London, Edinburgh And Bristol Craft Beer Festivals ‘Raise The Bar’ For 2018

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Bringing together 17,000 visitors and attracting over 125 world class brewers from the UK, Europe and US, this year’s London, Edinburgh and Bristol Craft Beer Festivals are back and aiming to be the biggest series of Craft Beer Festivals in the UK.

Up 60% on last year, organisers and founders of We Are Beer, Greg Wells and Dan Sylvester, will once again bring the world’s finest craft beer, headline music acts and incredible food under one festival roof.

New for 2018 and a first for the industry, We Are Beer is launching ‘Raise the Bar’ – which seeks to find new, up-coming brewers and shine a light on creativity and innovation. In a bid to champion new talent, an expert panel will independently blind taste all submissions. They will then select the top four brewers to attend all three festivals providing them with a platform to showcase their beer to 17,000 people across the UK festivals.

The Raise the Bar panel includes: Jenn Merrick, former Beavertown head brewer and founder of a new community based brewery, Earth Station, Ben Freeman, co-founder and brewer at Pressure Drop, Jonny Garrett from Craft Beer Channel, and alongside Greg and Dan from We Are Beer.

Potential brewers (under 2 years in commercial production) are asked to enter online at https://raisethebar.wearebe er.com/ before submitting some samples of their beer for panel review. Entry deadline for Raise the Bar is Monday 12th March.

Among the first hand-picked brewers to be invited to the London festival are: Mikkeller from Copenhagen, Denmark, Cloudwater from Manchester, England, and Stillwater Artisanal from Baltimore, US. For Edinburgh, the line-up includes: Lervig Aktiebryggeri from Norway, Beavertown Brewery, from London and Tempest Brew Co. from The Borders, Scotland. The full line up of brewers for each location will be announced in the coming months.

Commenting on the festivals Greg Wells, co-founder of We Are Beer, said: “The festivals are an opportunity to celebrate modern beer and brewing culture from across the globe and give beer fans and those discovering craft beer the opportunity to sample a range of beers they wouldn’t normally get the chance to try.

In our quest to champion the incredible upcoming talent we are really excited about the potential for our ‘Raise the Bar’ competition to give young, new brewer’s a platform to showcase their beer on a UK stage,” he added.

Jenn Merrick, founder of community-based brewery, Earth Station and former head brewer of Beavertown and Meantime, said: “I am delighted to be asked by Dan and Greg to be a judge for Raise the Bar. I am a great believer in opening up the industry to a more diverse group of people – so it’s great to see an initiative like this which will support new talent.”

The Craft Beer Festivals will be returning for the sixth time in London, the third time in Bristol and second time in Edinburgh. Dates and locations for the Festivals are listed below:

· Edinburgh – 25th to 27th May 2018, Biscuit Factory, Leith

· London – 3rd to 5th August 2018, Tobacco Dock, Docklands

· Bristol – to be announced

Tickets for the London and Edinburgh Craft Beer Festivals are on sale now: londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk and edinburghcraftbeerfestival.co.uk with Bristol going on sale from March (bristolcraftbeerfestival.co.uk).

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Patrón Perfectionists Come Out To Play In Bristol

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The team at Patrón came around to Bristol last week to host the next round of the current programme, the Patrón Perfectionist!

Hosted at Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the competitors found their way to the South West heat by offering a unique Patrón serve, worthy of impressing the judging panel and ultimately winning a place in the final, held in London later in the year.

Hailing from the likes of Dirty Martini in Cardiff, Be At One in Bournemouth and Salt Room in Brighton, the competitors were joined by UK Brand Ambassador Karine Tillard as they re-created their serve to the panel of myself, Karine and last-years South West winner Steven Young of Academy Espresso Bar in Barry.

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The top three will be showcased here today, so in third place saw Brighton represent with Jake Goldstein of Plotting Parlour. His ‘Commin Mathca’ saw him combine Patrón Silver, sustainable sherbet, pretzel syrup, matcha green tea and aquafaba together, complete with a garnish of a tiny pretzel and matcha.

Ben Alcock of host venue HMSS earned second place with his creation, ‘Beez-Ness Thyme’. A sour styled drink that saw Patrón Reposado, bee mix (honey, Aquavit, burgamot, fig, salt and absinthe), lemon juice, aquafaber and chickpea water, it came garnished with a simple twist of a lemon peel.

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The winning serve though came from Chelsie Bailey of Red Light in Bristol. Named ‘El Camienzo Perfecto’, it saw Patrón Reposado, pineapple sherbet, cream, lime juice and egg white, topped with Mexican lager, dehydrated chilli and pineapple leaves.

So congratulations to Chelsie, who wins herself a trip to London to compete in the final against the other finalists from around the UK!

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Introducing the First Ever Bristol Craft Beer Festival

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The first ever Bristol Craft Beer Festival (BCBF) will take place on 2nd – 3rd September 2016 at iconic music venue Motion’s recently refurbished The Skate Park, an exciting addition to the annual Bristol Beer Week. The festival comes from the team behind London Craft Beer Festival, one of the UK’s best-known celebrations of independent craft beers and breweries. Teaming up with Bristol Beer Week, which will run from 27th August – 2nd September, and working with local breweries and bars, the festival will be a grand finale to a stellar week of beer in Bristol, showcasing the best of the Bristol craft beer scene and the wider craft beer community.

Taking the lead in demonstrating what puts Bristol at the forefront of the worldwide craft beer scene will be local breweries including Arbor, Wiper & True, Wild Beer Co., Lost & Grounded, Left Handed Giant and Moor, with a full line-up to be announced in the run up to the festival. Alongside local stars, and in celebration of the spirit of the craft beer community, great brewers from across the country like The Kernel, Beavertown, Magic Rock and Brewdog and international guests from the US and Europe will also join in. Each brewery will be bringing old favourites, new innovations, exciting collaborations and more, with guests able to sample up to 250 of the most exciting and unique craft beers.

A celebration of beer, good times & good food, the festival will also showcase an amazing range of delicious treats & street food inspired favourites, using seasonal ingredients and local suppliers. Living up to Bristol’s reputation as a music loving city, a stellar line up of acts will also be announced with previous performances at London Craft Beer Festival having included the likes of Chase & Status, Ghost Poet, Craig Charles, Artful Dodger, Public Service Broadcasting, The Cuban Brothers and DJ Yoda.

Taking place at Motion’s ‘The Skate Park’, which recently launched with the BBC 6 Music Festival, Bristol Craft Beer Festival is proud to be one of the first food and drink events to take place in the space. The triple height halls will be home to some of the best craft beer, music and food under one roof, making it the place to be come September, and the perfect way to round off Bristol Beer Week.

A full line up of breweries, music acts and food offerings will be announced in the run up to the festival.

Disaronno Set To Raise Rooftops Again This Summer

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Disaronno, the UK’s number one non-cream liqueur, has announced the return of its Disaronno Terrace series. Following a hugely successful launch in the UK last year, the 2015 campaign will kick off at London’s rooftop bar, Golden Bee, on Wednesday 24th June. The music based events launch in the capital before touring the cultural hotspots of Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh.

The parties will be sound-tracked by live performances from some of the hottest new talent around, including Italian sing-songwriter Jack Savoretti and British vocalist Ghostpoet, who will both be taking to the decks in London on 24th June. Other headline acts at the Terrace parties include Dry The River and Mystery Jets. More artists will be announced shortly.

Last year’s Disaronno Terrace series was a great success, attracting thousands of cocktail lovers across the country. The events will showcase the brand and engage drinkers during the key summer sales period. The Terrace parties will focus on the brand’s signature serve, the Disaronno Sour, which is hugely popular with its loyal consumers but will also be demonstrating the versatility of the liquid by introducing some new cocktails.

The Terraces will kick start an exciting summer for the brand. Illva (brand owner for Disaronno) is heavily investing in Disaronno in the UK this year and will be revealing more impactful and new brand activations in the coming weeks.

Over the past five years, the Disaronno Terrace has made an international name for itself touring the likes of New York, Milan, Rome, Tokyo, Madrid, Amsterdam and Los Angeles.

London:

24th June – Golden Bee

30th June – Golden Bee

 

Bristol:

8th July – Square Club

15th July – Square Club

 

Manchester:

29th July – The Oast House

5th August – The Oast House

 

Edinburgh:

19th August – Loft Bar

26th August – Loft Bar