Ale Festival at The Sloaney Pony and More Beer News

The White Horse Pub in Parsons Green (aka The Sloaney Pony) is having an Old Ale Festival from Friday, the 23rd, through Sunday, the 25th. Which sounds a bit weird, because old ale brings to my mind ale that’s gone off, but whatever. Do they mean vintage-style ales? Like recipes based on old ales of yore?

Old Ale FestivalI’ll be going to a preview event on the 22nd, and will try to report back what, exactly, Old Ales are, unless I get too soused.

Edit: Following an extensive refurb, it’s the 30th Old Ale Festival The White Horse has ever had, featuring, as it says on the poster above, classic beers from around the UK on draught. Again, classic beers is an interesting term, but look, here’s the beer list with drinks from British favourites such as Otley, Marble, Titanic, Magic Rock, Dark Star and Ascot, along with stuff further afield, such as Rogue, Mikkeller and Nogne ø. The beer list does list what is Old Ale (aha!), so have a look at it.

Speaking of getting soused, who else was at the opening of the new Craft Beer Co. in Islington last night? I think I may need to organise a craft beer pub crawl in Islington in the new year, after all the Christmas hoo-hah is over with. The Hackney-based one I did in August went down well–ten pubs in and nearly-in Hackney, including such stellar picks as The Railway Tavern on St Jude Street, The Cock Tavern on Mare Street and The Jolly Butchers in Stoke Newington. Although at least one participant passed out at the top of the stairs in his house, which, I think, is a good indication of the success of the event.

Poacher, Howling Hops ale at The Cock Tavern

By the way, anyone had any of the Howling Hops beers at The Cock Tavern lately? Dude. Everything I’ve had has been delicious. And I’ve had a lot, considering I’ve designated The Cock Tavern as my Local That’s Not Really Local. Go there and have some of the niceness, and see what’s coming up on the Howling Hops Twitter account.

Hackney residents can now rejoice in the new off-license on Broadway Market that’s opened up across from Belgian beer pub The Dove. Noble Fine Liquors carries a variety of wines and is building up a unique beer range to include craft beers from the likes of Thornbridge, Dark Star and Kernel Brewery as well as tipples from further afield, such as Belgian sours from Cantillon. They’ve only been open for about three weeks now, so it’ll be interesting to see what else the shop will start carrying, but already it’s worth it to pick up some good booze for your next dinner, party or whatever activity you might have that requires some alcoholic action.


The East London CAMRA group will be holding it’s beer festival from the 4th through the 8th of December. The 2012 Pig’s Ear festival is just £4 for non-CAMRA members, £2 for members. It’ll be at The Round Chapel on Powerscroft Road in Hackney, and you can read about the details here. According to Slow Food London’s post on the event, they’ll be showcasing some beer from emerging London breweries.

One final note is that next month CAMRGB, the Campaign for Really Good Beer, is having a “twiss-up” on the 15th of December, leading a pub crawl through Northwest London starting at The Southampton Arms. They’ll be also going to Brewdog Camden, Camden Town Brewery and ending at The Euston Tap. See more on their site about the London Xmas #Twissup.

Any more beery news I’m forgetting? Leave ’em in the comments section below.

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