Celebrate national beer day!

Beer Day Britain is an annual celebration on June 15th celebrating all beer styles, including traditional ales, mainstream lagers, craft beer and everything in between. Usually taking place across the country at breweries and pubs with special events, this year, with covid restrictions in place until June 21st, Linda from Brewery Market is here to suggest how you can take part and support local businesses…

At Brewery Market we’re working hard to change people’s perception of drinking beer, encouraging you to drink locally differently on Beer Day Britain this year. You may try a new beer style, check out a new local pub, head to your local brewery or even organise your own beer tasting at home.  

At Brewery Market, we offer both in-person and virtual tastings where you’ll get to sample a variety of brews with a focus on flavour pairing, learning about the breweries and how the beer is made.

Wherever you live, give your tastebuds a party and host your own private beer tasting – for 1 to 500 people, our tasting boxes can be sent far and wide across the UK. We give you and your friends everything you need to have a beer-tasting experience and explore an exciting world of microbrews. Plus, you can choose to have the event guided by a Certified Cicerone, Beer Sommelier and World Beer Awards Judge for guaranteed insights and stories from inside the beer industry. 

The best part – we stock a broad range of beers from microbrewers around the world, including, vintage beers aged in wine barrels, barley wines, wild ales from Belgium, crisp pilsners from Germany, marshmallow lemon raspberry IPAs from New York, the new craze of Hard Seltzers (yup, low-calorie alcoholic water), and of course everyone’s favourite peanut butter stout from Buxton.

You’ll get a 10% discount for life when you purchase and fill up one of our re-usable steel growlers (if you don’t know what that is, just ask). Get in touch to book an outside table at the shop until 21st June, after which – hopefully – we’ll be able to welcome you back to the inside tables… ooooooh! 

Click & Collect, takeaway, try something new and #DrinkDifferently today.

Brewery Market, 48-49 Church Street, Twickenham TW1 3NR 

(email cheers@brewerymarket.co.uk; brewerymarket.co.uk)

Breweries

If you’ve never smelled a mash tun or sampled sweet, sticky wort before it is turned into beer, then get yourself down to your local brewery. Yes, an actual brewery that brews real beer that you can visit in Twickenham! WOW.

Always book or call ahead to check opening times. Pick up freshly brewed local beers directly from the brewery and learn from the brewers about the brewing process and maybe even see it in action if you are lucky.

Did you know Twickenham Fine Ales is the oldest independent brewery in London? Yep London’s craft beer revolution started right here, in Twickenham! With a cute brewery shop they are also currently offering a free home-delivery service. Plus their pub The Rifleman, not far away on Fourth Cross Road, always has the best selection of Twickenham beers on tap including their special and seasonal releases. They open specially at the brewery for drinking-in on rugby days too. 

Twickenham Fine Ales, 18 Mereway Rd, Twickenham TW2 6RG (020 8241 1825)

Swing by a rather lovely boatyard on Swan Island to meet new brewers on the block, Jawbone Brewing. Sample local favourites, Bone Idle pale ale and Longshore Gang IPA, in the BeerDock taproom, or try a beer truffle (or two), made in collaboration with their neighbour, world-renowned master chocolatier William Curley. 

Jawbone Brewing, Unit C, 1 Strawberry Vale TW1 4RY (email hello@jawbonebrewing.com   jawbonebrewing.com)

Not too far away is The Park Brewery in Kingston, deserving of a special mention as they are running a FREE QUIZ for Beer Day Britain. Kicking off at 7pm on Tuesday 15th June 2021. Entry is FREE, and you’ll get to enjoy plenty of their fresh, tasty beers. Advanced bookings only, Brewery Market quiz-team has already booked their spaces! Don’t miss out – book ahead, limited space available.  Winner will get to pick a mixed case of any of The Park Brewery’s beers – that’s right 24 beers of your choice!  For more info:

The Park Brewery, Unit 7 Hampden Rd KT1 3LG  (0208 541 1887 theparkbrewery.com)

Pubs

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is celebrating 50 years this year – you don’t need to be a member for this next bit, but it helps…There is a growing band of people that see our pub heritage as something to be celebrated and preserved, joining CAMRA gives you the opportunity to campaign to protect pubs and save those under threat from closure. Plus you’ll get exclusive member discounts from retailers and other outlets. join.camra.org.uk

Bob Gordon, the Chairman for CAMRA’s Richmond & Hounslow branch says: “The branch was formed in 1974 and we hold regular social events at pubs all around our branch area. Please come along, you don’t have to be a member. Due to COVID-19 all social and formal events have been temporarily suspended, but we intend to resume as soon as it is safe to do so.  Information can be found on our website rhcamra.org.uk. I hope to see you soon, Cheers!”

The Rifleman is Twickenham Fine Ales’s new pub, it is the place to go to enjoy this fine local brew with a real fire and a delightful courtyard garden. The Rifleman is in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide this year. They do not take table bookings!

The Rifleman, 7 Fourth Cross Road, TW2 5EL (twickenham-fine-ales.co.uk/rifleman-pub)

There are some real hidden gems in our local area and a true winner in their category is The Mason Arms of Teddington. CAMRA Richmond & Hounslow Pub of the Year, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2018/19 & 2019/20 and London Pub of the Year, runner-up 2017/18! Their beer garden was a welcome retreat during recent restrictions, and we can’t wait for the Sunday cheeseboard to return!

The Masons Arms, 41 Walpole Road, Teddington TW11 8PJ (020 8977 6521; Email: rae@the-masons-arms.co.uk; the-masons-arms.co.uk)

End your ‘nice walk’ where it should, at the pub, and The Hogarth’s pub garden is a top spot for this. Plus their planned beer and music festival from June 23-27 is going to be a wonderful beery event. They will host 10 ales! 8 ciders! and 4 lagers on top of their normal selection; with live music on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday… what’s not to like!? 

The Hogarth, 58 Broad St, Teddington TW11 8QY (0203 302 8588 Email: contact@thehogarth.com; hogarthteddington.co.uk)

Jane Peyton who started the day back in 2015 is urging people to “celebrate this year by supporting their local brewery’s beers at the pub, taproom, or at home and show that we are united in our love of beer wherever we drink it”. Join the National Cheers To Beer at 7pm (19.00h) on June 15th as millions of people across the country raise a glass, say ‘Cheers to Beer’ and post a message on social media with the hashtag #CheersToBeer.

@BeerDayBritain – #CheersToBeer  –  facebook.com/BeerDayBritain

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