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December 7, 2019 – December 14, 2019
Nearest Airports: LHR, LGW,LCY or STN
8 days / 7 nights
London Beer Tour Highlights
VIP Brewery Access: Learn about the breweries that put London on the beer map as well as those that are currently causing the latest buzz about town with private tastings and behind the scenes tours.
Memorable Experiences: Explore the history and traditions of London and its beer scene during our guided tours with an award-winning London beer writer and guide. Retrace the steps of the Fab 4 on a privately guided Beatles walking tour. Check out some of the famous sights in London and Greenwich from the varying perspectives of land, sea and air! Experience how music affects your sense of taste during a special workshop with one of the UK’s top beer and food personalities. Take some time on your own to visit one of London’s amazing museums or enjoy the latest theatre production in the West End.
Regional Drink & Eats: Savor delicious meals highlighting both traditional and modern cuisine as well as local beers. See why London has become a serious foodie destination. Drink Local in some of London’s most historic pubs. Get the inside story on London’s beer scene from some of the UK’s top beer experts. Learn about the most traditional of British Beers- Real Ale, often referred to as Cask Ale in the US and elsewhere- from the experts.
Comfortable Accommodations: Relax it’s your vacation! No driving! No figuring out where to eat or how to get from one place to the next! Unpack only once at our perfectly located Beercation hotel and get ready for the “beercation” of a lifetime!
4 star hotel Accommodations in Central London for 7 nights
2 Lunches with Beer
5 Dinners with Beer
Private Brewery Tours and Tastings
Privately Guided Sightseeing Tours
Exclusive Beer Tasting Events
Transportation Via London Tubes and by Coach When Necessary as Per Itinerary
We’ll be starting off this Beercation with a bang as we head to Beavertown Brewery. Beavertown, the brainchild of Logan Plant, runs one of London’s top beer fests- the Beavertown Extravaganza. While we will be there too late in season to attend this event, we will have the opportunity to take a look at the brewery and taste some of the beers during the last open Taproom days of the season. Following our visit here, we will head back to the hotel so those who arrived today can settle in; then we’re out again for our welcome dinner at one of London’s coolest pubs. After dinner if you are not too jet-lagged from the trip overseas, you can join our beer guide for some beer hunting. This could be visiting an historic pub or searching the local shops for rare and unique beers to sample or add to your collection.
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Enjoy breakfast at our hotel then we are off to meet up with our friend, Des, one of London’s best guides and an award winning beer writer. Des will take us on a great walk this morning to see a bit of London’s brewery history and sights. We’ll explore the hidden corners and rich brewing and pub heritage of Bankside, Bermondsey and the Borough, where medieval brewhouses evolved into some of the giants of the 18th and 19th centuries like Barclay Perkins. We’ll also enjoy panoramic views of Tower Bridge and the City of London from the Thames Path and a glimpse of the Borough as Geoffrey Chaucer knew it. There’ll be time for lunch is on your own at a local pub.
Then it’s off to for a visit to Moor Brewing Californian-owned Moor Beer is one of the UK’s most celebrated breweries, a pioneer of unfined cask beer and contemporary styles. It’s based in Bristol, outside London, but has a recently-opened taproom, warehouse and barrel vault on the Bermondsey ‘mile’. We’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the very first beers emerging from Moor’s barrel ageing programme.
After we leave Moor brewing, we are heading over to Southwark Brewing. Southwark Brewing was opened in 2014 by Pete Jackson, a former employee of one of the UK’s biggest family brewers, with the help of Sean Franklin, one of the first UK brewers to champion New World hops. It’s now arguably the most traditional-minded of the ever-growing string of hip breweries along the “Bermondsey mile”, producing mainly easy-drinking cask session beers, though with a contemporary twist. We’ll enjoy a brewhouse visit, a tasting of some of the beers and a chance to find out more about how the cask format works.
We’ll grab a casual dinner to refuel before heading over to nearby Anspach and Hobday Brewing for a guided tasting of another of London’s well known styles, Porter. Paul Anspach and Jack Hobday founded this excellent brewery in 2013 after their porter won a homebrew competition. That porter is still one of the brewery’s flagship beers, and has since been joined by several others in different strengths and styles. Porter was the style that helped turn London into the world’s first industrial brewing capital in the 18th century, and we’ll be recognizing this by tasting several different porters. We’ll also hear from the brewers about how they approached the style, and from Des on the history of porter in London.
After breakfast at our hotel we have an adventurous day ahead of us with plans to do some sightseeing by land, sea and air! We will meet our Greenwich guide at the pier where we will board a boat to see the sights along the Thames on our way to Greenwich. Once we arrive we will have a walking tour Greenwich. Afterwards, there will be free time to check out the Greenwich market or one of the local pubs for lunch and maybe do a bit of holiday gift shopping. After you’ve had some time to meander through the sights a bit more on your own, we’ll meet up and head together to the air portion of our land sea and air day. The Emirates Air Line is a cable car which crosses the River Thames in Greenwich. Once onboard, we’ll be treated to some of the most spectacular views over London including the Thames Barrier, the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf and the impressive Olympic Park. Then of course, all this excitement is sure to work up a thirst and call for a beer… or two. So, we are off to the historic Meantime Brewery where we’re in for a very special VIP tour -and tasting, of course!
This evening is yours free to explore London’s myriad of dining and drinking options!
Many of you have traveled on a Beercation Cruise with us in the past and although this trip is land-based, you can still “Picture yourself in a Boat on a River” -since we start today with an incredible exploration of the Beatles’ London during our privately guided Magical Mystery Tour. Afterwards, we’ll head over to a great beer haunt we know about to have a pint or two and where you can grab lunch as well.
This afternoon will surely be one of the highlights of the week as we continue our musical journey during our special music and beer pairing workshop with the amazing Pete Brown at Beer Merchants Tap. Beer Merchants is a pub with 20 keg lines, 2 cask lines and @ 500 bottles and cans, including rare vintages of some of the worlds best beers. Featuring art work from local brewery artists, it’s also serves as a creative event space which will be prefect for our workshop.
An award-winning beer writer and passionate music fan, Pete Brown began pairing his favorite beers and music tracks for fun, but a few years ago he discovered scientific principles behind the matches. Since then he’s been on a journey of discovery through cutting edge research, investigating how our senses enhance, complement and sometimes confuse each other. We’ll join Pete for an interactive experience that’s part-neuroscience, part-memoir and part-comedy; with real-time scientific experiments and, of course, some fine beer tasting!
We’ll head off to dinner after this, likely humming a happy tune!
Make sure to fuel up today as we are heading out for another day of sightseeing with our energetic friend, Des in the area of Spitalfields and Brick Lane. This is a fascinating and very picturesque bit of town. It’s the old East End, the initial working class and industrial district that sprouted out immediately to the east of the City of London It has a the ruins of the old Spitalfields priory, the historic covered market, one of architect Nicholas Hawksmoor’s most renowned churches and lovely backstreets with houses built for French Huguenot weavers. We’ll walk along one of London’s most vibrant streets, Brick Lane, and admire the extensive historic buildings of the old Truman Brewery, once the last big independent brewery in London.
This afternoon we have a few beery places to check out including The White Hart/One Mile End, where we will have lunch. The White Hart is an historic pub on the old Roman road east from London, and right opposite the former Manns Albion brewery where a new style of sweet brown ale was invented in the early 20th century, some buildings of which still stand. The White Hart became a brewpub in 2013 under the name One Mile End (the pub’s address is 1 Mile End Road), which has since expanded to a production brewery elsewhere in London, but small runs are still brewed in the cellar. It brews a wide range of cask, keg and bottled beers and someone from the brewery will join us to introduce them.
We’re also excited to be visiting Redchurch. Another railway arch brewery, founded in 2015, Redchurch also now has a much larger production brewery just outside London, but retains its original site as a taproom and for its ‘Urban Farmhouse’ project, a leading exponent in London of mixed and spontaneous fermentation, sour and barrel-aged beers, some of them fermented with local wild yeasts. We’ll visit the brewhouse and barrel cellar, as well as taste the beers in the company of an expert from the brewery.
This evening we are planning on enjoying dinner at The White Horse. In the halcyon days of the 1990s Mark Dorber personally dry-hopped the Draught Bass and Michael Jackson presided at beer matching dinners, here. It’s still a classic and comes highly recommended from the London beer cognoscenti.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Borough Market, a mecca for foodies, is London’s oldest and busiest market, dating back to at least the 13th century. Located near London Bridge, the market is the place to find gourmet goodies from fresh loaves and rare-breed meats, fish, game, fruit and vegetables, to cakes and all manner of preserves, oils and teas.. We’ll head over here this morning after breakfast so you will have time to roam around and even sample your way through if you’d like-(much more fun than Costco}! You may be wondering what this has to do with beer- well, trust us, this is London after all- a city rich in beer culture, so we have a connection! Apparently, the Market hall, facing onto Borough High Street acts as a kind of greenhouse for growing plants (including hops!). They also host workshops, tastings and foodie demonstrations, and you can pop in with your market snacks if the weather’s poor. Otherwise, there are pubs in the area to grab lunch and a pint. Also in the market you will find a great beer shop- Uto Beer, and not far from there is one of London’s true beer geek hangouts, The Rake. This place holds special memories for many who have passed through, yours truly included and we are looking forward to sharing a pint with you there as well!
After this morning’s excursion to Borough Market, you will have the rest of the day free to tour on your own and do the Londony things on your list, Big Ben,?The British Museum? Harry Potter stuff? perhaps head to the TKTS booth in Leicester square to get tix for a show?
Details for our Grande Finale Day are still being confirmed. But Let us say this. There will be BEER! Good Beer. We promise! Stay Tuned…
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Time for a final breakfast on board before you disembark to depart for flights home or wherever your travels will bring you!
Guest Hosts: We are fortunate to count some of London’s Top Beer Aficionados as our friends and even luckier to have them sharing their expertise as hosts for some of our tours and events during our inaugural London Beercation!
Des de Moor is one of the UK’s best-known beer writers. As the award-winning author of The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars, he’s a leading expert on both the past and present of London beer and brewing and regularly leads walks, tours and tutored tastings in the UK capital. He’s the UK contributor to international guide The Pocket Beer Book, writes for numerous magazines and websites, and is an Accredited Beer Sommelier and busy international beer judge.
Pete Brown is a British author, journalist, broadcaster and consultant specialising in food and drink, especially the fun parts like beer and cider. Across nine books, his broad, fresh approach takes in social history, cultural commentary, travel writing, personal discovery and natural history, and his words are always delivered with the warmth and wit you’d expect from a great night down the pub. He writes for newspapers and magazines around the world and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. He was named British Beer Writer of the Year in 2009, 2012 and 2016, has won three Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards, and has been shortlisted twice for the Andre Simon Awards. He lives in London with his wife Liz, and dog Mildred. He blogs at www.petebrown.net.
Rod Jones was born into a family of generations of pub owners, and started home brewing at the age of 16. He has spent far too much of his adult life in pubs and bars all over Europe, and completely lost count of the number of beers he has tried over many years. He joined Meantime in early 2007 as Production Brewer, and over the next two and a half years gained a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the brewing process.
When the microbrewery at The Old Brewery on the historic Old Royal Naval College site in Greenwich was opened in early 2010, he transferred there as Head Brewer, a position he occupied until late 2012. He combined this role with beer sommelier work, staff training, tutored beer tastings, brewery tours and educational/ambassadorial roles, which he continues to the present day. Rod was awarded the coveted Institute of Brewing and Distilling title of Beer Sommelier of the Year 2015/2016. He is a SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) Beer Competition Judge, and a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers
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Our beer tour itineraries are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather, transportation problems, or an unexpected business closure. We’re continually looking for ways to improve our tours and we sometimes come across a special new pub or brewery since the itinerary was published that we’d like to share with you. Since our beer tours are planned far in advance, we may occasionally adjust the itinerary as necessary to provide you with the best trip possible! Since a minimum number of passengers are required in order to run each trip, we suggest you refrain from non-refundable air purchases until 2 months prior to your departure date or confirmation of tour.