A Feast of Brewers

06 May 2022

The Master and Wardens of the Brewers' Company with the Lord Mayor and Sheriff

On Thursday 28 April the Court of the Brewers’ Company met and, among other business, approved the accounts of the Company and its charities for 2021. This clears the way for distributions from the Company’s charities totalling over £1.6 million to be made in 2022.

Following the Court meeting, a luncheon for Company Representatives and industry guests was held at Leathersellers’ Hall. This convivial event provided a forum for brewing industry colleagues to get together in a social context and is one of the ways that the Brewers’ Company fulfils its aim to promote interaction between brewery companies, for the benefit of the industry and its members alike.

The Master and Wardens were also delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Vincent Keaveny, Sheriff and Alderman Nicholas Lyons and Mrs Felicity Lyons at the lunch. As the Master noted during his speech, the Brewers’ Company has historically had a somewhat fraught relationship with the Lord Mayor of London and a certain Richard Whittington seems to have waged a personal war on the Company, punishing them for perceived bad behaviour by, among other things, forcing them to sell their beer at a penny a gallon for twenty four hours. Luckily this is long past and the Company now has a great relationship with the Lord Mayor who will not only attended this event in support of the brewing industry, but will also be officially opening the newly refurbished Brewers’ Hall on 31 May, and is supporting the City Beerfest in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal which will return to the Guildhall Yard on 7 July this year.