Honey Beer Tasting & Food Matching

Honey Beer Tasting & Food Matching

The sweetness of honey and the richness of malts. Together they make Honey Beer! These taproom tastings hosted by London craft beer brand Hiver Beers will show you how beer made with honey can be paired with food whilst giving you an insight into how bees and humans work to make great beers.

Hiver’s Queen Bee entrepreneur with the buzz is Hannah Rhodes. After discovering urban beekeeping she created Hiver Beers using carefully selected honeys from urban London and rural England to produce the rich and intense Honey Brown Ale and golden Honey Blonde Beer. Hiver Beers are served in gastropubs around the country and you can find the bottles in Selfridges M&S and through Ocado to name just three outlets.

As you’ll soon learn during these hosted sessions Hiver’s honeys beer are a modern interpretation of the ancient ways of brewing with honey adding it at the right stage of brewing. That’s what makes the taste so deep and full-bodied. It’s all about an admiration for the work of those busy honey bees and a passion for beer – and that’s what we call working in sweet harmony!

Whilst enjoying the beers with a selection of lovely food samples you’ll have the chance to learn more about Hiver Beers and the honey. Did you know a bee pollinates within a three-mile radius of the hive? And if you think central London can’t be the ideal place for bees think again. Limes trees on the streets lavender on people’s windowsills and the abundance of wild honeysuckle along railway lines all provide rich picking for bees.

Honey beer tasting experiences take place at the Hivequarters in the arches of Southwark near Maltby Street Food Market. With places available for up to 20 beer tasters and food munchers to enjoy the Honey Beers brewed by Hiver it’s the perfect start to a leisurely weekend in the capital. You even get to take a bee hotel handcrafted by you home with you!

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Beer Brewing & Tasting London

Beer Brewing & Tasting London

There’s definitely something brewing in the arches of the London Beer Lab! This funky community brewery opens its doors to hold regular beer brewing and tasting workshops with the intention of showing you just how easy it is to make your own beer even with no prior experience (other than drinking the stuff that is).

Tucked away behind a residential street in Brixton you’ll find the London Beer Lab in a converted railway arch. Downstairs are the bottle shop and brewing supplies section along with tables and a bar area that has a couple of nice draft brews on tap ready to be tasted. Upstairs is the nerve-centre of this beer brewing laboratory. The head brewer has a wealth of recipes at their disposal with all the necessary ingredients to hand. After selecting the brews for the day you will then take part in the beer-making process.

Despite looking like tea urns the Braumeister vats that the London Beer Lab uses are really quite fancy. They are automatic and computer-controlled to pretty much ensure you can’t make a bad batch of beer. As long as you follow the recipe and add in the hops and malts at the right time your batch of London-made beer is going to taste good.

Of course you probably won’t have such high-tech brew vats at home so the London Beer Lab team is always up for chatting about and giving advice on home brewing using commonly available domestic kit. It’s also really useful to learn all about the different malt and hop options which is what makes each finished beer different – and these brewers know all about that too!

Once the brew’s on attention turns to tasting the in-house wares as well as beers from neighbouring London brewers such as Late Knights and By the Horns with the likes of some very nice imported Belgian beers too. Having quenched your thirst with beers from London and beyond it’s time to get back to the lab to tend to your brews for the final steps in the brewing process.

At the end of your brewing and tasting day at the London Beer Lab you have the choice of taking home eight different bottled beers from the shop or you can opt for a starter kit that’ll get you on the road to brewing five litres of your own beer at home. This open-source community brewery in the heart of London is a great place to talk drink and make beer with self-confessed ‘beer geeks’!

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Brew a Beer Day

Brew a Beer Day

Spend a day in a family run brewery in the West Midlands on our unique Brew a Beer Day! This is a superb hands-on day where you learn how to brew your own beer.  You’ll need to make sure you bring your wellies with you as you’re going to be getting proper stuck-in with all the tasks involved in beer making with malt and hops everywhere!

This day is the ultimate beer drinker’s fantasy as you will follow the work of the Head Brewer at the award-winning Sadler’s Brewery in Stourbridge taking an active role in the beer making (and drinking) process from mashing to bottling.

This superb day starts with meeting brewer Chris Sadler. His great grandfather Nathaniel started the Windsor Castle Brewery in 1900 making Chris the fifth generation of brewer. Now operating out of their modern brewery in Lye Chris has preserved that century-old brewing know-how using up to date machinery and technology to produce some fabulous craft beers winning plenty of awards on the way.

Before you start brewing there’s always time for breakfast and a cuppa. Then it’s off to work that mash tun to mix the malted barley with the water and prepare the hops. But what does the beer you’re in the process of making taste like?

Well as it happens there’s the Brewhouse Bar which is located within the brewery itself making it the perfect place for a ‘tea’ break at the bar in between brewing tasks to try a few of the bottle and draught ales as well as have a good old chat. Who’d have thought hops malt sugar and yeast could all combine to make such hallowed golden nectar?

After all that brew team talk it’s back to work those hops and get the fermentation process underway in the huge tanks before leaving the beer to relax and mature nicely. By now you’ll have a pretty good idea of what the brewing process of beer is all about so much so that you should be able to get brewing at home yourself – although on a much smaller scale.

Of course learning to brew beer in a day is hungry and thirsty stuff so the experience also includes that breakfast and a break for lunch which will be a customary Black Country Hop Picker’s Platter complete with the restaurant’s own beer bread Mud City Stout cheese pickles and ham. After relaxing in the bar after all that brewing work you will leave the brewery with a bottled Sadler’s beer gift pack in hand. A brilliant day out for any beer fan!

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Wildcard Brewery London

Wildcard Brewery London

Have a pint or two with the friendly team at the Wild Card brewery and tour the facilities too! This is a superb microbrewery in the heart of Walthamstow that has very much become part of the local community so it’s time to pay them a visit and see what it’s all about.

Jaega William and Andrew make a great team here at Wild Card. By their own admission they kind of fell into the brewing game by accident after what started as a hobby became their business. This rather refreshing approach totally reflects the whole character of this microbrewery. It’s just a really nice place to go and see. They’ll welcome you with open arms and show you all parts of the brewing process.

Head brewer Jaega has a chemical engineering degree so she is more than qualified to be able to work that magic with the mix of malts and hops. Wild Card currently produces four signature beers which you may see in different stages of production on your tour.

Indeed it has to be said Wild Card has an excellent reputation amongst beer fans and brewery aficionados for producing consistently good no-nonsense uncompromising beers. During your tour you’ll be shown how the chemist creates her favourite ales with the six brewers barrel kit they use. You’ll also be introduced to the likes of King of Hearts and the Ace of Spades beers they brew.

We have to say it is a lovely set up here at Wild Card. With the rich ruby red Jack of Clubs and the continuously hopped Queen of Diamonds IPA it’s little wonder these beers have a loyal following. On weekends the brewery opens up it’s Tap Bar in the courtyard with an eclectic mix of street food vendors invited for ‘residencies’ so you can eat drink and be merry.

When you go on a Wild Card brewery tour there’s always plenty of time to chat beer sample the ales and generally have a sociable informal and informative time at this fantastic young and vibrant brewery in Walthamstow. We say a hearty cheers to that!

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The National Brewery Centre Tours

The National Brewery Centre Tours

Discover why Burton upon Trent is regarded as the home of brewing with this tour of the National Brewery Museum that also incorporates the Bass Museum. The methods have certainly changed at the modern breweries still located in this Staffordshire town but this top tour takes you back in time to the heyday of hops so you can learn about the craft and skill of brewers in days gone by as well as the history of brewing.

The whole experience is led by a beer expert who as well as having a fine repertoire of amusing anecdotes certainly knows a thing or two about brewery history both local and national. The museum boasts numerous exhibits of beer production equipment and locations from its popularity in the Middle Ages right through to the commercial brewing age of the Victorian era and beyond. The museum also incorporates large portions of the renowned Bass brewery allowing you a glimpse into how our nation’s favourite tipple is produced.

Your visit to this brewery centre and museum also includes a tour of the William Worthington Micro Brewery where you will discover how important steam was to the growth of national breweries with steam driven water pumps and even a fully restored steam train sitting in the factory’s own station. There is also the collection of vintage vehicles including delivery wagons and some very quirky promotional cars from the 1920s. You may also meet the Shire horses who pull the traditional drays (the brewer’s word for carts) that used to deliver the barrels of beer and there are even some traditional pub games to be attempted and enjoyed in the Edwardian bar!

Your foray into fermentation and the history of hops culminates in a food and beer tasting session in the magnificent Brewery Tap Bar and Restaurant within the museum complex. Here you’ll be regaled with top tips and tasting advice as you sample a few fine ales all perfectly matched to the delectable food that’s served to you

This is the ideal experience for beer ale and lager lovers of all (legal) ages and makes for a fascinating venture into the world of brewing. The national brewery museum offers a wealth of history and interactive fun for beer enthusiasts and when combined with the mouth-watering selection of foods and drinks on offer through the tasting session we’re sure this will hit the spot with many an intrepid quaffer as well as anyone looking to develop their palate.

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