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Journey Planner

Looking to try truly unique, delicious beer and cider? Join us at the 36th Pigs Ear Beer & Cider Festival, Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th December at Hackney Round Chapel, E5 0LY. It’s a festival known for one off specials and novel twists on favourites made just for the festival – last year a lucky few got to sample a spicy dark beer brewed in special homage! This year will be no exception with brewers hard at work dreaming up new creations and collaborating with the festival team to debut new-to-cask beers at Pig’s Ear 2019. Expect a huge range of cask ales (particularly dark ales), ciders and perries to drink in or take away. You could even do some Christmas shopping at the British bottle and overseas bars which will feature rare and, in some cases, stonkingly strong bottles, cans and key keg beers like Het Uilje’s Staff Sergeant (18.6%). Visitor information: The festival will run from Tuesday 3rd December to Saturday 7th December 2019. Opens at noon, closes at 2230 Tuesday - Thursday, 2300 Friday and Saturday. Wheelchair accessibility: Due to the age of the building, level access is via a separate entrance. On arrival please ask the door steward who will look after you! DISCOUNTS: NHS Workers and students (NUS members) are eligible for £5 entry. Please show your ID badge at the front desk on arrival to get 2 x half pints (under 5% strength), a free glass (to keep or give back for £3) and a free go on the games (excluding tombola). GROUPS: We can arrange group rates for groups of over 10 people - please email the branch before the festival to make arrangements. Free entry is only available for Pre-booked CAMRA groups. Season tickets are not available for non-members.
Getting to Hackney is EASY - the festival is a 10 minute walk from Hackney Central station (Overground) or 12 minutes from Hackney Downs (Greater Anglia/Overground). Regular buses stop outside our venue. Drinks & food.  In addition to the two Main bars which serve cask ales of all types, look out for the Cider & Perry bar, Overseas bar and British Bottle bar. Feeling hungry? Wobbly Bottom Farm are bringing their delicious range of cheese based snacks and meals plus their ever-popular take away cheeses. Enjoy Fabulous, freshly baked pies with mash and gravy (or traditional parsley liquor - we are in the East End after all!) plus a range of sweet treats. There’s something yummy for everyone from vegans to carnivores!  Volunteer: The Pig's Ear Beer Festival organising committee are now busy planning for the 2019 event which takes place as usual in early December at the Round Chapel in Hackney. We are looking for willing volunteers to help with the setting up and taking down period so do consider if you could be available. The days for this are Friday 29 November, Saturday 30 November, Sunday 1 December, Monday 2 December and then Sunday 8 December and Monday 9 December. We are also looking for anyone who might be interested in helping Team Tango with stewarding duties. Finally, we also need more volunteers who are willing to help us on the Saturday that we are open (7 December). If you are interested or want more information then please email the Festival Volunteering Team. If you are interested in advertising in our programme, please see the media pack. To contact us use the media links at the bottom of the page.
 Foreign Beer List is here. Be aware what we ordered, what was promised and what we get are three different things. That’s life. For a rendition there is the Frank Sinatra version though we are open to suggestions.