The Beer by the River festival at Ram Quarter has made a triumphant return. The annual event by the banks of the River Wandle resumed this September following a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The festival was the first major event to take place at Ram Quarter in more than 18 months, offering an opportunity for the community to get together to spend a great day out with family and friends amidst the backdrop of the area’s brewing past.
Residents from Ram Quarter and Wandsworth, and from further afield too, were able to enjoy live music and face painting, alongside a fantastic selection of food and drink and a chance to see Young's dray horses like the ones which used to deliver beer locally from the old brewery.
A lot has changed at Ram Quarter over the past year and a half as Greenland has established the site into a new retail and leisure destination at the heart of Wandsworth, and the event showed the best that the development has to offer. London’s oldest independent brewery, Sambrook’s, and Schooner bar served takeaway drinks including cider, cocktails, wine and soft drinks, alongside the traditionally excellent beer. There were also delicious menus from Machi BBQ alongside resident restaurants Crust Bros and Mai Thai Deli.
The 2021 event followed a successful inaugural festival at Ram Quarter in 2019. This year marked the opening of the new Heritage Centre celebrating Wandsworth's past as the home of London brewing and Ram Quarter as the longest continually brewing site in the UK, where beermaking dates back to at least 1533 when Henry VIII was on the throne.
Taotao Song, CEO of Greenland UK, said: “It has been hugely exciting to welcome everyone back to Ram Quarter for the 2021 festival, with families and people from across London joining for a fun-packed day of activities. In particular, the launch of the new Heritage Centre on site is a special milestone for Ram Quarter’s transformation – cementing our work to protect and celebrate its unique brewing past.”