Beer festivals are relatively thin on the ground this month, perhaps giving London’s liver a chance to recuperate after the festive season. What January lacks in quantity, however, it makes up for in quality and there’s more than enough beery-goodness to lure you out of hibernation.
The Old Coffee House, Soho: Brodies Beers make a welcome foray into central London with their ‘West End Festival’, which runs from 11am ‘til late on all 3 days. 12 beers will be available, including 6 new collaborative brews that have been made in conjunction with the likes of the Kernel and Redemption. All pints are just £2.99 and a special food menu, featuring the fantastic-sounding ‘Shoreditch Sunshine Sausages’, will also be available.
The Speaker, Victoria: Busy politicians can recover from their latest Twitter scandal with a selection of Winter Ales at this popular pub. The selection will be on offer throughout the two weeks and more details are due to be published on the website.
The White Horse, Parson’s Green: The inimitable West London pub presents a week of Scottish beers to get you in the mood for Burn’s night. Opening hours are as normal. Slainte!
The Hope, Carshalton: The “Have I Got Beer For You” festival promises ‘fine examples of all styles of British beer’, and, given their reputation for continually supplying a diverse range of good ales – check out the ‘beer cam’ on their site -, you can expect a great selection.