2017 in review: what didn't make the cut (part I)
With 2017 coming to a close, it’s a logical time to reflect upon some of the events that didn’t make the Brewing East editorial calendar. With London’s active craft beer scene, most weeks brought coinciding or a string of consecutive happenings.
Simply, it was impossible to document them all. Whether it was due to unideal conditions for photography or competing events, some were dropped in favour of others. Whatever the reason was – and sometimes if was simply down to time constraints – there were plenty of occasions that were memorable enough that they are worth revisiting now.
And so we present a few snapshots of the other gatherings that unfolded during the year that were just a plain old good time.
24 February 2017: Left Hand Brewing Company tutored tasting at Mason & Company
We were joined by Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing Company’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Lennert, for an informative tutored tasting. Ticketholders were invited to sample some of Left Hand’s range, including their celebrated Milk Stout Nitro, America’s first nitro in bottle. Still relatively difficult to track down in the UK, this was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the beers in the presence of a company representative who demonstrated boundless enthusiasm for the products, the brewery and their Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) model.
The event sold out and Chris was an engaging and animated guide who happily entertained attendees well into the night. It was an insightful look into one of the USA’s most respected craft breweries.
3 June 2017: London Brewers’ Market at Field Day 2017
As with any summer outdoor event, when you get glorious weather, it heightens any experience. This is just what happened for this year’s Field Day, held in East London’s Victoria Park, where a formidable line-up of musicians drew in the crowds. Again this year, the London Brewers’ Market provided an alternative drinks selection to the overpriced, sponsored bars. Ten breweries were on hand, each one tackling unrelenting queues and offering respite to drinkers who clocked on to the reasonable prices being charged for a range of interesting beers.
The London Brewer’s Market acted as an oasis at one of East London’s most seminal summer events, giving ticketholders the opportunity to enjoy beers that went down as well as the music. This partnership works extremely well and we hope it continues.
29 July 2017: Camden Brewery Enfield site open day
The new Camden Brewery site in Enfield was bound to impress, with its jaw-dropping £30m price tag. When it invited the public in for an open day, the tickets were snapped up quickly and despite the inclement weather, curious people turned up to take a tour of the grounds, indulge in some street food, participate in arts and crafts and even see Camden’s founder, Jasper Cuppaidge, get dunked in water.
The brewery was something to behold, a 50,000 square foot, carbon neutral site capable of producing 400,000 hectolitres of beer a year. Seeing a London brewery, which was founded in 2010 and began life at the Horseshoe pub in Hampstead, get snatched up by AB InBev for £85m in 2015, certainly provoked discussion and debate amongst craft beer drinkers (and continues to do so). Still, many flocked to experience the vastness of the new premises, which increases Camden’s capacity by an astonishing 2,000%.
It was incredible to see how far Camden had come, strolling above the gleaming brewery and admiring the towering fermenter tanks and sprawling packaging line. The dizzying scale of the site is a first for a contemporary London brewery.
Check back next week for part II of what didn't make the cut. Until then, happy holidays to all.