We spend a long time curating our invite list, so whether you’re a bonafide beer geek, or someone who is just getting into beer, this is a brewery list that you cannot miss. Each brewery will be attending our festival so you’ll be able to chat and get the stories behind the beers and the breweries. Click on a logo to find out more about the brewery (beer info will be released closer to the event).
Aegir are located in the hills of Flåm, in the central mountains of Norway. They began as a brewpub in 2007 and are now one of the most recognized craft breweries in Norway. Beyond their very well executed, deliciously fresh pales, packed with hoppy goodness, their summer saisons and strong, hearty winter beers are packed with character and heart.
Affinity Brew Co is the brainkitten of Steve Grae and Ben Duckworth - a new London brewery and tasting room, doing things a bit differently. As well as some more everyday drinking beers, they brew monthly specials as part of their Calendar Club. They're a super cool young brewery, and we love what they're doing. POURING AS PART OF THE SOUTH LONDON BREWERS' BAR.
Based in downtown Oslo, Geoffrey and his team have taken the UK beer scene by storm in the last year. Recently named Honest Brew's international brewery of the year, they're known for full flavour, full throttle beers at the pointy of what's on trend. Expect outrageous hop-bombs, fruity sour beers, and unctuous stouts you could put a spoon in. Honoured to have them back for another year.
Paul (Anspach) & Jack (Hobday), two London graduates, founded Anspach & Hobday in the pursuit of a better beer experience. Guided by the wave of contemporary craft beer and inspired by the illustrious brewing heritage of London, Anspach & Hobday’s vision is to brew and curate the best of beer and put London back at the centre of the map for beer in Europe. The Brewery and Tap is based in an Archway in Bermondsey, London. Just a stones throw from the Shard and Tower Bridge. And right in the heart of the Victorian brewing quarter. POURING AS PART OF THE SOUTH LONDON BREWERS' BAR.
Another of the early movers in the modern beer revolution. Inspired by US hops and West Coast IPAs, Arbor have built on the British love of a delicious pint and pub session to create some of the most moreish ales and porters in the land. An institution in Bristol and with an ever growing and expanding repertoire of seasonal and experimental brews we're stoked to be bringing one of the most love breweries in the UK to LCBF.
Azimut are on a mission to bring modern, bold beers to their region and beyond. French brewing has seen an explosion of brewers and patrons in the past 2 years, and Azimut have been one of the most exciting names to emerge. Azimut are surrounded by great food and gastronomy, which helps inspire their sour program. You haven’t lived until you’ve sipped on a Pineapple and Ginger sour on a sunny Bordeaux day. Find them in the HonestBrew Vault as part of their Beer Tour.
Basqueland Brewing Project are a young brewery located just outside of San Sebastian in Spain. Founded by three Americans who fell in love with the city, they've been making waves in this Spanish surf town that knows a thing or two about amazing food and drink. Be it lagered beers, or hoppy IPAs, they achieve great balance and nuance in every brew. Honestly, some of the nicest guys you could ever meet, outrageous humour, and supremely talented - what more could you want in a brewery?
They started brewing beers for their BBQ joint, and five years later they're one of the pre-eminent craft breweries not only in the UK, but around the world. An iconic core range, led by Gamma Ray - one of the most popular craft brews in the country - and backed up by a vast barrel aging project plus regular collaboration specials. Beavertown excite beer geeks and craft newbie's alike - that's why we love them.
Beerbliotek began life back in 2013. Aided by the thriving Gothenburg scene, Beerbliotek experienced quick success and has undergone a few capacity upgrades in the last few years. Their beers are vibrant and packed with flavour; whether it's a tropically fruity pale, or sour, funky gose - these guys make delicious beer. They've been grabbing attention in the UK for nearly 2 years now, and are popular throughout Scandinavia.
Based in Parma, Italy, they have built a reputation as a leader in Italy's excellent craft beer scene. Giovanni is the creative force behind the brewery and he is famous for tackling some pretty complex styles as well as some great session ales too. We've long been fans of the beer; always something different, always something to make you think, but always an absolute treat.
These guys have not even fully commercially released a beer yet, but we've tried some and we're in. Founded by Cam and Luke from 10 Greek Street, and ex-wine guy, turned beer distributor to London's best restaurants, Nick, this brewery is one to watch. Supported by Stefan of Mahr's Brau fame (they're pouring together) this brewery is focused on lagering and German styles of bier. Look out for the unpasteurised, unfiltered Kellerbier sometime soon.
BBNo. are best known for their ever changing beer, ever expanding list of amazing beers, and the indecipherable code they name them with. They brew ultra fresh IPA's, and a phenomenal array of Saisons. So even if we don't know what number we're on, we love the journey BBNo. take you on. Tom, Dave and team are a great bunch and its a pleasure to have them back.
Starting in 2007, Brewdog have become a powerhouse of brewing in the last few years. Having expanded multiple times in Ellon, they have now opened a brewery in Ohio, USA, and have their sights set on Australia too. Add that to the sour facility, Overworks, and Lone Wolf Distillery and it's been another huge year. Punk IPA is the biggest British craft beer, but a steady release of specials, seasonals and collaborations keep their army of fans more than happy.
Starting from humble roots in a Peckham shed, since 2013 Brick have been building their brewery in a railway arch in Peckham Rye, SE London. Inspired by their travels, the beers they brew are varied and showcase the diversity of beers from around the world. POURING AS PART OF THE SOUTH LONDON BREWERS' BAR.
Founded by the enigmatic Kees Bubberman, the eponymous Brouwerij Kees has quickly built up a legion of beer fans from Copenhagen to London and beyond. Passionate about flavour and beer, Kees's journey began as a chef, via home-brewing, to leading brewer for popular Dutch Brewery, Emilisse Kamperland, to finally putting his own name above the door on his own brewery. Expect plenty of character and personality across a range of full throttle IPAs and big, bold stouts.
This is going to be a BIG year for Polish craft beer. A beer loving nation, maybe over shadowed by near neighbours Germany and Czech Republic, the craft scene is exploding there. Browar Artezen are one of a small group at the very front of that boom. The beers they sent to us last year were out of this world good, and then they tore it up at Mikkeller's Beer Celebration Copenhagen. So excited to be bringing these guys to London - expect imperial strength IPAs and stouts.
Voted best new brewer in Poland last year, and now with a pale ale in the top 50 pale ales in the world, it’s been an incredible 12 months for these guys, who are constantly working to show that Polish IPA knowledge and innovation is quickly catching up with the best in the world. Some of the juiciest New England IPA around at the moment, as well as a host of delicious fruit saisons, mean this brewery is perfect for a sunny August afternoon. Find them in the HonestBrew Vault as part of their Beer Tour.
Burning Sky are a small team whose brewery is located in a refurbished barn on the South Downs. Burning Sky have a commitment to brewing a range of styles, including their extensive barrel aged program. We just can't get enough of their beers. Such complex flavours and aromas - citrus, spice, berries, oak, wine - the result of years of patience, hard work and experience. We are always excited to try their new beers and see how they evolve.
One of the most sought after and talented breweries in the UK, without a doubt. Based just outside the Peak District Town of Buxton, they have built an incredible reputation. An exquisite list of beers and a prolific list of collaborators; Buxton are often top of the list for the top international breweries coming to the UK. Last year they' launched their new range of Ice Cream beers made in collaboration with Omnipollo, and served like a soft-serve ice cream... this year we have no clue
One of the nicest brewing teams around - we’ve got nothing but love for this exciting Catalan brewery. They spent years as acclaimed gipsy brewers, and are all former homebrewers. It means a huge amount to them to see their beers getting acclaim across Europe at festivals like De Molen’s Borefts. The first batches of their gipsy brewed beer gained huge acclaim at festivals around Spain and they now brew in a shiny new permanent base outside Barcelona. They’re an exciting new name in the Catalan scene that we’re happy to support in the UK. Find them in the HonestBrew Vault as part of their Beer Tour.
We're honoured to be bringing these guys to the London for their first UK outing. A family operation set up and run by Karl, Evan and Chris in Jupiter, Florida. As the name suggests they have a strong sense of what they stand for and where they’ve come from - and that shines through in what they do. With a taproom at the core of it, Civil Society produce an array of beers for enjoying with friends – blondes and American wheat ales all the way to some epic saisons, Double IPAs and stouts.
In a relatively quick rise to prominence in comparison with many other breweries at their level, Cloudwater have become a highly sought-after around the world, famed for their super hoppy, drink-fresh beers. With no core range, and almost never re-brewing a beer, they're constantly pushing the envelope and experimenting with what hoppy beer can be.
With a celebration of creativity running through everything they do - beer, art and music - Collective Arts are brewery whose ethos we feel very close too. They're a grass roots brewing company bringing together beer and visual artists, brewery space and live music into something unique. We're excited to be bringing this great brewing co. - our first Canadian brewery - to LCBF for their first pour.
CR/AK are now widely regarded as one of Italy’s leading craft brewers. This is a huge achievement for them after only being founded in 2015. The energy and dedication in this young team has driven them to constantly innovate and take risks which have gained them acclaim across Italy and abroad. After numerous collabs and experiments with brewers like Other Half and Magic Rock, the team from Northern Italy are bringing out some of the most impressive IPA in Italy, and Europe, as well as their epic barrel program that celebrates Italy’s unique culture of wood ageing. Find them in the HonestBrew Vault as part of their Beer Tour.
Out of our view, way down in Cape Town, South Africa, Devil's Peak had a great following in the Southern Hemisphere, but were unknowns in Europe. Then in the last year - boom! They're brewing with their friends at Fierce and collaborating with Mikkeller in their expansion into South Africa. We had a few sneaky cans of their Mikkeller collab knocking about last year, but we're stoked to announce our first African brewery ever is coming LCBF 18 in full strength.
Based in Copenhagen, founded in 2015, led by enigmatic Søren Parker Wagner, and on a mission to produce really good, super fresh, but most importantly balanced IPAs. Søren cut his teeth in numerous, excellent breweries around the US, and on his return to Denmark knew his ultimate goal was to set up a brewery under his own steam. This year is going to be big as they follow up their first mixed fermentation beer which dropped at the end of last year. It was, straight off the bat, one of our favourite beers of the year.
Sweden is a real force within the top end of beer right now, and the guys to kick all that off were Dugges. Inspired by the tradition and being game to throw off the shackles and try something incredibly experimental has led them to collaborate with some of the most creative, artistic forces in beer, such as Omnipollo and Stillwater Artisanal. This year we're collaborating with Dugges on something really cool - can't say much yet, but you'll hear about it soon.
Fierce are based up in Aberdeen, and were founded by two ex Oil and Gas workers looking for a new direction. Voted the best new brewery in Scotland by the Ratebeer.com community, they make adventurous, full flavoured brews. We like to promote new breweries doing things the right way. Fierce embody this perfectly - great beer, great ambition, nice guys.
Hailing from Queens, New York, Finback began back in 2011, but really took off in 2013 with the founding of their own brewery. Headed up by two friends, Basil and Kevin, the brewery has largely focused locally and on draft. However, the boom for hop-forward, North Eastern style IPAs has seen Finback become highly sought after amongst beer cogniscenti around the world. We're proud to give them their first UK outing.
A well-loved brewery based in Hackney, Five Points' beer are inspired by the founders’ passion for both the British real ale tradition and the best of the international craft beer movement. Their flagship beers are complemented by regular limited and small batch releases including their barrel-ageing project. POURING AS PART OF THE EAST LONDON BREWERS' BAR.
The brewery behind London's 'fastest growing pale ale', Forest Road are an interesting one in that their head brewer Pete Brown heads to Belgium every few months to brew their beer. A popular brewery in their home of Hackney, the noise surrounding these guys is growing - make sure to check them out at LCBF. POURING AS PART OF THE EAST LONDON BREWERS' BAR.
Galway Bay have been Ireland's leading brewery for nearly a decade. They were previously mostly occupied with brewing for their 12 bars, but after expansion, they now have the capacity to export more and focus on non-core range brews. One of the highlights of any Ireland visit is always simply relaxing in a Galway Bay pub, drinking a fresh Foam & Fury or one of the newest specials. We’re excited by the upcoming projects the team have planned, and we can’t wait to include some exciting new beers in the LCBF tap lineup. Find them in the HonestBrew Vault as part of their Beer Tour.
Barcelona is a city that lives off, and in turn feeds, its residents creativity. From architecture to art, from to food to football, this is city that can only do one thing, express itself. So following on from Gaudi, comes Garage, one of the most exciting new breweries in Europe. You are going to know a lot more about Garage when you fall in love with their beer at LCBF. Expect big, fresh, juicy IPAs.
Situated in the eponymous neighbourhood in South London, Gipsy Hill Brewing Company have built on a strong local following to garner excitement across London and the wider UK. Moving from sessionable pub favourites, a near constant stream of specials and collaborations has put them on the national beer map. Some exciting new kit, means Gipsy Hill will be one to watch in 2018.
Founded in 2011 by Peter Hills and Jon Swain, the guys are based in a couple of railway arches in Hackney. Their current brew house was installed in 2016 and is a bespoke build designed by Jon, Pete and Head Brewer Darren. Loved for their hoppy core range, they also brew funky specials such as Millions of Peaches. POURING AS PART OF THE EAST LONDON BREWERS' BAR.
Their hop-forward IPAs, DIPAs and Pales, are packed with tropical fruit flavours, perfect for that down under market and getting attention up here in Northern Hemisphere too. Kaiju, meaning 'strange creature' in Japanese, pack a whole lot of personality and character into all their beers, keeping things fresh, delicious and not too serious.
Tom is an extremely accomplished brewer with years of home brewing experience prior to his ascent through the ranks of Ireland’s acclaimed Galway Bay Brewing – where he currently occupies the esteemed role of head brewer. The Land & Labour project is his own investment in something slow and unpredictable. The unpredictable nature of wild yeast means it’s more a case of nudging the beers in the right direction, with a home grown mixed culture of Brettanomyces, Saccharomyces, Pediococcus and Lactobacillus. The focus for Tom is creating a clean and delicate mixed fermentation, and he’s been building up a store of 1 and 2 year mixed ferm batches, which, following on from the Beavertown birthday, he hopes to release at LCBF. Find them in the HonestBrew Vault as part of their Beer Tour.
Brewing on a small but beautiful kit near Bilbao, Laugar are super adept at brewing Imperial stouts and IPA. With 8 beers in the top 50 Spanish beers of all time on Untappd, it’s surprising that these 4 friends are not better known in the UK. In 2010, the team started brewing as a hobby, and running their brewery by 2014. Ever since, they continue with the same enthusiasm and energy; they love to brew powerful and innovative beers, envision craft beer as a world where imagination has no limits. A common sight at continental festivals, we are excited to bring their amazing energy and stunning stouts to LCBF. Find them in the HonestBrew Vault as part of their Beer Tour.
From the super city of Bristol, LHG have been gaining attention over the years with one or two sleeper hits, brewed at friends breweries. Cuckoo brewing as co-founder Bruce calls it. However, late 2017 saw them move into their new brewery, a place of their own place, and what's followed has been incredible. Try Cheese Burger Cavalry if you can, the name was inspired by some late night shenanigans at last year's LCBF.
Some of our best friends within the industry, we wear our Lervig hat with pride. Led by head brewer Mike Murphy, maybe the best craft-style brewer in Europe - and ably supported by Dave Graham - these guys produce some incredible beers. Based out in Stavanger, Norway, look out for the juicy IPAs, and big Imperial stouts - they're pretty special.
Aptly described by Beer Merchants as the best brewery you've never heard of, we feel this is a brewery you need to get to know. Based on a small orchard and head up by a husband and wife team, Lindheim Ølkomani are best known for their mixed fermentation beers using the wild yeasts and seasonal fruit from their orchards.
A new brewery with real pedigree, and coming to London Craft Beer Festival for the first time. Dreamed up by former Little Creatures and Camden Town brewer, Alex Troncoso and his partner Annie, L&G make wonderful lagered beers and big Belgian inspired brews with a new world twist. Look out for Kellerpils – probably the best lager brewed in the UK?
Ask any brewer who their favourite breweries in Europe are, Loverbeer will be up there. Founded by Valter Loverier, this Italian brewery is all about barrel aging, fruit, and pulling from Italian traditions. A festival favourite for those in the know, we're delighted to be bringing over Loverbeer for their first ever outing at LCBF.
Magic Rock are one of the founding fathers of the - oh-so-recent - brewing revival in the UK. Located in Huddersfield, Rich and his team have been producing hop forward and flavour rich beers for the past 7 years. We love Magic Rock because we love the wonder of the IPA and these guys do it as good as anybody. They also produce a beer for Huddersfield United, called Hatrick, which is sold at the John Smith Stadium, a truly premier league brewery!
This brewery is located in the Bavarian town of Bamberg, which is probably the only place better than Munich if German beer is your thing. Just to be clear, it is our thing. Founded in 1611, it is now owned and run by the charismatic Stefan Michel. Stefan's love of the craft and ambition of this kind of beer, as well as deep appreciation for the modern wave of brewing, make Mahr's Brau the perfect brewery to bring from Bavaria. Honoured to have another LCBF first, and our oldest brewery to date.
How to describe Mikkeller? It's tough. Our best effort is a collection of brewers, breweries, Michelen starred chefs, entrepreneurs, runners, festival people, designers, an amazing illustrator, an ex-Army major, and a man called Mikkel. The beer they release - be it gypsy brewed or from one of their own breweries is top class - but as a business they're the most inspiring thing to happen in beer since our Californian forefathers began in the late 70s and early 80s.
Having released some of the sleeper hits of the year we are over the moon to have Mobberley bringing their fearless style of brewing to the festival. Having made the decision to expand at the beginning of 2017 with a brand new, purpose built brew kit, the new kit has allowed James and the team to produce greater volumes, but most importantly it has allowed them to take their beers to the next level. Mobberley are a great example of a brewery diversifying to suit the changing styles of brewing whilst honouring their roots. They haven’t just followed the trends - they have in some cases set a benchmark for IPA this year. Find them in the HonestBrew Vault as part of their Beer Tour.
Todd and Thomas started as homebrewers back in the mid-2000s, when the craft beer scene was in its infancy in this country. They both spent time doing other things for money, but committed themselvves to learning the brewing trade on a professional level. They met in London in 2013, and put their first beer in the tank on Stewart’s Road in March of 2015. POURING AS PART OF THE SOUTH LONDON BREWERS' BAR.
Our friends at Moor are a Bristol based brewery. The brewery first began under different ownership before it was later sold and taken over by its current owner, Justin Hawke who transformed it to what it is today. The brewery was refreshed and began brewing "Modern Real Ale". They take inspriation from all over the world to brew fresh, hop heavy and naturally hazy beers.
There's a man called John. John is a legend. He's kind of like the Tony Wilson of craft beer - though a bit better at business. Before there was the craft beer revolution, there was North Bar, Leeds. Hands down the most influential beer bar ever, because it's where we first fell in love with beer when we were at uni. John started North Bar. Now John has started North Brew, and it's pretty bloody excellent. Part of a new wave of Northern breweries that are really making people sit up and take notice and another newbie for LCBF.
Led by Russell, Northern Monk keep going from strength to strength. With a superb core range available nationally, it is their near constant stream of specials and collaborations that are making the beer world sit up and take notice. The Patrons Project is a stroke of genius, their own festival Hop City is superb, and they've recently bought on Mr Colin Stronge to lead production - which if you're into brewers, is a bit like signing Lionel Messi
Underneath the hallucinogenic orgy that is the Oedipus branding, lies a hallucinogenic orgy of flavorsome beers, (wet) dreamed up by the deeply sexy, Paul and Ricky. Based in Amsterdam - with a wonderful brewpub that you should definitely visit - this will be Oedipus first festival in London with their biggest selection of beers to date.
The beers brewed at Orbit Beers are deeply rooted in European tradition, with a modern approach. They love the incredible balance of the beers of Germany, from Dusseldorf and Cologne in the Rhineland to the kellers of Franconia. They love the complexity of flavours that Belgian yeasts produce. They love hops, the spicy elegance of classic European ones, the zesty aromas of New Zealand varieties, and the fruity extremes of their American counterparts. Their work is inspired by the ethos of their favourite record labels, who hold music and art above all else. Likewise, they accept no compromises when it comes to making beer. POURING AS PART OF THE SOUTH LONDON BREWERS' BAR.
Founded by Andy Smith, not long before the very first LCBF, Partizan have long been a London favourite. A brewery that puts creativity and doing things for the right reasons at the very front of everything it does - it's hard not to love the guys. A new home at the end of 2017 means a big year ahead for Partizan - more beer styles and more beer out there.
Põhjala released their first beers in 2013, at the time, gypsy brewing at other facilities. They soon opened their own brewery and their own venue in Tallin called Speakeasy. These guys knock it out the park when it comes to one of our favourite styles of beer - Porters. Big beers packed with roasted notes of coffee, chocolate, liqourice, molasses etc, we love big black beers, especially when they're from Pohjala.
France has been the dark horse of the European craft beer scene for the past 12 months, with young breweries making world-class beers, determined to put France on the map. Popihn set out from the beginning to use their state of the art farmhouse brewery to deliver top class IPA to the passionate French market, and have gone on to finish 2017 top of the French Untappd rankings. Speaking to French craft beer drinkers, everyone is hunting for Popihn’s glorious IPAs and stouts. Find them in the HonestBrew Vault as part of their Beer Tour.
This is the year for Polish craft beer and so we're excited by bringing Pracownia Piwa as one of two Polish Breweries. Pracownia Piwa are rated one the best 100 breweries in the world according to Rate Beer's reviewer community, which is no mean feat. We've had a few sips of their beer, and it's off the charts with depth and character. We can't wait to see what they'll be bringing to London.
East London's finest, Pressure Drop, were the closest brewery to us, but have recently moved to a new home in Tottenham. Ben, Graham and Simon are another brewery to find a new home in 2017 and that means more of their iconic beers like Pale Fire, Bosko and Street Porter but also new brews too. One of our favourites, and we've got lots planned with these guys this year - exciting!
Another up-and-coming Irish brewery, this time from Dublin. While having got going in 2014, it is in the last year that Rascals have caught the attention of drinkers in Ireland and beyond. A strong core range, always with a twist, backed up by a prolific roster of specials. While big sweet stouts and modern hop-forward hype beers are something they do very well, it is saisons and traditional ales aged in wine barrels that have piqued our attention and got us salivating about what they'll bring to LCBF 18
Not much that really needs to be said here is there? Sierra Nevada were one of the founding fathers of the craft beer revolution. We owe them a lot. These days, they continue to make amazing new beers and forge a path for all to follow on sustainability. We are forever grateful for the work they have put into this industry.
As well as being the world's number one brewery for band collaboration beers – having brewed with Mastodon, Frank Turner, Rodney P, Enter Shikari and over 20 other renowned artists – Signature Brew has channelled the spirit and energy of live music into a brewery that stands for craftsmanship, artistry and passion. POURING AS PART OF THE EAST LONDON BREWERS' BAR.
Siren brew a vast array of styles, never letting time, process or costs affect the way in which they craft their ales. It's an inspiring ethos and it has produced some of the worlds best beers. Siren are consistently producing incredible, different and challenging beers. Acid Jam snuck into the list of favourite beers of the year.
The name hails from the latitudinal positioning north of Brussels that the brewery is located. A clear reference to the brewing culture these guys take direct inspiration from. Arguably one of the finest breweries in the land, with close ties to the modern masters, such as Jean Roy of Cantillon, Six° North make Belgian inspired beers primarily for their own bars across Scotland but also for those beers bars who know a fine beer when they get one. With some fantastic collaborations in the pipeline, this brewer's brewery will coming south in full force for LCBF. Enjoy...
Founded by a real legend within the craft beer scene, Todd Strauss, Slim Pickens is his experimental cider and mead project, that does, on occasion, make beer too. Having set up the Cider and Mead arm of Cigar City brewery, Slim Pickens is a vehicle for Todd to able to experiment and collaborate, under his own steam, creating innovative flavours and working with his favourite breweries. All the way from the sunshine state, please welcome Todd.
Definitely one the breweries we are most excited about bringing over to LCBF - another first time attendee and their first London festival. Stigbergets' brewers have some real brewing pedigree but as a brand they were almost unheard of in the UK until late 2016, when Amazing Haze and their Gothenburg Beer Week special became some of the most popular beers on the planet. Expect fruity, delicious, sunny Swedish ales.
Stillwater is Brian Strumke, a true artistic spirit, who has found his medium in beer. Either gypsy brewed or done in collaboration with co-conspirators all around the world, Brian's beers are really exciting, incredibly well crafted, and always delicious. His latest project 'Production' will see him create a new brewery, we hear it's mixed fermentation led - in the heart of Green Point, Brooklyn.
Stone and Wood are an Aussie brewery who began in the coastal town of Byron Bay. They saw huge success in a rising craft market in Australia and managed to capture the hearts of drinkers across the country. They expanded to a second site in the Northern Rivers area which has allowed them to keep up with the ridiculous demand for their fresh, sessionable beers. Pacific Ale, Cloudcatcher and Stone Beer. Tastes of summer; crisp refreshing treats that sum up what's great about Aussie craft.
Touching down on the outskirts of Berlin, it made sense that Germany became the European and global home of the legendary Stone Brewing. Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner back in 1996, the original home of this groundbreaking brewery was in San Diego, California. Having achieved global infamy with their full-flavour, no-holds-barred beers, and after growth across the US, their European brewery opened on a sunny September evening in 2016. A brave and bold move, the brewery has meant Stone Brewing can provide their classic beers, fresh and top conditions to their European fans, and create new and special beers for us as well!
Thought they began later than some other names in Poland, they’ve lead the way with a series of international collaborations with the likes of Brewski, Naparbier and De Molen. The guys have learnt a lot, and invested significantly in equipment last year, installing a centrifuge and hop cannon to allow them to brew the kind of hoppy beer they love to drink. Stu Mostow really enjoy investing in local knowledge and ingredients, and have worked on bringing back several extinct Polish styles like Roggenbier, and Polish-style sours. They are on a mission to make Wroclaw the capital of Polish brewing, and from what we’ve seen, they are well on their way. Find them in the HonestBrew Vault as part of their Beer Tour.
North of the border, these guys are making beer the Scottish think is up there with the best in the whole country. They're right, and slowly but surely word is spreading down here. Yes, they do well balanced, characterful core range beers, but their speciality beers are something to behold. Do make sure you check out these guys, another first at LCBF.
The Kernel are one of London's finest breweries, and arguably one of our favourites of all time. Located in an archway in Bermondsey, South London, Evin and his team work together perfectly to continuously produce outstanding beer. From hoppy pales and IPAs, to tart saisons, to rich stouts and porters, a Kernel beer is always something to savour.
While the craft beer revolution in Ireland isn’t new, it is only in the last couple of years it has taken off and can now match the quality of the best beers across Europe. Leading this charge is White Hag, who pull on their local provenance and resources to create some incredible mixed fermentation and barrel aged beers. These guys love to party too, one of our absolute favourites in recent years.
Thornbridge are one of the original and the best in the UK craft beer scene. They've been around since the very start and the UK scene owes them a lot of praise for battling the new territories of fresh, full flavoured beer back in the mid 00's. Always a class act, adhering to quality and tradition, while looking forward and pushing the industry in the country as a whole - Thornbridge set the bar.
Another highly creative brewery that likes to produce a vast range of styles, as well push their business and branding in innovative ways. Originally coming of age under the tutelage of Mikkeller, To Øl has grown into one of the most sought after breweries in Europe. Still ostensibly a gypsy brewery, they have recently founded BRUS - a superb brewpub in centre of Copenhagen that dishes out Hygge and fresh beer by the pint.
In a rise to match that of Cloudwater's, in 18 short months Verdant have gone on to become hugely sought after on both sides of the pond and across Europe too. Focussed on hopforward IPAs and DIPAs, sold fresh, consumed fast, they've become a brewer you have to try. Really top guys, the success is well deserved becasue the beers are truly incredible.
What can you say about the weird and wonderful folk from Weird Beard in West London. Founded in 2013 Weird Beard are continuously pushing the envelope to brew beers that challenge the taste buds. A great core range, for sure, but Weird Beard come alive when it comes to the stronger stuff - imperial IPAs and big stouts that have often paid a visit to a fairly punchy whiskey barrel.
Alex and Alan's partnership was forged when both were working for Ireland's biggest independent brewery, Rye River. Alex, head brewer, had always wanted creative control and a vehicle to realise his own dreams. Alan, with a lot of commercial knowledge was the man to enable that dream. Whiplash initially started as a side project, but such has been the reception for the beers released so far it quickly catapulted into full operation. With both Alex and Alan now committed to it full time, some rave reviews and an Honest Brew award, this is going to be a big year. We're delighted to give them their first major festival outing in London.
Provenance is what Wild Beer Co are all about - nature, their environment, and the seasons. As their name suggests, Wild Beer Co. predominantly use wild fermentation techniques to brew their beer. Blending their own wild yeast strains to create beers of all styles. The results are some incredibly complex and interesting beers.
Another of our great friends - a nicer bunch of people you could never meet. Their passion for beer, and what they bring to Bristol, is only matched by the quality of the beer. Whilst they don't chase the trends, they always look for interesting flavour, great balance and depth of character. Building on a set of renown pales and ambers in their early years, last year saw their first barrel aged releases - an exciting time for an exciting brewery.
Founded by John Boyle and Robin Leighton in the village of Wylam, the brewery was originally located in the potting shed on their farm. Bringing on another partner, and all around legend, Dave Stone, the brewery set about a shift from great local cask ales, to full throttle modern beer styles. The brewery now calls ‘The Palace of Arts’ it’s home, having taken residence in a stunning pavilion in Newcastle and created arguably the most beautiful city centre brewery in the country. This last year has seen them move into cans and claim Europe wide recognition for their beers - including a mark on Ratebeers Top 100 beers of 2017.
After years of brewing some of the most exciting beers in Ireland, the team finally decided it was time to move onto a larger brew kit, and bring their creations outside of Ireland. Head Brewer Declan is widely respected in the Irish brewing scene and abroad, for his eye for detail and unwavering brewing style. He is one of the few Irish brewers casking ales, and likes nothing more than to see one pop up outside of their pub in Wexford. Their recent collabs with Five Points and Brewdog have brought them attention in the UK, but there will be plenty of people trying their beers for the first time. Find them in the HonestBrew Vault as part of their Beer Tour.
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