*CORRECTION* (Just like they do on the underground) The next LAB meeting will be on Monday 6th April, normal time, normal place (details at the top of the page).
For the following months, in a departure from the normal meeting date (due to the Bank Holidays), LAB will meet on the first Tuesday night of the month for May and June.
…the 18th of March, London Amateur Brewers will be mostly drinking at the London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival. Come along and join us…
LAB are taking part in this year’s Big Brew, so May 2nd (or thereabouts) will see us all brewing the ‘SS Minnow Mild’ recipe. You can find out what its all about or get involved yourself here.
The dramatic weather conditions totally did for the February get-together, and so the next LAB meeting will take place on Monday 2nd March, from 6pm onwards at the Wenlock Arms. All new members welcome.
Pub map update
A few more pubs have been added to the googlemap at the bottom of this page, maybe not places you’d make the effort to get to if you are a visitor to London with only a little time, but for those who are in the area they are definitely worth a visit if you find yourself a little thirsty. The “must visit” pubs are now marked with their own special red marker. Feel free to recommend any others you feel should be added.
Upcoming beer festivals:
We’re spoiled for choice in the upcoming weeks with no less than 4 sizeable beer festivals taking place in the capital.
The Yorkshire Beer Festival at the Bricklayer’s Arms in Putney runs from Feb 26th to Mar 1st and is always an enjoyable affair, it even includes performances from a troop of Morris Dancers which is an unusual site in amongst the council blocks where the pub nestles.
The following week is the Pembury Tavern Beer Festival in Hackney, running from the 4th to the 8th of March.
Nice and central is the wonderful London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival held in Camden Town Hall (directly opposite St Pancras station), running from the 18th to 20th of March.
At the end of March, from the 26th – 29th is the Wandsworth Common Beer Festival, held in the Great Hall, The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, London SW18 3SX. A newcomer to the London festival scene, it will be interesting to see what it has to offer.
See you on the 2nd.
A little late on this one considering it happened exactly 1 month, 1 hour and 19 minutes ago. This time it was the turn of Mike C. (We have a lot of Mikes at LAB. And Tonys. That’s just how we roll.) It was another bumper month for style-talk beers, this time a flight of 10 fantastic Belgian Guezes. Along with a photos from several brewery tours Mike took us through the origins, production and blending of these unique beers in what was a very interesting and informative session.
The next meeting is tonight, Jan 5th where we will be learning to identify taste flaws caused by wild yeasts, and a guide to Mike E’s marvelous brewery.
A BIG thanks to Mike for his excellent and thorough introduction to German beers, including social and political contexts which have shaped the beer as much as the country over the years. And the herculean effort of bringing 2 fantastic flights of 11 different styles, from the light and spritzy Berliner Kindl Weisse at a diminutive 2.7% through Dunkels, Alts, Schwarzbiers, Kolsches to the hulking Schneider Aventinus Weizen Doppelbock at a healthy 8.2%. Even the unique ‘smoky bacon’ flavours of the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Maerzen were appreciated by all.
Members beers of note included a roasty Northern Brown Ale, 4 hoppy and light Bitters, a Golden Ale, an American Pale Ale and a Belgian Tripel.
Only the hardened could manage a farewell pint after all that lot, well done to the members who didn’t have 10am client meetings this morning and stayed until closing time.
This month’s featured style is ‘An Introduction to German Beers’ by our resident expert, Mike. Expect lots of samples of some of the more hard to find beers and a great deal of insight into the delicious and varied beers of Germany.