London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival
The 2017 Festival is: Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th March.
at Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London WC1H 9AU.
Come and support London breweries.
Now in its 33th year, this is one of the longest running beer festivals in London and for the first time ever, the main hall is dedicated to real ales and craft beers brewed in London.
In total there will be 150 London beers, imported beers (including American beers), ciders and perries. 2017, will also see a small selection of English wine.
To add to the enjoyment, there is a Tombola, Shut the Box and excellent home cooked food every session including dishes of the day to suit meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Tutored tasting sessions will take place most sessions (limited placing so booking will be advisable; more details in due course).
Wednesday evening there is a Free Pub Quiz and a bring & buy book sale Friday lunch in aid of charity.
The Festival will be judging the Champion Beers of London on Thursday morning and these selected beers will be available from Thursday lunchtime onwards.
This Festival caters for conversation and so is music free. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
This year, we are opening earlier on Wednesday and Thursday lunchtime. The 2017 opening times are:
Wed: 11.30 - 3pm free, 5pm -10.30pm £4 (£3 CAMRA members)
Thu: 11.30-2.30pm free, 5pm -10.30pm £4 (£3 CAMRA members) Note earlier lunchtime closing
Fri: 12 - 10.30pm £4 (£3 CAMRA members)
Last admission 10pm. Wheelchair accessible.
Please note - This year we will be selling group tickets (minimum 6 people). More details to follow.
This festival has home made cooked food by volunteers with daily specials. In addition, to the daily specials, there will be 'stand up' food such as wild boar or fish finger baguettes. See London Drinker Food wonderful food for the 2016 day be day selection.
Once again, we will be offering a fantastic opportunity to brew for the beer festival.
In the photo, the winner of the 2016 competition was Tom Kearney (second left), whose story you can find on the News page. The photo also shows John Cryne (CAMRA branch chairman) to the left, Colin Coyne (competition winner runner up, second right) and head brewer Rich White (right). The resulting beer was an American Brown Ale, named Highgate Lifebuoy, at 4.1% ABV using Calypso and Cascade hops.
The beer was on sale at the 2016 London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London WC1H 9AU. You can see some clips of the brewing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI8p3NqWm3o&feature=em-upload_owner; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn5kKzcxPXU&feature=em-upload_owner; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlH6iH6-39A&feature=em-share_video_user
The details of the 2016 British beer for 2016 can be found here: Beer at the Festival.
and the 2016 imported beer here Imported Beer.
Media releases (current and past) and photos of past Festivals can be found here - Media page
Our festival is run entirely by volunteers.
If you fancy giving us a hand, have a look at our volunteers' page. We always need volunteers for tombola & games and the kitchen London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival Volunteering. And we are currently short on Friday - what better way to cheer up your Friday then being surrounded by beer!
No experience is necessary and it's a great way of learning new skills and making new friends. If you don't fancy serving the public, then maybe helping during set up and take down is for you.
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/LDbeerfest (@LDbeerfest) Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Drinker-Beer-Festival/126727707385567
You can find photos from the 2015 event here: London Drinker Beer & Cider Pictures. Were you there?
2015 competition winners (below), Hannah & Nik with London Brewery Company's brewer, Rich White.
Purchase this year's commemorative teeshirts at the festival (short & longsleeve) with blue and sparkly gold logo
Photos setting up the Festival. To see a video of putting up the barrels go to: http://youtu.be/4U5r2v-3Rv8
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