London Craft Beer Festival 2015: preview

London Craft Beer Festival is running from Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 August 2015. Check out our preview to find out what you can expect from the day, then read our interview with co-founder Greg Wells, who recommends his must-try beers for the day.

There’s nothing quite like craft beer, street food and top DJs, especially when that combination is happening in London’s East End. It’s exactly what you’ll find at Oval Space (the one in Bethnal Green, not actual Oval) this week, as The London Craft Beer Festival returns for a third year. Expect an impressive line up of over 30 craft brewers, from London trailblazers The Kernel, Camden and Beavertown; to international favourites Edge Brewing (Barcelona), Omnipollo (Stockholm), and Founders Brewing Co (USA) to name a few.


There’ll also be some of London’s finest street food vendors, including Big Apple Hot Dogs. The Borough Ham & Cheese Co. will be serving their charcuterie boards, and the now-famous LCBF smoked onglet steak and chips will be on hand to soak up all the brews. Sets from Ghostpoet, Cuban brothers, DJ Yoda and Will Kennard of Chase & Status will provide the soundtrack.

We spoke to co-founder, Greg Wells, to get his pick of the best beers you should be looking out for…

Bloody Ell

Brewery: Beavertown (Hackney)

Beer Type: Blood Orange IPA, 7.2%

£2.70 beermerchants.com

What Greg says: ‘This beer is close to perfection for a summer IPA. They use really citrussy hops and, as the name suggests, they bang in blood orange too. It has great body and depth of flavour, but it’s light, zesty and refreshing at the same time. They sell it in cans, too, perfect for a BBQ.’


Brewery: Magic Rock (Huddersfield)

Beer Type: West Coast Pale Ale, 5.5%

BrewDog bars nationwide.

What Greg says: ‘Huddersfield is a long way from the Pacific, but that hasn’t stopped one of this country’s finest doing a damn good homage to the fine craft breweries on the US West Coast. This is available in keg and cask in many good beer pubs around the country – a great first pint of the evening.’


Brewery: Wiper & True (Bristol)

Beer Type: Saison

£3.30 The Bottle Shop, SE1, London

What Greg says: ‘This Saison-style beer has taken the UK brewing scene by storm. It was traditionally made for seasonal workers in southern Belgium. An ale-strength beer, but with much more floral flavours and spicier notes than most British-style ales. This is a great example; all citrus, berries and a peppery finish.

The London Craft Beer Festival 2015 runs from Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 August. Tickets cost £38.50 and include entry, a festival-branded tasting glass, a booklet with tasting notes and unlimited small pours (90ml tasters) of whichever beers you like. Londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk

Session times:

Thursday 13, 18:00 – 23:00, London Beer City Launch Night

Friday 14, 12:00 – 17:00, London Beer City Afternoon

Friday14, 19:00 – 00:00, End of the Week

Saturday 15, 12:00 – 17:00, Saturday Social

Saturday 15, 19:00 – 00:00, Big Night Out

Sunday 16, 13:00 – 20:00, Sunday Funday

Music line up:

Thursday 13, Yoms / Ghostpoet

Friday 14, Jett / Will Kennard (Chase & Status) / Spectrasoul

Saturday 15, 12:00 – 17:00, DS / Jett / DJ Yoda

Saturday 15, 19:00 – 00:00, Jett / Artful Dodger / The Cuban Brothers

Sunday 16, Public Service Broadcasting

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