This year an increased venue size means we're bringing in even more breweries from home and abroad. We'll be announcing more as we go along, but for now, you can drink in this amazing list of breweries!
Touching down on the outskirts of Berlin, it made sense that Germany became the European and global home of the legendary Stone Brewing. Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner back in 1996, the original home of this groundbreaking brewery was in San Diego, California. Having achieved global infamy with their full-flavour, no-holds-barred beers, and after growth across the US, their European brewery opened on a sunny September evening in 2016. A brave and bold move, the brewery has meant Stone Brewing can provide their classic beers, fresh and top conditions to their European fans, and create new and special beers for us as well!
The Kernel are one of the UK's finest breweries, year in, year out. Located under an railway arch in South London, Evin and his excellent team work together to continuously produce outstanding beer. The Kernel beers are ever-evolving, brewing IPAs and pales with the freshest harvest hops and saison with in-season fruit. It is farmhouse approach, expertly executed in the middle of one of the world's biggest cities, that makes them a firm favourite of drinkers, brewers and publicans alike.
Founded in 2012, Two Roads are about the choice of a 'road less travelled' and the rewards that come with that. Founded by four friends, who all stepped out of big business, including big beer, to follow a long held ambition to steer their own journey. Bringing a lot of experience to the table, Two Roads have quickly ascended to become one of the most highly regarded and fastest growing breweries in the US. Some of the nicest brewing folk you could meet, it is an honour to bring them and their fantastic beers to ECBF for the time.
Founded by the enigmatic Kees Bubberman, the eponymous Brouwerij Kees has quickly built up a legion of beer fans from Copenhagen to London and beyond. Passionate about flavour and beer, Kees's journey began as a chef, via home-brewing, to leading brewer for popular Dutch Brewery, Emilisse Kamperland, to finally putting his own name above the door on his own brewery. Expect plenty of character and personality across a range of full throttle IPAs and big, bold stouts.
Ask any Aussie beer fan and there's one beer that they hold dearest, Stone & Wood's Pacific Ale. 'Pac Ale', as it's colloquially known, holds a special place is every Aussie beer geek's heart for its lovely fruity character, and clean, balanced finish. This is an extra pale ale made for a sunny day. With great character and wonderful humility, Stone & Wood create a fantastic portfolio of beers that are beginning to capture the UK's imagination. Something they have long done Down Under.
Kirkstall Brewery were founded by a team who had been pioneers importing American Craft Beer into the UK. Taking a heritage but defunct brewery, they revived the brand and built a reputation for some of the best cask beers in the UK. They've now made the move to a new brewery site and invested in the kit to begin producing fantastic, modern keg style ales. From what we've tried so far we're very excited by these new developments. Expect well balanced, well crafted, super delicious hop forward ales, leaving you scream for more!
One of the most sought after and talented breweries in the UK, without a doubt. Based just outside the Peak District Town of Buxton, they have built an incredible reputation. An exquisite list of beers and a prolific list of collaborators; Buxton are often top of the list for the top international breweries coming to the UK. We're super excited to have one of the best, most sought after and talented breweries in the world coming down to ECBF.
In a rise to match that of Cloudwater's, in 18 short months Verdant have gone on to become hugely sought after on both sides of the pond and across Europe too. Focussed on hopforward IPAs and DIPAs - sold fresh, consumed fast - they've become a brewer you have to try. Really top guys, the success is well deserved becasue the beers are truly incredible.
Based in Copenhagen, founded in 2015, led by enigmatic Søren Parker Wagner, and on a mission to produce really good, super fresh, but most importantly balanced IPAs. Søren cut his teeth in numerous, excellent breweries around the US, and on his return to Denmark knew his ultimate goal was to set up a brewery under his own steam. This year is going to be big as they follow up their first mixed fermentation beer which dropped at the end of last year. It was, straight off the bat, one of our favourite beers of the year.
Stillwater is Brian Strumke, a true artistic spirit, who has found his medium in beer. Either gypsy brewed or done in collaboration with co-conspirators all around the world, Brian's beers are really exciting, incredibly well crafted, and always delicious. His latest project 'Production' will see him create a new brewery, we hear it's mixed fermentation led - in the heart of Green Point, Brooklyn.
Born in the Jura, Brasserie des Franches Montagnes, or BFM for short, was founded by Jérôme Rebetez. BFM make a variety of 'clean' and 'wild' fermentation beers, and their super special 'L'Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien' has garnered a passionate global following. It's one of 'those beers' you need to try before you die. BFM is our first Swiss brewery, and it's a total honour to bring Jérôme and the guys over.
BBNo. are best known for their ever changing beer, exer expanding list of amazing beers, and an indecipherable code they name them with. They brew ultra fresh IPA's, and a phenomenal array of Saisons. So even if we don't know what number we're drinking, we love the journey BBNo. take you on. Tom, Dave and team are a great bunch and its a pleasure to have them at ECBF.
Basqueland Brewing Project are a young brewery located just outside of San Sebastian in Spain. Founded by three Americans who fell in love with the city, they've been making waves in this Spanish surf town that knows a thing or two about amazing food and drink. Be it lagered beers, or hoppy IPAs, they achieve great balance and nuance in every brew. Honestly, some of the nicest guys you could ever meet, outrageous humour, and supremely talented - what more could you want in a brewery?
Another first for us! The first brewery we're bringing over from Northern Ireland. Boundary Brewing are one of those breweries that catch your attention from the off. Their artwork and pack design is incredible and they're also a co-op - a brewery owned by its members. But all this wouldn't mean much without the beer, and boy does it deliver - modern, full flavoured, well balanced beers. There are a few key breweries leading the charge across the Irish sea, and these guys are one you need to try.
There's a man called John. John is a legend. He's kind of like the Tony Wilson of craft beer - though a bit better at business. Before there was the craft beer revolution, there was North Bar, Leeds. Hands down the most influential beer bar ever, because it's where we first fell in love with beer when we were at uni. John started North Bar. Now John has started North Brew, and it's pretty bloody excellent. Part of a new wave of Northern breweries that are really making people sit up and take notice and another newbie for ECBF.
East London's finest, Pressure Drop, were the closest brewery to us, but have recently moved to a new home in Tottenham. Ben, Graham and Simon are another brewery to find a new home in 2017 and that means more of their iconic beers like Pale Fire, Bosko and Street Porter but also new brews too. One of our favourites, and we've got lots planned with these guys this year - exciting!
Situated in the eponymous neighbourhood in South London, Gipsy Hill have built on a strong local following to garner excitement across London and the wider UK. Moving from sessionable pub favourites, a near constant stream of specials and collaborations has put them on the national beer map. Some exciting new kit, means Gipsy Hill will be one to watch in 2018.
How to describe Mikkeller? It's tough. Our best effort is a collection of brewers, breweries, Michelen starred chefs, entrepreneurs, runners, festival people, designers, an amazing illustrator, an ex-Army major, and a man called Mikkel. The beer they release - be it gypsy brewed or from one of their own breweries is top class - but as a business they're the most inspiring thing to happen in beer since our Californian forefathers began in the late 70s and early 80s.
Founded by John Boyle and Robin Leighton in the village of Wylam, the brewery was originally located in the potting shed on their farm. Bringing on another partner, and all around legend, Dave Stone, the brewery set about a shift from great local cask ales, to full throttle modern beer styles. The brewery now calls ‘The Palace of Arts’ it’s home, having taken residence in a stunning pavilion in Newcastle and created arguably the most beautiful city centre brewery in the country. This last year has seen them move into cans and claim Europe wide recognition for their beers - including a mark on Ratebeers Top 100 beers of 2017.
Fierce are based up in Aberdeen, and were founded by two ex Oil and Gas workers looking for a new direction. Voted the best new brewery in Scotland by the Ratebeer.com community, they make adventurous, full flavoured brews. We like to promote new breweries doing things the right way. Fierce embody this perfectly - great beer, great ambition, great guys.
A family affair, Cromarty Brewing Co began, when the Middleton's got together to begin a brewery in their home town. Craig, son of Chap and Jenni, roped in his parents after his brewing degree at Heriot Watt. Half a decade later and they're producing a range of fantastic beers, from full flavoured ales to big stouts.
Siren brew a vast array of styles, never letting time, process or costs affect the way in which they craft their ales. It's an inspiring ethos and it has produced some of the worlds best beers. Siren are consistently producing incredible, different and challenging beers. Acid Jam snuck into the list of favourite beers of the year.
Some of our best friends within the industry, we wear our Lervig hat with pride. Led by head brewer Mike Murphy, maybe the best craft-style brewer in Europe - and ably supported by Dave Graham, these guys produce some incredible beers. Based out in Stavanger, Norway, look out for the juicy IPAs, and big Imperial stouts - they're pretty special.
Sweden is a real force within the top end of beer right now, and the guys to kick all that off were Dugges. Inspired by the tradition and being game to throw off the shackles and try something incredibly experimental has led them to collaborate with some of the most creative, artistic forces in beer, such as Omnipollo and Stillwater Artisanal. This year we're collaborating with Dugges on something really cool - can't say much yet, but you'll hear about it soon.
Based in downtown Oslo, Geoffrey and his team have taken the UK beer scene by storm in the last year. Recently named Honest Brew's international brewery of the year, they're known for full flavour, full throttle beers at the pointy of what's on trend. Expect outrageous hop-bombs, fruity sour beers, and unctuous stouts you could put a spoon in. Honoured to have them back for another year.
Magic Rock are one of the founding fathers of the - oh-so-recent - brewing revival in the UK. Located in Huddersfield, Rich and his team have been producing hop forward and flavour rich beers for the past 7 years. We love Magic Rock because we love the wonder of the IPA and these guys do it as good as anybody. They also produce a beer for Huddersfield United, called Hatrick, which is sold at the John Smith Stadium, a truly premier league brewery!
LHG, from the super city of Bristol, have been gaining attention over the years with one or two sleeper hits, brewed at friends breweries. Cuckoo brewing as co-founder Bruce calls it. However, late 2017 saw them move into their new brewery, a place of their own place, and what's followed has been incredible. Try Cheese Burger Cavalry if you can - we played a small part in its name
They started brewing beers for their BBQ joint, and five years later they're one of the pre-eminent craft breweries not only in the UK, but around the world. An iconic core range, led by Gamma Ray - one of the most popular craft brews in the country - and backed up by a vast barrel aging project and regular collaboration specials. Beavertown excite beer geeks and craft newbie's alike - that's why we love them.
Starting in 2007, Brewdog have become a powerhouse of brewing in the last few years. Having expanded multiple times in Ellon, they have now opened a brewery in Ohio, USA, and have their sights set on Australia too. Add that to the sour facility, Overworks, and Lone Wolf distillery and it's been another huge year. Punk IPA is the biggest British craft beer, but a steady release of specials, seasonals and collaborations keep their army of fans more than happy.
In a UK craft beer market full of IPA's and big stouts, 6° North have taken a different path with their beers. In brewing Belgian style beers they have a refreshing and delicious point of difference. Belgian beers are extremely difficult to craft but offer real depth and complexity in flavour. These guys really rock and they've got some great collaborations coming up this year too.
One of Scotland's finest breweries and certainly one of the best in the UK. Based in Galashiels the team take inspiration from the food and drink they love, then be as innovative and creative as they can to get maximum flavour. These guys will be bringing some special beers.
The closest brewery to us, Pilot are making waves from their small brewery in Leith. Young, and only 3-strong at the moment, Pilot are the most exciting brewery within Edinburgh's city limits and are getting people's attention all around the UK. Expect something special from the guys for our festival.
Another of our great friends - a nicer bunch of people you could never meet. Their passion for beer, and what they bring to Bristol, is only matched by the quality of the beer. Whilst they don't chase the trends, they always look for interesting flavour, great balance and depth of character. Building on a set of renown pales and ambers in their early years, last year saw their first barrel aged releases - an exciting time for an exciting brewery.
Provenance is what Wild Beer Co are all about - nature, their environment, and the seasons. As their name suggests, Wild Beer Co. predominantly use wild fermentation techniques to brew their beer. Blending their own wild yeast strains to create beers of all styles. The results are some incredibly complex and interesting beers.
Thornbridge are one of the original and the best in the UK craft beer scene. They've been around since the very start and the UK scene owes them a lot of praise for battling the new territories of fresh, full flavoured beer back in the mid 00's. Always a class act, adhering to quality and tradition, while looking forward and pushing the industry in the coutnry a whole - Thornbridge set the bar.
Not much that really needs to be said here is there? Sierra Nevada were one of the founding fathers of the craft beer revolution. We owe them a lot. These days, they continue to make amazing new beers and forge a path for all to follow on sustainability. We are forever grateful for the work they have put into this industry.
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