The nature of small breweries means that much of what they produce tends to get drunk close to the source. This is a double-edged sword for Londoners, since it means we get to enjoy the amazing brews being put out by our thriving craft beer scene, but also that beer from further afield – from big, beery cities like Manchester, say – can be harder to come by.
So if you’ve a genuine interest in what the rest of the country’s brewing (or you just fancy a change from Camden Hells and Gamma Ray), head along to Hop Burns & Black on East Dulwich Road later this month for a guided tasting and ‘live interview’ with James Kemp, head brewer at Manchester’s Marble Brewery. Beer writer Matt Curtis will be the man asking the questions, while HB&B’s Jen and Glenn will be digging through their crates to lay on a Mancunian soundtrack.
The ticket price includes six beer samples, (three Marble beers, plus three of James’s Manchester favourites) plus, of course, the opportunity to air your brilliant Liam Gallagher impression.