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The Harp

 London Brewery Week

 The Harp, Covent Garden is hosting a week long London brewery showcase festival. Breweries are putting forward special edition brews, one-off collaborations, classic beverages, and exciting new styles. We will be on tap along with these exciting breweries below. Follow @harppub for more details and announcements!

 

 

 

The Big Noise Festival
We are proud sponsors of The Big Noise Festival, a veritable riot of music, art, and amazing people. The Big Noise Festival raises money for The Big Issue Foundation, and is a spectacular evening for a really great cause. You can still buy tickets here and head on over to The Coronet SE1 to listen to some amazing musicians and drink some delicious beer.

 

 

 

 

Brewery visit 

We recently hosted a fantastic brewery tour and tasting session at ELB for some friends of the brewery. Ruaridh our head brewer put on a fantastic day, with some pretty extensive sampling, which was enjoyed by all!
    

 

 

 

The London Hop Shoot Festival 2015

The London Hop Shoot Festival 2015 was a glorious day out in the Kent countryside with lovely people, great food, and some delicious beer. The kitchen team from The Bull, Highgate conjured a spectacular lunch, including Cascade hopped mayo (!), in the middle of a field in the sunshine. All in all, a glorious day out: looking forward to next year!

 

You can read more about it in Alexi Duggan's piece for The Guardian here about hop shoot picking and how they taste.
     
 
 
 
 

The London Hop Shoot Festival

 

A host of London’s leading restaurants are rising to the London Brewers’ Alliance’s challenge to create dishes, almost on the spot, using the world’s most expensive vegetable - hop shoots. Known to sell for nearly €1,000 per kilo(!) on the continent, the shoots are so expensive due to a labour-intensive picking process and extremely short growing season.

                           Hop field

 

This Friday we're going to be in a field in Kent picking these delicious "poor man's asparagus" with hop growers, brewery peeps, pub guys, bloggers, and beer fans, and then delivering them to restaurants around London, where they will be cooked into exciting dishes. 

Venues include Fera at Claridges, Duck & Waffle, Gauthier, The Dairy, The Drapers Arms, The Bull in Highgate, The Florence in Herne Hill, The White Horse in Parson’s Green, Powder Keg Diplomacy, Temple Street Brewhouse in the City, The Bell in Walthamstow and The Hop & Berry in Islington. Find the full list here.

The initiative’s flying hop ambassador, beer & food expert Melissa Cole, adds: “Similar to asparagus in flavour, but with a slightly earthy element, hop shoots are delicious simply steamed & tossed in seasoned lemony butter; used like samphire in a delicate seafood risotto or you can even pickle them for use all year round.  

Here's a photo of us from last year, after a wonderful lunch of hop shoots cooked in a variety of ways with other foraged foods, and beer provided by Head in the Hat brewery. There's still time to sign up and come chat about beer, pick your own lunch, and generally have a lovely time in the countryside. If you can't make it to the picking this year, head over to one of the participating venues and try some delicious hop shoots.

 

Hop pickers

 

 Images used with permission. Copyright S. Farina T     @LaFermata_         @iampissedagain

Brewery of the Month

Date for your diary! We're Brewery of the Month in the Local Beer House group so pop into the following any time in May:

The Old Red Cow           The Dean Swift                The Hack & Hop

 

 

Even more excitingly, we're heading over to The Hack & Hop on Wednesday 13th May to chat about beer, drink beer, and generally hang out with your good selves at a meet the brewer event.  You can register for the event by email   Unfortunately, this event is fully booked, but keep checking back for future meet the brewer events!

 

 

Beer Weekender 11th & 12th July 2015 

 

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The Beer Weekender is taking over one of East London’s most exciting new spaces, The Laundry Building in London Fields, on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July. 

 The entire venue is set to become a sanctuary for beer, music & food lovers over the weekend, with a mouthwatering combination of some of the UK’s most exciting craft beers, live blues and roots acts, and smoking BBQ treats. 

ELB are going to be on the bar, and we’ll also be around for a chat and a beer over the weekend, and possibly even a little dance if we don’t hang around the BBQ for too long!

Festival revellers will also get to crown their ‘Master of the Craft’ in a ‘Peoples Pint’ competition where the weekend’s winning brew will be chosen by the beer lovers on site. Saturday sees much-lauded bluesman Son Of Dave take to the stage alongside the Best Emerging Blues act in Britain award-winner King Size Slim, whilst Sunday’s more laid back scene is over to Best British Blues Award winning guitarist Marcus Bonfanti ,and Jools Holland favourites Big Boy Bloater & The Limits.

You can buy tickets at The Beer Weekender 

 

The Big Noise Festival 

 

 

Ahead of the The Big Noise Festival in June, this weekend ELB are at a great warm-up gig at the Fox and Firkin, Lewisham. Carefully curated to encompass music, performance, art and film, this party will reflect a similar vibe to that of the main event and raise funds for The Big Issue Foundation at the same time.

ELB are proud supporters of The Big Noise and The Big Issue Foundation, so we’re heading South of the River and inviting you to come have a dance, have a beer, and make some noise.

 

 

How do you beat the January Blues? Beer, of course.

 

2015 is going to be a year of new endeavours for us at ELB, starting with a foray into the world of kegging. Over the coming months we will be offering our beers in the handy and recyclable KeyKegs, to accompany the range of casks and bottles.

The first of the beers to get the keg treatment are our best selling Pale Ale (4.0%abv), and the perfect for winter Quadrant Oatmeal Stout (5.8%abv) and are available now. Watch this space for the next additions to our kegged beer range.

As for bottles, we're excited to announce that our Pale Ale is now available in 330ml bottles in cases of 24. Please contact the brewery if you're interested in any of our new products - and if you have any requests for something you'd like to see in keg or 330ml bottles, let us know and we'll see what we can do.

You can take all our real ales away in 20lt (~36 pint) bag-in-boxes. Just give us a ring to let us know what you’d like. Our bag-in-boxes contain ‘bright’ beer - beer that has been decanted from the cask to ensure it does not contain yeast sediment, so it is crystal clear and is ready to be poured straight away. Perfect for birthdays, weddings or any other reason you can think of for a party. Just give us 48 hours notice to prepare it for you, then you're ready to go.

 

 

ELB in the Media

In a Few Words

"As Lascelles’ hoppy pale ale settles in the glass, I watch the rain smattering against the windows. The beer is as wonderful as the setting..."

Michael Hodges, FT.com

"Jamboree Ale comes from the East London Brewery in Leyton just down a shot on the dastardly, daren't-traverse-it-on-a-dark night, Lea Bridge Road and they're producing sensational beer."

The American Londoner

"... Quadrant Stout: my lord keep the prospectors away, we're drinking black gold..."

Duke of Wellington, N1

"Orchid is absolutely spot on, fantastic spiced dark ale"

Brewfest

In More Detail

FT.com - July 2012

... in the past five years the gap has been filled by a new generation of small brewers such as Stuart Lascelles, who gave up a career as a research chemist to put his life savings (“and some of my wife’s”) into the East London Brewing Company. “I thought I saw a gap in the market,” he tells me. “Now there are five other breweries in my part of London alone. But go to The Royal Oak in Columbia Road – they take a lot of my beer.” As Lascelles’ hoppy pale ale settles in the glass, I watch the rain smattering against the windows. The beer is as wonderful as the setting: See Full Article

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