London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival (March)
In March each year, North London’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) branch presents its annual beer drinker festival which showcases beers produced in London as well as British ciders and perries.
- Drink beers brewed in London
- Taste British cider and perry
- March festival
Raise Your Glass to Beer Brewed in London
The London Beer Drinker and Cider festival is a 3 day event where you can join fellow ale explorers in tasting beers from London’s flourishing local breweries. Try beers such as Trilby produced by the A Head in A Hat Brewery in Herne Hill; Bermondsey Best from Southwark Brewing; Cowcatcher from East London Brewing in Hackney and London Porter from Fuller’s Brewery in Chiswick.
Taste British Cider and Perry
CAMRA also campaigns for Real Cider and Perry. Cider has been drunk in Britain for hundreds of years and often graced the dining table. The ciders and perries at the festival are chosen because they are all ‘real’ meaning they are naturally produced from apples or pears with no added carbon dioxide to make it bubbly. This makes them easy to drink, hiding the alcohol content and producing some wonderful and complex flavours. There are tasting notes to accompany each one and it’s suggested that you start by tasting perries which tend to be more delicate in flavour.
- Tickets are available on the door and can’t be purchased in advance (CAMRA members receive a small discount)
- The festival is run entirely by volunteers. Get in touch if you’d like to be one of them
Add a dark ale such as Bloomsbury Brown from Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes to your Christmas pudding mixture to give it a depth of flavour.
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Where to Stay in London
The Z Hotel Shoreditch – a great option for travellers needing easy access to the City. Rooms have ensuite shower rooms and breakfast is provided in the Z Cafe.
The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell – a quirky Georgian townhouse with 13 individually designed rooms.
The Rookery in Clerkenwell – situated just over a mile from Borough market, this elegant boutique hotel set within a row of 18th century houses is furnished with antiques and paintings.