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Don’t miss: Camden Brewery’s ‘Festival of Cans’

To celebrate their brand new lager, the local beer monsters have a whole week of events at the Cob Gallery, including a pop-up off license

A pop-up off-license? Now you’re talking. Click to enlarge.

Have you heard that everyone’s fave local brewery has this week released a quaffable new beverage called India Hells Lager? Its simple USP is that it combines the hoppy intensity of an IPA with the crisp, cleanness of lager. And it’s a blurry-eyed 6.2% ABV too. Yikes.

To celebrate, Camden Brewery is in the middle of a week-long pop-up at the underrated Cob Gallery on Royal College Street – or the Temple of IHL as they’ve taken to calling it.

Ooh what a lovely can. IHL
Ooh, what a lovely can. IHL

If you haven’t been down yet, fear not as the big two events take place at the weekend: tomorrow (Friday) sees the The Feast of IHL, a “rejoicing” (nice word) in food and beer. For forty quid, IHL will be matched with four courses of food crafted by the self-styled “John the Baptist of Brisket”, Texas Joe himself. Expect beer cocktails and a menu that looks considerably posher than what the local lad’s been serving up all summer at the Grafton.

Then on Saturday 8th, the gallery becomes an off-license for one day only, when it plays host to Camden Brewery’s favourite breweries in their self-styled “Festival of Cans” (runs 12-6pm). There’ll be tastings of around 19 canned beers from six different breweries including Beavertown, Brewdog, Fourpure and, of course, Camden’s own range.


Even better, they’ll be showing off a brand new shiny “Crowler” – or “can growler“. It fills a thirsty 32oz (nearly a litre!) with fresh draft beer for a zippy take-away. And we hear that it’s the first of it’s kind in the UK – so you can even participate in a teeny-tiny bit of boozing history while you’re at it.

The Saturday event is free all day. More info and tickets for Friday from Camden Brewery’s website. The Temple of IHL is at 205 Royal College Street NW1 0SG

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