Tag: beer

Hop Stuff Brewery will be returning to Craft Beer Rising for the second year in a row to showcase their awesome range of craft beers. At stand 40 you’ll find James Yeomans, Hop Stuff’s founder, and some of his bearded, beer loving team; Jack Vanderstten and Alex Daulby. Pouring pints of their classic brews; Renegade, Unfiltered Pils, APA and their latest launch, the Four Hour Session, Craft Beer Rising is the perfect opportunity to sample the crowd funded brewery’s range

Hop Stuff’s return follows their recent expansion, growing 400% over the past 3 years. After their crowdfunding success raising £244,850 above their £500,000 target, and a raft of new appointments Hop Stuff Brewery are ready to showcase their latest products and plans.

To book tickets for Craft Beer Rising click here - http://craftbeerrising.co.uk/

Islands records beer

Legendary record label Island Records are launching an exciting new music inspired beer to the UK craft beer market. The 4.5% Session IPA beer is bursting with juicy hop aromas with flavours of citrus and tropical fruits, brimming with positive vibrations and even accompanied with its own Island Records playlist.

Brewed by Two Tribes and marketed by Boutique Bar Brands Island Records Session IPA is a wonderful addition to the craft beer scene.

In November 2014, Robin Pearson, an aspiring brewer and music lover was signed by Island Records to design and brew a signature Session IPA beer. Robin’s hoppy creations, brewed under the SoundWaves Brewing brand set up earlier that year had caught the attention of Island Records’ Senior Marketing Director, who asked him to design and brew a signature beer for the Label.

“I was approached and asked to design a beer that would reflect the brand, the history and the artists on Island Records” said Robin. “I decided on a Session IPA to give the beer a bright tropical and citrus fruit flavor that picks up on the Jamaican heritage and the palm tree logo that defines the label. I also thought the idea of a ‘Session ‘ IPA sits well with a beer for a record label. Obviously the word “session’ itself has musical connotations that fits well with the project.”

The first batch brewed in his converted shed in Hove last December was an instant hit with Island Records artists, suppliers and friends of the label, as well as pubs, clubs, bars and specialist shops around Brighton which sold out in a matter of days, so due to increased consumer demand Robin needed to find an independent commercial brewery to help scale production. He partnered with Two Tribes brewery which is owned by Justin Deighton, a producer / remixer and founder of iconic independent label Pacific Records with a string of remixes under his belt. After dj’ing worldwide in the early 90’s, Justin landed in the Mash Tun in Brighton and set up Two Tribes brewery with the aim of working with like-minded creatives to produce outstanding craft beers.

Island Records Session IPA is “Best Served With Music” so the team behind it have created bespoke Spotify playlists to deliver the perfect soundtrack for your drinking pleasure. Whether you are relaxing after a stressful day, hosting a party or looking for some new music or a lost classic from the eclectic and diverse Island catalogue, there is music for every mood or occasion. Consumers are also able to “shazam” the beer can to access the playlists using the new Visual Shazam technology, so you are connected to the music in seconds.

“ As a lover of music and craft beer and understanding our heritage of pushing boundaries and innovation it seemed the most natural thing to create our own beer and accompanying Spotify playlists. Partnering with a talented local brewer is an extension of the A&R process for us and an example of how we nurture and invest in the creative community” – Glenn Cooper, Senior Marketing Director – Island Records

The groundwork has been laid and the excitement and energy around the beer is building. Boutique Bar Brands, a London based drinks agency at the forefront of the UK craft beer industry, will be responsible for developing sales of the beer in the UK and export markets. Boutique Bar Brands specialise in marketing drinks brands and have extensive experience seeding brands into the UK market.

We are very proud that Boutique Bar Brands have been involved from an early stage on this exciting project. It was very interesting to understand, and help shape the vision, that Island Records had for the beer. After months of hard work with Robin, Two Tribes and the Island Records team we feel as though we have got a beer that can really go places both here and abroad. The response so far to the beer and the branding has been great and we will hope to have major wholesalers stocking soon." Phil Harding, Director – Boutique Bar Brands

Island Records Session IPA will be available in selected pubs, bars, restaurants. For more information and a list of stockists go to www.IRSIPA.com

Island Records IPA is available to buy here http://www.alesbymail.co.uk/island-records-session-ipa for £2.75





Following a sold out run in 2014, Scottish pop-up Dram & Smoke is returning to its former home in a leather tannery warehouse in London Bridge for four weeks this winter.

As usual with D&S, robust fare that’s all about celebrating the best of Scottish produce will be served from an open kitchen alongside whisky cocktails, great beer and banging tunes in a suitably unique venue in the shadows of The Shard. A private house party vibe is the order of the day from the moment guests enter the vast candlelit space through a clandestine doorway just off Bermondsey Street and are welcomed with a warming hot toddy. 

This time around, as well as a brand new five course menu, a slew of other fresh twists are in the mix as part of the £40 ticket. Ping pong, foosball and a host of other games will be available for those with fidgety feet and a competitive spirit. At the bar, guests will find a whisky cocktail menu courtesy of The Naked Grouse that ranges from punchy classics for the seasoned drinker through to lighter options for the uninitiated. A short but well-formed wine list is accompanied by craft beer from Scottish brewers Harviestoun Brewery who will be launching exclusive brews at the event, and serving limited edition beers soon to become extinct. The list includes new brew Raspy Engine (Harviestoun’s Old Engine Oil infused with Scottish raspberries and crafted with a twist) and the very limited edition Ola Dubh 30  (Old Engine Oil aged in 30 year old Highland Park whiskey casks; this is an exceptional rare run with the last bottle due to be served at Dram & Smoke).

When it comes to the scran, things kick off in a typically tongue-in-cheek Highland style - Duck Donuts served with Irn Bru Chilli Jam. A turn of elegance brings proceedings to Potted Smoked Mushrooms, Dunsyre Blue Cheese & Homemade Pickles as well as shooters of intense Lobster Broth. Epic carve-at-the-table Roast Rack of Pork gets the Scottish treatment with a hit of Stornoway Black Pudding and is joined by chargrilled plums and buckets of crisp crackling (but veggies needn’t fear - an alternative menu will be on hand by request). Finally, sharing trays of Whisky Bread & Butter Pudding with jugs of Malted Milk Custard bring things to a comforting close.

With food served up at large round 10-12 person tables (plus a banquet table for 20) D&S is all about getting stuck in and hanging out with your neighbours. However, for those searching for their very own slice of highland hospitality, Dram & Smoke is also available for private-hire throughout the festive season - that’ll be Christmas soirées minus the floppy hats, stale ambiance and boring food then. Either way, this is the highland hideaway for great scran, free-flowing bevvy and a healthy dose of general flumgummerie this winter.

2-3 Black Swan Yard

London Bridge

London, SE1 3XW

Nearest Transport: London Bridge



£40 per ticket includes:

Welcome cocktail upon arrival

5 course tasting menu (vegetarian options available)



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Running for 4 weeks (Tues – Sat) this winter from Fri 27th November including a Sunday session for launch weekend.

Launch Weekend:           Fri 27 Nov – Sun 29 Nov                

Week 2:                               Tues 01 Dec – Sat 05 Dec              

Week 3:                               Tues 08 Dec – Sat 12 Dec

Week 4:                               Tues 15 Dec – Sat 19 Dec


Tuesday Evenings:                                           19.30 – 00.00

Wednesday Evenings:                                   19.30 – 00.00

Thursday Evenings:                                         19.30 – 00.00

Friday Evenings:                                               19.30 – 00.00

Saturday Evenings:                                          19.30 – 00.00

Sunday Sesh (Launch weekend only)      16.00 – 20.30

Craft-Beer-870x560IT’S BACK: LONDON BEER WEEK 

London Beer Week returns for year two.

Get ready for a week of beer exploration around London’s best beer bars and breweries – London Beer Week is BACK 22-28 February 2016, so get a wristband and get involved.

The epicentre of the festival, and not to be missed – the London Beer Week Hub will this year be based at The Old Truman Brewery and will be a week-long hive of pop-up beer bars and immersive beer experiences for those wearing a London Beer Week wristband. 

Your key to the city, a wristband also gets you access to the self-guided Beer Tours, that’s £3 speciality beers and £5 boilermakers (AKA a beer and a shot) in more than 100 of the best beer bars and breweries in London all week long.

And if that’s not enough to whet your whistle, beer-lovers can also get stuck into a full schedule of ticketed beer events, including parties, pairing dinners and brewery tours.  

The week of beer, cider and ale-filled fun will once again culminate in CBR London 2016, the UK’s biggest beer, music and street food festival of its kind. Also based at The Old Truman Brewery, the event promises to be better than ever, with more than 600 beers on offer. 

LBW wristbands are on sale now for just £10, visit www.londonbeerweek.com


Tom and Henry Herbert of the Fabulous Baker Brothers and AB InBev launch a unique bakery, where all the breads are inspired by and beautifully created using ingredients from some of the world’s most popular beers

What: The Beer Bakery, a week long pop up bakery will open its doors on Tuesday 27th October to serve up a never tasted before, limited edition range of delicious beer breads inspired by, and created with the same ingredients found in some of the world’s most popular beers, including Stella Artois, Budweiser, Leffe, Beck’s Vier, Hoegaarden and Corona.

These beautiful breads have been crafted by Tom and Henry Herbert of the Fabulous Baker Brothers and have been made to celebrate the inextricable link between beer and bread, with both sharing the same natural ingredients, and acting as the perfect pairing for centuries.

From hop glazings to malted wheat crusts, each beer’s ingredients have been meticulously baked into breads to showcase the flavours that make each beer so unique. The delicious bread recipes have been created at Tom and Henry Herbert’s family bakery, Hobbs House Bakery in Chipping Sodbury.

Visitors to The Beer Bakery will be able to experience the unusual collaboration of a bakery and a pub. Through intricate decoration, The Beer Bakery reflects the natural ingredients of each beer, and guests can enjoy the breads on offer with their accompanying beer.

Where: The Beer Bakery, 186 Hackney Road, Hoxton, E2 7QL

When: Tuesday 27th October, 2015 – 31st October, 2015, 12pm – 8pm

Cost:  Free entry