Craft beer takeovers at Tate Modern bar

Award-winning independent brewers run monthly tasting sessions

Tate Modern’s Terrace Bar in Switch House will be hosting monthly beer tastings, starting on January 26
Tate Modern’s Terrace Bar in Switch House will be hosting monthly beer tastings, starting on January 26

Britain’s thirst for craft beers appears unslakable, with three new breweries opening every week, according to Government figures. Curating the best of these mostly independent arrivals, Tate Modern is giving a residency to a different brewer on the last Thursday of every month, when the Terrace Bar in Switch House will showcase five of each brand’s malty masterpieces.

Northern Monk Brewery will be hosting one of the sessions on February 23
Northern Monk Brewery will be hosting one of the sessions on February 23

Berkshire-based Siren will begin the year’s first Tap Takeover at 6.30pm on January 26. Siren was founded in 2012 and its beers include Caribbean Chocolate Cake, a stout made with hand-roasted cacao nibs and aged in cypress barrels, and Maiden, brewed using a barley wine and aged in different barrels – rum, tequila, brandy and bourbon have all been tried – to turn every batch into a maiden voyage.

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Northern Monk, based in Leeds, will host on February 23, followed by Liverpool’s Mad Hatter on March 30, Wales’ Tiny Rebel (named Best UK Brewery for 2016 by both the Society of Independent Brewers and the International Beer Challenge) on April 27, North Yorkshire’s Bad Seed on May 25, seasonal beer specialist Cloudwater on June 29 and Manchester-based Alphabet on July 27 (whose unorthodox offerings include Flat White, White Breakfast Stout and Space Invader, a pink grapefruit and tarragon saison).

Billed as the Tap Takeover, the tastings will start at 6.30pm
Billed as the Tap Takeover, the tastings will start at 6.30pm

Tate provides a beer flight made up of five thirds (190ml) of each brew (£10) and serves them with tasting notes. A £20 ticket will also include a full pint of one of the five beers and a selection of Norfolk salamis. The tasting session is followed by a talk and Q&A session with the brewery, and Tate’s beer sommelier Alex Stevenson (who has created series of bespoke beers for the gallery with Mad Hatter and Bermondsey-based Fourpure) will be on hand all night.

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