Next week sees the return of London Beer Week, and we’re so thrilled we’ve pulled out our pewter tankards to enjoy the occasion in style!
From 22-28 February there’s a whole week of fun brewing around the capital with some great drinks offers. With your £10 wristband, you’ll be given access to the self-guided beer tours, and can take advantage of £3 speciality beers and £5 boilermakers (basically a beer and a shot). Those are Northern prices but in more than 100 of the best beer bars and breweries Darn Sarf instead.
Grab wristbands from the Sharp’s Brewery London Beer Week Hub. Get your free beer flight and make sure you check out the pop-ups around the Old Truman Brewery. That’ll give you a good idea of where to go and what to see (and drink) on your travels.
But the next step, of course, is to taste the range of beers on offer. If you’re not a beer connoisseur but want to learn – or if you are a connoisseur but are looking for some new ideas – try these delicious beers during London Beer Week. All cost just £3 with your wristband.
1. Oatmeal Cookie Stout
A rich, chocolatey brew with roasted nuts and caramel created by Brew by Numbers especially for LBW16.
Available at Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar, 157b Commercial Street, EC1 6BJ.
2. Chilli Oyster Stout
A tasty collaboration between Well & Bucket pub and brewers Anspach & Hobday especially for LBW16.
Available at the Well & Bucket, 143 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG.
3. Island Records Session IPA
A laid back, session-strength IPA bursting with juicy hop aromas and flavours of citrus & tropical fruits. Upgrade to a boilermaker with Bulleit Bourbon for £5.
Available at The Gunmakers, 13 Eyre Street Hill, EC1R 5ET.
4. Beartooth American Brown Ale
A smokey, chocolatey brown ale with caramel sweetness and almond nuttiness. Upgrade to a boilermaker with Becherovka Czech liqueur for £5.
Available at Foxlow, 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS.
5. DrinkUp.London Session IPA
Tropical fruited scents, with a hint of brown sugar and a dry fresh finish. Created by Melissa Cole and 40ft at Cotswold Brewing Co especially for LBW16.
Available at The DrinkUp.London Boilermaker Bar, The Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QL.
6. Hackney Hopster
A Pacific pale ale, light bodied, refreshing with citrus fruit flavours.
Available at London Fields Taproom, 365-366 Warburton Street, E8 3RR.
7. LBW Tropical Hopjuice
Rich exotic tropical flavours to taste, an incredibly light and refreshing brew. Created by Durham Atkinson of Hops and Glory especially for LBW16.
Available at The DrinkUp.London Boilermaker Bar (Saturday only), The Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QL.
8. Siren Broken Dream Nitro Breakfast Stout
Milk Coffee infused Stout poured on a Nitro line to get a perfectly creamy texture.
Available at The Other Room, 60 Tower Bridge Road, SE1 5TR.
9. Rubia Pilsener (Gaucho’s own beer)
A light, crisp and refreshing German pilsener with fine bubbles. Upgrade to a Boilermaker with Woodford Reserve bourbon.
Available at Gaucho, 5 Finsbury Avenue, EC2M 2PG.
10. Mizzen Stout
A dark, strong stout with hints of chocolate, coffee and malt sweetness. Brewed by Sharp’s Brewery’s 2015 Brewing Adventure Winner, Dylan Jones especially for LBW16.
Available at the Sharp’s Brewery London Beer Week Hub, Ely’s Yard, The Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QL.
For the adventurous, you could try a ‘hoptail’. These are special, beer-based cocktails. Priced just £5 for wristband wearers. Check out our list of six six hoptails to try at London Beer Week to try at London Beer Week.
For more information, visit londonbeerweek.com.