London Beer Week

Now in its third year, there are more ways than ever to get involved in London Beer Week, which hits the capital from Monday (March 13) until Sunday, March 19.

From pop-ups and parties, to pairing dinners and beer tours, tickets for these events and many more are now available to purchase from DrinkUp.London

Newly appointed festival director, Ali Dedianko, said: “We are so excited for the new direction London Beer Week is headed this year. With more brands participating than ever before, this is a true celebration of all that is great in the world of beer. We’re showcasing not only the beers but the people behind the brands in this huge week-long event and I’m incredibly proud to be at the helm of this.”

Here’s a look at some selected events.

The Beer Edit

The Beer Edit will feature brews from some of the biggest names in beer, including Sharp’s Brewery and the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, who are both returning to headline the festival alongside myriad other beer brands, some well known, some eager for discovery. Entry is from £10 per session, including a complimentary Sharp’s beer on arrival, and all beers will be offered at special prices.

Neighbourhood beer tours around taprooms and breweries will celebrate the diversity of London’s craft beer scene. Tickets will be £10 each and will include a complimentary beer at each venue, and free rickshaw transportation between the locations, courtesy of Jameson Caskmates.

London Beer Week 2017 will also feature events such as beer pairing dinners, brew days, keg parties and in-bar promotions.

Newly appointed festival director, Ali Dedianko, said: “We are so excited for the new direction London Beer Week is headed this year. With more brands participating than ever before, this is a true celebration of all that is great in the world of beer. We’re showcasing not only the beers but the people behind the brands in this huge week-long event and I’m incredibly proud to be at the helm of this.”

St Patrick’s Day party

On March 17, Guinness is hosting a party with a difference, without a shamrock in sight. The official London Beer Week Friday night afterparty takes place at The Pickle Factory, adjacent to Oval Space, from 8pm until 1am, and promises epic food brought by KERB, live music and pints of the infamous Black Stuff.

Entry to the St Patrick’s Day Party is £15 and includes a free pint of Guinness.

Keg Party Project

The Keg Party Project, with Milwaukee’s own Pabst Blue Ribbon takes place on March 18. The Pickle Factory will be transformed into the ultimate keg party, complete with classic American games (beer pong, shuffle board, and cornhole), and music from Cirque du Soul.

Come get deviant with PBR (that’s what the cool kids call it) from 8pm until 1am. Entry to the Keg Party Project is £10 and includes a free can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Outlaw’s at the Capital

Michelin-starred Outlaw’s at the Capital has teamed up with Sharp’s Brewery to offer an exclusive dinner in the heart of Knightsbridge on March 14.

Head chef, Tom Brown, and Sharp’s Brewery’s own beer sommelier, Ed Hughes, have created a special menu for beer novices and connoisseurs alike, offering guests the unique chance to experience beer with Michelin-starred seafood.

The evening will include a welcome drink and canapés followed by a five-course menu with paired beers, including Doom Bar. Tickets are £60 per person and must be booked in advance.

Walking tours

To celebrate the launch of Courage SE1, an aptly named craft collaboration between one of London’s oldest beers, Courage, and the Southwark Brewing Co, London Beer Week is presenting the Courage SE1 Walking Tours. Se where the Courage SE1 Project limited edition cask ales are created and sample brand new beers before anyone else.

Tickets are £15 per person and include two free limited edition Courage SE1 Project cask ales. Each tour is approximately one hour long and can only accommodate a maximum of 15 people.

Rickshaw Beer Tours

A new addition to this year’s London Beer Week, the Rickshaw Beer Tours offer a fun way to discover London’s home-grown brewing talent as you sip on brews and immerse yourself in the fantastic spaces where the capital’s beer is made.

Tickets are £10 and will include entry to three different breweries or tap rooms with a complimentary beer at each, plus a stainless steel hipflask and free rickshaw transportation between the locations courtesy of Jameson Caskmates, which is aged in craft stout-seasoned oak barrels.

Each of the beer Meccas featured will keep their doors open for London Beer Week guests from 7pm to 10pm, so feel free to enjoy the tour at your own pace and linger a little longer at your favourite for another pint or two. The Rickshaw Beer Tours take place in Hackney on Tuesday (March 14) and Bermondsey on Wednesday.

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