Love Beer London is a new craft keg beer festival aiming to be a force for good in the capital, serving live, unfiltered, and unpasteurised beers from keg in a wide variety of styles. Located in King’s Cross, it is set to bring together over a hundred of the best breweries from across London and the South East, in an exciting three day charity beer festival.
Love Beer London is a collaborative project between the London Brewers Alliance (LBA), the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) South East and Craft Beer Cares. All proceeds will go to The Benevolent, a trade charity that provides help and support to current and former employees of the drinks industry and their families. Craft Beer Cares, which, like SIBA and the LBA, is a not-for-profit organisation, will run and staff the event with volunteers, which means that the event will have a positive impact on the industry as well as serving the very best beer that London has to offer.
I spoke to festival organiser Jaega Wise, who is the head brewer at the Wild Card Brewery in Walthamstow and also an elected director of SIBA South East, about the event.
Jaega says, “Over the last ten years the brewing scene in London has gone from strength to strength and in my opinion London is now one of the most exciting beer cities in Europe, with more breweries springing up in communities across the Capital every few months. With Love Beer London we are bringing together all of the best breweries from across London and the South East into one huge new beer festival, serving a broad range of beer styles of the highest quality in an amazing event space just behind King’s Cross station. It’s the first time that SIBA have joined with the LBA and we’re hugely excited about the broad range of craft breweries and beer styles that will feature at the festival. As well as modern hop-forward IPAs and pale ales there will be lots of traditional bitters, porters and stronger English ales, as well as fruited sours, Czech-style lagers and speciality and mixed-fermentation beers. It genuinely will have something for everybody. Love Beer London got its name because everyone involved is doing this for the love of good beer and making it feel inclusive and open to all is a huge part of what we are trying to do; it’s why we have priced the tickets and beer tokens as affordably as possible. As brewers we want to brew amazing beer and share it with as many people as possible, and that’s what Love Beer London is all about.”
The festival is open Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 February as follows: Thursday: 5 to 11pm; Friday and Saturday: 11.30 to 4.30pm and 6 to 11pm. Tickets are priced at £12 per session and include a branded glass. The beer is set to be priced at a very reasonable £2 per half pint, although some high ABV beers will be £3 per half pint.
For more information or to buy your ticket, visit www.lovebeerlondon.co.uk.
Neil Walker, Head of Communications & Marketing, SIBA