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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 because their beers are truly incredible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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