This August, London Craft Beer Festival welcomed in beer aficionados far and wide to the fourth edition of what they call ‘the best celebration of great beer in London’. We popped by ticket in hand; which give us entry to one of the three dates it ran for, unlimited small pours, a festival glass and zine (which we later discovered to be a mini guidebook to all the beer).
Returning to Bethnal Green’s Oval Space, more than 250 beers from over 30 of the world’s best brewers, including Wild Beer Co, Siren Craft Brew, Pressure Drop, Beavertown, BrewDog, Weird Beard plus many more from further afield, gather together in this one venue, ready to pour you whatever you chose. With delights like a white pepper and pineapple IPA, a Caribbean chocolate cake stout and sherbety ale on offer, it’s a funky, adventurous experience.
Prior to the festival, Greg and Dan from the LCBF gang commented: “We’re really excited to have brought together so many talented breweries from across London, the UK, and from around the world. London is a creative, dynamic and diverse city, and we hope we’ve captured that in the breweries selected.”
New for 2016, London’s oldest independent brewery, Fullers, introduced ‘The Cask Yard’. This tucked away little spot, acoustic ready with a laid back vibe, showcased the huge range of cask beers that this mighty hop-house has been producing for the last 150 years. Centre stage in their beer den was literally…a stage. With variety being the theme every year for the beer at LCBF, the music too followed suit with the likes of Mystery Jets, Dr Alex, Jamz Supernova and Spectrasoul performing for evening beer revelers.
Drinkers bored with bland lagers – go next year.