Just a couple minutes’ walk from Vauxhall tube station (don’t follow the google maps directions that sends you down by the river front like I did!) tucked away under the wider train lines of Vauxhall is the new Mother Kelly’s bar. With even more taps and even more table space than the original Bethnal Green venue, Vauxhall Mother Kelly’s offers an impressive 33 taps (including cider, cocktail and wine), bottle shop and 2 outdoor seating areas. It has a slighter more mature feel compared to the Bethnal Green original venue, which sets the mood as a sophisticated and trendy bar. With all the winning formulas of the Bethnal Green’s Mother Kelly’s, plus with more space to drag your mates down to join you, I think this new Mother Kelly’s will be a hugely successful venture.
The evening I was invited down was also the evening that the organisers of London Beer City were releasing their line up and basically throwing a bit of a party to celebrate 4 years of London Beer City. Beer masterminds Will Hawkes, Matt Curtis, Doreen Joy Babrer, Jenn Merrick, Anselm Chatwin and Gordon Smith all team together to put on 11 days of beer fun in the Big Smoke. There is so much to do over such a large map that it is hard (impossible) to do it all, but I have picked out 5 of my favourite eye-catching events.
Drink Your Five A Day – Caps and Taps Bottle Shop Kentish Town – Wednesday 9th at 8pm Tickets £10
A guided tour through a different range of beers that contain fruit and vegetables! Of course, I expect there will be some fruit infused sours to be in the menu but the vegetable part will be interesting. Fruit and veg in beer may not be everyone’s favourite tipple but I think an evening exploring those different elements sounds like a fun time to me.
Battle Of The Beer Shops – Mother Kellys Bethnal Green – Wednesday 9th from 7pm entry free
I love love love love this idea! Some of London’s finest bottle shops teaming with some of London’s breweries to brew a special beer that will all be going head to head at the original Mother Kellys in Bethnal Green, keep an eye on their twitter pages for more updates on the beers. The challenge was organised by South London’s Hop Burns & Black and the beers going head to head with a panel of judges to decide which shop reigns supreme.
The Moods of London’s Craft Beer – The Mermaid E5 – Thursday 10th at 7:30pm Tickets £10
After the launch of his new book “The Seven Moods of Craft Beer : 350 Great Craft Beers From Around The World” last month, beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones hosts an evening of beer discussion about the moods of beer as part of the London Beer City line up. While drinking five London beers, and talking about the moods those beers enhance, Adrian will also be telling you tales from the world of ale. This will be a great chance to pick up one of Adrian’s new books and get an up close and personal talk with the author to explore the thoughts behind “The Seven Moods of Craft Beer”.
Bleecker Brew – Bleeker Burger Victoria – Friday 11th from 12pm onwards
After a pretty hilarious April Fool’s Day video featuring Bermondsey based Brew By Numbers and burger joint Bleeker Burger, it’s good to see that the two are coming together on a slightly more serious note to bring the burger munchers of SW1 a full five tap takeover with the freshest of Brew By Numbers beers. Regrettably I have never been to Bleeker, even as I had been working only some 5 minutes away, but every time I see those juicy Instagram photos it makes me want to pop down. This is the perfect time to check them out, juicy burger in one hand and a juicy banger in the other.
Hiver & Friends Bermondsey Bash Hiver HQ SE1 – Friday 11th from 4pm
You had me at biltong pairing menu… One of my favourite snacks brought to you by Woza will feature in an evening of bees, beers and hops quiz. Opening especially for this event there is a chance to try special beers from Hiver and Harviestoun. I do enjoy beers that lean on the sweat side and if honey or sweetness is your thing than an evening with Hiver won’t disappoint.
There is loads of other great sounding events, such as the Czech beer tasting in the newly opened Bohem Taproom in N22 by Czech expats Petr Skocek and Zdenek Kudr, for the full list of events check the websites below.
Disclaimer – On the evening of the invite to the new Mother Kellys to celebrate London Beer City, there was several beers kindly donated by some breweries for us to drink free of charge, of which I enjoyed a fair few! However, this hasn’t changed my opinion on the new Mother Kellys.