London Craft Beer Festival 2016: what to drink

What to expect from this year's London Craft Beer Festival including who'll be there, what to eat, what to listen to, and, importantly, we find out what to drink from co-founder Greg Wells

London Craft Beer Festival returns to East London’s Oval Space from 12-14 August bringing with it 30 brewers from across the world. Grab a ticket and visitors will be able to enjoy unlimited small pours of some of the best beers available anywhere, as well as DJ sets from the likes of Mystery Jets, and mouth-watering selection of food: LCBF’s signature Onglet Grill will be back alongside Big Apple hot dogs and smoky BBQ.


Some incredible brewers are making the trip to London for this weekend of celebrations. Visitors can expect brews from London trailblazers The Kernel to the über-creative team at Swedish brewery Omnipollo, Huddersfield’s Magic Rock (who happen to be brewing olive’s current beer obsession, Salty Kiss, and, from further afield, Sierra Nevada will be representing from the US.

So, with so many brewers and beers available, how do you narrow it down and decide what to drink? To find out, we turned to Co-founder Greg Wells…

Omnipollo Mazarin Pale Ale

Based in Stockholm, these guys are one of the most sought-after brewers in Europe. Their Pale Ale, Mazarin, is packed with hops but so well balanced it leaves a deep yearning for more. Look for the melting candle.

To Øl, Frankie Like Weisse

Another gem of a brewery from Scandinavia, To Øl, were set up by two college friends. Like Weisse is Berliner Weisse, perfect for summer drinking, like a tart, fresh lemonade ready to make sunny days better and longer.

The Kernel Brewery, London Sour Raspberry

One of the best breweries in the world, and certainly one of the finest in London The Kernel is a true artisan brewery. It’s sour raspberry beer, a London twist on the Belgian style, made with raspberries has become a highlight of the summer seasonal releases and definitely one to look out for.

Gipsy Hill, Hepcat, Session IPA

Another great beer from South London, this session IPA has a little more body than most, but a higher malt content lets a great fruity hop hit sit nicely.  A well balanced, supremely drinkable beer.

Wiper & True, All The Colours of the Dark, Black IPA

A tiny but exciting brewery from Bristol who are making people sit up and take notice with their very drinkable brews and constant stream of new releases.  A Black IPA is similar to an IPA in hop content, but uses darker malts for roasted notes.

Lervig, White IPA 

Brewed on the wild west coast of Norway, by the legendary Mike Murphy, Lucky Jack is a supremely crushable American Pale Ale, packed with US hops from Mike’s homeland, best experienced fresh and chilled like North Sea wind.

Aegir, Littlebro Session IPA 

Brewed beyond the arctic circle line in northern Norway, Aegir are a brewery you’ll see more of very soon. Session IPAs are lower percentage IPAs, hence the name Littlebro, and are perfect for that hop hit. Looks out for these fellers in can.

Tickets are available to buy here from £38.50. A ticket gives you entry to LCBF, a festival branded tasting glass, festival booklet with tasting notes and unlimited small pours (90ml tasters) of whichever beer you like.


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