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

Frontier Craft Lager

Frontier is Fuller’s foray into the craft lager market - not the first of big brewers, nor the last we’ll wager, to attempt this oxymoronic feat. Have they succeeded where others failed?

Frontier pours a brilliant gold with an attractive lacy foam. Not astoundingly aromatic but there is a squeaky clean biscuity feel to it, and perhaps the faintest touch of fragrant smoke and orange blossom.

4.5%, available via Fuller’s pubs, including The Parcel Yard, St Pancras Station, & other hostelries.

Purple Moose Brewery

Purple Moose Brewery opened its doors in summer 2005, when Ffestiniog Railway volunteer, Lawrence Washington, spotted a gap – plenty of visitors to Ffestiniog's home town, the former slate port of Porthmadog, but no local brews to enjoy.

Growing public demand for these delightfully flavoured beers has led to production quadrupling in size in recent years, and the visit offers a lovely chance to see a charming micro-brewery that is very much part of the community in the friendly town of Porthmadog.

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Nuts About Beer, GBBF 2013

15 August 2013 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

There’s a reason why pistachios are a favourite snack with beer drinkers and this tasting session at the Great British Beer Festival, sponsored by the American Pistachio Growers, aims to show why.

For your host, beer sommelier Jane Peyton, it shouldn’t be too tough a nut to crack. With some of the finest British beers paired with a range of pistachio nuts – including teriyaki, garlic and thyme – the result is not in doubt.

Great British Beer Festival 2014

12 August 2014 - 16 August 2014

CAMRA’s annual flagship event – the Great British Beer Festival 2014 – rolls into the big smoke this August for an impressive 37th year running.

West London expects around 55,000 beer lovers from all corners of the globe will descend on Olympia for the event.

Check out the marvellous Beer Master's Selector to help find what to taste, and build your own beer list.

Lavender & Honey dinner, The Engineer, Primrose Hill

13 June 2013 - 7:30pm

The news that chef Benn Hodges is a registered bee-keeper gives us a good idea where the inspiration for this unique beer and food matching dinner comes from. Add to this the launch of Sambrook’s new Lavender Hill beer, with its sizeable addition of English honey early on in the brew, and all becomes clear.

Tickets: £40, available online from the pub, via phone, 020 7483 1890or email, 

Harviestoun Brewery

Six miles east of historic Stirling, the village of Alva, nestling at the foot of the beautiful Ochill Hills (a walking mecca), plays host to one of the world’s most renowned breweries – Harviestoun. 

From humble beginnings in founder Ken Brooker’s kitchen, through corporate ownership and back to independence, Harviestoun remains among the true elite in the craft brewing world.

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Shepherd Neame Brilliant Ale

Hold a buttercup under your chin to get an idea of the colour that Shepherd Neame’s new release – Brilliant Ale – pours. Impossibly golden, with its halo of creamy foam, it's a hugely enticing glass of beer.

5.6% in 50cl bottle, available via independent retailers and online

4% on draught; available as the brewery's September seasonal ale in its pubs; call ahead to confirm availability

What is Craft Lager?

6 June 2013 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

If you've ever wondered whether there's more to lager than just bubbles, here's the event for you. The launch of Windsor & Eton Brewery's popular Republika lager on keg in the delightful environs of the Tower Bridge Draft House means that the brewers are coming to town.

Draft House founder Charlie McVeigh is our host, while Windsor & Eton's Paddy Johnson will explain the unique (to the UK) process used to craft this lager, and we'll get a chance to trial both filtered and unfiltered versions - all in the name of research.

Free, but tickets essential