The much anticipated London Beer Week is back this year to celebrate all things barley and boozy. Starting today and lasting through until Sunday, the festivities will take place throughout London’s drinking dens.
A £10 wristband – available from the Sharp’s Brewery London Beer Week Hub – will grant beer enthusiasts a free beer and access to a series of self-guided tours in over 100 of the best bars and breweries in the city. From here, revellers can start their journey at a medley of pop-up bars centred around the Old Truman Brewery.
The festival, which is now in its second year, comes courtesy of the Drink.Up London team – who also arrange London Cocktail Week, which has just celebrated its sixth year, and the London Wine Week, which launched in 2014.
We picked Drink.Up London’s brains for five of the top beers around town and where to drink them, for just £3 a pop with a wristband, followed by five of the very best ‘hoptails’ on offer for £5.
Top Beer Picks
Oatmeal Cookie Stout: A rich, chocolatey brew with roasted nuts and caramel created by Brew by Numbers created especially for #LBW16.? Available at Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar – 157b Commercial Street, EC1 6BJ
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
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
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.
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
Top ‘Hoptail’ Picks
Kernow Gigglemug: Sharp’s Chalky’s Bite, gin, roasted fennel seed syrup, citrus and caramelized kosovar juniper foam. Complex and fresh.? Available at Worship Street Whistling Shop – 63 Worship Street, EC2A 2DU
M-ale Tai: A traditional Tiki rework made using Brewdog Punk IPA and Scotch. Punchy and reviving.? Available at Craft Cocktail Company – Arch 253, Paradise Row, E2 9LE
Peroni Sour: Peroni Nastro Azzurro, calvados, lemon juice and bergamot reduction. Autumnal, elegant flavours.? Available at Union Street Cafe – 47-51 Great Suffolk St, SE1 0BS
The Tank Old Fashioned: Pilsner Tank Beer, Woodford Reserve Bourbon, beer sugar and orange bitters. Rich and aromatic.? Available at The Duck and Rice – 90 Berwick St, W1F 0QB
Apri-Hop Sour: Bulleit bourbon, lemon juice, apricot liqueur, Hop House 13 Lager. Smooth and warming.? Available at Hop House 13 LDN (LBW pop-up) – 7 Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QL
Words by Annie Biziou – Lifestyle Editor