After a festive season of excess, many of us fly the white flag in January and admit defeat. Drinking is hard to avoid around Christmas, so we feel compelled to give our livers a breather.
January can also be a very difficult time of year for independent breweries, taprooms and bars as movements like Dryanuary have gained momentum. To push back, the Tryanuary initiative encourages people to drink less, but drink well – that is, if you’re only going to have one beer this Friday, why not make it something different from the craft brewery down the road?
So get on board with Tryanuary and mindful drinking this month. Here are some events to help you get started:
MONCADA BREWERY TAPROOM REOPENING: Friday, 11th January -Saturday, 12th January . They took a respite during the holidays, but North West London’s Moncada Brewery are opening their taproom again and invite you to their first weekend event of 2019. Join them to try a limited edition version of their Floor Shaker IPA and some tasty food from Ladle London. Moncada Brewery, 37 Humber Road, NW2 6EN. Free, more information here.
TRYANUARY WITH GIPSY HILL TAP TAKEOVER WEEKEND: Thursday, 17th January - Saturday 19th January. Hackney Wick’s Beer Merchants welcomes South London’s Gipsy Hill Brewing Company for a tap takeover weekend. On Thursday the 17th, the Gipsy Hill crew will be in the house for a meet the brewer session. New beers will then be launched on the 18th and 19th respectively. This event is perfect for those in East London looking to get out of the East London beer bubble (all in the spirit of Tryanuary, right?). Beer Merchants, 99 Wallis Road, E9 5LN. Free, more information here.
BREWER BOTTLE SHARE; BEERS THAT SHAPED OUR BREWING: Saturday, 19th January, 5pm-7pm. South East London’s Brick Brewery are supporting Tryanuary with a special bottle share. Join them for this free event at their taproom, where other breweries in the SE area will be speaking about the beers that influenced them. Expect tastings and discussions about each beer – plus bring a beer of your own that has inspired you to share with the group. Brick Brewery, Arch 209, Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL. Tickets are free and can be found here.
ROBBIE BURNS NIGHT AT TWO TRIBES: Friday, 25th January, 6pm-10:30pm. Get ready to address a haggis in King’s Cross with Two Tribes Brewing for Burns Night. Come along to try a range of excellent beers, some fine sourdough pizzas from Discs of Dough and live music. It’s not exactly a traditional Burns Night, but we’re advised that there will be a haggis pizza. Two Tribes Brewing Co, Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Rd, King's Cross, N7 9AH. Free, more information here.
HAMMERTON TRYANUARY TAPROOM OPENING: Friday, 25th January - Saturday, 26th January. The end of the month means that Hammerton Brewery opens its taproom to the public. Head to Islington and admire the renovations made to the space over the past few months, including their brand new mezzanine. There will be plenty of delicious beers on tap for you to continue with your Tryanuary efforts and food from PoRx. Hammerton Brewery, 149 Roman Way, Unit 9, N7 8XH. Free, more information here.
TRYANUARY HACKNEY BEER HOP: Saturday, 26th January, 1pm-6:30pm. Great news! The Five Points Brewing Company are hosting their annual Hackney Beer Hop pub crawl. Join them by grabbing a £12 ticket (all proceeds will go to their charity partner, which is TBC). Discover and support some great pubs and bars around Hackney during a quiet month – all while having a great time. Various locations. Tickets are £12 and can be purchased here.
WOMEN IN HISTORY CHARITY PUB QUIZ: Tuesday, 29th January , 6:30pm-10:00pm . Get quizzical for a great cause with Brick Brewery for a great cause. Show off your knowledge of women in history, music, culture and more, all in the name of raising money for ActionAid UK. One victorious team will win a £50 bar tab, plus there’s a pile of raffle prizes to be won. Brick Brewery, Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased here.
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This events list will be updated as new events are announced, so keep checking back!