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London Beer Festivals In August 2019

August 1st was International Beer Day. An event revered by beer enthusiasts across the globe. A day when we can all come together, set aside our differences, and exist in perfect beer-harmony. But now the celebrations have come to an end, and we're sure many of you are sitting there, deflated. Staring into space, waiting for the 1st August 2020. But don’t worry, it’ll be ale right. Get some colour in those pale ale cheeks. The celebrations aren’t over! Here are the best London beer festivals in August 2019.

Great British Beer Festival 6 – 10th August @ Olympia London

Now in its eighth year, the Great British Beer Festival is back again with over 1000 British and international beers. If you’re reading this 'best London beer festivals in August 2019' blog, and for some reason you’re not keen on beer, they also have a massive selection of ciders, wines, and a brand new gin bar being introduced this year. To help soak up all the hoppy goodness, you’ve got a huge number of food choices to tickle even the foodie-est fancy, including veggie and vegan options, and even gluten-free offerings if the dreaded ‘g’ word terrifies you. Along with all the imbibing above, there are pub games you and your friends can embarrass yourselves with, and you can even get your favourite beer books signed by some of the best beer book authors around. Yep, beer book authors will actually be signing their beer books. Best get down there before their pens run out. Come for the: beer book signings Stay for the: 1000 beers because it’s a beer festival

London Craft Beer Festival 9 - 11 August @ Tobacco Dock

Not to be confused with the Great British Beer Festival, the London Craft Beer Festival is a beer festival that happens to be taking place around the same time as the Great British Beer Festival. But if you like your beer with a more outdoor-y festival vibe, including DJ sets from the likes of Friendly Fires, Kaiser Chiefs and Hot Chip, as well as acoustic offerings throughout the day, do yourself a favour and head down to Tobacco Dock. If their website’s promotional video is anything to go by, expect plenty of boiled eggs, beautiful people laughing, and beer by the river as the sun goes down. Come for the: vibes Stay for the: boiled eggs

London Craft Beer Cruise 10 August (departing from) Festival Pier

If you’re an absolute legend who insists on living dangerously, how about taking your beer across the seven seas? Well, the Thames, but that’s adventurous enough for you, you liar. The London Craft Beer Cruise promises the best craft beer around, along with a voyage through the heart of Central London. If the weather keeps up (thank you, British Summertime, you unpredictable beast), there won’t be many better ways to celebrate International Beer Day – if a little belatedly. And if you can’t make August’s cruise, their final voyage is on 7th September. So there’s no excuse, you absolute legend who insists on living dangerously. Come for the: beer on a boat Stay for the: end of the boat ride

strEATlife 17th August @ Alexandra Palace

You can see what they did there with the name. It’s very clever because it’s a street food festival where you eat. And that wasn’t their only clever idea either. They also married up the street food with a load of craft beer too. Relax in the glorious sunshine at Ally Pally, work on your tan, and indulge in all manner of street food and beers. With “epic DJ sets” promised, and a 12pm til late runtime, you won’t want to miss out on strEATlife. Come for the: sweet wordplay Stay for the: street food and craft beer

Craft Beer & Cheese Festival 24 – 25 August @ Spit and Sawdust

If you think the two best things ever are beer and cheese, well then holy smokes, this is the literally the perfect festival designed entirely for you. Courtesy of the Spit and Sawdust, which we’ll presume is much nicer than it sounds, you can spend much of your bank holiday weekend eating cheese, drinking craft beer, and listening to live music that may or may not be cheesy (pun fully intended due to its brilliance). Come for the: beer and cheese Stay for the: beer and cheese And that’s our list of the best London beer festivals in August. If we missed any, feel free to embarrass us with your beery knowledge in the comments below. If you're thirst for good things to do this summer hasn't been slaked, you might want to check this out.

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