Archive for the ‘Beer Information’ Category

A new London home-brewing festival

Earlier this year we heard that the London and South East Craft Brewing Festival, which has been held annually in Sutton, was not going ahead.

I am pleased to announce that the London Amateur Brewers have taken over the organisation of this fantastic event and a date and new venue have now been decided.

Key to the aims of the new organisers is to improve the image and quality of home brewed beer by providing quality judging feedback to entrants. The organisers want to continue the social time or festival time which happens after the judging has finished as it is so popular and allows competitors to compare their beers with their friends. The organisers are also encouraging entries in a wider range of style categories this year.

The competition will take place on the 12th November 2011 and the new location in Wimbledon has excellent public transport links for competitors and supporters.

Pre-registration of the competition entries are being encouraged to help the organisers with the administration and setting-out. Information about how to enter and participate can be found on the competition web site:

UK Beer Festival Calendar

From the website comes this handy list – a calendar of UK beer festivals of all sizes, more comprehensive (and user-friendly) than the one on CAMRAs site.

Worth a look if you’re festival-inclined.

LAB – now on Facebook

Its still in its infancy but LAB now have a presence on the omnipresent Facebook. Unsurprisingly, the direct URL is

Come pay a visit, say ‘Hi’, give us a ‘Like’ and stir up a debate. All welcome.

Nord pas-de-Calais, brewing region of France

Here are the beers from the tasting at the October meeting – a selection of microbrews from northern France that although with definite influences from across the Belgian border, have a unique character of their own. Who said the French don’t make good beer?

From left to right:

Brasserie Au Baron – Saison Saint Médard
Amber Bière de Garde, 7% ABV

Brasserie d’Annoeullin – Lepers 8
Biere Blonde

Brasserie du Caou – Kaou’ët Brune
Biere Brune, 7% ABV

Brasserie du Caou – Kaou’ët Triple
Belgian Triple, 8.5% ABV

And a bottle of sweet farmhouse cider, just for good measure.

Sexy little hop-characteristics infographic

Designer: Zeke Shore