Our top tips for London Craft Beer Festival
25 July 2018, By Jonny Garrett
In just a few days, this amazing space will be filled with some of the best breweries in the world. The highlight of our festival calendar, London Craft Beer Festival, is this weekend and it’s going to be bigger than ever. The team have taken over the amazing space at Tobacco Dock so if the weather holds it’s going to be an amazing summer party without a crap warm macrolager in sight.
This year’s brewery list is the best they have ever had. We love how LCBF combines world-class hype breweries while also giving a chance for smaller guys to get their name out there. We were involved in their Raise the Bar competition, in which a panel of (ahem) experts picked four small breweries deserving of a leg-up a space, and as well as the amazing winners (Box Car, Unity, West By Three and Burnt Mill) there are lots of foreign breweries coming over for the first time.
With so much on offer, we thought it might help you guys to pick our favourites from the full list. These are the breweries you can’t miss, because you’ll be some of the first people in the country to try it and the beers going from these breweries are second to none. We’ll be stocking lots of the beers online after the festival, but also selling them for takeaway from our stand by the entrance/exit of the festival all weekend – see you there! Tickets are still available!
Pouring in the UK for the first time ever, Collective Arts are unique brewery out of Ontario, Canada. Part brewer and part art curator, they package their beers in cans designed by artists from all over the world releasing each new batch with events and installations that combine the joy and creativity of the artwork and the beer. They will be bringing that concept to LCBF, filling their room with music, live art and a barbershop… on tap expect lots of delicious NEIPA and some super-fruited sours.
We have been bringing in Lindheim to the UK for a few years, but due to the fact that this Norwegian farmhouse brewery is absolutely tiny, not many people have tried their incredible beers. Almost exclusively spontaneously fermented, and often aged over fruits from the farm, Lindheim make some of our favourite wild beers in the world. Their raspberry gose blew our mind when we first tried it, but the real deal is their more complex fruited blends. Don’t miss out on the plum and cuvee.
The White Hag
We are huge champions of this brewery in the UK, and you’ll know why if you have been to the brewery or tried their stunning Heather Sour. It is, simply, one of the most delicious, exciting and unusual beers in the world – truly a product of its place and unachievable anywhere else in the world. On top of that they make banging hoppy beer and just about the most refreshing Berlinerweiss-style beer in the world – the Puca. If these guys are new to you, make sure you visit their stand.
Ranked among the best breweries in the world and rightly so, Lervig can brew world-class versions of any style they turn their hand to so while Tasty Juice, Supersonic, Perler For Svin and Liquid Sex Robot are indeed some of the best IPAs in Europe, don’t forget to try their massive imperial stouts and some delicious, complex sour beers that come from some of the most inventive minds in brewing. This year they will also have an amazing multimedia experience in their room led by their amazing in-house artist, Nanna Guldbaek.
Garage Brew Co
If you’re a lover of juicy, hazy New England IPA then Garage need to be on your radar. They tick all the boxes: murky, full-bodied beers loaded with stone fruit and overripe citrus, 440ml cans with unique, eye-catching designs. They aren’t just about IPAs though, Silver Peel is a fantastic red berry berlinerweiss with lots of depth, and their Imperial coffee stout, No Country, is up there with the best even though we can’t conceive a time in Barcelona cold enough that you might actually want to drink it.
Other Half may grab all the headlines when it comes to NYC, but Finback have garnered plenty of attention for their equally outstanding NEIPAs – head to their stand for super-fresh, super-juicy and occasionally dank IPAs. Every beer we have tried from them has been pretty sensational, and we’re really excited to be able to drink them for a whole weekend!
Land & Labour
A little known but very, very good side project from the head brewer of Galway bay Brewery, Tom Delaney. With Land & Labour he gets to experiment purely with fermenting beer in wood, embracing all the wild effects that open fermentation can give. His complex farmhouse saisons and mixed culture IPAs show how varied and exciting wild beer can be and the balance he brings to them all is a credit to his brewing and blending skills. Don’t miss out on these very rare, beautiful beers.