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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 – by Indie Ales
  • Beer and Brewery Tour of East London – given by Indie Ales
  • Dress Down Thursday – 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… 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:

‘People 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.’

 

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’s ‘beer ego’ is already so big it can be seen from space, then I’ve got bad news for you. We’re only just getting started’.

 

Charlie

 

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Sometimes it seems like £25 can’t get you very far these days. How about a tour around an up and coming brewery, 2 free pints, a tutored beer tasting, followed by an all inclusive BBQ? Absurd right?

Well, in the name of craft beer and as part of London Beer City this is what yours truly has wangled with London Beer Factory on Friday night. If is sounds up your street (and it might even be if you live in SE London) then make sure you grab a ticket before they sell out! What better way to hang out on a Friday night.

But wait a second… There’s more.

Indie Ales, for your drinking pleasure, presents…. Dress Down Thursday. A night of epic craft drinks. We are bringing the producers of the most exciting and authentic British craft drinks brands to Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch and we can’t wait!

Amazing gin and vodka from master distillers Sipsmith Independent Spirits, craft made mixers from Fever-Tree, sparkling wine from The Chapel Down Winery, real ale from The London Beer Factory, Honey Beer from Hiver, boozy cupcakes and alcohol infused ice lollies from Lolitas!

If you have not tasted any of these products then make sure you get down! We have hand picked every item because we believe they are seriously delicious. Representatives from the brands will be on hand to dish out yummy samples, share their passion for the products and information on the brands should you want to ask any burning questions.

RSVP for guaranteed entry here

FREE ENTRY!

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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.

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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