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Five unmissable tap takeovers in London this August


Ah, August. ’Tis the month craft beer fans have been waiting for, what with the ten-day London Beer City taking place around the city, and The Craft Beer Festival in the middle of the month.

In case that's not enough, we’ve invited beer writer Rebecca Pate to let you in on a few other – and some related – beery goings-on around the capital over the next 30 days. Namely, tap takeovers: when a brewery temporarily moves into a pub or bar to put its beer on tap and sell it. Here are Rebecca's top five picks this month.

Fourepure Juicebox Giveaway and Tap Takeover

Just one of the many tap takeovers on the London Beer City itinerary, this promises ten draft beers dedicated to Fourpure Brewing Co, one of the original breweries on the Bermondsey Beer Mile. The first 50 people at the bar are promised a free can of the new – and extremely quaffable – Juicebox citrus IPA. Draft House Charlotte, 43 Goodge Street, W1T 1TA. Aug 11, 6pm-11pm.

Ubrew Members Tap Takeover

Also running in conjunction with London Beer City, members of London’s first open brewery will be trialling their own inspired concoctions on professional brewing kits. Some of London’s newest breweries are either currently brewing or began brewing at Ubrew, so there should be some seriously high-quality beer on offer. Ubrew, 29-30 Old Jamaica Road, SE16 4AW. Aug 13, noon-7pm. Tickets required – RSVP here.

Rebecca Pate

One Mile End Meet the Brewer and Tap Takeover

From humble beginnings as a microbrewery beneath the White Hart Pub in Whitechapel, One Mile End Brewery has recently moved its main brewing operations to Tottenham. You’ll be seeing a lot more of this brewery in the coming months, so familiarise yourself with them now by trying their Snakecharmer IPA or Salvation Pale in the company of their head brewer Simon. Look Mum No Hands! Pop-up, Queen's Walk, Hungerford Bridge, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX. Aug 31, 7pm-8pm.

Orbit Beers Tap Takeover

Self-professed ‘high-fidelity brewers’ Orbit Beers are equally as passionate about music as they are about beer. Based in Walworth, they are known for BYOV – bring your own vinyl – open days at the brewery, and their range takes its inspiration from some classic (and frequently obscure) music references. If you need any help deciphering the labels, the brewers will be on hand to answer your questions. The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, Borough Market, SE1 9AG. Aug 17, 5pm.

Five Points Painting Party and Tap Takeover

Hackney’s Five Points Brewing Co excels in a solid core range of beers, including their Five Points Pale and Hook Island Red. You’ll find them on keg or cask in any good east London boozer, but here’s your chance to try their beer while releasing your inner Picasso – every pint purchased comes with free crafting supplies. Look Mum No Hands! Pop-up, Queen's Walk, Hungerford Bridge, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX. Aug 13, 6pm.

Read more of Rebecca's beery recommendations on her blog, Brewing East or follow her on Twitter @rpate.

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