The Brockley Brewery's 50,000 Pints Party at the Wickham Arms



Andy from the Brockley Brewery writes:

We are having a bit of a do tonight at the Wickham Arms, to celebrate the anticipated pulling of the 50,000th pint of Brockley ale.

We've been hard at it for 6 months desperately servicing the south-east thirst for craft ale, which seems unquenchable!

We're welcoming everyone along to support their local brewery and their local pub!

26 comments:

NAT said...

Good luck BB, and anything that brings punters thru the door has got to be good. Have been availing myself of their generous £2.70 a pint on Brockley beers before 7pm; and note to the Talbot, the Brockley beers are consistently better at The Wickham.

Anonymous said...

great party night at the Wickham, the Brockley Ales were in peak condition and The Tony Patience band awesome! Nat's comment about the beer at the Talbot is well made but whenever I go there the Brockley Brewery beer is never on - why's that?

Bernie said...

You're lucky to find a pint of Brockley beer at The Talbot! I've asked for it there loads but its never on - might have to switch my local!

Rupert said...

Great night at the Wickham; the Brockley beers were in peak condition and The Tony Patience band awesome! Nat's comment is well made but whenever I go into the Talbot the Brockley Brewery beers are never on - why's that?

Jo said...

Well done Brockley Brewery - 50k pints of quality local ale. The Talbot is a lovely pub, and I can't understand why the local brew isn't a regular.

Brockleylion said...

Talbot used to be a lovely run down old south east london pub didn't pretend to be posh now I think it does,the wickham got piano in and and musicians and is fun place to be.And the Brockley brewery adds to that mix well done bbc keep up the good work a good partnership for SE4.

NAT said...

Can't go along with that Brockleylion. The New Talbot is streets ahead of its older self in terms of friendliness, cleanliness, quality of beverage,and viability.
That's even before considering the food.

Mel said...

I agree with Nat, the old Talbot was just a private drinking club for an exclusive group of blokes and I don't think the place had been cleaned since I first went in there in 1982 until it eventually closed in 2010; maybe not Dirty Dicks but it was the Tardy Talbot. However, I want to know why the new Talbot doesn't support it's local brewery and serve well kept Brockley beer regularly? We drink there and support it because it's our local pub, why doesn't it support other local businesses?

boozybarry said...

Yes, I'll second that. The Talbot is much improved, but why no local beer? A warmer welcome from the staff would be good too!

Tyrwhitt local said...

The Talbot is OK but just misses the mark


The staff are really friendly but I've been in there numerous times when there's not been a soul behind the bar. We waited about 5 or 6 minutes on one occasion to pay for our food. When they hosted the Brockley Brewery launch night it was a total shambles. They didn't seem to hire any extra bar staff (I think there was 2 downstairs and 1 upstairs) and the poor buggers just couldn't cope with all the punters. Took 20 minutes to get a round in.



It needs a bit of TLC I think, it doesn't feel that welcoming. Put some colour on the walls - paint them, add some pictures. Do something to jazz up the outside area a bit. Maybe get rid of the weeds and put some pots out for a start.


It wouldn't take much money but you could make it so much nicer.

NAT said...

Pictures! Could any more possibly be crammed in. It's like one of those mad Georgian floor to ceiling selling galleries you see in prints.

Andrea said...

Totally agree. The Talbot is the blandest pub I have ever been in.

NAT said...

It was anything but bland in it's former life, Andrea. A lot of punters seem to prefer bland to brooding menace.
If it's as neutral as you say it should allow for good interaction. After all it's the human regular input that makes a pub, not the paint shade.

Andrea said...

I'm sure most people in Brockley do prefer it bland rather than brooding menace. Although I never experienced brooding menace, just a few people having a drink. Admittedly they probably weren't discussing the graphic design for the latest Tate Modern exhibition poster.

I didn't like it as it was and I don't especially like it now but it's not a bad pub.

Brockleylion said...

Sorry to me a pub is a guvnors front room and he takes care of things while you are under his roof his bar staff should be bright and friendly so the community meet up and have some banter and fun.The talbot is characterless and it's a shame is no longer what I call a pub a place to unwind and relax,brockley's pubs are now studios and flats gone for ever the Edinburgh,maypole,Wolsey,malt and hops.The wickham arms should be listed and kept for community use owned and treasured by the people who use it.

Mel said...

maybe there were just too many pubs in the Brockley area to be sustained by a changing demographic and different leisure habits of new generations. However, the ones that survive could flourish with the right people running the place and a great customer offer; this should include supporting the Brockley identity by offering Brockley people local Brockley produce. It's a shame The Talbot seems to ignore these basics and treat the Brockley customers with contempt!

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I am not sure what people are griping about with respect to the Talbot. It regularly stocks BB beers but the barrels only last one or two sessions due to the high demand. As for which pub serves it the best I have to say the pint I liked the best was in the tent at the Hilly Fields fair where it was poured with a sparkler - don't start me off.

I am most disappointed that they don't brew a true bitter as i find their two current offerings a bit bland. As a consequence you can't blame me for drinking all the BB beers at the Talbot because I prefer the Harvey's.
Oh and Mel most of "exclusive group of blokes" still drink in the Talbot as we have for many years, and yes this includes me. We just prefer it now as you are no longer attacked by the carpet, which used to like holding on to your shoes!

Rupert said...

Tyrwhitt Michael, you may have revealed Northern heritage with the 'sparkler' preference. I happen to agree, beer delivered through a sparkler is best, although I accept it's a matter of personal choice.



The problem I have is that the Talbot doesn't regularly have Brockley Brewery beer and if there is high demand (presumably because customers like to drink it) why doesn't the manager order more in, so we don't have to keep asking where it is?

NAT said...

Didn't the exclusive group of blokes patronise the Public bar, and a slightly more inclusive group confine themselves to the Lounge Bar, it is all a bit hazy.

Mad_Man_Moon said...

Why all the Talbot hate?

I really, really, don't understand it. There is not a single pub in Brockley that I've been to that is as anal about their beer as this place. Very few that I know full stop.

I agree with Michael that the Brockley brews are bland, and yes, I've had a fair few at The Wycombe, too, from time to time, as well.This doesn't make the beer awful, far from it, it's a noble start. But I'm giving them time to grow into their brewing.

The Talbot is the best pub in the neighborhood, regularly serving up great food (the a la carte is brilliant), and always stocking well kept beer. Wouldn't be in the Camra guide if it didn't, and that's not a qualifier, that's just an additional fact. I'm more curious that if people are not satisfied with the Brockley at The Talbot, I'd have to ask what makes it so special that all the other tens/hundreds of beers they have had on tap since it launched (and before) have managed to avoid doing? Because I've not had a bad pint of anything else, and I've had a LOT of pints of everything else.

Perhaps the brewery and the pub could just work it out with that thing called conversation.

Oh, and I've been reasonably scared to even approach The Wycombe, up until the last month or so. Has it got new management, or something? Because I went in once before (still a bit wary) and they didn't even have hand pumps on. I'm surprised at that turn around, but I don't begrudge them it. Not exactly a place that I'd recognise for it's services to the beautiful new.

NAT said...

I agree wholeheartedly and am a bit sorry for directing any, really unintended, grief at the wonderful Talbot staff.
You mention conversation between pub and brewery. How about between customer and pub? Perhaps we should cut them a little slack here and see what they have to say about their lack of BB's produce and then come back to post about the matter if the answers don't suit.
And yes the Wickham has new management and is much better than it was.
I look forward to the thread which starts out as 'The Talbot's celebrating something or other' and ends up being about The Wickham. My fault. Mea Culpa.

Mad_Man_Moon said...

Aye, that sounds like the kind of level headed thinking that I'm not used to reading in internet comments sections.

I'm sure both pubs would hate all this fuss anyway, and would prefer to just get on with it.


Either way, if the Wickham (bad mistake earlier, will correct it) has definitely upped it's game then it's good for the while neighborhood.

Mad_Man_Moon said...

bloody hell ... corrected genital conversation, too .... i think that would be a bridge too far in customer "relations"

NAT said...

Mmmm.

Mad_Man_Moon said...

probably a good job i didn't say conversion, either ...

Stuart said...

note the reason Brockley were not present at the Olympia beer festival is due to the rules stating a brewery has to be trading over one year.

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