I work in Shoreditch, so I¹ll be at my usual desk on Friday morning. I'll probably grab a coffee from Fix 126, 126 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PJ, fixcoffee.co.uk, on the way in. It's proper hipsterville in there, but all the staff are really friendly and the atmosphere is more like a local pub; they remember you and ask about your day, and the coffee is really, really good.
I'll knuckle down for a couple of hours at work, and then it¹s off to Oval Space, 32 The Oval., E2 9DT, 020 7183 4422, ovalspace.co.uk, in the afternoon to help set up the BrewDog stand for London Craft Beer Festival, londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk, taking place at the Oval Space this weekend. I help out with alot of BrewDog's events, especially in London, and this one is set to be an excellent showcase of international breweries. Great craft beer has been ignored for many years, but the revolution is in full swing and these events are a good opportunity to indulge in a little craft beer geekery. With artisanal beer there is a massive variety of styles, flavours, aromas and strengths. I've tried beers from 0.5% right up to 55%, beers brewed with hazelnuts, oak chips, chocolate or orange peel, and every berry you can name.
After a few hours getting everything set up, I¹ll head out to Haggerston for dinner at Dukes Brew & Que (above), 33 Downham Road
De Beauvoir Town, London N1 5AA, dukesbrewandque.com, 020 3006 0795, for epic BBQ food and insane beers (they are a
restaurant by night and run Beavertown brewery by day). I love their hop ice cream - weird, I know, but it works. We might pop in The Fox, 372 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4DA, thefoxe8.com, which has a great craft beer bar, eclectic furniture, and is lovely and spacious, a far cry from some of Londons dingier pubs. Their food is meant to be awesome, too. Then it's probably off to BrewDog Shoreditch, 51-55 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA, 020 7 729 8476, brewdog.com/bars/shoreditch , and downstairs to UnderDog, the beer cocktail speakeasy beneath the main bar. The French Morning is the ideal beer cocktail if you have a sweet tooth, it's scrumptious.
I'll be rocking the BrewDog stand this weekend, chatting to attendees at London Craft Beer Festival about our beer as well as sneaking off to check out the other breweries
and beers on show. I'm a total craft beer convert, I used to be a proper white- wine- spritzer girl, but I love discovering new beers and styles now. There are some truly innovative artisans, and breweries springing up all over the UK, so its a very exciting time to be a part of the scene. This weekend will be all about good beer, good food and good music, all (fingers crossed) basked in sunshine.
Once we're done working for the day, I'll be ready for a few (more) beers. If it was on, I'd be up to The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, Kings Cross, N1 0AX, 020 7278 9708, starofkings.co.uk for Last Resort, a quarterly punk rock night as good heavy music is notoriously hard to come by in London.
London Craft Beer Festival will still be tapping some fab beers today, so I may swing by if I have the energy. I used to spend my Sundays at either The Diner in Angel (above), 21 Essex Road, London, N1 2SA, 020 7226 4533, goodlifediner.com. It's a lot quieter than The Breakfast Club, so you're more likely to get a table, and the food is amazing: banana pancakes (with a side of bacon) is my regular order.
Sarah Warman works as Master Gunner at BrewDog, which involves a large glug of social media, a bit of PR, events and media relations, and a heavy dose of all other marketing.
A craft beer company from Scotland, BrewDog makes uncompromising, artisanal beers, and is the fastest growing food and drinks company in the UK.