Whilst we could only pop by for a few, it was lovely to see local involvement with craft beer; local people drinking local beers! We popped down on the Friday of the festival and even though it had only been open for an hour or so we were delighted to see how many people were already enjoying some really awesome beers.
The Catford Tavern has a delightful seating area and we sat in the sun out the back of the building where we enjoyed Blockley’s Spring Ale, Alusive Brew’s Sunset Rider, Three Sods’ Mon Cheri, plus Pig and Porter’s Mango Daiquiri , Kent's Beyond the Pale and Villages Crusoe (which we will see filling the fridge next week in the shop) on keg. Plus we met the world's cutest doggo who chilled with us for a little while, he looked like a bear, and we are very sad we didn't take a photo to show everyone.
The festival also boasts an array of bottled and canned beers, including Orbit’s Sav Blanc Elderflower Sour, a beauuutiful little number, that was perfect while relaxing in the sun.
Our stand out beers for us was Pig and Porter's Mango Daiquiri, Brockley Breweries Spring Ale and Orbit's Sav Blanc Elderflower Sour.
We can't wait for next years Beer Festival and what the Catford Rum Festival has to offer later this summer!
We also met Alex, who runs Black Malt Bottle Share, who on the day had a pop-up bottle shop at the festival. The selection on offer was great and we ended up taking away two bottles from Harviestoun Brewery in Scotland. First was Ola Dubh matured in Highland Park 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky barrels and a special 10th Anniversary Ola Dubh that was maturated in Highland Park Whisky Casks for two years. We can't wait to tuck into them, but saving them for a special occasion.
This Sunday 17th June, Alex is hosting a bottle share at Brickey Brewery, so buy a ticket (they are only £3 include meeting the team and a bit of beer tasting), bring a bottle of your favourite dark beer and have a great time!