The sixth annual Beer Festival was held at Selhurst Park in the Holmesdale Road stand on Saturday and the event proved a huge success with just under 2000 attending throughout the day.
32 local breweries featured this year and we are delighted to say some that made an appearance at the festival for the first time. Bexley Brewery, Earth Ales, Hammerton Brewery,Hop Stuff, Southwark Brewing Co, Volden, Beavertown, Brew by Numbers, Fourpure, Mondo Brewing Company, Partizan, The Kernel and Uprising. In addition to these we also welcomed back 19 local breweries that had been to the festival before and these included The Cronx from Croydon and the brewers of last year’s “Beer of the Festival” Gipsy Hill. From further afield we had beers from Cornwall, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Wales.
The local heroes theme was highlighted by a visit from Jason Puncheon. The FA Cup goalscorer opened the festival and stayed at the event to meet fans for photographs and sign autographs.
As always at the event, a number of local bands showcased their talent and this year Leech, Birddog Blues, Kocoa Brown, the South London Jazz Orchestra and Tyber from the brilliant South London ska band The Dualers all gave the festival great support.
Stephen Browett was delighted with the success of the day. "Once again it was really pleasing to see how well the event came together and talking to so many people throughout the day everybody seemed to have a great time. Altogether we had beers from 83 different breweries, and also 40 cider producers, presenting well over 200 ales and ciders - so a real selection to enjoy. I would like to thank Jason Puncheon for opening the event and appreciate all the breweries who supported the festival - especially Simon and Mark from The Cronx. After much deliberation the "Beer of the Festival" was awarded to "Beyond The Pale" brewed just a couple of miles away in West Norwood by "The London Beer Factory". I was delighted that one of our own took on and beat all comers from around the country. Highly commended were "Fourpure Vertical Drop", "Partizan Pale", "East London Maya", "Southwark Sorachi Ace" and "Marble Pint".