More than 100 people toast Bexley Brewery’s second birthday

PUBLISHED: 10:19 06 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:10 09 September 2016

Attendees enjoy beer and a barbecue   Photo: Hugh Neal

Attendees enjoy beer and a barbecue Photo: Hugh Neal


The event featured a local chef and food producer

More than 100 people turned up to celebrate Bexley Brewery’s second birthday at an event on Saturday afternoon.

The brewery, which is located on Manford Industrial Estate in Erith, marked the occasion by hosting a local barbecue chef, food producer and morris dancing team - and by offering five of its beers on tap.

Jane Murphy, who set up the brewery with her husband Cliff, said: “We got just over 100 people turning up, which for a small brewery is quite good.

“It was a great day, and we had some really positive feedback.

“Luckily, it didn’t rain until the very last minute, so we were lucky with the weather.

“It was a mixture of all ages - we had young couples with small babies and pensioners who came along and enjoyed the show.

“There were quite a few local people from Erith, Belvedere, Sidcup and further afield. It was very much local people who were at the event. There was even a couple from North London who came via all the bad transport!

“People loved the fact that we had all local producers.”

Mrs Murphy was a primary school teacher and her husband worked in IT before they decided to set up the business.

“It is something that we felt passionate about,” she explained. “We didn’t come into this business to make a lot of money, but there is a lot of passion goes into it. It is a family business and we want to see it grow.

“I think people enjoy the fact that there is a brewery in their borough.

“There are lots of small producers working really hard to produce what they do. It is a labour of love that goes into these products.

“When you go into a pub and see people are drinking one of your beers, you think, yes! We make something people really like!”

Photos by Hugh Neal:

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