Former Alcohol Wholesaler, Mark Russell & Former City Worker, Simon Dale, met shortly before the London riots in 2011 at a beer festival, and found they both were having thoughts about starting up a new brewery in the area. Both born and raised in Croydon, where there has been no commercial brewery since 1954, the riots and subsequent renewal of community spirit convinced them to push ahead with their plans. After nearly a year of test brewing, planning and trying to find financial backing, The Cronx Brewery was formed. They had their commercial brewery equipment delivered on 10th July 2012, brewed for the first time commercially on 18th July 2012, and had their first beers on sale in Croydon pubs on Wednesday 8th August 2012, exactly one year after the riots occurred in Croydon. The first year of trading beat all expectations, and they now brew five permanent beers, as well as a range of special seasonal and one-off brews.
‘The Cronx’ is a portmanteau of Croydon (Or it’s postcode; CR0) and The Bronx, and is used as an affectionate tongue in cheek reference to the often much maligned London Borough we call home.
Mark comes from an alcohol wholesale background having worked for his family's business, I.M Wines (Croydon) Ltd, before leaving to start up the brewery.
Previously, he has studied Computer Games at Lincoln university and worked as a nightclub DJ around the country, and can often still be found behind the decks at local bar Half & Half, near to where he lives in South Croydon.
His favourite beer styles are hoppy blondes and Belgian Trappist beers.
Simon has experience in both the IT and HR sector and most recently was working in the city as a Regulatory Advisor for an Asset Management company before deciding to set up a microbrewery in his home town. He studied Applied and Environmental Geology at Leicester University and lives in East Grinstead with his wife, Liz. He likes long walks on the beach, good books, and regularly partaking in The Running Man. Stop. Hammer time.
His favourite beer styles are I.P.As and hopmonsters!
Prince Charles really liked the beer, he was really impressed! He said he could only have a sip and was worried who would drink the rest of it.
Our friendly builder Steve has hand built a gorgeous bar in the brewery, which will be open on selected Open Days, and is also available to hire for private functions. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Good news! Come visit us on our very first Open Day to enjoy our finest beers at our bar within feet of where they are brewed. We have live bands joining the party, as well as the Bare Bones Cue team, who will bring their delicious bbq menu, which includes amazing smoked pulled pork. See you there!
We have hundreds of pubs serving our cask beer across the UK. However, if you would you like to enjoy our beers at home, you are welcome to pop into the brewery when we are open, or you can get our beer delivered to your door by visiting EeBria and purchasing online.
If you would like to get in contact to buy our lovely beer, or to enquire about venue hire, please contact us in the various ways below
It's gonna take a lot to take me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never have