London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival
The dates for the 2018 Festival are: Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th March.
This will be our last ever event. The hall is closing in the summer.
at Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London WC1H 9AU.
This is one of the longest running beer festivals in London and once again, the main hall will be dedicated to real ales and craft keg beers brewed in London. We are running a short CAMRA only VIP session on Wednesday sponsored by Moncada Brewery. See VIP Farewell Session for CAMRA members.
You can see some 2017 interviews at the Festival, conducted by Winkball, at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qOD38SVXLU.
In total there will be over 200 London cask Cask Beer 2018, keg beers keg & bottled beer 2018 bottled beer descriptions 2018, imported beers from Belgium, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Germany, Canada and Australia 2018 imported beer (and a few American American Beer ), ciders and perries (see Cider & Perry List 2018 for the 2018 list featuring 17 different counties).
We have 58 beers suitable for vegans see:Vegan friendly draught beer.
2018, will also see a small selection of English wine and some mead; see: Wine & Mead.
Group tickets and season tickets are available (see below) as well as tickets for Meet the Brewer Sessions - NOW ALL FULL (East London Brewery, Hackney Brewery, London Brewing Co , Truman's and Twickenham Fine Ales); see: https://event.bookitbee.com/14512/tutored-tastings-meet-the-brewer-sessions.
The Festival will judge the Champion Beers of London on Thursday morning and these selected beers will be available from Thursday lunchtime onwards. At the same time, we will be judging the Keg of the Festival, sponsored by Kegstar. You can see all the 2017 results here: Champion Beer of London Results 2017 and the 2018 shortlisted beers Champion Beer of London shortlist 2018.
On Wednesday, we'll be judging the very first lower alcohol beer of London, supported by Drinkaware. More details can be found here:Lower Alcohol Beer of London
To add to the enjoyment, there will be a Tombola, Shut the Box, Devil Among the Tailors and excellent home cooked food every session from Phil's Pop Up Kitchen to suit meat eaters and vegetarians alike. The Tombola is being sponsored by Signature Brew the prizes, in addition to their lovely beer, will include a fluffy bunny!
To read the 2018 Festival newsletter, covering all aspects of the Festival, click here:2018 newsletter.
The Festival will be opened on Wednesday lunchtime by John Keeling of Fullers
Wednesday evening there is a Free Pub Quiz and a bring & buy book sale Friday lunch in aid of charity.
Friday lunchtime we will also be judging the London's Amateur Cider Maker of the Year.. Read on for further details London 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
Truman's, East London Brewery, Hackney Brewery (now full), London Brewing Co (now full) and Twickenham Fine Ales (now full); see: https://event.bookitbee.com/14512/tutored-tastings-meet-the-brewer-sessions.
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 2018 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. Over 18s only.
Group tickets (6 or more) can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-drinker-beer-cider-festival-group-tickets-tickets-39006802396
Otherwise, 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 Wonderful food 2018 for the 2018 day by day selection.
Once again, we offered a fantastic opportunity to brew for the beer festival. This year it will be Alphabeta. Competition now closed.
Last year it was Signature, 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.
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
Give us a hand
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 still need extra help on Friday night .
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?
and posters of all previous events here https://www.northlondon.camra.org.uk/viewnode.php?id=64591
Purchase this year's commemorative teeshirts at the festival (short & longsleeve) with the Year of the Dog 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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