On a day where the royal occasion was taking the headlines as the 8th annual Beer Festival opened at midday it was at a Palace in south London where people were toasting the royal couple with a selection of more than 150 beers and 50 ciders from 85 different breweries on offer.
The event saw the official welcome in the Red & Blue Bar from Stephen Browett, Julian Speroni & Neil Morrissey, actor, co-founder of Palace Ale and lifelong Palace fan Morrissey was joined by the record breaking Eagles goalkeeper and shareholder, Browett, to officially get proceedings under way.
2,500 attended the festival held in the Holmesdale Road Stand at Selhurst Park where Palace supporters and beer aficionados came together to enjoy that tremendous menu of beers and ciders plus live music, fund raising football on the Selhurst pitch and the chance to watch the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup final as Chelsea got the better of their former boss with a 1-0 victory against Manchester United.
From the 85 breweries that attended a closely fought contest saw the Beer of the Festival named as the XPA Pale Ale from The Five Points Brewing Company. A tropical light and very hoppy Pale Ale from a micro-brewery in Hackney.
Highly Commended were :-
The Pale from Anspach and Hobday, Bermondsey, South London.
Disarm from One Mile End Brewery in Whitechapel, East London.
West Coast IPA from Phoenix Brewery, Manchester
Juicy from Tiny Rebel, South Wales
California Sun from Thornbridge Brewery, Derbyshire.
Cappuccino Stout from Titanic Brewery, Staffordshire.
There was a full schedule of entertainment with a number of acts from south London showcasing their talents and we would like to thank the following for attending:-
South London Jazz Orchestra
South Blue Idles
Paul McGowan & Company
The Boston Brew
Afraid Of Everything
The 2018 Beer Festival glass with the famous Palace sash was a popular addition to the day's preceedings and they were certainly not left empty for long as the many drinks on offer were tasted by the attendees.
Check out our gallery of the event, you may well be featured if you were at the festival.
Click on the video below as we hear from those at the event with their royal messages.