ale, lager, stout, porter, mild, barley wine – the list is almost endless!

Extreme Grape vs Grain at The Draft House

24 January 2012 - 7:00pm

There's plenty of sparkling repartee between these two experienced jousters, ever-smiling Draft House founder Charlie McVeigh and the witty WineChap himself, Tom Harrow.

Top beers battle against top wines, with some verbal sparring from Charlie and Tom before you decide which is your favourite. Tempting mini pub classics keep you fed – look out for the legendary foot-long scratchings, and The Poke Hamburger specials.

Beer & Cheese Matching at the School of Artisan Food

29 January 2012 - 30 June 2012

Where better to explore the matches between those two exciting bedfellows, beer and cheese, than right next to where they have both been created?

Beer & Spring Food with Melissa Cole

The Old Brewery
2 April 2012 - 6:30pm

Join bon vivant and beer maestro Melissa Cole as she shares with you some of her favourite Spring beer and food matches.

The evenings begin with an hour-long optional tutored tasting of the evening's beers hosted by Melissa and The Old Brewery's genial in-house brewer, Rod Jones. Then it's to the tables for the five-course tasting menu, with each course suitably paired.

Beer & Cheese with La Fromagerie

The Old Brewery
5 March 2012 - 6:30pm

Not one but two hugely knowledgeable experts to guide you through the ultimate evening for beer and cheese fans.

The ever gregarious School of Booze's Jane Peyton joins forces with La Fromagerie founder Patricia Michaelson to share with you the best matches offered by these two most versatile of ingredients.

Expect some serious flavours and some pairings that will both tempt and tantalise.

Meantime Beer & Food Matching

The Old Brewery
6 February 2012 - 6:30pm

The Old Brewery continues its superlative Beer & Food Matching evenings with a chance to hear from the founder and brewmaster of Meantime himself, Alastair Hook. 

As passionate about good food matches as he is about his groundbreaking beers – Alastair personally roadtested many of the dishes created by Old Brewery head chef Dan Doherty when the opened – expect some intense but balanced flavours.

Pig's Ear Beer & Cider Festival

6 December 2011 - 12:00pm - 10 December 2011 - 11:00pm

Why Pig's Ear? Because it's cockney rhyming slang for beer, and this festival promises to have plenty available. Oraganised by the East London & City branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), this annual Hackney event will be showcasing a grand total of 140 draught ales from 104 selected micro-breweries across London. Despite it's lack of representation in the title of the event (maybe they could consider including 'Easy Rider' in the name next year?), cider will also be getting some attention.