Our top 6 brewery taprooms to visit this December in the lead-up to Christmas. We’re talking festive beer and cheer this winter!
To qualify for this list, the taprooms had to meet some festive benchmarks:
- Each taproom had to be featured in our 2023 passport, which is still valid throughout December and can be purchased here.
- Indoor space – let’s face it, it can get pretty cold this time of year so we’re only looking at those taprooms that can provide us a little shelter from the elements.
- Decorations – it’s not festive without decorations!
1. Signature Brew, Blackhorse Road
Get ready for a HUGE lineup of Christmas festivities at Signature Brew Blackhorse Road. From Christmas Street food markets to performances by Goldie Lookin Chain, there’s something for everyone.
The venue, which looks fairly festive all year round with its iconic fermentation tanks lit up by festoons, will be getting its annual sprinkle of Christmas lights and decorations from December 1st. Beyond that, there’s a whole host of events happening in the lead-up to Christmas.
Fri 1st Dec – Fatboy Tim 90s Party
Sat 2nd-Sun 3rd Dec – The Xmas Special Street Food Market
Thu 7th Dec – Christmas Sing-along
Fri 8th Dec – Just Radiohead Tribute
Sat 9th Dec – Indie Amnesty with Swim Deep and Megan Wyn
Thu 14th Dec – Signature Comedy Club
Fri 15th Dec – King Kurt’s Christmas Piss Up in a Brewery
Sat 16th Dec – Goldie Lookin Chain
2. Pretty Decent Beer Co, Blackhorse Road
Kicking off the festivities with a BIG Christmas party on Saturday 9th December, you’ll find £4 pints, Christmas pizza specials from ‘It’s Not Big Dough’ (which will be available in a pizza and pint deal for £12), alongside DJ Matt Pedro spinning a soundtrack of festive bangers to get you into the party spirit! Sounds good right? Indoor heaters will keep you warm if the beer jacket hasn’t already kicked in.
What’s more this December PDBC are launching “First Pour Thursday”, which is their Happy Hour with a twist where customers can try their new specials released every week at just £4 a pint.
All of this and we haven’t even discussed their festive beers! They’ll be serving up their Signature Sour Slushies all throughout December. And then they’ve also collaborated with fellow Beer Passport members The Goodness Brew to produce a suitably festive gluten-free and vegan Gingerbread Stout, aptly named ‘No… Not the Buttons’.
3. Gipsy Hill Brewing – Gipsy Hill
If Christmas decorations are your thing, check out the Gipsy Hill taproom where you’ll a Christmas Tree with keg badge baubles, wreaths, loads of Christmas Lights and their infamous Christmas Dinosaurs!
They also have a whole host of Christmas events lined up!
Sat 2nd Dec – Christmas Craft Market
Thu 14th Dec – Beaded Bauble Workshop
Wed 20th Dec – Merry Quizmas
Thu 21st Dec – Festive Drag Bingo
Sat 23rd Dec – Friendsmas
Sun 31st Dec – New Year’s Eve Party
4. Werewolf Beer – Camden
If the Nightmare Before Christmas were a brewery taproom, this would be it. Frighteningly good beers, spooky decorations, and a festive ‘mauled’ wine. What’s not to love?!
They’ll be serving up ‘mauled wine’ throughout December but make sure to head down to the taproom between 15th – 17th of December to indulge in their 12 beers of Xmas mini beer fest.
5. Hackney Brewery High Hill Tap – Blackhorse Road
With a delightful selection of beers on offer, draped in fabulous fairy lights, the High Hill Tap is a great little place to get into the festive spirit this December. Several Christmassy events will be taking place throughout the month, some conveniently coinciding with other local breweries.
Thu 7th Dec – Beer and whisky pairing with Compass Box.
Fri 15th Dec – Johnny Chiodini’s Game Night Xmas special edition
Sun 17th Dec – A special Go East Vintage Christmas market
6. Great Beyond Brewing Co – Hoxton
Mulled wine, returning beloved beers and special events make this already incredibly cozy taproom that much more inviting this Christmas. Over the next two Thursdays (7th & 14th) they’re hosting an amazing food truck by Mob Kitchen. With a DJ playing at the venue on both evenings, they’ve got all bases covered.
You’ll also find their popular quiz nights on the 6th and 20th. For those who like a bit of comedy to wash down their beer, head down on the 11th. You’ll find plenty of mulled every day up until Christmas and they’re bringing back their beloved PB&J sour for the first week of December.
Well, there you have it. 6 amazing breweries catering to your every need this Christmas in London. Remember to make the most of it with your 2023 Beer Passports, which are valid throughout December.
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