Croydon Beer Festival is nearly here – this is what to expect


More than 100 beers will be served at the fourth Croydon Craft Beer Festival which is being held next week.

Taking place in Braithwaite Hall at the Croydon Clocktower, it will open on Thursday (July 27) and run until Saturday (July 29). There will be an array of beers from more than 40 London breweries on sale as well as a selection of bottles and cans from around the world. You’ll be able to try cask and keg beers from breweries such as Croydon’s Cronx, ELB, The Kernel, Redemption, Gipsy Hill Brewing Company, Beavertown, Southwark Brewing Company, Brew By Numbers, Belleville and Fourpure Brewing Company. In bottles and cans will be the likes of Anspach & Hobday, Partizan, Pressure Drop and Yeastie Boys. Live music will entertain visitors and there will be hot food to soak up that booze. Saturday will be a family friendly day where parents are welcome to bring along children and there will be soft drinks for them. On the Saturday evening there will be an after party at Project B, in Middle Street, from 8pm.

Ben Selvaratnam, who owns Freshfields Market, in Church Street, and is organising the festival, said: “It’s not just a day out spending money and that is it – you learn something about beer. It’s about really welcoming local breweries and getting their beer out there and letting people try it. You can meet the guy who makes your beer.”

When is it? The festival runs on Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28 from 5 to 10pm and on Saturday, July 30 from 12.30 to 10pm

Where is it? Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Clocktower, Katherine Street, Croydon

How much are tickets? £5 in advance from Freshfields Market, in Church Street; The Cronx Bar, in Boxpark; The Oval Tavern, in Oval Road; and The Wine Cellar, in Station Parade, Sanderstead. On the door tickets are £7. After party tickets are £5 on the door or £3 for festival attendees. Advance after party tickets are available from www.projectbcroydon.co.uk. For the entry fee to the festival you get a fee festival glass and can try free samples of any of the beers. If you like what you try you can buy half a pint for £2 and a pint for £4.

Where can I find out more? Visit www.craftybeerfest.co.uk

Source: Croydon Advertiser