Although October will inevitably see a flurry of mini 'Oktoberfests' around the capital, bombarding London with 'German' food and beverages of varying quality, there are still many good beer festivals to visit this month. A selection is below, but if we've missed any please do post a comment.
Sambrooks, Battersea. The popular Battersea brewery is hosting birthday celebrations, including entertainment, food and a range of their brews. If you haven't already registered email firstname.lastname@example.org
The George, the Strand. This popular pub will serve over 20 seasonal ales and a range of ciders during a festival that also features raffles and pub games.
The Snooty Fox, Canonbury. Their 'Carry On Up The Snooty Fox' festival (see picture) boasts over 25 ales, including brews from the new East London Brewing Co, a festival ale from Redemption and a rare cask version of Windsor and Eton's Conqueror 1075. The wide selection is washed down with a packed programme of entertainment:
6th October, 9pm: Beer quiz, presided over by respected beer writer Pete Brown
7th October, 8pm-1am: Soul Shack DJs playing Northern & Motown
8th October, 8pm-1am: garage rock, soul/rhythm’n’blues and rock’n’roll from the 1950s and ’60s
9th October, 8.30pm: comedy night with Darius Davies, Lou Sanders and MC Nathan Cassidy
Croydon and Sutton Real Ale Festival, Wallington. All 60 ales will have come from within 60 miles of the hosting venue, and with ciders, perries and foreign beers on top it's well worth a look. Entry prices vary from free to £4, check the website for full details and times.
London Brewers Alliance, Vinopolis - London Bridge. Once again the London Brewers Alliance will be converging on Vinopolis to give you the chance to taste beers brewed around the capital (think The Kernel, Camden Town, Sambrooks and many more). Tickets are £20, which includes 7 half pint beer tokens and a half pint of the Collaborative Porter that made its debut at the same festival last year.
Wandsworth Common Beer Festival, Le Gothique. Set in a suitably spooky building near Wandsworth Town, this deservedly popular Halloween beer festival will feature 90 different ales and 20 ciders. Entry is £4 (£2 if you're a CAMRA member) and it's worth keeping an eye on their site (where you can also pre-register) for the full list of beers.