The Charles Lamb: Bank Holiday, London Beer Festival

It seems to be a recurring theme. Great pub does beer festival, I have unbreakable plans. This time it’s The Charles Lamb in Islington, an old favourite between Upper Street and the Regents Canal.  It retains a local feel with friendly bar staff , good beer and great food.

This weekend sees their London Beer Festival kick off on Friday and in their own words meander through the weekend. This strikes a chord with me as i’ve always liked a meander. Many a time I’d find myself heading to Islington along Regents Canal and some how end up in The Charles Lamb, happily spending a few hours before continuing my meander. Plenty of meaty beer snacks are promised as well as the usual blackboard menu, so no worries of going hungry. The beer on offer is London at it’s best with Redemption, Camden Town, Windsor & Eton, Brodies, Meantime, Kernel and Fullers. Highlights include:

Redemption: Pale Ale, Trinity, Hopspur, Urban Dusk

Brodies: Hackney Red, Citra, California, Amarilla, 7 Hop IPA, Elia’s Muse (Charles Lamb collaboration)

Windsor and Eton: Knight of the Garter, Conquerer

Camden Town: Inner City Green, Caravan Porter, Hells, Pale Ale

Fullers: 1845, Honeydew

Meantime: London Stout, Famous Belgian

Kernel: Centenial Pale Ale, Imperial Marzen, Coffee IPA, Black IPA, Chinook Pale Ale,

So while i’m under canvas, firing up the trangia (and hopefully not the tent) spare a thought and raise a pint of Elia’s Muse for me.

The Charles Lamb, 16 Elia Street, Islington, N1 8DE

The Charles Lamb: Bank Holiday, London Beer Festival

Great British Ale Festival: Peasant, 240 St. John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4PH

I must have angered the Beer Gods. Yet another Beer Festival that I am unable to enjoy. Visiting the Peasant in Clerkenwell last night the set up had begun for their Great British Ale Festival. It runs from tonight until the 4th of April, but all  I could do was eye the racked beer and flick through the laminated brewery logo’s or as I think I termed them “Beery Porn”, I mean they’re laminated after all.

If the list below wasn’t reason enough they are also starting with a Hog Roast. Ales on offer are:

Castle Rock Brewery – Harvest Pale Ale (3.8%), Nottinghamshire
(2010 CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain)*

Hopdaemon Brewery – Incubus Bitter (4.0%), Kent

Oakham Ales Brewery – Engine Chaos (4.1%), Cambridgshire

Wells and Young’s – Banana Bread (5.2%), Bedford

Kelburn Brewery – Red Smiddy (4.1%), Renfewshire, Sotland
(SIBA Bronze Award in Best Bitter category)*

Salopian Brewery – Darwin’s Origin (4.3%), Shropshire

Crouch Vale Brewery – Yakima Gold (4.2%) and Santiam Amber (4.3%), Essex

Truman’s Brewery – Runner, (4.2%), East London

Meantime Brewery – Pale Ale (4.2%), Greenwich, London

Fat Cat Brewery – Meow Mild (4.3%), Suffolk

Hadrian & Border Brewery – Secret Kingdom (4.3%), Newcastle

Hop Back Brewery – Entire Stout (4.5%), Wiltshire
( 2011 CAMRA Winter Supreme Champion Beer of Britain)*

Dark Star Brewery – Golden Gate (4.5%) and Festival (5.0%), Sussex

Red Fox Brewery – Wily Old Fox (5.3%), Essex

RCH Brewery – Double Header (5.3%), Somerset

Thornbridge Brewery – Jaipur IPA (5.9%)
(Derbyshire SIBA Bronze in Supreme Beer category & Gold at Brewing Industry International 2011)

AllGates Brewery – Mad Monk (7.1%), Lancashire (SIBA Champion)

Peasant, 240 St. John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4PH

Great British Ale Festival: Peasant, 240 St. John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4PH