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Eat, drink, and be merry in East London
The Pig's Ear Beer and Cider Festival, 4th to 8th of December, celebrates the best of East London's breweries (and beyond). Pig's Ear is Cockney rhyming slang for beer and, appropriately, the festival is organised by the East London branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and takes place at Hackney's superb Round Chapel. The English Heritage listed venue and huge range of ales offered by this nearly thirty year old festival attracts record-breaking crowds every year.
In addition to the local East London breweries, the festival offers over 200 beers from 90 selected breweries across the UK. Furthermore, there will be nine new microbrews from East London, bottled and foreign beers, unique festival brews, artisan stalls, and a cider and perry bar. A full beer list, including the breweries in attendance, is available at the event website. Just in time for Christmas, there will also be a large selection of rich and spicy seasonal beers and plenty of stalls serving hearty foods.
Festival venue - Round Chapel. Photo by Fin Fahey.
Traditional apple and pear ciders will be available, along with ciders barrelled in malt or bourbon whiskey. Also supplying cider this year will be London Glider, an East London company that converts unused apples from city orchards into cider (Glider or Deep Sea Glider is rhyming slang for cider).
When you've had enough of sampling the beverages, you can participate in the many pub games going on throughout the festival, which are always entertaining for both the crowd and participants.
The cost of entrance is only £2 for CAMRA Members or £4 for Non-Members, basically the cost of a pint.
Appealing to connoisseurs of beer and cider and the average beer lover out to try something new, this festival is not to be missed.