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).
Cloudwater are, believe it or not, still a young brewery. Just under two years old at this point, they have sky rocketed to stardom in the last 12 months. And rightly so. Their experimental style and determination to continue to develop and try new things have seen them gain a huge amount of recognition and respect in the industry.
For us, Cloudwater are one of the most exciting breweries in Europe right now. Not only is their DIPA series capturing the attention of almost all beer drinkers in the UK, they continue to churn out fresh, interesting beers week in, week out. We are thrilled to have them along again this year.
Stillwater Artisnal is a very unique kind of brewery. While they call Baltimore their home, they brew their beers all over the world. In 2015, they brewed in 16 different countries. Founder, Brian Strumke considers Stillwater as less of a brewery and more of an art collective. Creativity is the driver and beer is the medium, which is great for us as they've long been considered one of the world's finest.
Collaboration, creative design and a unique mindset are things we look highly upon at LCBF. We've long been inspried by the diverse influences that Brian and his collaborators translate into beer. A number of his collaborations have graced our festival over the year's but this year we're giving him a bar to curate how he see fits.
Modern Times are another huge addition for our festival this year. MT are a West Coast American brewery located in one of the brewing hubs of the world; San Diego. Modern Times brew aroma driven, complex and sessionish beers (their words not mine). They have a lineup of all year beers with an impressive list of seasonal IPA's which do not disappoint.
Modern Times encompass just about everything we love in a brewery. They are an open and transparent brewery, who share information on their recipes and their faults. They make incredibly special beers which can be enjoyed in any environment. We look forward to sharing one with the Modern Times guys in August.
The Kernel are one of Londons finest breweries, year in, year out. Located in an archway in Bermondsey, South London, Evin and his team work together perfectly to continuously produce outstanding beer. The Kernel are one of a number of breweries who don't have a core range of beers. Rather they brew with styles with whichever hops and ingredients are the freshest.
Again, keeping it local and fresh - their pales and IPAs are always so good. However, it's the fruity sours, blended and aged on damson or raspberry that we love at our event, and the new hoppy saisons from their foudres (big wood fermenters) packed with dry tartness balanced with sweet and floral hops.
East London's finest, Pressure Drop, have been the closest brewery to us since we started. Located in the archways of Hackney, Pressure Drop brew a range of fresh and incredibly flavourful beers. If you havent had a Pale Fire on a hot summers day, have you even lived?
Okay, so again, these guys smash out pale ales and IPAs that still stand out. Magicians when it comes to hops. We're also really into their Wit beers, playing on all sorts of flavours like Bergamot, Juniper, Lime, Ginger or Blood Orange. Paired with a spicey chicken and coriander Koti roll? To die for!
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 sessionable ales too. London is second home to the guys too - make sure you check out their Italian Job bars.
We've long been fans of the beer. Always something different, always something to make you think but always an absolute treat. Yes, their ales are great, but it's when Giovanni sets about mixed fermentation and wood aged beers the Del Ducato come to life. We're very excited to have them at 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. Last year their new can artwork won them numerous accolades, which they surely deserved.
Known for a variety of styles, brewing with seasons at the their brewpub. 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.
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.
Lervig are a Norwegian brewery located in Stavanger and run by our great mate Mike Murphy. Mike and his team work hard to brew some amazing beers from American Pales to Imperial Stouts. Last year we were lucky enough to visit the brewery. Up there with the best in the whole world, we feel.
We love working with the guys from Lervig. They have an impressive sense of humour and are always willing to have a chat about their beers. Last year at our festival they brought a keg of their collaboration with Hoppin' Frog. Wow. Easily in our top ten beers of last year. We would invite them back based on that beer alone let alone all the other wicked beers they brew. We love having a beer with them too.
Oskar Blues have been on the scene in the US and around the world now for quite some time. Starting in Colorado, these guys brew big beers and aren't afraid to push the boundaries. They are famously known for being the first craft brewers to start canning their beer. All in all, much thanks needs to be given to these brewing gods!
You may have started to notice some of their classic beers hitting a supermarket near you - Dale's Pale, Yeller Pils etc - defintiely worth getting stuck into. We're execited, by showing you some of the super special, seasonals and limited releases they do too - expect some big, barrel aged stouts and imperial IPAs. These are big beers made by the big men of Colorado.
Dugges are another of the Swedish breweries we have invited this year. Located in Gothenburg, Dugges started brewing beers in 2007. They brew beer styles all across the board and have worked on some amazing collaborations in that past. Their sour ale collaborations with Stillwater Artisinal are a thing of beauty. If you haven't had a Tropic Thunder yet, do yourself a favour and go and find one.
The sneak peak they've given us on their beer lineup is the stuff dreams are made of. We're particularly interested in their stouts - think about the best tirimisu you've ever had, or best coffee-liquer, or best cohoclate cake, then make it deeper, richer, boozier, and more delicious and you're still not close to how good they are.
Basqueland Brewing Project are a small brewery located just outside of San Sebestian in Spain. The brewery was started by three American guys - a more wicked sense of humour you're unlikely to find. BBP has been gaining a lot of industry attention in the last 6 months and we're super glad to be able to contribute to that as well. Head Brewer Ben Matz uses his years of experience gained brewing at Stone in California to superb use, brewing beers of varying styles including sours, saisons, and imperial stouts.
They make some fantastic IPAs and there new single hop series is definitely one to look out for, but we're inviting them for their lagered beers too. Their Kolsch's were some of the best beers we tried last year, and their innovative hybrid, Longball Larry, was totally delicious.
One of our favourite local breweries, who can be found amongst the archways of the Bermondsey Mile. BBNo are best known for their ever changing beer recipes. They brew ultra fresh IPA's, and a phenomenal array of Saisons.
We love the journey BBNo. take you on. Their Double IPAs were a sleeper hit of last year's DIPA boom, and their pale ales, which only are only available super fresh, were really great too. Taking the step into some really top end IPAs, on top of their always fantastic Saison's... what more could we ask for.
Located in Leeds, these bretheran of brewing monks are focused on and inspried by modern design, local collaboration and giving back to both their local community and humanity in general. A pretty massive mission which is beautifully backed up by their massive range of beers. Core IPA's, seasonals, collaborations and small batch single releases. You name it, these guys will brew it and brew it really well.
Now lets talk about Mango Lassi, Heathen, and Patron Project. All their beers do big, bold, impactful flavour. Their new passonfruit lassi we cannot wait to try. We are pumped to see what the new year brings for them in beer and even more pumped to get amongst it in August.
Howling Hops are one of our closest nieghbours. Calling East London home, Howling Hops were the first tank bars in the UK, serving the beers straight from the bright tanks in their brewery. Their brewery is a fantastic spot for a beer at any time of the year, particularly in Summer.
Keeping it local and keeping fresh, we're excited to have Howling Hops bring across the frightentingly fresh, pub ready ales and porters you usually have to get out to Hackney Wick to drink. Each year, there is usually something special and experitmental our friend, Tim The Beard, sneaks on the pallet
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, lead by brewers Stu, Nick and Joe, have been producing hop forward and falvour rich beers for the past 6 years.
We love Magic Rock because we love the wonder of the IPA and the Pale Ale. Big piney bitterness in Cannonball, or grapefruit - tropical goodness in Highwire have long been favourites. But then all their juicy new range like Inhaler, Shredder and Hypnotist are so on point too. Expect fresh, zesty, delicious.
Pohjala are an Estonian brewery who reside in the city of Tallin. They released their first beers in 2013, at the time, gipsy brewing at other facilities. They soon opened their own facilty which boasts an impressive amount of tanks. They also have their own venue in Tallin called Speakeasy.
I mean, one of their beer labels has a shark on it. They make a whole range of great IPA and Gose beers, but we're bringing in a Baltic brewery for one special reason. Porters! These guys knock it out the park when it comes to one of our favourite styles of beer. Not as heavy as a stout, but packed with roasted notes of coffee, chocolate, liqourice, molasses etc, we love porters...especially when they're from Pohjala.
The Giants from the North who need little to no introduction but here goes. Starting in 2007, Brewdog have become a powerhouse of brewing in the last few years. Having expanded multiple times in Ellon, they have now set their sites on the US of A and will be opening their Columbus brewery in the near future. Add that to the sour facility on the horizon and we could be in for some great new Brewdog beers.
Resolutely sticking to their hop-forward, viciously bitter bangers, Brewdog make some colosally great beers that remind you of why we got into craft beer. Beyond that though, they're always releasing a steady release of new beers - coconut and vanilla porter? Juicy IPA brewed with Cloudwater? Fruit smoothie collab with Omnipollo?
Mikkeller really need no introduction at this point! One of the most famous gypsy brewers in the world, Mikkel and his team are constantly pushing the boundaries of the brewing world. From sponateously fermented sours, to dry hopped double IPA's - Mikkeller have done it all. Or at least that's what you think until you see another crazy release from them!
It's been a few years since we've had Mikkeller at LCBF and we're honoured to have them back. What will they bring? Well, we're not sure at the moment. They do so much, and all of it so well, we'd rather leave it to them to surpise us. What would you like them to bring?
One of the most sought after and talented breweries in the UK, without a doubt. Based just outside the Peak District Town of Buxton, founder Geoff and head brewer Colin, have built an incredible reputation. An exquisite list of beers and a prolific list of collaborations; Buxton are often top of the list of the top international breweries coming to the UK and looking to collaborate.
Two diverse creative forces came together with Buxton and Omnipollo, and last year's Ice Cream captured taste buds and attention a like. Using varying flavours in the brew and innovative techniques to change some of the consistency, these beers were a total delight. This year Buxton will be bringing some new Ice Cream beers, and mixing it up with some soft serve awesomeness. Not to miss, this is molecular gastronmy, craft beer style!
One of London's finest breweries; Beavertown have attended our festival since the days of Duke's Brew n Que. Famous for their fruity IPA's and imaculate American Pales, Beavertown have recently excelled at tart, zesty sours and funky barrel aged beers to really cement themselves as one of the finest breweries in Europe.
Last years beer line up was insane from these guys and we're hoping that this years is even better! We're really excited by this year's Tempus releases (the barrel-aged beers) be they whiskey-tinged stouts, fruity sour ales, or IPAs with Brett (A funky flavour you'll find in natural wines and fine ciders too).
Left Handed Giant are a team that are based in Bristol. Though they brew most of their beers on friends' kits, but also have a small kit of their own which they experiement brews on. It's tough to find their beers in London, and this is their first big showing of what they're all about, so make sure you swing by to meet them.
Their beers are awesome - and their brewer, Rich, is a real talent. Their Flanders Red was one of the best beers we had in 2016 - sweet and sour in the right places - and their take on breakfast stouts - one bacon focussed the other espresso were packed with so much flavour. Perfect with vanilla Ice Cream.
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.
When we think Moor, we think delicious pales and IPAs - the perfect pub beer - and that's why we're excited to have them back in 2017. The combination of hops they use, from all around the world, pay tribute to the art of making great, full of life, ales. If you're looking for a lesson in the art of the ale - these are your guys.
Fourpure are one of Londons largest and fastest growing breweries. Located in Bermondsey, Fourpure are apart of South Londons thriving brewing culture. They brew beers that they enjoy drinking, juicy IPA's, wheats, and warming winter stouts.
Four pure are one of Londons best. They absolutely smashed the terrace at last years event. Their Juicebox IPA of last summer was a killer and couldn't have run out the door faster. We love their IPA's and are super stoked to see what they come up with this summer.
Wiper and True are a Bristol based brewery who began brewing at home in their kitchen. They fell in love with the art and experimentation of brewing and proceeded to make commercial batches of their beer. Now with a home in the St Werburghs area of Bristol, Wiper and True continue to brew experimental styles and rarely, if ever, repeat a recipe for a particular style. As we have noted before, they also have some of the most crisp branding in all of beer.
Their barley wine was delicious last year- sweet, treacly and rich in bourbon flavour. Their bread pudding beer with TOAST, and their Rye Saison, are illustrations of a brewery who know how to do full, comforting beers, rich with sweetness and spice. More of the same please - oh, and very excited to hear about their collaboration with Dugges.
Provenance is what wild beer are all about - nature, their environment, and the seasons. As their name suggests, Wild Beer 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, earthy and interesting beers.
We simply love Wild Beer Co's beers. They are constantly challenging us to explore new and different flavours in beer and that's something we love. We're looking forward to the blends and other seasonal series we can expect throughout summer.
The White Hag came onto our radar last year when one of our Irish friends in London introduced us to them. They came along to our festival in Bristol and were an absolute hit. Founder, Paul, and brewmaster, Joe , are taking the best of modern craft beer from around the world, and reintepreting it in a distnict way, inspired by their location on the West Coast.
We might have to put these guys on a bar next to Wiper and True just so we can see who the wildest of the two is. We were really excited by the Irish heather sour, and citrusy, lemon filled gose they'd made last year. We're hoping to see more of that this year, and see how their peaty, full stouts go down in London. Slainte.
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. They also manage to come up with some of the best beer names in the industry, our favourite from last year was 7th Church of the Apocalyptic Lawnmower!
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. Expect resinous, hoppy IPAs and smokey, whiskey tinged dark beers. A strong rye ale aged in bourbon that crept out the vaults was absolutely delicious at a festvial in Norway last year - one of our favourites.
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. This year will see Thornbridge release a series of monthly new releases, which, if you havent seen is well worth checking out and following.
This year we're excited to see what specials we'll be able to enjoy - we're hearing news of a pineapple sour that might be ready just in time for our event AND we'll be pressing hard for one or two things things from their impressive collection of barrels.
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 Craft Brew are easily one of the best producers of beer in the UK. Siren began in 2012 when Darron decided the world needed better and more interesting beer. Siren brew a vast array of styles, never letting time, process or costs effect the way in which they craft their ales. It's an inspriring ethos and it has produced some of the worlds best beers.
Siren are consistently producing incredible, different and challenging beers. Last year as part of Brewdog's Collabfest, they brewed $10 Shake. A fruit smoothie IPA which was in our top ten beers of the year. Their curiosity and expertise make them an awesome addition to any beer festival lineup and we're ever so stoked to have them back again.
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.
Because they are Sierra Nevada. Last year Steve Grossman was pouring beer with us! These guys are never too big for their boots and still have a love for the drinkers, the bars and the industry that has shown them so much love over the years. Oh, we’re going to get some Beer Camp specials this year :-)
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