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 craft beers, imported beers (including American beers courtesy of the Brewers Association), 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 from Phil's Pop Up Kitchen to suit meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

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.
The Festival will be judging the Champion Beers of London on Thursday morning and these selected beers will be available from Thursday lunchtime onwards.

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

To date, London Brewing Company, Redemption Brewing Co, Hackney Brewery and Brewers Association (American beers) have confirmed. More to follow. See:http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb4821353643.

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)

This includes fast entry, half pint token, £1 food token, programme and glass for only £10 per person. See: http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb4921270935

We are also offering season tickets

This gives fast track entry to all sessions of the Festival (£8 members; £11 non members); see:http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb4321354027

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 will be offering a fantastic opportunity to brew for the beer festival. This year it is with Signature Brew in East London.

We are offering 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.

During the day (Monday 13th February), you’ll have the opportunity to see all parts of the brewing process and muck in. It will also include a mini tasting of some of Signature’s beers conducted by the brewers and Master Trainer, Christine Cryne.

No experience is necessary. All you need is to be a CAMRA member and email a photo that is beer related; it could be a selfie of you and a beer, a bottle of beer or a picture of a brewery - anything you fancy. Just email  before Monday 5th December. All the best ones will be put on the Festival website and the best two entries will be invited to brew. So why not have a go to win a day to remember! 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



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 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?





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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