Summer was made for the delights of beer festivals. It’s time to develop your palette and try the best events London has to offer.
Beer festivals and summer days, eh? They go together like strawberries and cream (which are also very nice in the warmer months). With the sun on your face there’s nothing better than gulping down something refreshing and chatting with your friends, preferably with some cheery live music going on in the background.
Although you could always head to the likes of a rooftop or outdoor terrace, there’s something a little more fun about rallying the troops and making a day of it at one of London’s beer-themed events.
From casual craft beer tastings in pub gardens (complete with sizzling BBQ), to huge industry-famous events that seek to teach you everything there is to know about brewing, we’ve picked out some of London’s best beer festivals happening in the rest of summer 2019.
Hang on to the sunshine we’ve got left and enjoy yourself. Bottoms up!
The Great British Beer Festival
When is it? 6-10 August, timings vary.
Where is it? Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX.
Why should I go? For real beer enthusiasts, this four day extravaganza is one of the biggest beer-themed events the city has ever seen. There’s a mix of tastings, shopping, signings and entertainment on offer and a chance to learn more about some of your favourite brands.
How much is it? General admission is £9-11, while VIP is £39.
London Craft Beer Festival 2019
Where is it? Tobacco Dock, The Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF.
When is it? 9-11 August, split into day and evening sessions between 11.30am-4.30pm and 6pm-11pm (except for the Sunday which runs 12-5pm).
Why should I go? Craft beer lovers will rejoice at the event’s biggest ever selection of beers on tap, with nearly 500 different kinds. Plus, there’ll be food on offer from some of London’s most rated restaurants and a DJ line-up to keep everyone entertained.
How much is it? Between £49.95 and £74.95.
Streatlife Street Food and Craft Beer Festival
Where is it? Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY.
When is it? 17 August, 12pm until late.
Why should I go? If craft beer is one of your many passions, this fun day out is a chance to revel in classic summery festivities with live music, DJ sets, street food and entertainment in full force.
How much is it? Free to attend.
Craft Beer and Cheese Festival
Where is it? Spit and Sawdust, 21 Bartholomew Street, London, SE1 4AL.
When is it? 24 and 25 August, 12.30-11.30pm.
Why should I go? This is a chance to have a right knees up with a series of live music performing over the two days, loads of craft beers available to try and, of course, delicious Neal’s Yard cheese to top it all off.
How much is it? It’s free to attend, buy your cheese and craft beers as you go.
London Brewers Alliance Beer Festival
Where is it? Fuller’s Brewery, Chiswick Lane, Chiswick, London W4 2QB.
When is it? 14 September, 1pm-7pm.
Why should I go? While some beer festivals expect you to put your hand in your pocket even after you get inside the gates, the cost of this ticket covers your beer consumption is covered for the day. There’ll be 50 breweries in attendance, and some fine local food traders too.
How much is it? £32.93-£38.32.
Hawkes & Hops Festival
Where is it? Leytonstone Tavern, 119 Harrow Road, London, E11 3PX.
When is it? 28 September, 12-8pm.
Why should I go? Cidery Hawkes is teaming up with other craft cideries and local Waltham Forest breweries to create a one day festival, filled with BBQ delicacies and great music. There’ll also be some masterclasses going on if you want to learn a little more about how your favourite drinks are made.
How much is it? £6 a ticket, which includes two pints.
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