Early autumn is busy at the best of times and I have a book coming out in October. Here's what's keeping me on the road and off the streets for the next couple months.
FRIDAY 23RD AUGUST: APG PLANNING RAMBLE IN SOUTHWARK
This one goes out to all the ad industry planners doing the job I used to do. I'm leading a meander of planners around Southwark tomorrow lunchtime, discussing Shakespeare's Local and ending up in The George. Contact Sarah Newman at the APG to book a place if you're interested.
SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST: HOPS AND GLORY AT THE HOPS AND GLORY!
I feel a bit bad that a pub named after George Orwell - one of the greatest ever English writers - was changed to the name of one of my books. But not too bad. The Hops & Glory is an excellent pub at the top of Essex Road in Islington. This Bank Holiday Weekend it's having an IPA festival, and they invited me down to do a talk on the history of possible the greatest ever beer style. I'll be talking, reading from Hops & Glory, signing books and tasting beers.
(After my talk, I'll be checking out two other excellent Bank Holiday events in pubs that are walking distance from the Hops & Glory, purely as punter: a weekend-long cider festival at The Alma on Newington Green, and a celebration of East London Breweries at the Duke of Wellington on Balls Pond Road.)
THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST: THE HISTORY OF BRITAIN THROUGH BEER, WITH MEANTIME BREWERY
Meantime's Old Brewery hosts a monthly beer dinner where you get to taste a stunning array of beers bound together by a loose theme. I was delighted to be asked back to do a new one after a successful IPA dinner at the end of last year. The theme for this one is the role of beer throughout British history, and a look at the different forces that have shaped the development of beer, and the way beer has in turn influenced the development of society. The beers on the menu are a symbolic, rather than literal, representation of key styles over time, starting from the present day and moving back in time. Here's the menu in full:
A History of Britain According to Beer
The Old Brewery Beer and Food Night Menu
Meantime London Pilsner
Timothy Taylor Landlord
Smoked eel, carrot and beetroot salad, horseradish cream
Beef Wellington, Welsh potato cakes, ale gravy
Redchurch Great Eastern IPA
Apple pie with custard & vanilla ice cream
Meantime London Porter
A selection of British cheese with beer chutney & crackers
St Bernardus Pater C
Kernel Export Stout
Full details and ticket booking are available at the Meantime Old Brewery website.
SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER: WORLD'S BEST CIDER AT ABERGAVENNY FOOD FESTIVAL
The 'Glastonbury of Food Festivals' (copyright: the entire foodie media) has become a bit of a regular fixture for me and every year it's so good I decide that I'm emigrating to Wales before subsequently sobering up. This year Bill Bradshaw and I will be talking about World's Best Cider and sampling a few different ciders from around the world.
Tickets for this event have already sold out! Returns may be available. But the next day, Bill will be interviewing one of my favourite cider makers - Simon Day from Once Upon A Tree. Simon's ciders are quite unlike anything you might imagine, recalling the seventeenth century tradition of Herefordshire fine cyder. I'll be in the front row holding my glass up. Tickets are available here.
THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER: WORLD'S BEST CIDER LAUNCH!
The book hits the shelves! We'll be doing various events around the country. Details will go up here when confirmed.