The second Croydon Craft Beer Festival attracted more than 1,500 people to the council’s Clocktower arts complex over three days at the end of last week.
Building on last October’s inaugural event, the festival extended to an extra day and also saw the Braithwaite Hall and library forecourt packed with a wider selection of beers and even more live music and food than before.
The majority of tickets sold out in advance, and the remainder sold out quickly on the door.
More than 50 ales and ciders were available on tap with a further 100+ varieties served up in bottles and cans from some of the best and brightest new breweries in London, including Belleville, Kernel, Brew By Numbers, Weird Beard, and many more. Local event sponsors The Cronx Brewery also laid on an exciting Darjeeling Mango Wheat beer especially for the festival, as well as a London Stout to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
“Everyone who went to the first festival told me how much they loved it, so I was more than happy to welcome back a second edition. It was brilliant to see so many people enjoying themselves and making use of the lovely Braithwaite Hall – a community asset for all of Croydon. There was a positive buzz and harmonious atmosphere all weekend around the Croydon Craft Beer Festival which shows how vibrant and diverse the night-time economy can be in the town centre, and I hope to see many more events like this in the future.”
Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for communities, safety and justice
A spokesperson for the Croydon Craft Beer Festival organisers said: “The response to this event has been phenomenal, we can’t really believe it. Our first festival back in October was great but we learnt a few things from it to try and make this one even better, and I think the turnout shows that worked – we were completely sold out every night. People from all over Croydon, young and old, came down to our wonderful venue to sample the incredible array of beers we had. Everyone the city has been enjoying an unprecedented quality and diversity of locally brewed beer, and it’s no different in Croydon. Craft is here to stay.”
The Croydon Craft Beer Festival was sponsored by The Cronx Brewery, Freshfields Market and Nudge Factory, with help and support from Croydon Council and will be coming back to central Croydon later in the year
The organisers will also be organising a craft beer event as part of the Purley Food & Drink week on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June, at Christ Church, Brighton Road. Tickets are available from Freshfields Market in Church Street, Croydon, The Wine Cellar in Station Parade, Sanderstead or online at www.craftybeerfests.co.uk