The Wetherspoons chain has been running a beer festival over this last week or so to celebrate London's breweries. The festival runs from Friday 27th January until Sunday 5th February. There will be 20 beers on offer, including eighteen cask ales and two keg beers, from 15 London breweries at 126 London pubs. I was hoping to get to sample quite a few of them but time and availability of the ales in the pubs has put a bit of a dampener on things.
The Furze Wren
Broadway Square, 6 Market Place, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DYI was hoping to get to a few pubs over the week to sample as many of the beers on offer as possible, but the first pub I went to, where I expected there to be the most variety on offer, was very disappointing. The Furze Wren only had two of the ales on when MB and I arrived, and three of their pumps were "off". I was not impressed, as I was hoping to get five or six beers crossed off the list.
Beers drunk on this visit :
1) Phoenix Smoked Porter (4.5%) - Wimbledon Brewery, London - a smooth, rich porter
2) Forty-Niner (4.9%) - Ringwood Brewery, Hampshire -a golden, full-flavoured ale
3) Spiced Chai Red (5.2%) - Hop Stuff Brewery, Woolwich, London -a spicy, dark brown ale
4) IPA (6.2%) - Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, California, USA -a hoppy ale with caramel undertones
Only the Phoenix Smoked Porter and the Spiced Chai Red were from the menu of the beer festival. Two down, eighteen to go.