony brings in for their annual American Beer Festival. Expect the likes of Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Odell, Flying Dog, Stone, et al. Info page here.
  • American Beer & Food Festival at the Duchess of Cambridge (4-18 July):
    • I went to this pub last year for this festival and wasn't disappointed. The beers on offer will include a nice range on tap and even nicer in bottle; expect stuff from Goose Island, Flying Dog, Fordham, Brooklyn, Anchor and more. If memory serves, they also roll out some US-style beers from UK brewers on cask. Some basic info can be found here.
  • Hop the Pond Independence Day Party at all Draft House bars:
    • Any excuse to highlight American beer (and food) sounds good to me. Info here.
  • Hells Yeah at Camden Town Brewery
    • Want to slam a bunch of London's best lager to your face, eat street food and listen to music? Go here. Apparently there will be 20 vendors slinging their wares. Details available right about...here.

Saturday, 6 July:
  • The 'Meric F Yeah!!! Festival at Brupond:
    • I think the focus of this festival is on beer from American brewers stationed in the UK. I think - the details are slightly fuzzy; decipher what you can here. At any rate, there should be beers from Brupond, Hoppie Collie, Lovibonds, Moor and more - a respectable collection of brewers, to be sure.
  • The Five Points Brewing Co. Open Day at the Brewery
    • At this event you'll be able to meet the brewer, tour the brewery, get free tastings, eat some food and listen to music. There will also be a 'mini festival' featuring neighborhood brewers such as Pressure Drop, Howling Hops, Wild Card and Hackney. It's a shame I'll be out of town on Saturday because this sounds like fun. Event details are available on the brewery's Facebook page, here.
  • Partizan Keg Party at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell:
    • The good folks at CBC Clerkenwell have taken little time off between events, the memories of their 2nd birthday celebration last weekend still very fresh in my mind. This Saturday they're rolling out nine kegs of Partizan liquid - an impressive number for a brewery event, even more impressive when you consider Partizan has to date rarely been seen on keg (excepting the recently-released coffee black IPA). With a bit of luck I might be able to catch the tail end of the event. Details here.

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