How did you celebrate your 6th birthday? Did you maybe get a fun cake? Some party balloons? Invite your friends over, or meet up with them somewhere? Maybe you were really lucky and you got a mountain of birthday presents and a bouncy castle. (If that was you, I was always jealous of you.) Well, that’s not how a much-loved craft beer brand does it – no, they channel the party vibes into a beer festival. The catch? It’s the smallest beer festival *clears throat* in the world.
Taking place at Kill The Cat‘s Brick Lane craft beer shop, The World’s Smallest Beer Festival will run two sessions across Saturday, October 22. An afternoon or evening session ticket will net attendees a festival glass to keep, a can of beer to takeaway, and a serve of Kill The Cat’s special birthday beer paired with a kiddy desert! That beer? An absolutely mad sounding collaboration with Old Street Brewery: A Slushy Machine Jelly & Ice Cream Sour Beer. They’ll also be serving up beers from seven carefully curated taps of what they describe as “the rarest, most wondrous beers we could get our paws on.”
They’ll be keeping the birthday party vibes going by essentially throwing a good old fashioned kid’s birthday party around the beer drinking. There’ll be a DJ, party games, jelly and ice cream (a necessity), and utter childishness abounding.
Kill The Cat
Kill the Cat has been a steadfast part of London’s craft beer world since they popped on to the scene six years ago. They’re a bit cheeky (order from them and you’ll get free delivery if the total is over £69), and a bit silly, but they’re deadly serious about sourcing the best craft beer they can get their hands on. And they also want to make that beer as accessible and understandable as possible.
On their website they rank beers on a ‘cat-scale,’ to describe how intense or approachable the beers they sell are. Cat 1 covers standard beers such as easy-drinking lagers and pale ales. Meanwhile Cat 2 covers beers that are “a bit different” such as more hop-forward, juicy IPAs, as well as sour beers, and even a pumpkin porter, for example. Cat 3 is where you’ll find “the stuff that gets its claws out and shows its teeth.” This is where the high-ABV stuff is largely relegated to. We’re talking Triple IPAs, imperial pastry sours, barley wines, and all kinds of other weird and wonderful stuff.
The point? They know what they’re doing. And they care about the beer. So you know that at their birthday celebrations, they’re only going to be sourcing the best beers available. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this celebration of beer, beeriness, and beery good times. Head to their website to grab your tickets.