Calling all beer beginners, beer connoisseurs and those who just love the taste of hops. Heist Bank is rallying the boozy troops, and is hosting their very first beer festival at their Paddington gaff on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September. Here’s what you need to know:

Heist Bank’s Beer Festival: The Lowdown

The weekend will be a celebration of beer from some of the UK’s finest breweries. Fourpure, Beavertown, Thornbridge and Wild Beer Co. will be headlining the weekend and launching special, seasonal releases and collaborative brews. The festival will also feature European craft beers such as To Øl from Copenhagen and Norwegian Lervig which will be pouring alongside New Zealand’s finest Yeastie Boys and 8 Wired. The festival headliners will be running workshops in the Heist Bank games room.

Heist Bank’s Beer Festival: Masterclasses

Saturday Day Session: Partners In Crime: A Lemon Heist
Brewery: Fourpure Brewing Co. 
Heist Bank‘s resident beer geek was lucky enough to work with Fourpure to develop and brew a beer for the festival. In this masterclass guests will learn how Dan and Paul, Lead Brewer at Fourpure, designed the beer from concept to glass, followed by a first chance tasting before it hits the main floor.
Saturday Night Session: The Art of Blending and Barrel Aging 
Brewery: Wild Beer Co. 
Wild Beer Co. is a Somerset based brewery that boasts an impressive barrel ageing program, with over 500 wine, whisky, brandy barrel sourced form all over the globe. In this class guests will learn the impact that barrel ageing has on the beer and the challenges that can arise from this method of finishing. James from Wild Beer Co. will guide guests through the processes of blending beer and there will be a chance to blend your own.
Sunday Day Session: The Fruit of our Labour
Brewery: Thornbridge
S ince 2005, Thornbridge has been at the forefront of independent craft breweries. George from Thornbridge will be running a tasting of the new Lukas Helles Lager, Blueberry and Passionfruit Tart and Huck their Huckleberry inspired double IPA. These beers give a glimpse into the contemporary and innovative styles of beer created by Thornbridge.
Sunday Night Session: Imperial Darkness
Brewery: Beavertown
Oli Banks, one of the brewers from Beavertown, will be introducing guests to the brand and its weird and wonderful beers. This evening session will offer a chance to try ‘Gondoila’, a brand new Raspberry Brownie Imperial Stout.

Heist Bank’s Beer Festival: Food

The weekend will combine beer with its natural culinary counterpart: pizza. The pizza oven will be blazing throughout offering a great selection of pizzas to soak-up the beer. Heist Bank’s homemade sourdough pizzas are cooked to perfection in the wood-fired pizza oven and are topped with both classic and inventive toppings such as smoked lardo, Birchden farm asparagus, burnt shallots and cured meats from Hackney based Black Hand foods.

With 30+ breweries on board and over 100 beers available to try from cask and keg during the weekend, Heist Bank Beer Festival will be an exploration of new beers or a chance to get reacquainted with old favourites.

Heist Bank’s Beer Festival: The Details

When: 20th and 21st October

Where: 5 N Wharf Rd, London W2 1LA

Price: 5hr Session Tickets £15 and include 2 beer tokens & 1 food token

Tickets: Available here and at the venue