Pigs Ear 2013

Yeah sorry I haven’t posted much of late… been busy. Before I do – here is a commercial break!

A note from my friends and colleagues at East London CAMRA.

Taste the Innovative and the Traditional at Pig’s Ear Beer Festival

The Pig’s Ear Beer and Cider Festival will be held at Hackney’s Round Chapel from December 3 to December 7. It will offer both exciting innovative beers from Britain and overseas and also traditional ales served from wooden casks, the centuries-old form of beer barrels.

Happy drinkers at Pigs Ear

Happy drinkers at Pigs Ear

The innovative will include products from many of the pioneering micro-breweries which have emerged in the last decade. Fittingly, nine of these are Hackney-based and none existed two years ago. Festival Organiser, Derek Jones, says: “These and other London breweries will be heavily featured as Pig’s Ear is cockney rhyming slang for beer. There will also be an exceptional selection of foreign beers, including several on draught such as those from Dutch De Molen and American Rogue. On offer – for the first time, we believe, in Britain – including Dominus Vobiscum from the acclaimed Quebec Brewery of Charlevoix.”
The traditional comes from the Festival acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood, which advocates the use of wooden barrels as part of British beer heritage. Several wooden casks will be featured, including a one-off anniversary special 7% classic Red Ale brewed by award-winning Cambridge Moonshine Brewery.
The Festival is being organised by the East London and City (ELAC) Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Its Chair, Marion Robbens says: “We’re delighted to be returning to the historic Grade 2* Round Chapel in Clapton which is such a splendid example of our East London Victorian history. The 2012 Festival broke records for attendance on every single session. With 250+ beers and 30+ ciders plus food stalls and pub games we expect to attract even more in 2013.”
The Festival is open from noon until 23.00 hours Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday* and until midnight on Friday.

Much more news from ELAC can be found on Twitter.

*on Saturday the festival will close when there is no more beer!


East London Festival Celebrates Hackney Beer Renaissance

So we are now just a week away from East London and City CAMRA’s Hackney beer festival – I’ll be working behind the bar for them for a few evenings. There’s more information from them on this year’s festival  below –  I hope to see you there!

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Pigs Ear is back!

The news that we’ve all been waiting for in East London (no, not more riots!) but the details for Pigs Ear 2011.

This year the festival will run from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th of December, at the Round Chapel on Powercroft road, Hackney. All week it will open at noon, with early closing (22.30) on Tuesday – Thursday.

Full details can be found on this poster – hope to see you there!

Pigs Ear 2010

Hurray! East London & City CAMRA’s beer festival is back – Pigs Ear 2010 is now open. It’s moved to a new venue, the Round Chapel on the corner of Powerscroft Road. The list of beers is here (usual disclaimers apply) and just to wet your whistle with a taster for the new venue (a stunning building restored by the Hackney Historic Buildings Trust) there’s a couple of photos below.

From the gallery

From the gallery

Along the stillage

Along the stillage



Euston Tap – Addendum

Since I wrote about the Euston Tap a few weeks ago, I’ve managed to find a several excuses to go back. (Despite the tube strike heading for Euston is actually quite a good move for me – the Victoria line seems to run fine!) Tonight I finally made it upstairs and found that’s quite nice too… the spiral staircase is a bit of a challenge but the bar staff will helpfully provide tray so you have one hand free for the rail!


Upstairs at the Euston Tap

Tonight’s beers – a pint of Thornbridge Wild Swan (OK, a bit light for my tastes in this weather) and a half of Marble Chocolate Stout which really hit the spot.

Wild Swan

Thornbridge: Wild Swan

This week sees the return of Hackney beer festival – this time at the Round Chapel,  more information on the ELAC website. Lastly next week sees the opening of Mason & Taylor’s in Bethnal Green. Good times!