This month sees the return of the hugely popular Battersea Beer Festival, which kicks off another season of CAMRA-run festivals in London. There’s also plenty of beer-related action elsewhere, and if we’ve missed any events please let us know in the comments.
Battersea Beer Festival, Battersea Grand Hall. The 23rd Battersea Beer Festival promises a delicious wealth of English ales, strong beers, foreign imports and ciders. Tickets are only available on the door and cost £4, or £3 for CAMRA members and those who arrive before 5pm on Wednesday. See the festival website for up-to-date beer lists and more information.
Wetherspoons Pubs, East London. Wetherspoons’ London Beer Festival continues in selected East London branches — pop into your local for an informative booklet (and a tasty pint).
The Bricklayer’s Arms, Putney. Anyone who watched Team GB in the Olympics knows that Yorkshire is capable of producing great things. This month, the Bricklayer’s Arms is giving you a chance to taste this greatness at its Yorkshire Beer Festival, which boasts more than 100 beers, ciders and perries from the county.
Craft Beer Rising at the Old Truman Brewery. Thanks to everyone who pointed out our initial omission of Craft Beer Rising, a lively new festival that promises craft beers, a tasty selection of food stands and music from the likes of Norman Jay. The festival is open from 7pm on Friday, and Saturday sessions start at 11.30am or 5pm. Click here for tickets.
The Red Lion, Isleworth. The pub’s London Beers Festival offers more than 30 ales from the Greater London area alongside ciders from both London and Kent. Food and live music are available on all three nights, and on Friday you can enjoy a Chaz and Dave tribute band as part of the festival’s Cockney Night.
The Orpington Liberal Club, Orpington. This festival hopes to offer around 20 beers from mainly Kentish breweries, as well as a range of ciders. Doors open at 11am on the first two days, giving drinkers plenty of time to sample the whole range. Tickets have to be purchased in advance from either the bar or the website: click here for full details and a list of the beers on offer.
25 February-1 March
Wetherspoons Pubs, West London. The chain’s celebration of London ales moves West — pop into your local for details.
Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club, Leyton. Over 30 ales from around the UK, plus a range of ciders and perries, will be available from 5pm.
28 February-2 March
The Hope, Carshalton. The pub advertises a “Maiden Voyage Festival” but gives few details as to what’s involved. We can only hope there’s an ocean of beer.
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