Opening hours: Saturday 1100-2000
Other days: Sunday 1200-2000, Tuesday-Thursday 1200-2000, Friday 1200-2100
Official site: https://www.fourpure.com/
Last updated: 28/12/2018
One final walk in the direction of the Trading Estate (look for the Screwfix sign), a couple of minutes picking your way through the warren of small businesses there (watch out for the NO URINATING IN THIS AREA signs), and you'll soon find yourself at the biggest brewery you've seen all day. Enormous tanks outside the building! Two stories of seating space inside! More seating and a barbecue outside! And 20 taps of beer, making this the only brewery on the Mile that needs video screens to keep its tap list up to date!
Assuming you started at the Maltby Street end, you've saved the biggest brewery till last. But making this the last stop on a tour of independent breweries has suddenly become somewhat problematic: because just a few days before this site went live, Fourpure announced that they'd sold 100% of the company to Australian beer giant Lion, the owners of Castlemaine XXXX. They're justifying the sale by saying this will give them the money to expand to the degree they've always dreamed of, but it won't have any impact on the beer itself - arguments that sounded fairly hollow when Beavertown rolled them out a month earlier following their own buyout by Heineken.
Can we still consider Fourpure to be a craft brewery any more? The Belated Birthday Girl thinks not, and would go so far as to suggest that as of now, the Bermondsey Beer Mile should end at Partizan. For my part, I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt at this early stage, but I'm certainly nervous that Lion will end up draining Fourpure's range of everything that made it interesting.
If nothing else, it gives us an excuse to revisit the Mile again in the future to see what else changes. We'll let you know.
Now go home, you're probably drunk ----->