Before Pete and I had even started the brewery, we used to attend the London Drinker in the Camden Centre, it’s in Kings Cross by the way. The trade session was a nice date in the calendar to meet brewers and publicans, discuss the industry and have a few drinks (responsibly).
John and Christine Cryne and the team behind The London Drinker have worked so hard over the years to create and even diversify the festival, probably with some resistance. They included new breweries in the line-up, like us when we first started, and introduced keg dispensed beers to an otherwise cask focussed crowd.
With the current state of cask beer in the industry being questioned again; on price, quality of dispense and reputation, resulting in a lot of breweries dropping their cask range. Losing a festival like this, due to re-development, is not going to help the cause. We hope new festivals, like Cask Beer 2018 at Affinity brewery in April and the London Brewers Alliance beer festival at Fullers in June, pick up where the London Drinker has left off.
One more thing…
We are humbled to have won an award for our APA. Not only best beer in the best bitter category, but as Champion Beer of London! It was one of the first beers Pete and I developed in Pete’s kitchen many, many years ago before we started the brewery, the first we brewed when we opened the brewery and the first we presented at the festival 6 years ago. We have spent those years working on the recipe and dialling in our techniques and are over the moon to have that beer picked. It holds a very special place with us at the brewery.
Jon (and Bruce)