London Craft Beer Festival

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On Friday 9th August, our wee team here at Franklins shut the brewery doors for the day and made the short trip to Wapping to take in all that London Craft Beer Festival has to offer. 

This was our first visit to this event and at first we were overwhelmed by the scale of it all. Tobacco Dock is a stunning venue which seemingly lends itself naturally to such events. With plenty of nooks and crannies in the vaults there was plenty of space to house some of the world’s best breweries as well as some of the future stars. The glass roof and open plan ground level kept a nice, airy vibe and the array of food trucks kept us almost on a level. The atmosphere was friendly and inclusive and it was great to bump into so many beery friends, old and new.

General mingling

General mingling


The breweries were countless, a who’s who of the beer world – from Cloudwater to Lervig and Admunsen to Burnt Mill this really was a beer drinker’s delight. It was also nice to see Sussex well represented by Good Things Brewing Co and Burning Sky. 

Now, being Franklins as we are, we turned up late and duly tried to fit as many beers as possible into the three hours we had. Whilst we couldn’t try everything, or even every brewery we gave it a good go. Highlights included beers form our friends at Box Car and Little Faith, Vault City, Track, Brew York and Dugges. It’s really difficult to pick a favourite and everything we sampled was top notch. However, on the protracted train journey home, we drunkenly put together our top three; 

  1. Duvel Barrel Aged 2017, 11.5% - Wow! Just wow! As lovers of both beer and whiskey this hit the spot with all three of us. Original recipe Duvel, aged for 6 month in bourbon barrels – what could go wrong? Smooth, sweet and creamy with bourbon and oak throughout, this was a real treat!

  2. Track Lipari Lemon Sour, 5.0% - This is the type of beer we really want to make and drink. Sour, pithy, creamy and full bodied, reminiscent of a sherbet lemon!

  3. Little Faith The Americano Dream, 4.9% - A beautifully balance stout, smooth and oaty with a lush coffee aroma. An alcoholic cold brew.

London Craft Beer Festival is a great day out and we would recommend it to all beer lovers. We will definitely be back. Hopefully one day you will see us pouring there! 


Andrew Cooper