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15-09-2010, 08:51
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Two big events this weekend. The first on Friday night (17th) with the London Brewers Alliance (http://londonbrewers.org/come-and-taste-history/) bash at Brew Wharf. All the London breweries will be there showcasing their beers plus there will be a few extra-special ones: there’s the London collaborative brew (http://londonbrewers.org/a-capital-brew/), for starts, a porter put together by the London brewers (see Steve at Beer Justice for the photos of the day (http://beerjustice.blogspot.com/search/label/London%20Brewers%20Alliance)), then there’s a few from Saints and Sinners including a Citra’d Reaktion (http://www.facebook.com/SaintsandSinnersBeer#!/photo.php?pid=5140678&fbid=422655386269&id=42045141269), which I’m dribbling at the prospect of, and John Keeling (http://api.twitter.com/FullersJohn/status/22785465311) has promised a cask of Brewers Reserve No.1, unblended and at cask strength – a very rare treat! It kicks off proper from 6.30pm but there’s a trade session from 4.30pm (tickets available on the LBA website - £15 and that gets you plenty of beer).

And while we’re on the topic of beer and London, Steve (http://beerjustice.blogspot.com/2010/09/sheffield-tap-comes-to-london.html) has announced that a Euston Tap (http://beerjustice.blogspot.com/2010/09/sheffield-tap-comes-to-london.html) is forthcoming... if it’s anything like the Sheffield Tap then I can’t wait!

The other event is a brewery showcase at The Bull, Horton Kirby (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=22462564440) (my favourite pub!), from 17-19 September (I’m going on the Saturday). It’s the first showcase in ages and Garrett is getting Fyne Ales (http://www.fyneales.com/) in, a great brewery from Scotland. The list includes Piper's Gold (3.8%), Maverick (4.2%), Vital Spark (4.4%), Hurricane Jack (4.4%), Avalanche (4.5%), Highlander (4.8%) and Deadlock (4.8%). He has also tweeted that there will be some Thornbridge (http://www.thornbridgebrewery.com/) beers on – Wild Swan (3.5%), Larkspur (5.2%) and Halcyon (7.7%) – and some BrewDogs (http://www.brewdog.com/beer.php), if you need any other reason to tempt you along – The Edge (3.4%), 5am Saint (5%), Punk IPA (6%) and Paradox Arran (10%). Not a bad line-up!

Fyne Ales’ Jarl was the best British beer I had at GBBF this year, and every bottled Avalanche I’ve had has been very good, so I’m eager to try more of their beers. And I can’t wait to try the Larkspur (http://beerevolution.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/more-citra-i-need-more-citra/) as there have been a few blogger beergasms over it recently, plus I haven’t seen Halcyon on cask this year and that’s always one to look for.

Who’s heading along to either of these this weekend?


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