Introducing Fuller's & Friends
We've been brewing something extra special lately...
We are incredibly proud to officially announce the Fuller's & Friends collaboration project.
We've teamed up with six of our favourite regional breweries to create a uniquely delicious and innovative selection of bottled beers.
We invited brewers from Cloudwater Brew Company, Fourpure Brewing Company, Hardknott Brewery, Marble Beers Limited, Moor Beer Company and Thornbridge Brewery to pair up with six of our own brewers to each create a style of beer that celebrates the flavours, styles and names that they each enjoy the most.
This has resulted in six incredibly different and delicious new brews:
New England IPA - Cloudwater, Manchester:
New England IPA - 7% ABV
We've used oats, wheat and a mountain of hops - Chinook and Simcoe from the US and Olicana from the UK - to make a soft, juicy New England IPA. We've then bottle conditioned it, old-England style.
Galleon - Fourpure, Bermondsey, London:
Dry Hopped Lager- 4.8% ABV
We've used lashings of Loral, a modern American hop, to give Galleon its unique character. There's bucket-loads of floral, citrus and delicious dark-fruit flavour in this crisp, refreshing lager. Dry-hopped for extra punch.
Peat Souper - Hardknott, Cumbria:
Smoked Porter - 7% ABV
Named after the thick fogs that bedevilled industrial London, this delicious dark beer takes inspiration from the capital’s 18th-century Porters. Smoky peat, rich malt and a trio of classic English hops make it one to savour.
Matariki - Marble, Manchester:
New Zealand Saison - 5.8% ABV
Belgium meets New Zealand in this zesty, spicy ale. Using wheat, oats, rye and spelt alongside a quartet of Kiwi hops, we've created a beer that's both complex and very, very drinkable.
Rebirth - Moor, Bristol:
ESB- 6% ABV
Inspired by the very first ESB recipe, we’ve used hops from Britain, Australia, Slovenia and the USA to create a rich, complex, delicious ale. The original ESB from 1971, reborn.
Flora & The Griffin - Thornbridge, Derbyshire:
Red Rye Ale - 7.1% ABV
This punchy red ale is made with a diverse range of ingredients including spicy rye malt and bold, floral American hops. A beer named after the symbols of both breweries, Flora and The Griffin.
Our Global Ambassador, John Keeling, said:
Collaboration is not just about agreeing a recipe then brewing a beer, it is a great way to make friends. So Georgina and I asked Rob at Thornbridge, Dave at Hardknott, Dan at Fourpure, Justin at Moor, James at Cloudwater and JK at Marble to get involved. What better way to get the team at Fuller’s to experience the full meaning of collaboration than for them to work with these great brewers?
The levels of enthusiasm and creativity in our first meeting was so inspiring and it did not take long for recipes and trial brews to follow. I am looking forward to tasting all the final brews and to continue the legacy of Fuller’s and Friends with other brewers in the future.
Each beer was piloted at the collaborators' brewery, before the perfected recipe was brewed here in Chiswick at the famous Griffin Brewery.
The six beers will be packaged together and stocked exclusively by Waitrose, in time for Christmas.