Beers, banter and giving – charity beer festival returns to Hackney

Pic: Craft Beer Cares

London Fields Brewery will once again host its charity beer festival Craft Beer Cares.

The annual event runs from 19 to 21 July, and sees 30 breweries from over seven countries come together to raise money for a local charity. Beatnikz Republic, Big Drop, Brew By Numbers, BrewDog, Brixton Brewery, and Brooklyn Brewery are among the many breweries that will be on offer during the festival.

This year the homelessness charity, Hackney Winter Night Shelter (HWNS) will be the recipient of the event’s donation. Last year over £10,000 was raised for London-based anti-violence charity, Art Against Knives.

On hosting the third annual Craft Beer Cares, London Fields Brewery’s Brand Ambassador Gabriele Bertucci said: “We are delighted to host 2019’s Craft Beer Cares and cannot wait to see the amount of money we raise for one of the most worthwhile local charities.”

Pic: Craft Beer Cares

Tickets, which are priced at £10 per person, entitle guests to a Craft Beer Cares branded glass and 10 beer tokens, which can be used to purchase up to five servings of beer by the half pint. Beers will be priced according to ABV, with stronger beers costing more tokens, and additional tokens will be available for purchase within the festival itself.

Alex Micu attended last year’s event, he spoke to East London Lines about his experiences: “Besides the wonderful beers on offer, I very much enjoyed the overall atmosphere and vibe – loads of friendly people, pleasant conversations and all for such a good cause. I was personally more interested in the charity aspect rather than the breweries. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a craft beer but luckily, the London beer revolution has meant that it is pretty much widely available at all times”.

Christina Ball, Acting Director at Hackney Winter Night Shelter told East London Lines: “As a local charity we were delighted that Hackney Winter Night Shelter has been chosen as the charity that Craft Beer Cares will support this year.  Although this is a social event, and people are there to enjoy themselves, we do hope that people are also able to take time to think about the Charity that is being supported.  All the money that is raised will go towards operating the night shelter this coming year, and will make a huge difference to our homeless guests”.

Pic: Craft Beer Cares

Attendees can visit Craft Beer Cares over a selection of sessions on Friday from 5-11pm, Saturday at 12-5pm and 6-11pm or Sunday from 12-5pm. For more details and tickets, visit the Craft Beer Cares events page.


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