It was a busy summer at the Fuller’s Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, with more events than ever before being held for brewers and members of the public alike. Below is a reflection on what happened behind the brewery gates this season.
Fuller’s Griffin Brewery Open Day
The sun was shining favourably upon Fuller’s Griffin Brewery on 1 September, just in time to celebrate Fuller’s annual Open Day and street party, where the brewery opened its doors to the public. The day was a huge success as members of the community came together to get involved in entertainment for all ages. Children enjoyed the games on offer as well as meeting the lovable Dray horses and riding on the traditional Dray cart. For the adults, there was a range of refreshing beer and Cornish Orchards cider to drink served by Fuller’s staff including Head Brewer Georgina Young, as well as a variety of wines to taste and learn about from the Fuller’s wine team.
Brewery tours were offered throughout the day and visitors could sit outside in the sunshine whilst enjoying delicious food cooked by Fuller’s Kitchen chefs- including fresh salads, mouth-watering burgers, salmon, beef and chicken skewers from the BBQ, and home-made cakes. The local Chiswick band Already Legends provided well-performed backdrop music to the day that got people on their feet. The new Fuller’s shop was buzzing with visitors looking at the new pilot brewery and exploring the new merchandise and drinks that were on offer. Best of all, all profits from this fantastic day went to Special Olympics Great Britain.
One member of the public said “Fuller’s Open Day is such a great opportunity for families and friends to gather together to enjoy the sunshine and catch up over some delicious food and cool pints in such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I especially enjoyed the brewery tour and being able to explore Fuller’s Brewery. We will all be coming back next year!” If you couldn’t make it this year, look out for our Open Day in 2019!
Shakespeare at the Brewery
On 25 August, Fuller’s Brewery opened its doors for the first time to host the magical Shakespeare in the Garden performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. With an audience of 185 strong including members of the local community to tourists who wanted a Fuller’s experience, this “electric” performance was staged in front of the Brewery’s historic wisteria. A bar was set up in the Brewery’s loading bay, showcasing Fuller’s beers and Cornish Orchards ciders, such as London Pride Unfiltered, Frontier, and Cornish Orchards Gold.
Fuller’s Kitchen chefs cooked up a storm on an outdoor BBQ, with tempting dishes including the legendary Chalcroft Beef Burger, a plethora of skewers and home-made kimchi slaw. Post-performance, guests could enjoy a drink at The Mawson Arms (the Fuller’s pub on site) and have a look around the new brewery shop. It was a wonderful evening, and members of the audience agreed that it was a “warm, friendly and fun” event, a “night of pure magic, not to be missed”, “entertaining and well-organised”, and that “the actors were brilliant and the BBQ was delicious.”
This feels like such an inclusive event from Fuller’s as a family brewery and the oldest working brewery in London. It’s been so much fun to see all of the beers coming out from this diverse range of London brewers.
London Brewers Alliance Beer Festival
Finally, a craft beer festival at Fuller’s and not in East London! On 23 June Fuller’s held it’s very first festival at the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick in the form of the London Brewers Alliance (LBA) Beer Festival. Over 40 breweries attended, each bringing along two beers to pour to showcase the depth and breadth of the London beer scene, making the day the ultimate beer lovers paradise. Each brewery was represented by a brewer, which gave visitors the unique opportunity to meet and ask questions about their favourite beers directly to the creators.
Beer in hand (a pint of Two Tribe’s New Romantic Passion Fruit Gose), an attendee of the festival stated “this feels like such an inclusive event from Fuller’s as a family brewery and the oldest working brewery in London. It’s been so much fun to see all of the beers coming out from this diverse range of London brewers”.
The choice of beers on offer was incredible, spanning from Fuller’s Vintage Ale and Pastmasters, to Boxcar’s Vegan Milkshake, Ora Beer’s Balsamic Milk Stout, Fourpour’s British Strawberries & Cream Sour and the creatively named Hackney’s Unicorn Rodeo Pale Ale.
John Keeling, Fuller’s Global Ambassador and Chairman of the LBA, said: “Finally – a beer festival at Fuller’s. This is something I have wanted to see since my first day at the brewery, thirty something years ago. A bit like a good beer – these things should be done right and cannot be rushed. I am delighted that the LBA wanted to work with us on this.”
“I am proud to be the Chairman of the LBA. The enthusiasm of the members to work with all London breweries to improve quality, share information, and ultimately help each other make better beer, strikes a chord with me. I am eager to ensure London continues to grow its reputation as a hub and centre of amazing UK craft beer.”