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.
Have a look at our beers! Ranging from our hoppy blonde to the spicy porter, making a detour via Poland for you to savour our finest brews.
A full bodied British Ale using Pale and Crystal malts with a touch of the darker malts for depth of flavour. We use English hops for aroma and flavour. Standard by name, not by nature.
To Kotch: London slang; To chill out, relax, enjoy doing nothing in particular. This is the perfect beer for doing just that. A hoppy blonde ale brewed with Cascade hops to give it a citrus aroma.
A pale ale brewed using Marynka hops from Poland. Hints of Blackcurrent on the nose combine with a spicy finish to have you longing for more nektar.
Inspired by Croydon brewing heritage. Entire was a blend of ‘Three threads’ that were made by a Croydon brewery – Ale, hopped beer & tuppenny, which were mixed together by a barman in Shoreditch where it became so popular with manual workers, later becoming known as ‘Porter’. Seven different malts go into this truly epic brew.
We use the same I.P.A malt base for each brew and select a hop that we really want to showcase. Then, we add the hops. Loads of them. Our Galaxy S.H.S was Gold medal winner at the 2013 Crystal Palace FC Beer festival.
Our porter beer with a smoked Chilli pepper flavour from our fellow pepper lover Mad-Ass Chilli Sauce Company
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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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