London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival

The 2017 Festival was: Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th March.

at Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London WC1H 9AU.

Thanks for coming along this year! This is one of the longest running beer festivals in London and for the first time ever, the main hall was dedicated to real ales and craft beers brewed in London.

In total there was 250 London craft beers, imported beers (including American beers courtesy of the Brewers Association; see: American Beer List Feb 2017), Belgian & German beers (Belgian & German beers), ciders and perries (see Ciders & Perries 2017) . 2017, will also see a small selection of English wine. See English Wines.

The Festival judged the Champion Beers of London on Thursday morning and these selected beers were available from Thursday lunchtime onwards. The overall winner was Fuller's Porter with London Brewing Co taking second and third place. You can see the results here: Champion Beer of London Results 2017.

To add to the enjoyment, there is a Tombola, Shut the Box and excellent home cooked food every session from Phil's Pop Up Kitchen to suit meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

To read the Festival newsletter, covering all aspects of the Festival, click here: Festival Newsletter.

The Festival will be open on Wednesday lunchtime by award winning writer and broadcaster, Pete Brown. Pete will then be staying on to do a book signing.

Wednesday evening there is a Free Pub Quiz and a bring & buy book sale Friday lunch in aid of charity.

Friday lunchtime we ail also be judging the London's Amateur Cider Maker of the Year.. Read on for further detailsLondon Amateur Cider Maker of the Year.


Each evening and on Friday lunch and afternoon, there will be tutored tastings. Numbers are limited so booking will be essential

We have London Brewing Company, Redemption Brewing Co (sold out), Hackney Brewery (sold out), Sambrook's Brewery and Brewers Association (American beers)(sold out). See: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tutored-beer-tastings-at-the-london-drinker-beer-festival-tickets-32564678831.

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.

Pay on the door.

Phil Pop Up Kitchen has home made cooked food by volunteers with a daily theme. 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 offered a fantastic opportunity to brew for the beer festival. This year it was with Signature Brew in East London.

We ran a competition to offer places to two aspiring brewers under 30 to come and help brew the beer!
Set up by two cousins, Sam and Tom, their aim was to link beer with music and, in particular, getting decent beer into music venues. The names of their beers reflect this link; try their canned Roadie or draught Black Vinyl Stout.

The lucky winners were Bethany and Robert. During the day (Monday 13th February), they had the opportunity to see all parts of the brewing process and muck in. It als included a mini tasting of some of Signature’s beers conducted by the brewers and Master Trainer, Christine Cryne.See www.signaturebrew.co.uk.

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




British beer

You can find more details of the British beer on offer 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 London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival Volunteering. We always need volunteers in all areas but especially for tombola & games and the kitchen .

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?









Purchase this year's commemorative teeshirts at the festival (short & longsleeve) with the Year of the Rooster 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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