The weekend is here. This is how we do it.
Drink here: Craft Beer Rising, Old Truman Brewery
From Time Out: “Beer cliché No 1: it’s drunk exclusively by middle-aged men with Bill Oddie beards and Mr Blobby bellies. No 2: it’s canal brown, tepid and tastes of damp cardigans. No 3: ale festivals are the drinkers’ equivalent of a Star Trek convention.
If you share any of these views, you’ve got some catching up to do: over the last couple of years, beer has become the coolest thing to tip down your neck in London. There are now well over 30 independent breweries within the M25, and it seems almost every new pub that opens has its fridges and cellar stocked to overflowing with pale ales, porters, lagers and stouts made in Britain. This weekend, the Craft Beer Rising festival in Spitalfields gives them the celebration they deserve: 40 breweries will present some 200 beers over two days.
Providing the soundtrack to the drinking will be DJs from Get Low and London Disco Society on Friday evening; on Saturday there’s BBC Radio 6 Music’s Pete Paphides, as well as guaranteed Good Times from Norman Jay (pictured far right). The food is more than something to soak up the beer, too. Vendors from Brockley Market have been invited to pitch stalls, and ribs will come via the Ribman, posh fishfinger sandwiches from Mark Hix, and burgers from Mother Flipper. There’ll be beer-cocktail-making classes, a pop-up bar serving London beers and a Saturday afterparty at Shoreditch’s Brewdog.
Despite the cool add-ons, the festival is still firmly about forward-thinking ‘craft’ beers – that’s brews which take their cues from the US and New World rather than traditional English ales and bitters. These beers aren’t always ‘real’ in the Campaign For Real Ale sense – they’re not left ‘live’ to condition – but they’re often flavour-packed and fearless, and made with passion by small-scale brewers, many of which will be on hand at the fest to talk drinkers through their product.
The aim is clearly to attract a younger beer drinker than those who might attend events like Camra’s Great British Beer Festival. But it needn’t be divisive: whether your facial hair’s ironic or heartfelt (or you don’t have any at all), this will be the perfect place to find your new favourite pint.”
Friday and Saturday, Old Truman Brewery, 81 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
See this: Poster Art 150, London Underground’s Greatest Designs
As part of its year-long celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of London Underground, London Transport Museum is holding what’s sure to be one of the most eye-grabbing shows of year – a display of highlights from its collection of transport posters. The exhibition showcases 150 of the best designs commissioned by London Underground, ranging from well-known posters including the surrealist photographer Man Ray’s ‘Keeps London Going’ to lesser-known gems. Visitors will be invited to vote for their favourites and the most popular poster will be revealed at the end of the exhibition.
Until October, London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB
Watch this: The Judas Kiss
Until April 6th, Duke of York Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG
Cut a rug here: Bromance @ XOYO
Expect plenty of impeccably grimy hip hop, razor sharp techno and frayed electro at XOYO tonight, as Brodinski’s Bromance label rolls into town. As well as his own dancefloor-smashing talents, Brodinski enlists the help of several label mates, including the super-suave Gesaffelstein. To whet your appetite, here’s a rather nifty mix Brodi turned out for Fact last month.
9pm-3am, Friday, XOYO, 32-37 Cowper St, EC2A 4AP