With London City of Beer in full swing and the Great British Beer Festival well underway there is another amazing festival to make sure you put on your radar. The London Craft Beer Festival is in its third year and really has built on the momentum of the London craft beer scene. I attended on the opening night and here are some of my highlights!
Since hearing about this event I have been steadily ticking off the days to go on my calendar for opening night and checking the website daily to see what brewers were going to be present and frankly letting my excitement hit fever pitch. This for me has been one of the most eagerly anticipated festivals in my craft beer journey.
The raft of brewers present was pretty much a who's who of the craft brewing scene in London with names like; Partizan, Brew by Numbers and The Kernel (The Bermondsey crew) being present alongside non-Londoners Wild Beer Company, Thornbridge and Buxton this really was promising to be a spectacular event.
My expectations were blown out of the water by the atmosphere and friendliness of all the brewers present as well as the staggeringly good beer on offer and with some amazing DJ sets really setting the mood it exceeded all my expectations. What made the even even better was that there was no need for beer tokens. You could just walk up have a chat have a drink poured with no need to queue while someone was fumbling in their pockets for tokens or change.
As well as trying some of the real novel stuff such as the Negroni Saison from Partizan, Rhubarb and Rose Phantom sour from Beavertown, Milkshake stout from Wiper and True and the Fyne and wild cool as a cucumber from the Wild Beer Co. My personal highlights for the evening were meeting some of the non-UK brewers; Edge Brewing from Barcelona and Omnipollo from Stockholm. Having never tried any of their stuff before I was completely blown away by the Padrino Porter, a chocolate and vanilla masterpiece from Edge and the Noa Pecan Mus Cake Stout and Magic #90000 a blueberry/pecan/almond/vanilla smoothie american IPA from Omnipollo they described it as things got a bit crazy and they sure did but in a spectacular way.
All credit must go to Greg and Dan for organising such a spectacular event and if you are around for the next few days got yourselves down there for one of the most unique and amazing celebrations for beer that you are likely to ever go to.