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Galvin Café a Vin Annual Craft Beer Dinner

16 August 2014 - 7:00pm

Roll up, Roll up – Beavertown Brewery is hosting Galvin’s Annual Craft Beer Dinner at Café a Vin in Spiralfields and founder Logan Plant is your host for the night.

Talented head chef Jack Boast has prepared a special menu to match Beavertown’s extraordinary beers, and Logan will be on hand to share his insight throughout the meal.

Beginning with Galvin’s famed Tart Flambée, I see that beer can chicken is on the menu, partnered with Beavertown Gamma Ray, and apparently there’s some as yet unreleased beers arriving too.

Beer by the River

30 August 2014

Wandsworth-based Sambrooks heads up the river once more to join with the National Trust and host it's second Beer by the River festival at Morden Hall Park. 

After a successful debut in 2013, there's plans for more of everything - food, music and, of course, beer! It's a very relaxed affair, with plenty for kids in the day, and lots for the rest of us in the evening.

And there's a Homebrewers' competition too. Submit your entry online before the festival, and bring along a case of your bottles on the day to have your brew judged and voted on by the festival goers, before a shortlist of the most popular ones is decided upon by a panel of expert judges. Head to the website to find out more.

London Craft Beer Festival

14 August 2014 - 17 August 2014

From Beavertown to Siren, Camden Town to Weird Beard, Sierra Nevada to Evil Twin, London Craft Beer Festival heads to the Oval in East London from 14-17 August.

Taking an all-in approach, your £35 ticket fee entitles you to small pours of all the beers on offer, plus four bigger pours (third pints), and some great music. It’s a wonderful environment to taste the brews, meet the creators, enjoy tasty eats on the terrace, and generally enjoy the vibe – Craig Charles was playing when we went last year. 

Okell's Beer & Food Matching Evening

31 July 2014 - 7:00pm

Who has tried Okell's beers? If you have, this is a steal, and if you haven’t, it’s going to be even more fun.

The Bull at Highgate is hosting a special dinner on Thursday 31 July to showcase not just the beers but some of the Isle of Man’s fine ingredients, including its renowned Queenie Scallops and its Loaghton sheep.

London Brewers Market

11 July 2014 - 12 July 2014

Over 20 London breweries are once more getting together for a pop-up London Brewers Market at Old Spitalfields this Friday and Saturday.

The best of London Brewers Alliance are sharing their wares with visitors. From Beaverton Brewery through to Windsor & Eton (OK, I couldnt find an A and a Z brewery, but therell be more than enough to keep you amused. There’s food and a beer garden, Saturday the Independent Label Market will also be setting up shop.

English Wine Tasting 2014 highlights

Earlier this year English wineries gathered a stone's throw from Parliament Square to share their wines with the drinks trade. Following a good, if challenging at times, harvest in 2013, the still wines didn't disappoint, and the sparklers once more showed why England is becoming such a force on the fizz world stage.

Here are my highlights, as prepared for Imbibe, the magazine for restaurants, pubs and bars.

Dea Latis: Beer & Chocolate Tasting

25 March 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

What’s better than chocolate? How about beer and chocolate? Yes, it’s that time of year when not one but two of life's luxuries – nay, necessities – come together in one package.

Dea Latis is the inspiring pan-industry group of women who love beer, and want to share their enthusiasm, particularly with anyone new to the (not always) amber nectar. It is holding its annual beer and chocolate tasting on 25 March in London, and all women are welcome.

Wine Sessions

23 November 2013 - 11:00am - 11:00pm

Fancy a new way of looking at wine? Well the guys and girls behind Toast Festivals have teamed up with some of the wine and restaurant world’s most creative minds to bring you a day with a difference: Wine Sessions.

“We’ve got the most gorgeous, brilliant people in the wine trade to debate and chat,” explains River Café sommelier and Waitrose columnist, Emily O’Hare, herself renowned for taking the stuffing out of stuffiness. “To talk you through some of the world’s best wines, and the whole thing will be fun, intelligent and relaxed  and really not poncey!”

Old Ale Festival at The White Horse on Parsons Green

22 November 2013 - 24 November 2013

It’s back, and as wonderful as ever.

Honestly, those folks who live around Parsons Green are dead lucky. (me green - surely not!)

The White Horse's notorious Old Ale Festival returns for its 31st outing.

With over 60 beers garnered from all quarters of the British Isles, make tracks if you want to taste gems such as a one-off four-year-matured collaboration between Thornbridge and Dark Star, a cask of Wild Beer Modus Grand Cru, or classics such as Harveys Old Ale, Jennings Sneck Lifter, and Purple Moose’s Dark Side of the Moose. 

We are the Champions!

13 November 2013 - 17 November 2013

An unmissable opportunity for anyone who loves their beer: 13 Champion Beers of Britain as decided at CAMRA's Great British Beer Festival are available to taste in The Bull's Champion Beers of Britain festival this weekend.

From the elegant darkness of Hobson's Mild – a 3.2% winner back in 2007 – through to the majestic texture of Coniston Brewing Company's no 9 Barley Wine, the 8.5% champ from 2012, there's a variety show of taste and colour to enjoy.