It's another double header this weekend, with both a Friday and Saturday tasting lined up for pre-Xmas imbibing pleasure.
On Friday from 5-7pm, we've got our good friends from Gipsy Hill in the house with their brand new can range - Beatnik, Southpaw and Hepcat all freshly canned and tasting bloody brilliant.
On Saturday from 4-6pm, we welcome back the top chaps of Sweetdram with their small batch liqueurs - Escubac Apero and Smoked Spiced Rum. These tastings are always extremely popular - nice guys, great booze, what's not to love?
It's another double header this weekend, with both a Friday and Saturday tasting lined up for pre-Xmas imbibing pleasure.
It's our birthday week, and if a massive big party at Brick Brewery this Friday night and three new anniversary collab beers with Cloudwater, Fourpure and Brick weren't enough, there is yet another beery treat coming your way. It's our final Hop Burns & Bottle Share for 2017 with special guest Paul Jones, co-founder of Cloudwater Brew Co.
Paul needs no introduction. As the MD of one of the most exciting breweries on the planet, he's propelled Cloudwater to legendary status since it launched in March 2015. It's the only UK brewery ever to have made the Ratebeer Top 10 list and has helped to radically change the way UK drinkers think about beer.
Paul's selected a range of beers that help tell his beery journey - amazing beers accompanied by top tales from one of UK brewing's finest raconteurs.
After we've tried Paul's choice of beers, you'll get to share out yours with Paul and the rest of the room. Bring along your latest and greatest homebrew, that 750ml sharer you haven't had the courage to crack open, anything else in the cellar you've been waiting to unleash on an appreciative crowd...
We're turning three! Can you believe it?
We're celebrating with a good old knees-up at Brick Brewery, where we'll launch our new anniversary collabs, the HB&B Hoppy Trinity: HOP is a succulent DDH NZ Pale brewed with Cloudwater Brew Co; BURNS, a Mango & Habanero Red Ale brewed with Fourpure; and BLACK, a Blueberry & Vanilla Stout brewed with Brick.
Join us for good times, great food c/o Slow Richie's, top tuneage c/o Hop Burns & Boogie and pals, and amazing beer!
After=party takes place from 10pm til late in the Four Quarters Basement further down Rye Lane.
Give it up for London hip hop legend Rodney P, who's collaborated with Signature Brew on their latest beer, Live Up!, a Bourbon Oak Golden Ale.
We've got the Signature Brew and Tru Thoughts crews in the house AND on the decks this Friday night, with tunes and beer flowing freely from 5pm.
There'll be a bunch of Tru Thoughts vinyl for sale and, as an added bonus, we've also got Liverpool party legend Joe Florek from Howl At the Moon joining us with his brand new Sound System Sauce and a bag full of 7" vinyl.
It's going to be awesome fun. Live Up your Friday!
In a world of ever more hop forward beers, are we neglecting to give beer's most eclectic ingredient the kind of attention it deserves?
In the second of our Fundamentals series, we invite you to join Good Beer Hunting’s UK Editor Matthew Curtis and our fabulous food and beer writer Claire Bullen as we taste our way through four beers that derive their key flavours from yeast.
You'll get to enjoy four yeast (and bacteria) driven styles: Brettanomyces fermented Pale Ale, Belgian Tripel, German Weizen Bock and Belgian Lambic/Gueuze, along with a small but mighty food pairing from Claire.
This event will sell out very quickly so get your skates on. Tickets are just £16.50 (plus booking fee) per person – however if you’re a member of Good Beer Hunting's Fervent Few subscriber community, you'll get a code for 10% off the ticket price.
Come put the yeast into South Yeast London...
We're proud to present another exciting Saturday tasting with two local favourites, Peckham's own Brick Brewery and Kanpai London Sake, who've got together to produce something rather special - Mottainai Sake Beer.
Mottainai (もったいない) is a Japanese term that conveys a sense of regret with regards to waste - for example, the expression "Mottainai!" is an exclamation for when something useful, such as food or time, is wasted, translating roughly as "What a waste!".
In this case, a base beer was made, then the kasu, or "waste" product from sake brewing (containing rice, live yeast and koji) was added. The result is a dry, orange-hued beer with notes of umami (savoury) and citrus - and we can't wait to try it.
We're delighted to launch this at the shop on Saturday from 4pm. See you there.
It's autumn, it's grey and dreary and we could all use a little fire in our bellies. Thank goodness, then, for the good folk at Umbrella Brewing who are bringing their fiery ginger beer to the shop this Saturday.
Umbrella Brewing Ginger Beer is made right here in sunny London and features rich molasses flavours supported by the perfect balance of sharp citrus and a subtle hint of malt. It's all natural - fresh pressed ginger, hand squeezed lemon and demerara sugar... Thirsty yet? Oh, and did we mention it's got booze in it?
Join us on Saturday for an in-store tasting from 4pm.
Rambunctious monger Ned Palmer, head honcho of the Cheese Tasting Company and guru of milk-based morsels, returns to Hop Burns & Black with an event that aims to unite us through the medium of cheese and beer.
Never Mind The Brexit brings together the tastiest international cheeses and pairs them with the best of British beers in a spirit of internationalism. Five great cheeses, five great beers, and you'll get to vote for your favourite in a non-binding advisory referendum.
It's time to take back control - or at least take back the cheese platter. Tickets are £20, available here.
Juicy 4pm is a naturally hazy New England Style IPA that's been double dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado for maximum juice potential.
We like doing what it says on the tin here at HB&B, so naturally the tasting will commence at 4pm. In addition to getting to try this juicy, juicy beer, there's also a very special offer - the first 20 customers who show us the above image on their phone get two cans of Juicy 4pm to take home with them alongside their purchase..
Cheers One Mile End! See you all on Saturday...
Manchester's Indy-Man-Beer-Con is always a highlight of our beer drinking year and we're delighted to announce that this year, for the first time, we'll be attending IMBC17 in an official capacity.
Indy-Man has invited a bunch of the UK's leading beer shops to take part in the 2017 festival, and we're chuffed to have been invited. We'll be sharing our story and, more importantly, sharing some mind-blowing beers from Brew By Numbers (the Hop), New Zealand's Craftwork Brewery (the Burns) and the mighty Omnipollo (the Black).
Come find us in the Cellar at 12.30pm during the Saturday day session on 30 September for our short and sweet tasting.
If three incredible beers aren't enough to lure you down to our beery lair, we'll be sharing out a 17% discount code for the online shop for all participants. So see you there!
Announcing the next instalment in our continuing Hop Burns & Bottle Share series, where we invite our favourite beery people to share their favourite beers and stories with us.
Michael Wiper founded Bristol brewery Wiper & True in 2012 and since then has been brewing exceptional beers that have always had a space on our shelves. The beautiful branding - golden hot air balloons, deep sea divers, rocket ships, hand-standing elephants - reflects the contents within, from rich creamy stouts to the freshest, juiciest hoppy pales.
Michael has selected some of his favourite beers from all around the world to share before handing over the bottle sharing to you, and we'll also have some very exciting new Wiper & True beers launching in store.
These events always sell out so book your spot now.
If Fourpure at the Can Station wasn't enough this Saturday, we're also bringing you a brand new brewery launch at the shop.
Craftwork Brewing is based in Oamaru in New Zealand's South Island (steampunk capital of the world, apparently), and has been hailed as one of New Zealand's most exciting new breweries. Craftwork specialises in small idiosyncratic batches of Belgian inspired ales - and makes them very, very well.
We're excited to launch these beers, which have never made it to these shores before. We'll have the NZ Beer Collective in the house with some of Craftwork's best beers on tasting from 4pm.
Make this Saturday afternoon an HB&B Crawl...
Behold the summer of JUICE.
Delighted to have the mighty Fourpure at the Can Station this Saturday, armed with the brand new juice-packed DIPA Deucebox, as well as more summery canned delights in the form of recent release Southern Latitude and summer classic Juicebox.
On top of the usual mouth-wateringly delicious free tasters, word on the street is there'll be giveaways too. You lucky blighters.
The HB&B Can Station at Serious Pig
Arch 221 Blenheim Grove
Peckham Rye, London SE15 4QL
The coolest kids in craft beer are drinking... cider.
It's true. Craft cider is so damn exciting and luckily for us, we live in the land of the best craft cider-makers on the planet.
We've paired up with The Ciderologist, Gabe Cook, to bring together a selection of the UK's finest ciders.
Gabe was born in the heart of the Shire, and has spent his career making and drinking tasty beverages and talking about cider all around the world. He's even preached the gospel, even in places as far-flung as New Zealand where he worked with our pals Peckham's Cider.
He's a man with a mission, and that mission is cider. Plus he has a very fine moustache.
A thick, oaty mash, lashings of American hops late in the boil, a perfect pitch of fruity yeast and a triple hop dose all adds up to a juice bomb we cannot wait to try.
Launches at ours on Saturday. Be the first to get this down your gullet.
Defining "natural" wine is almost as much fun as trying to define craft beer, but there are basic principles that most can agree upon. Essentially a natural wine is one that's produced with minimal intervention or additives. While they don't have to be certified organic, natural wine producers have a sense of environmental responsibility, ensuring the health of the vineyard. Their wines provide an authentic expression of where they come from.
To celebrate Real Wine Month, a celebration of natural wines, we're hosting a natural wine event at the shop with our favourite wine enthusiast Phil Barnet of Les Caves de Pyrene. We've thrown down the challenge to Phil to bring along a selection of weird and wonderful wines from all over the world - fun, yum and just a little bit unpredictable.
Join us for a journey into the land of funk. Tickets just £15 + booking fee, available here or at the shop.
**SOLD OUT - SORRY**
Ever wanted to learn more about your favourite beer ingredients and how they make your preferred tasty beverage taste so damn good?
We're delighted to host our blog columnists Matthew Curtis and Claire M. Bullen on Thursday April 27th for the first instalment of Fundamentals Live.
The inaugural event in this interactive series will focus on everyone’s favourite beer ingredient: hops. Matt and Claire will take you on a tour of four amazing beers, each of which beautifully showcase hops from four regions: The UK, Germany, the US and New Zealand.
As well as drinking generous quantities of these great beers, you'll also get hands on with whole leaf and pelletised hops and learn how they impart bitterness, flavour and aroma to your favourite beers. With each beer, we'll also introduce a heated debate!
Oh, and did we mention that Claire, our resident food columnist, will be providing a food pairing to demonstrate the way hop flavours can complement some of your favourite dishes.
Tickets are just £15 per person and are available in store or online. See you here.
Recently there was an undignified scramble on the internet as Beer Merchants released a very limited number of bottles of Cantillon for sale. Someone compared it to the Glastonbury ticket sale, which sounded like a challenge to Jen, who happened to be online when the Cantillon sale went live and accidentally ended up scoring a bottle of the much sought after St Lamvinus. Racked with guilt at depriving a non-beer-shop-owning lover of lambic joy, she realised she had to donate it to a good cause... the first HB&Bottle Share for 2017!
We're delighted to have twisted the arm of Fourpure brewer Paul Spraget, the man behind the legendary Mad Hatter Tzatziki Sour, our favourite beer of 2015. Paul will be choosing his all-time favourite sours which we'll all get to try, before throwing open the floor to you and the beers you've brought along. We've got a stack of sours we haven't had the opportunity to try yet and of course we'll be uncorking that Cantillon... It promises to be more riotous than ever with Paul involved, so we know this will be another sell-out. Tickets are £15 (plus booking fee if booking online) - be quick...
One of our most enduring beery relationships has been with Peckham's own Brick Brewery. We're not only neighbours (literally - Jen and Glenn live a few doors down from founder Ian and family) but good friends, and we've been delighted to see how the brewery and tap room has flourished since we first visited on opening day back in 2013.
Brick's beer has also flourished at ours, with Peckham Pils one of our best-selling beers since we first opened our doors, so we're particularly delighted to host the launch of Brick's hot new 500ml Peckham Pils cans this weekend, which celebrates the brewery's 223rd brew.
You're invited to join us at the shop between 4-6pm this Saturday to meet Ian from Brick, try his range of beers - including, of course, Peckham Pils - and pick up some of the super-stylish 500ml cans, designed by Camberwell artist Iris Loi through a collaboration with Peckham Platform, a fantastic creative and educational charity based in Peckham.
And if you can't make it to ours, the cans will also be available on Saturday at rhe Brick tap room, where you can accompany your beer with some of Slow Richie's sensational street food.
We're getting together with our favourite meaty snack providers Serious Pig for a Xmas shopping pop-up under the arches on Blenheim Grove.
There'll be everything you need for a very beery Christmas, with Hop Burns & Black's favourite craft beer selections - gift packs, sharing bottles and more - as well as Serious Pig's succulent craft meat, plus amazing hot sauces, wine and cider.
Just a few yards up the road from Peckham Rye Station - pop in for free tasters and get your Xmas shopping sorted. Good times!
Saturday 10th and 17th December, 12-6pm
Serious Pig, Arch 221, Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL
It's back - and this time, it's SOUTH OF THE RIVER.
As always, there's a great big tasty HB&B voucher up for grabs. Pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to guarantee yourself a spot on the stage, otherwise just rock up on the night - and get ready to rock out.
Beer writer Matthew Curtis returns for another eclectic No More Heroes event. This time - in honour of October's Independent Manchester Beer Convention (aka IndyMan) - our theme is Manchester and we'll be celebrating the best of this mighty city's beer and music scenes.
We’re delighted to host James Kemp, head brewer of Manchester’s iconic Marble Brewery. We’ll be recording a live interview with James as he leads us through a tasting of three of his favourite Marble beers, as well as three of his all-time favourites from the HB&B shelves for lucky ticket holders to taste.
The inaugural Chilli Karaoke in June went down like a house on fire, inspiring laughs, tears, digestive issues and over-emotional tweets such as this: "Anyone not at the Beer Kat right now is missing out on one of the best pub nights I have ever witnessed. Fact." Awww.
WTF is Chilli Karaoke? See above - you pick a song, eat a whole chilli pepper and try to sing your song to be in to win a £150 Hop Burns & Black voucher (where you can get all the beer, chilli and music you need).
This time around, we're pairing up with those mad Kiwi bastards at Yeastie Boys to celebrate the launch of their new chilli beer Hellzapoppin'. The fridges will be full of the Yeasties' glorious range of beer, with the good breweries of Bermondsey propping up the taps and Team HB&B on the wheels of steel until close.
Friday 12 August, from 8pm as part of the Bermondsey Takeover at the Beer Kat, 203 Holloway Road, London N7 8DL. Pre-register at email@example.com.
"I purchased your beer for $5.50 thinking it would be the nectar of the gods..."
And so begins yet another one of Yeastie Boys' infamous hate e-mails.
Hop Burns & Black is proud to present Viva Hate, in conjunction with our good friends at Yeastie Boys, as part of London Beer City. While we take a sensory walk through their often experimental range of beers, Yeastie Boys founder and Benevolent Dictator Stu McKinlay reads from his songbook of love and hate.
Hatemail about the beers he has so passionately created, found poems from online beer ratings, and perhaps the occasional love letter to bring you back from the brink of tears (hopefully tears of laughter, but you never know).
Prepare for an insight into the kinds of messages your favourite brewer may receive and the reasons Stu tends to avoid walking alone at night.
Tickets just £15, available here or in store.
For one last time, the Beer O'Clock Show team are bringing the live podcast experience to Hop Burns & Black. In what will be their last ever Beer O'Clock Show podcast, Mark and Steve will be bowing out with one final live podcast recording and some great beers to celebrate the end of their run.
There'll be an opportunity to taste two collab beers that the guys have brewed with two of the most exciting breweries in the UK right now and also to chat to the brewers behind the beer.
Andy Parker from Elusive Brewing will be in the house and on hand to answer questions about Starship Fleet: Wave 2, an EPA packed full of juicy NZ hops (plus a cask vs keg tasting). If that wasn't enough, the boys' own beer, Echo Peach, a salted peach IPA collab with Northern Monk, will also be pouring, along with other beers that Mark and Steve will be tasting as they look back over their four-year run and say goodbye one last time.
Tickets are £10 each, for which you'll get four tasters. Bonus: you also get to be part of history. You'll also get 10% off of any purchases made in store on the night. For one last time, it's beer o'clock!
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT - SORRY!
We are beyond thrilled to announce the next instalment in our continuing Hop Burns & Bottle Share series, where we invite our favourite beery people to share their favourite beers and stories with us.
Chef and food writer Tim Anderson probably needs no introduction. Tim was the youngest ever winner of BBC1's Masterchef in 2011 who's gone on to write the Japanese soul food cookbook Nanban, launch the famtastic Brixton restaurant of the same name and - as a long-time beer obsessive - create some phenomenal collaborations with some of our favourite breweries such as Pressure Drop and Wild Beer.
Tim will be bringing along his favourite beers (including some of his famed collaborations) before we hand the sharing over to you, and well, we're just really, really excited about it. These events always sell out in the blink of an eye and Tim's event will be no exception. Book your spot now.
Summertime, let's drink some wine... With the golden weather upon us, we wanted to celebrate it by celebrating wines that are perfect for this time of year.
We've paired up with our favourite man of wine, Phil Barnet from Les Caves de Pyrene, who's pulled together a fantastic range of some of the finest summertime wines around for you to enjoy. All of the wines we'll be enjoying are natural - wines made with minimal intervention - so you can feel even better about the wonderfulness you're imbibing.
Tickets are just £15 + booking fee, which includes seven glorious wines and nibbles - and the usual revelry that is a HB&B tasting event. Book via Eventbrite or at the shop (shop sales have no booking fee).
We're bringing together the world's three greatest obsessions - beer, chilli and music - at Beavertown Brewery's awesome takeover of the Beer Kat pop-up pub in Holloway Road for a world-first* event: CHILLI KARAOKE.
WTF is Chilli Karaoke? It came to us one night at 3am, as all great ideas do. Pick a song, eat a whole chilli pepper, try to sing your song and be in to win a £250 Hop Burns & Black voucher where you can get all the beer, chilli and music you need.
We've been looking to unleash this idea on the world for a while, so we were thrilled when Beavertown approached us to be involved in their insanely awesome month-long takeover of the new Beer Kat pop-up pub in Holloway Road. There'll be more Beavertown beer than you can shake a stick at on tap and - for our night only - the Beer Kat fridges will be stocked with the best of New Zealand craft beer from our friends at Yeastie Boys, 8 Wired, Tuatara and Renaissance.
Following the anguished howls from our karaoke contestants, the night will be soundtracked by Team HB&B and friends on decks until close.
Want to get involved? Register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* We assume it's a world-first event. Who else would be daft enough to do it?
Beer writer Matt Curtis is coming back to HB&B for the third in a fantastic series of events that are all about two of our favourite things: beer and music.
Getting Away With It celebrates the synth sounds of the 80s and the best beers of today. As Matt says, this isn’t beer and music matching per se, it’s just great beer, great music and a whole heap of great conversation.