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Hi pals

I’m really excited about this weeks tasting at Jenius Social. I’ve been brushing up my skills in Belgium this week, tasting some of the world’s greatest brews. I’m suitably energised and inspired to share some stories and feed you some great beer. It’s going to be awesome.

Please join me and bring any of your friends who you think need some inspiration about what beer is really all about!

Hit the link below to take you to Jenius Social website to purchase tickets ūüôā
http://www.jeniussocial.co.uk/shop/jenius-social/m17-beer-tasting-101-an-introduction-to-craft-beer

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Sorry its been so long… haven’t you missed me? (ok don’t answer that).

September has been a quiet month on the tasting events side, since I’ve been concentrating on other things, but more of that later.

Never fear though, roll on October 16th when I am going back to basics for “Beer Tasting 101 – Introduction to Craft Beer”. ¬†This will be accompanied by a tapas tasting menu prepared by the chefs at Jenius Social:

Tortilla
Ham & salami
Bruschetta with salsa
Guacamole
Olives
Manchego cheese
If you’ve not been to Jenius Social before check it out here. ¬†It is a beautiful spot, perfectly geared up towards foodies! I’d love you to join, bring WAG’s, friends, work colleagues etc and join the fun! Tickets available from their website, grab them while they last!¬†http://www.jeniussocial.co.uk/shop/jenius-social/m17-beer-tasting-101-an-introduction-to-craft-beer
I’ll round up with a quick few things:
Saturday is the official launch party for The London Beer Factory… get down to check out London’s newest and ¬†coolest brewery!
If you want to know what i’ve been working on here is a sneak peak:¬†http://bottleandbean.com/bb-holding/

What, I hear you ask, is the best drink pairing for Mexican food? Surely the categorical answer is beer!

 

Mexican food is all about comfort, satisfying big flavours, rich melt-in-your-mouth slow cooked meats, spices that blow your skirt up, varieties of textures from crispy tacos to sloppy guacamole and getting messy!  Meat juice running down your chin, messy.  I wouldn’t fancy a glass of pinot blush with my tacos.

 

The great thing about beer with food is the variety of flavours, colours, textures and aromas that can complement as well as stand up to seriously flavoursome food.  Dark, caramel flavours with spice or meaty dishes. Light, delicate beers to make the food sing and a bubbly texture to cleanse your palate ready for the next bite.

 

On 15/16/17th September I’m partnering with YaDa Chef for a 3 day residency where we are presenting a delicious 10 course Mexican tapas menu paired with 4 superb beers chosen by myself (naturally).¬† There are only 30 tickets for each night so I really hope you can join us. Tickets ¬£40 (including drinks) here.

 

Joseph from YaDa chef is offering some amazing discounts such as

  • Buy 4 tickets get one completely FREE
  • Buy 10 tickets and he will donate 50% of the ticket price to a charity of your choice

 

Have a look at YaDa Chef online and see some of the super yachts he has worked on, catering for the rich and famous in glamorous locations all over the world! http://www.yadachef.com/

 

 

Menu below

  • Cold Avocado Soup (gluten free)
  • Fresh Made Mexican Flour Tortilla (slightly thicker than
  • store bought)
  • Mexican Fish Tacos with Cabbage/Jicama Slaw
  • Pork Carnitas with Mole Sauce (gluten free)
  • Chicken Mole (gluten free)
  • Braised Short Ribs with Posole Pasilla (gluten free)
  • Mexican Sliders
  • Empanadas
  • Tamales
  • Concha/Mexican Wedding Cakes (a sweet bread sort of thing)

Tickets available here: http://www.edibleexperiences.com/p/164502077/YaDa-Chef

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Gipsy Hill is rapidly becoming the latest craft beer hangout on the London scene. The newest kid on the block, London Beer Factory joins nearby establishments such as Clarkshaws (Peckham Rye), The Florence Brewpub and the Late Knights tap room opposite Gipsy Hill station. Even as I drafted this blog post a new brewery has opened right next door in the form of Gipsy Hill Brewery. The London Beer Factory was born in Spring this year and has been slowly applying the finishing touches to their core London themed beers, Chelsea Blonde and London Session and also to their Industrial England inspired brewery. Make no mistake, despite the industrial sounding name and spacious ex-food production unit, they are very much craft at heart.

A reclaimed bar made from scaffolding poles stands out against the shiny polished brewing kit, the walls are decorated with murals and spray painted logos, the pilot kit bubbles away containing their latest brew (a double IPA on last visit) and enough boys toys around to make this the ultimate adult playground (mini basketball hoop, cross-bow darts board, outside terrace with BBQ, pull down projector screen and fat leather sofa. Sound fun…Did I mention they have beer?). The brewery has a warm, homely feel, like a pimped out barn but with a few thousand litres of great beer chilling in the corner.

To celebrate London Beer Week I’m running a brewery tour, beer tasting and BBQ right in the belly of the brewery at The London Beer Factory. For ¬£25 you get a tour by the owners Sim and Ed (who are brothers) a 6 beer tasting including a selection of LBF’s new range and other London breweries followed by a BBQ on the terrace. We’ll be hanging out until 10pm so you get the opportunity to talk beer and brewing, or just drink the stuff from the bar. Sounds like my perfect Friday night!

You can purchase your Earlybird ticket with 15% off before this Friday here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brewery-tour-beer-tasting-and-bbq-the-london-beer-factory-tickets-12302365707?aff=es2&rank=1

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If you like pizza and love beer (and who doesn’t) then I strongly suggest you snap up your tickets for the Supperclub I am running on Thursday.

Argentinian Pizza and Beer Supperclub

Argentinian Pizza and Beer Supperclub

This takes your standard Pizza Express margarita to a totally new level… all individually hand made, packed with flavour and served with an Argentinean flair! Think of Oli as the Messi of the culinary world.¬† And he can sing!

3 courses and 3 beers for ¬£30 with the option to ‚Äėgo large‚Äô for an additional course and beer for ¬£40.

You will be treated to a tutored beer tasting with each course where we can really get our lips round the tastiest beer and pizza combinations followed by a  sing-song with Oli as he whips out his guitar to bring down the curtain.

For tickets and more info check out the event here.

Howdie guys.

If you missed the Independence Day tasting on 4th July or the incredible Rooftop Brewing event on 5th July then never fear as I have a feast of events coming up!

Argentinian Pizza and craft beer Supper Club
Speaking of feasts, I am shaking with excitement and incredibly lucky to be running an Argentinian Pizza and Craft Beer pairing on Thursday 24th July with Olly the singing pizza chef extraordinaire.

Say Ole to Oli from the critically acclaimed Argentinian Pizza Supper Club! This event will introduce you to some of London’s Best Craft Beers & Argentinian Empanadas, Original Pizza Recipes hand made right here in London.

The format for the evening will be as follows:
-Three (3) different Craft Beers to taste (330ml bottle)
-Three (3) different Courses
Optional Ticket Upgrade: Four (4) Craft Beers & Three (3) different Courses Plus Dessert.

http://www.edibleexperiences.com/p/17752057/Indie-Ales/320001/Argentinian-pizza-supper-club-and-craft-beer-tasting

August – London will be the beer capital of the world

In August this year, there are some mind-blowingly cool events happening in the name of celebrating beer. The countdown begins.

London Beer City August 9-16th August
Some great events this week including talks and tastings. I’m running a special event at London’s newest brewery, London Beer Factory where we will have a tour and tasting of their beer right in the belly of their beautiful brewery. Booking details to follow.
http://www.londonbeercity.com/schedule/

Great British Beer Festival 12-16th August
Established in 1977 and still going strong
http://gbbf.org.uk

Indie Ales presents “Dress Down Thursday” Thursday 21st August.
Let loose at Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch with craft beer and craft cocktails. So on trend. Booking details to follow.

London’s looking beautiful in the sun and it will look even better from a rooftop overlooking the city holding a crisp craft beer or refreshing cocktail!

Don’t forget to book your tickets for Rooftop Brewing¬†on 5th July, the first release tickets have already SOLD OUT.¬† Think views over London, street food, live DJ’s, glorious sunshine and a big screen for the footy.¬† As¬†Bar Chick put it‚Ķ ‘this is going to go off like a Pitbull video’! Oh and did we mention hot tubs‚Ķ we’ve got those too!

¬£20 which INCLUDES entry, and 8 free tokens to spend on food, beer or cocktails.¬† Just not on the hot tub ūüėČ

Pick from two sessions; Boozy Brunch or Alfresco Disco.¬† We are trying to sell 1000 tickets over the day, so I’d love you to come and have some fun in the sun! It’s my first major event so your support would be awesome!

Link to tickets:

http://twentysomethinglondon.com/tsl-presents-rooftop-brewing-netil-360/

 

'Fuckin-A' Rooftop Terrace

‘Fuckin-A’ Rooftop Terrace

4th July Independence Day Tasting

For those of you who cant escape a bit of American love over the Independence Day weekend or are looking for a little more mental stimulation, my next tasting is a cracker. ¬†We’ve got the space at the brand spanking new Social Kitchen over at Jenius Social in Holloway where the Chef Malcolm will be making some American gastronomic classics to pair with each American craft lager.

6 beers and 6 delicious dishes¬†to blow your rocks off! These are beers which you certainly cannot find in your local. ¬†Find out about the ‘state’ of US craft beer (excuse the pun) and how it is influencing the British beer industry. ¬†These guys are way ahead of the curve, doing mind bogglingly awesome¬†things which will change your whole perception of beer for good!

Tickets: £28 for 2 hours of mind blowing beer and food you want to bury your face in.

http://www.jeniussocial.co.uk/shop/jenius-social/m08-independence-day-craft-beer-tasting

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Heaven on a plate

Heaven on a plate

 

British summertime… Aren’t they great? The first glimmer of sunlight and flip flops are dusted off, retro sunglasses emerge and on the first sunny day of the year everyone forgoes the suncream and is walking around like a microwaved albino bunny, sunburnt to a crisp. Once we regain the feeling to our shoulder and scalps there is serious beer drinking to be done in beer gardens, parks and balconies. Here’s what I’ve got coming up:

4th July Independence Day Tasting

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In an ironic role reversal, we are seeing a US invasion of our shores…. epic US beer that is! On 4th July I’m holding a cool and refreshing American themed tasting where we will be giving a big high five and a hearty back slap to our American cousins on the day of their independence.

‘Craft’ beer is already a popular phenomenon in the USA with brewers in all 52 States ripping up the classic old-world brewing play book. These guys have risen the bar in terms of adventure, creativity and down right in-your-face flavours and we love them for it.

Subtlety is not always their strong point, but is big always best? Does ‘if it ‘aint broke, don’t fix it’ still apply? We will answer these questions and more by working our way through six of the best beers to come out of The Land of the Free. Price includes mini sliders and buffalo wings paired with each yankee beer.

Get your ticket here: http://www.jeniussocial.co.uk/shop/jenius-social/m08-independence-day-craft-beer-tasting?utm_content=bufferc8b2c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Rooftop Brewing – 5th July

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What better place to quaff some excellent craft beer than on a rooftop overlooking London? I couldn’t think of one and so that’s why I approached the guys at Netil360 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2kCfwXXx68) to host Rooftop Brewing on 5th July. The guys at TwentySomethingLondon and I have put together this awesome celebration of London Craft Beer, street food and beer infused cocktails. Choose a boozy brunch or alfresco disco to suit your style… All to the soundtrack of live DJ’s under the London sun. This is something you definitely do not want to miss!

Meet these breweries:
Hop Stuff
London Fields Brewery
Signature Brewing
Beer Boutique Cider Bar
London Beer Factory

Enjoy beer cocktails from:
Bar Chick

Munch great street food from:
Yolk
Hot Skillet
Turner & Roast

Chill out to DJ’s:
Danglo
Alfresco Disco

http://twentysomethinglondon.com/tsl-presents-rooftop-brewing-netil-360/?utm_content=buffer8955f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Charlie

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Hi everyone

I just wanted to quickly remind you that if you are In London this weekend then there is no better place to enjoy your Saturday and Sunday nights than Brixton Cornercopia where A Grape Night In, Jimmy’s Underground Popup and I are running a two day popup to see in the summer. At Brixton Summer Party expect incredibly summery wine, awesomely tasty craft beer and a menu of wild rabbit, tunas, scallops and heritage tomato!

We will have the brand new Session IPA and Pilsner IN CANS from Fourpure (if you are unsure about cans then you just have to try it!) alongside beautifully summery wheat beer Wu Gang Chops The Tree by Pressure Drop and the stunning Saison (brewed with Mouteka and fresh lime) from Brew By Numbers. This will be spectacular.

Book early to get a table for only £10 (including free cocktail and nibbles) or just pop along for a casual beverage. http://www.edibleexperiences.com/p/133055/A-Grape-Night-In/3185002/Brixton-Summer-Party?ref=agni

Beer & Chocolate Tasting
If you like beer or chocolate then you absolutely must book up our Saturday afternoon craft beer and gourmet chocolate tasting popup in Clerkenwell on Saturday 31st May. This is such a unique event it would be a real shame for you to miss it! We have some outstanding ethically sourced chocolate for you to taste which Connor from Co & Co will explain all about, paired with some rich, creamy, spicy and fruity beers!

The Earlybird discount for this runs out on FRIDAY. Don’t miss it! https://beerandchocolatetasting.eventbrite.co.uk/?discount=Chocolate

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Get your party hats on people. ¬†In a change to my usual tasting routine I’m going crazy and holding my next two events on a saturday. ¬†I have two incredible events lined up, back to back in May. ¬†Both of these will be great for those of you who love their beer, but there is also something in it for those wine lovers and chocoholics… read on.

Saturday 24th May – Brixton Summer Party

Brixton Cornercopia – Brixton Village, Brixton (65 Brixton Village Market, SW9 8PS )

Brixton Summer Party

This is going to be one hell of a celebration of incredible craft beer, beautiful wines and stunning food. ¬†This is a collaboration between myself, the lovely girls from A Grape Night In and the super talented Jimmy from Jimmy’s Underground Restaurant, one of the best popup restaurants in London. ¬†Both the girls from A Grape Night in and I will be working the room to bring you the stories¬†behind the incredible beer and wine and to help really bring them to life.

We are throwing a party to celebrate the start of summer with some of the best food and drinks around.  If you are in London over the bank holiday, I doubt there will be anywhere in London which will have better beer, food or wine over that weekend!

Tickets are available through Edible Experiences: http://www.edibleexperiences.com/p/133055/A-Grape-Night-In/3185002/Brixton-Summer-Party?ref=agni

HE FIRST 60 TICKETS SOLD ARE ONLY £10!!! (Once these are sold standard tickets will be £12 ea)

 

Saturday 31st May РGourmet Chocolate and Craft Beer Tasting 

The Coach and Horses – Clerkenwell (26-28 Ray Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3DJ)

Beer and chocolate tasting

The following saturday I’m teaming up with my friend Connor¬†Friesen, founder of Co&Co, to bring you a gourmet tasting extravaganza. ¬†Connor is an expert in sourcing ethically produced chocolate and pairing it with coffees, whisky, and teas. This time we are going one step further, delving intimately into craft beer and chocolate pairings. Intrigued? You should be. Do your mouth a favour and come along.

Earlybird tickets last until midnight on Friday 23rd May.  We expect this to be a sellout so get in EARLY!

CODE: “Chocolate”¬†https://beerandchocolatetasting.eventbrite.co.uk/?discount=Chocolate

 

Check out Connor’s website at http://coandcochocolates.bigcartel.com/