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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

yada

August went down in a jiffy.  Like a swift, gloriously satisfying cold beer after an uncomfortably sweaty walk on a summer day.

 

Like many of my fellow beer bloggers and enthusiasts, it was a hectic month with tastings, trips, tours and festivals to fit in and similarly, we all seemed determined to make the most of all the incredible opportunities to taste some great beer and mingle with like-minded individuals… or just drink as much beer as possible!

 

What I managed to squeeze into just over 2 hectic weeks:

  • Pete Brown Music and Beer Pairing
  • James Watt (Founder of Brewdog) beer tasting
  • Great British Beer Festival
  • London Beer Factory Tour and Tasting ‚Äď by Indie Ales
  • Beer and Brewery Tour of East London ‚Äď given by Indie Ales
  • Dress Down Thursday ‚Äď Bar Takeover of Paper Dress Vintage by Indie Ales

 

I’m still not convinced of the decision to launch London Beer City in the same week as the Great British Beer Festival AND the London Craft Beer Festival but I can say it was a great occasion and a privilege to be involved.¬† The variety of events on offer all around London was a fantastic tribute to our beer scene which now must be considered one of the most exciting and influential in Europe.¬† Events were staged for all levels of interests and experience was from educational tasting sessions, to historical walking tours to the more traditional real ale events and the more hip and progressive.

 

I do love the GBBF.¬† I’m a big fan of real ale and love trying all the beers from smaller breweries around the country. ¬†I spoke to a few people who were disappointed by the quality of some of the beer this year but this wasn’t obvious to me.¬† What really annoyed me was even by 7pm on the first day, many of the award winning or recognisable beers had gone, including 90% of all the cask ale over from the US.¬† I’m not sure if they were holding some back for visitors later in the week?

 

The busy schedule meant I had to bypass something this August, which was unfortunately the London Craft Beer Festival.¬† The feedback seems to have been hugely positive with the organisers stepping up the food offer, demonstrating beer’s awesome capacity to be paired with gourmet food and by all accounts the brewers really upped their game as well with fruit infused and barrel aged beers. These demonstrate the real leaps and bounds the beer scene is undertaking with experimentation and collaboration‚Ķ pushing the boundaries of what we perceive as ‘beer’.¬† Gutted to miss these!

 

I read an interesting article from a food blog (http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/community/london-craft-beer-fest-review) highlighting the rightful appreciation of beer as an alternative to wine which I completely agree with:

‚ÄėPeople are almost looking and talking about beer like they do wine, looking at colour, smell, texture, everything. And the fact is, they want to know the story behind the beer. With the ever-increasing access to information, people want to know what goes into their food and drink, they are aware of what goes into the average can of lager and they are not prepared to put that in their bodies anymore.‚Äô

 

All these events can only help heighten the appreciation of your average beer drinker which means growing the market to encourage the great breweries we have in this country to brew even more outstanding beer.¬† All this fun and games is also bringing great beer to more people. ¬†That why I initially started Indie Ales; to inspire and help people discover fantastic beer, so it’s great to see.¬† To steal a line from Chris Hall ‘ If you think London‚Äôs ‚Äėbeer ego‚Äô is already so big it can be seen from space, then I‚Äôve got bad news for you. We‚Äôre only just getting started’.

 

Charlie

 

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Next week London will be awash with beer! In an intriguing twist of fate it appears that London’s three biggest beer events have all (deliberately or not) contrived to supply us with huge quantities of great beer within a 10 day period.

I’m not totally sure how wise this will turn out to be in practice, but I guess the theory was solid. Stack the events close enough to one another to ensure that nobody will be able to leave London over the course of the period, such is the draw of fantastic beer. Or because of their hangovers. It has inevitably left me a little disappointed as I’d have liked to attend more events but there is only so much my wallet and my liver can take!

This weekend sees the start of the strangely named London Beer City, errr week. There are some great events occurring which should not be missed. I’m especially looking forward to a coffee and beer tasting on Saturday 9th August and the intriguing Beer and Music Matching evening run by legend beer writer Rick Brown on Sunday. On Monday there is the opportunity to hear James Watt give his views on the craft beer market. As the founder of Brewdog, he should have some pretty interesting things to say, possibly not all polite and well mannered.

I was also asked to help run an event at London Beer Factory on Friday evening 15th August. For £25 you get a welcome drink, tour of the brewery by the founders, a 6 beer tasting (by me), a BBQ on their outdoor terrace and a beer to enjoy it with. Sounds like a no brainer to me!

Tuesday sees the start of the worlds largest real ale festival at Olympia. The Great British Beer Festival was started in 1977 and there is no better time to attend. For only £10 entry you can taste some of the best looked after ale on the planet (you still have to pay for your drinks).

We are not stopping there either, on Thursday London Craft Beer Festival returns to the Oval Space in East London. I seriously urge you to check this out. I couldn’t make the event last year, but by all accounts they are pretty generous on the tokens and you can literally ‘try before you buy’ on all beers available. They have some pretty nifty breweries there too. The event lasts until Sunday and gives you the opportunity to really explore the best of what the London brewing scene has to offer.

I urge you too try to attend a few of the events if you can, even if you are not really a beer festival type of person. You’ll be blown away by the beer, but not only that, it is the obvious passion of the people in the industry, the collaboration amongst all the breweries with one another and the willingness and enthusiasm of everyone to help you discover new beer which makes for such a unique environment to be a part of. Please remember to follow these golden rules

It is fantastic for the industry and the consumer that all these events are happening together. It will be exhausting but I’m looking forward to learning a thing or two and hopefully making some new friends along the way.

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

Calling all foodies, chocoholics and craft beer lovers! This Saturday May 31st I will be holding one hell of a gourmet tasting… Craft beer and ethically sourced chocolate pairing in partnership with Co&Co Chocolates.

We haven’t quite hit our minimum ticket sales for this event yet, so I want to urge you to follow the link below and come join us for a very special and unique tasting event.

Connor from Co&Co is an expert chocolatier specialising in ethically sourced chocolate from around the world.  We have a mind-blowing craft beer and chocolate pairing menu to share with you for the ultimate saturday indulgence.

Perfect for guys and girls, we will share tit bits and stories behind each product and why we think beer and chocolate make such great bedfellows.

Please join us this Saturday (31st May) from 4-6pm where we have the run of the place at The Coach and Horses in Clerkenwell

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/craft-beer-and-gourmet-chocolate-tasting-tickets-11355132507

 

More info on Connor and Co&Co here

 

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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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