Importer and wholesaler Cave Direct is to hold a 40th anniverary party on June 15 and 16, at its Beer Merchants Tap venue in East London.
The company was founded 40 years ago by Bryan Gilhespy, who was joined shortly after by his son, Colin, and daughter, Louise Smale. Colin and Lou now run the business, and today Cave Direct is still very much an independent family-run concern.
Company director, Neil Kitching, said: “Cave Direct has been bringing great beer, from great breweries, to the UK for decades. In Good Company will be a celebration of 40 years of Cave, showcasing how we got here as well as our plans for the future.”
More than 40 breweries will be represented at the event, with many brewers coming along to pour their own beer. “We’ve got producers of some phenomenal beer in attendance,” said Neil. “Many have never poured
their beers in person before in the UK.”
Tickets to the two-day event went on sale this week, with Cave Direct accounts having access to a private session on Friday afternoon. Each session will feature two beers from each of the 30 breweries in attendance.
Tickets, priced at £15 for early birds, will include entrance, glassware and the first two tokens. Further tokens will cost £2.50 each and will allow
drinkers a suggested measure of more than 80 great beers (some extra special beers will require two tokens). Tickets are available via Eventbrite