With a dazzling array of participant breweries, food from some of London’s best restaurants, and an almost unlimited supply of free beer samples, the London Craft Beer Festival (LCBF) is undoubtedly the place to be for beer lovers come November.
Not to be confused with the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), the LCBF is a relative newcomer, albeit one that has quickly made a name for itself with the excellence of its beers. With a deliberate focus on newer names, the LCBF has predominantly showcased local breweries and those who are attempting to do something interesting or different.
Last year’s festival played host to over 80 breweries with exciting newbies like Dalston’s 40FT, Denmark’s Dry & Bitter and Ireland’s White Hag joined by established names such as Brewdog and Sierra Nevada. Other notable names included New York’s Evil Twin, French brewery Brasserie Popihn and Portugal’s Cerveja Letra.
The festival also offers visitors a tantalising line up of foodie treats with top restaurants and street food giants rubbing shoulders at the event. Highlights of the 2019 festival included such renowned vendors as Palomar restaurant, Hoppers, Brigadiers, Berber & Q.
There’s music too with an acoustic stage and a range of DJ sets. Last year’s festival saw the likes of Friendly Fires, the Kaiser Chiefs and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor man the wheels of steel with acoustic sets from artists including Josh Flowers, Amy Wawn and Polly Money.
The venue for the event is Tobacco Docks with the 2019 festival moving to a bigger space within the complex.
Tickets for last year’s festival began at £49.95, which included access to the festival, all your beer, a free tasting glass and a magazine-style programme.
We’ll have more details about the 2020 event as soon as they are announced.