BARREL AGED SPIRITS & COCKTAIL FESTIVAL
What is it all about?
Quercus is Latin for Oak; the wood that almost all barrels, hogsheads, casks, tuns, butts and pipes used to mature spirits are made from.
Quercus is a celebration of this dark art of maturing spirits and the alchemy that happens during a spirit's slumber.
The show is unique in the way it combines spirits. Rum, Whisky, Cognac and more - this is a festival dedicated to aged spirits in all their forms, be they for sipping or mixing with cocktails.
Aged spirits have so much in common, with so many shared processes and similar ways of being enjoyed. Isn't it time to put the tribal nature of single-spirit shows aside and just come-together as drinks fans?
Aged spirits may vary hugely from Whisky to Cognac or even a tasty Reposado and a delicately rested Barrel Aged Gin, but they all share so much too.
How does the spirit react and respond to time in a cask? How much of the flavour is due to the original spirit, derived the oak or left over from the previous occupant of the cask? To savour neat or with a splash of water or mix up in a cocktail?
Aged spirits have so many similarities, many shared processes and similar ways of being enjoyed.
We're keeping it intimate for our first year, with 20 or so producers from all over the world joining us and representing the most exiting and innovative ranges. There'll be dozens and dozens of Whiskies, Rums and Brandies for enthusiasts to sample, sip and enjoy along with their makers on hand to help explain why they are worth savouring...
Just like with all our events, each person is given a tasting glass to go and appreciate the spirits on offer, with small samples and an explanation from each producer included in the ticket price.
There's loads of water available for free across the show, while the bar and street food stands will have extras for those who want something different.
Because of the precious and limited nature of older spirits, not all bottlings can just be served.
Each stand will have one or two flagship products that are available to sample for all. The rest of their range will be available to taste as part of a tasting flight (up to 3 extra expressions per producer).
Each guest will be given two tokens to use in order to sample these flights, so you'll need to pick wisely as to who you choose! Expect producers to bring some seriously exclusive and interesting offerings to temp you too...
While all samples are made available either neat or topped up with a mixer, we, along with the distillers behind the stands reserve the right to refuse service if we consider irresponsible to do so, in accordance with responsible drinking guidelines. Please know your limits.
If you'd like to, you can also purchase full size cocktails at the bar, where we'll have a selection of cocktails to pick from.
There is no cloak room.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
You must be over the age of 21 to enter Quercus. Tobacco Dock security operates a challenge 25 policy on the door and will need to see either a drivers licence or passport if ID is requested.
We do allow adults who have bought tickets to bring their children (under the age of 5) along, as long as there are two adults per child. As it is a spirits show, please be aware there will be nothing to cater to children. It is all about barrel aged spirits. Please also be aware that we cannot accept any form of underage drinking whatsoever - even if it is the parent giving a seemingly innocent "sip, try, test" to their own child. Anyone seen doing this will be asked to leave immediately.
Please note that although the sessions close at 15.00, 20.00 on Saturday and 16.00 Sunday respectively, samples from producers and the sale of cocktails will stop 20 minutes prior to the end of each session. This is to allow for enough time to finish your drinks comfortably, and to give enough time for those looking to buy any bottles off the producers or the Spirits Kiosk shop to do so, before we have to ask everyone to make their way home.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Tobacco Dock is located at the junction of Wapping Lane and Pennington Street, E1. The nearest Overground station is Wapping - no more than 5 minute walk from the venue.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Curious minds and water are always welcome! We strongly encourage responsible drinking so there will be plenty of freely available water at each stand. If you would like to bring your own bottle, that's also fine.
Eating is strongly advised! Tobacco Dock offer some catering options that will be open throughout the event, but we'd also advise you to eat a hearty meal before going. Please note that unfortunately, Tobacco Dock do not allow guests to bring in food to the event.
We do not allow anyone to bring in their own alcohol.
We do not allow people to bring their own mixers.
We do not allow anyone to bring their own glassware.
We will not have a cloak room and will not be able to store bags or coats.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
For any other questions please contact us on:
Is my registration/ticket transferable?
Unfortunately, tickets are not transferable or exchangeable for another session or date.
We encourage you not to sell / buy your tickets off others online, as there have been unfortunate cases of guests being scammed. We offer full refunds up to the 1st September 2021 no questions asked. All tickets refunded are put back on sale on this page - meaning there is no need to sell or buy second hand tickets up to that point.
Please note that as tickets are not transferable or exchangeable we do not accept any responsibility over the validity of tickets purchased from another customer.
I can’t attend any longer – can I get a refund?
We understand this can happen and in principal this is fine - we will issue a refund. However, please note that we only accept and process refunds submitted before 1st September 2021. After this point, all tickets are non refundable regardless of your reasons. If we need to cancel the event due to Covid.19, we will refund tickets or offer an alternative date to postpone to.
Is there disabled access and disabled toilets?
Yes absolutely, the venue is completely accessible. The entry team and security teams around the venue will be able to assist finding elevators and navigating through the venue if needed.
Please also note that with a purchase of a ticket you agree to be photographed by our professional photographer. These images will solely be used for the promotion of the festival.