The Festival has matured beautifully since those days and this year celebrated it’s tenth anniversary at the superb Tobacco Dock in Wapping. We managed to assemble a decent TWICB drinking team this year, and we braved the ridiculous 35 degree heat to get a chance to sample a reported 499 beers, from 100 brewers on the opening afternoon session.
Tobacco Dock is an event venue based in a Grade 1 listed tobacco warehouse built in 1812. The LCBF occupies around half of the available building, which is nicely subdivided into different sized rooms, with interconnected walkways and staircases. On the lower level, there are wonderful brick vaults, again divided into rooms and interesting spaces.
For those not into craft beer, a wine & cocktail bar was available together with soft drinks. Speciality coffee drinks were also available from a vendor, though on such a hot day, business was far from brisk. Toilet facilities were clean and well looked after throughout the session.
Food was available from 3 street vendors offering delicious chicken burgers & waffles, traditional burgers and curry. Music was playing throughout the day which added to the party atmosphere. The beer selection was excellent with a variety of different strengths and styles. This the second time we have attended this event and both times it has been in glorious sunshine and a great success. We look forward to visiting again next year.