After a successful Woodfest 2017 the NEC decided that it was time to purchase some wooden firkins for use in and around the London area for National events and beer festivals etc. Master Cooper Alastair Simms was commissioned to make the two casks. Park (Kingston) and Gipsy Hill breweries were selected to look after the casks on behalf of the society.
There was a visit to the latter’s Brewery Tap, the Douglas Fir near Crystal Palace Station, in early December. The Douglas Fir is an excellent conversion of a former shop and we were warmly greeted with a special 11.5% Belgian style Dubbel which had been brewed by Gipsy Hill and was being served from our wooden firkin in the cellar and… wait for it… free of charge to SPBW members! A great gesture by Michael, Simon and Co at the brewery. The beer as you can imagine was strong so only halves and thirds were consumed! We were joined by some more members and stayed till around tea time before heading off. Our sincere thanks to everyone at Gipsy Hill Brewery and The Douglas Fir.