If you ever needed an excuse for a cheeky half mid-week, London Beer Week is it. It’s February, your good intentions and positive attitude for January is waning and the weather has finally snapped into full-on winter. It is, for us, the cruelest month.
That’s why we’re glad that London Beer Week is back for a second year to wake up our tastebuds, with Craft Beer Rising rounding off the week. Once again, from 22-28 February, LBW will be taking over the iconic Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch and play host to Sharp’s Brewery London Beer Week Hub, where you can collect your wristband and bar guide before checking out the other pop-ups showcasing the best of the festival, including Hop House 13 (bringing the latest brews form St James’s Gate, Dublin along with live music), and The DrinkUp.London Boilermaker Bar; a bluesy bar bigging-up the boilermaker. We’ll be hogging a bar stool here all week to try the six beer and whisky pairings on offer.
If you want to venture outside of the hub, there are over 100 bars and restaurants taking part in this year’s London Beer Week, all offering £3 speciality beers (when was the last time you got change from a fiver for a beer in London?) and £5 boilermakers or hoptails when you flash your wristband. There are also one-off events throughout the week, such as Beer Meets Fine Dining at Outlaw’s at The Capital, showcasing how to cook with beer and CRATE tutored tastings, rounding off the week with Craft Beer Rising.
For a full event schedule and to purchase your wristbands, head to londonbeerweek.com.
Here are DrinkUp.London’s pick of the most unusual beers on offer:
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.
2. 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
3. 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.
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