A celebration of the hop and craft beer industry, The Great Hop Expedition will showcase beers from around the world made using hops from Germany to New Zealand, as well as the world’s largest hop exporter, the USA.
A key ingredient to the brewmaster’s toolkit, hops are the herbs of beer. Each possess rich aromas and flavours, and when married with a region’s distinct brewing style, give some of our best loved beers their unique taste, from German and Czech Pilsners to British bitters and IPAs, as well as a world of New World craft beers made by the rising number of microbreweries.
Throughout September and October, drinkers can experience Young’s largest offering of beer happenings to date, designed to educate, entertain and excite. Customers are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and broaden their beer horizons as they discover stunning ales, lagers and stouts made from the huge variety of hops in the beer world.
High-profile, iconic brewers will be on hand at each event to share their top tips and expertise, from the likes of Meantime, Founders, Sambrook’s and Guinness. From pairing pints with dishes to live music and learning how to brew your own beer, jump on board The Great Hop Expedition at Young’s favourite drinking dens.
Hop On, Hop Off — September 21
A bus tour around Young’s birthplace, Wandsworth. First stop will be The Duke’s Head, located along the banks of the River Thames in Putney, where the finest brewers from the USA will be on hand, with their brews. Second stop is The Ship, showcasing UK beers with Young’s head brewer. The day rounds off at The County Arms for a beer tasting and food pairing using New World beers, joined by all the brewers.
Hop On, Hop Off tour tickets are available to win via competition giveaways on @YoungsPubs social media — keep your eyes peeled!
A History of hops and the first English hops with Young’s — September 14, The Coburn, 8 Coburn Road, Bow, London E3 2DA (£15)
Hosted by experts from Charles Wells and Marston’s breweries, this masterclass covers everything you need to know about the rich history of beer. Discover how beers were first made and flavoured in early Europe using just herbs and spices, before hops were introduced to the brewing process, and the ways different hop varieties are used and new techniques were discovered to create the Young’s beers of today.
Meet the brewer, with Guinness — October 19, The Windmill, Mayfair, London W1S 2AZ; October 26, Coach and Horses, Isleworth TW7 5BQ; November 2, Hand and Spear, Weybridge KT13 8TX (£25)
Discover the Guinness story, from its humble beginnings in 1759 to the present day, and get your fill along the way. Learn all about their unique brewing process and how the brand became a household name before sampling Guinness’ most iconic serves and variations alongside a paired food menu.
Pursuit of Hoppyness, with Meantime — September 15, The Bull, Streatham, London SW16 3QB; September 27, Narrowboat, Islington, London N1 8PZ; October 10, The Phoenix, Victoria, London SW1E 5JA (£15)
A fun-filled night with London brewery Meantime. Taste five different styles of beer while getting a feel for the different varieties of hops used, before enjoying stand-up from Aussie comedian Big Al.
The Science of Beer and Food, with Sambrook’s — September 8, The Britannia, Kensington, London W8 6UX; October 12, The Bull, Streatham, London SW16 3QB; October 19, The Leather Bottle, Earlsfield, London SW17 0NY (£15)
Learn from Sambrook’s master brewers how to create a great recipe for a champion beer. Have a taste of how great beer is made, from the raw ingredients to the finished article.
Yeastie Boys Beers — September 28, Brewers Inn, Wandsworth, London SW18 2QB; October 26, The Hammersmith Ram, London W6 9HW; November 2, Dial Arch, Woolwich, London SE18 6GH (£12-£15)
Learn how to transform your life and become a master brewer with this New World beer talk and tasting. Sit back as Wellington-based founders Stu McKinlay and Sam Possenniskie explain why they swapped pencil pushing for beer brewing, all while sampling some of their most popular pints brewed in the UK and across the world.
Bellville’s American Road Trip — October 12, The Windmill, Clapham, London SW4 9DE (£10)
Get a taste of the USA with Bellville Brewing Co, featuring a tasting of five iconic brews, perfectly paired nibbles, and a talk on the different hops that give each serve its distinct flavour.
Founders Meets… — October 4, Defector’s Weld, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8AA; October 10, White Bear, Kennington, London SE11 4DJ; October 18, Trinity Arms, Brixton, London SW9 8DR (£15)
Known the world over for their beers with immense body and tons of flavour, Founders will be delivering a relaxed food pairing focusing on one of four favourite food options: cheese, charcuterie, chocolate, ice cream, or for something extra special, Bourbon. Start the evening with a pint of All Day IPA, before, as you hear about the brand’s history from Founders’ Tim Traynor, discovering the perfect matches to be enjoyed.
•Pick up a (Dis)Loyalty Card at any participating Young’s pub this autumn to receive a stamp every time you try a new type of craft beer or cask ale. Fill up the entire card, and you’ll be thanked with an exclusive ticket to Young’s Beer Festival in January 2018.