What’s on – 12th to 18th May

By | 12/05/2023

At last – a normal weekend. Except not completely normal, because it’s Eurovision weekend with special Eurovision events at Phantom, The Greyfriar, and Grumpy Goat.  If you have updates or want your event to be added, e-mail beer@quaffablereading.com

Taproom Events

Double-Barrelled Taproom


This week Double Barrelled have released a 5% West Coast IPA, What’s Your 20? Head along to the taproom to try it out

Friday: 4 pm – 10 pm. Loaded fries by Dirty Snax
Saturday: 1 pm – 10 pm. Pizza by the Cheesiest Pizza Co
Sunday: 1 pm -9 pm Florist Workshop (£12, call 07501 659 675 to book)
Thursday 5 pm – 10 pm: Drag Bingo with Big Jay and Grace Anatomy

Elusive Taproom


It’s getting closer to Elusive’s actual 7th birthday, and as part of that celebration they have released Moonrise cold IPS, brewed in collaboration with Snowmoon Brewing Co.  They’ve also just re-released Microball, their Dark Mild. You can book a seat at the taproom if you are going along to try it by calling 0118 9732153 or emailing beer@elusivebrewing.com. Or buy it online with a 7% discount with the code SEVEN4SEVEN.

If you are a home brewer, Elusive have also launched their 7th birthday home brewing competition. There’s a £500 prize to be won, but more importantly, the chance to brew a beer in collaboration with the folks at Elusive.

Friday: noon-6 pm
Saturday noon – 8 pm

Loddon Tap Yard



If you want to book a table at Loddon, you can book here if you want to be sure of getting a seat, but in general it’s not needed.

Friday: 9 am-10 pm – Fish and Chips from Proper Takeout
Saturday: 10 am-10 pm. – Street food from Tacito
Sunday: 10 am-6 pm. – Indian street food from Bombayish
Tuesday 9 am-7 pm
Wednesday 9 am-7 pm
Thursday 9 am-7 pm

Siren Tap Yard


If you want to book a table at Siren, contact them here.

Friday: 10 am – 10 pm. Street food by Crumpy’s Smoke Shack
Saturday noon – 10 pm. Food by Demaine Artisan
Sunday noon – 7 pm. Pizza by Siren, and dog walk Sunday at 11 am with 10% off in the tapyard afterwards
Monday noon – 7 pm. Pizza by Siren
Tuesday 10 am – 9 pm. Pizza by Siren
Wednesday 10 am – 9 pm. Pizza by Siren.
Thursday 10 am – 9 pm. Pizza by Siren


The Haunt at Phantom


Phantom have a Eurovision party on Saturday, featuring special flights to go with it. They’ve also got a few new beers too – Burried Alive Inside My Dreams, a 5.6% fruity IPA, and Sidewalk Surfing, a 6% fruity IPA.

Friday: 3 pm-10:30 pm. Food by Demaine Artisan
Saturday 1 pm-10:30 pm. Street food by Street Fed and the Eurovision Beer Contest
Sunday 1 pm- 6 pm.
Thursday 5 pm – 8:30 pm

Pub events

Here’s a selection of interesting things happening in the local pubs this week

The Fox and Hounds


Saturday 4 pm to 6 pm – Take part in Reading Rum Week at the Fox. Tickets here.

The Greyfriar


Saturday 7 pm – Eurovision song contest event with 2 for 1 cocktails

The Grumpy Goat


Saturday 8 pm to 12:30 am – Eurovision Party. Wear fancy dress for a free 2/3 pint
Sunday noon – Rude Dogs walking group, with 10% off hot drinks and sandwiches on return
Wednesday 7 pm – Meet the brewer with Wilderness and Dolphin breweries
Thursday 7 pm – Wine tasting with the Modest Merchant. Tickets here.

The Retreat


Saturday 8:30 pm – Johnny Marvel’s Acoustic Groove (old school rhythm ‘n’ blues)

Upcoming events

A preview of some future events you’ll want to get tickets for before they all go.

Loddon Beer and Beard Festival

Visit the Opies Beard and Moustache Championship at Loddon on the 20th May. Tickets are £6.50 with all profits going to local charity Daisy’s Dream.

Park House Local Drinks Festival

The University are running a festival celebrating local wine, beer, cider, and gin producers. Come along and meet the people behind the drinks and have some food too. Tickets here.

Bracknell Ale & Cider Festival

Bracknell Ale & Cider Festival is back again on the 28th May at Bracknell Rugby Club. Tickets at bracknellalefestival.co.uk.

Twyford Beer Festival

Twyford Beer Festival has been the go-to beer festival in past years with the sad absence of the Reading Beer Festival. It’s sure to be popular again this year, so get your tickets for 8th to 10th June here.

Craft Theory Festival

Craft Theory returns to South Street Arts Center again on the 28th and 29th July, bringing you the beers and the brewers from local, national and international breweries. Tickets here.

Loddon Brewery Oktoberfest

30th September – it’s a long way out, but tickets can go fast, so grab them here.

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