Food & Drink — 08 March 2012
Last orders at the London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival
photo credit: Quinnford + Scout

London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival, one of the capital’s longest running beer festivals, calls time at the Camden Centre this Friday, but there is still time to head down for a swift pint or two. Organised by the North London Branch of CAMRA for the past 28 years, the festival brings the thirsty Londoner a huge selection of ales and ciders from London and further afield in the UK as well as around 70 imported beers.

Not surprisingly, the London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival celebrates the capital’s thriving brewing industry. The LocAle bar will feature beers from nine London based breweries – Brodie’s, By the Horns, Fuller Smith & Turner, Southwark’s The Kernel Brewery, London Fields Brewery, West London’s Moncada Brewery, Tottenham’s Redemption and Sambrook’s from Battersea.

Think that making beer is an entirely male occupation? The festival aims to redress the balance and celebrate the industry’s female brewers, or brewsters as they’re correctly known. Festival organiser Christine Cryne said, “We wanted to make it clear that beer is not all male dominated so amongst the 70 plus beers we have four breweries – Brewsters, Monty, Off Beat and Triple F –  all of whom have at least one female brewer.”

CAMRA has been concerned for many years about the declining production of perry (cider made with pears) with many of Britain’s pear orchards disappearing. The festival aims to champion the endangered perry by bringing it to centre stage with around 12 different varieties from across the UK. Fans of apple cider haven’t been forgotten, with 17 real ciders on offer including one matured in a rum cask which sounds both delicious and deadly.

London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival
Underground: King’s Cross St Pancras

Wednesday 7 March 12.00-15.00, 17.00-22.30
Thursday 8 March 12.00-15.00, 17.00-22.30
Friday 9 March 12.00-22.30

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