Last weekend, Maria and I took a day off from dissertation work to indulge in the wonders of British craft beer! We volunteered and then attended the London Craft Beer Festival on Friday.
I helped people put on those pesky wristbands and directed them to retrieve their glasses so they didn’t wander to the libations without a chalice. We were able to take a break for half off food. I got absolutely delicious steak and chips with a lovely aioli, which I believe was from the Ginger Pig. We also got to run up for samples when the entering masses thinned. I thought the time passed quickly, chatting with fellow volunteers, watching tipsy people meander out more talkatively than they wandered in, and before I knew it, it was time for our break. We strolled along the canal, Regeant’s Canal, which runs from Paddington to Limehouse, and found our way to Victoria Park. It’s a big park. We saw some people wrapping up a party with two dogs, and one…pig? Is that a pig?
Nope. Just a really fat chihuahua.
Then it was time again for beer! For volunteering, we got into the £35 festival for free 😀 The festival had about 24 brewers. All great, many London-based. We tried every brewery 😀 There was also a Flemish festival across the street that piggy-backed on London Craft Beer.
There, we tried four delicious Belgian beers (mmm I love Belgian beers) and watched a cooking demonstration of a fancy take on steak and chips. Aaand we got to try amazing steak and onion rings battered with Duvel batter, with a side of very nice honey mustard sauce. Westmalle’s two trappist ales are still some of my favourite Belgian beers. The main hall had a very fun band with like 8 people– I wish I remembered their name! It was a fantastic time, with many great beers. One of my favourite beers was from Partizan brewery– which I hope to visit in Bermondsey (South London) soon. It was their Mango and Black Pepper Saison. Saisonnnn. We had an IPA from Green Flash that was really nice as well- yummy malty flavours. After we had all the beer there was to be had, we again took to the streets and slipped our way home on the beguiling Night Buses.