Now that Dry January is out of the way, we can all feel less awkward about pencilling a few beer events into our calendars. Forget chocolate and roses, February has a lot more going for it, including the return of Stokey Beer Fest and even a CopyCat beer festival. Intrigued?
Let’s get down to it.
THE 2019 SIX NATIONS AT THE AFFINITY TAP: Friday, 1st February at 8pm - Saturday, 2nd February. at 2:15pm. From Friday the 1st February, Affinity Brewing Company will be showing the Six Nations rugby matches at their Bermondsey taproom. They’re promising a sizable screen, hearty food and even a beer brewed especially for the tournament! Basically, if you were planning on watching the rugby anyway, this is a no-brainer. Affinity Taproom, Railway Arch 7, Almond Road, SE16 3LR . Free, more information here.
CRATE BREWERY CROWDFUND EVENT: Wednesday, 6th February from 5pm. Hackney Wick’s Crate Brewery are jumping on the crowdfunding bandwagon and this is their campaign’s official launch party. They’re going to be detailing their expansion plans while plying potential investors with free pizza, beers and music. If you have a bit of cash lying around, this could be a good financial move (and investment starts from £10, so you won’t break the bank). Crate Brewery, Unit 7 Queen's Yard, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN . Free, more information here.
STOKEY BEER FEST 2019: Friday, 8th February - Saturday 9th February. Returning for its 3rd year, Stokey Beer Fest is gearing up for its biggest and best incarnation yet! They’ll be championing the little guys, including London breweries Bianca Road Brewing Co, The Kernel Brewery, Hop Stuff Brewery, Seven Sisters Brewing, Solvay Society and Ora Brewery. Your ticket includes 1/3rd of beer from each of the 12 producers and retailers pouring at the event plus a free can of beer from Seven Sisters Brewery. Abney Public Hall, 73A Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS. Tickets are £16.58 – £27.24 and available here.
REVERB AND CROWDSURFER LAUNCH AND TASTINGS: Friday, 8th February, 6:30pm-9:30pm. Like the sound of free tutored tastings? Head to the Signature Brew Haggerston taproom for just that, where they’ll be launching two beers and guiding drinkers through them. Reverb is a hazy NEIPA and Crowdsurfer is a gutsy West Coast DIPA. They sound equally as delicious, so you better head down to see which one tickles your fancy. Signature Brew Taproom, Railway Arch, 340 Acton Mews, E8 4EA . Free, more information here.
TWO TRIBES FIRST BREWERVERSARY: Thursday, 14th February, 5pm-10pm. We literally can’t think of anything more romantic than spending February 14th in King’s Cross with the Two Tribes Brewing family. On this prodigious day in 2018, they brewed on this site for the first time. It’s no surprise that this fun-loving team are throwing a helluva party to celebrate. They’ll have food from legends Prairie Fire BBQ and a special beer for the event. Two Tribes, Tileyard studios, Tileyard Rd, N7 9AH. Free, more information here.
CRAFT/BEER: Monday, 18th February at 8pm. If you’re feeling creative, head down to Signature Brew’s monthly craft night at their taproom. Each night is based around a loose theme announced in advance and you’re invited to come along and have a go at some collage/ freestyle mixed media. After a few beers, you’ll probably fancy yourself quite the artist. Signature Brew Taproom, Railway Arch, 340 Acton Mews, E8 4EA. Costs £2 on the night. More information here.
BRICK BREWERY MANHATTAN AND MARTINI SOUR TASTING: Thursday, 21st February, 6:30pm. Brick Brewery have brewed two very special vermouth cocktail-inspired beers to celebrate their return appearance at Craft Beer Rising this year. If you’d like to sample their Manhattan and Martini Sours, then join them at their taproom to do so before the general public. These promise to be beautiful and complex beers with the addition of fruit and barrel ageing. Your £6 ticket gets you a taste of both and a welcome pint on arrival. Brick Brewery Taproom, Peckham, SE15 4QL. Tickets are £6 and can be purchased here.
COPYCAT - ANOTHER BEER FESTIVAL: Thursday 21st February - Saturday 23rd February. A joint effort from Brick Lane Bottle Shop Kill The Cat and King’s Cross’s Two Tribes Brewing, the CopyCat beer festival will raise some eyebrows because it happens to fall upon the same weekend as another massive beer festival (see below). This, on the other hand, is an intimate beer festival with an impressive line-up of London and non-London breweries alike. Tickets are available for 4 sessions across 3 days. Expect great beer, fantastic DJs and delicious food. This will sell out, so get your tickets now. And did we mention that it’s all happening in an underground Shoreditch toilet block? Basement, 82a Commercial St, E1 6LY. Tickets are £5 and available here.
CBR 2019: Thursday 21st February - Saturday 23rd February. If you miss out on your chance to get a ticket to the CopyCat beer festival (above), you can always rely on Craft Beer Rising. Returning to the Old Truman Brewery in East London, it’s billed as the ultimate craft beer festival and is aimed at serious and casual craft beer drinkers alike. As always, there will be tonnes of beer from over 150 breweries, food and live music. The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 6QL. Tickets range from £16.80 - £21.60 and are available here.
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