In amongst all the stories about how London’s air kills you, you’ve been burgled whilst out at work and your house is now worth 0.01% less than when you left it this morning I spotted some good news.
According to retail giant ASDA, sales of bottled ale are up among the young and more young men are now choosing ale over lager.
Tomorrow (that’s Sunday 9th January) LAB’s first official professional member launches his Black IPA at The Rake bar in London Bridge, 12-6pm.
Evin of the Kernel Brewery is a long-standing member and supporter of LAB, even though he doesn’t come under the ‘amateur’ category anymore we let him in as he’s jolly nice chap. And he makes fantastic beer.
There’ll be a few LAB members at the launch, come along, drink amazing IPA and say hi.
Loving this beer styles infographic from POP CHART LAB in Brooklyn…
Even better, you can buy it here.
Tonight = LAB meeting, normal place ->
Tomorrow = BrewDog free tasting session at The Rake, 8pm onwards. Event details here.
Wednesday = oh dear.
A good article on the resurgence of the UK Homebrew scene featuring The Kernel Brewery, SaintsAndSinners, Ben and Mark of LAB fame.
Check it out :
In addition to LAB’s “best of” pubs in London googlemap (link also at the top of the page), LAB member Stig has produced her own map of 200 of London’s real ale pubs, each with a mini review.
Its awesome, find it here.
Ant Hayes, founder of LAB and winner of the South African National Homebrew Competition in 2000 and 2003 is talking at NHC tomorrow (Sat 19th June) from 9-10am on the subject of “Lesser Known and Misunderstood English Beer Styles”.
For all those who think that British = 100′s of same-y Best Bitters, go along, you’ll be in for a very enlightening and welcome surprise.
In addition to the excellent work being done by SaintAndSinners brewery on the Thames in S. London, Sharp’s of Cornwall have also stepped up to the plate and reached out to UK home-brewers with their ‘Big Lunch Beer’ competition.
More info on this blog or on the Big Lunch website but basically the gist of it is: the successful brewer will be invited to Sharp’s to work alongside the head brewer to produce a commercial version of their winning recipe which will then be sold in stores across the country. Sounds good.
@lonbrew is where we’re at.
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This week sees the first of the capital’s beer festivals of 2010 in Battersea.
One of my favourite festivals, it comes just at the right time for those who’ve had an abstemious January.