Fuller’s new pilot brewery
Fuller’s is delighted to announce the launch of its new pilot brewery, located in the new-look Brewery Shop at its historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick. A first for London’s oldest family brewer, the pilot brewery was installed earlier this year and brewing commenced in August. This recent addition to the Fuller’s site, offers its brewers the opportunity to create some more experimental beers in small quantities. The new plant produces around 10 barrels (40 firkins) of beer per brew which can then be packaged in bottle, cask or keg. The plant has an infusion mash tun, a copper/whirlpool with an external wort boiler, four fermentation tanks and two bright beer tanks – all provided by Gravity Systems Ltd.
Hayley Marlor, one of Fuller’s Shift Brewers, has been managing the installation and the first brews in the pilot brewery. The first five beers to be brewed and packaged in the plant are: Beer One (7.0% ABV), a strong ale based on the Golden Pride recipe; Galaxy Pale (4.0%ABV), a pale ale made with Galaxy hops; Grapefruit IPA (5.7% ABV), made with real grapefruit peel and juice; Thai Stout(4.8% ABV), made with Thai spices and a New England IPA (5.5% ABV), which was the first time we experimented with the use of Cryo Hops.
Hayley said: “This has been a really exciting project to work on. From the moment the guys from Gravity Systems arrived with the first delivery of parts and being involved in the install, to bottling the first brew – Beer One – this has been a fascinating learning curve as a brewer. Fuller’s has been calling out for a pilot brewery for years and with the new shop creating suitable space, we finally have one. I feel so lucky to be able to work on this and I can’t wait to see what my brewing colleagues and I create in this fantastic new plant.”
Head Brewer, Georgina Young, said: “This pilot brewery is a fantastic addition to Fuller’s. Prior to this, the smallest batch we could brew was 160 barrels (625 firkins), so we tended always to play safe with flavours. We will be using the new brewery for trial-testing different raw materials such as new malts, hops, herbs, spices and fruits. We can test out new equipment and procedures before scaling up and we can attempt beer styles that have never been brewed here at Chiswick before. It will also play a role in training future brewers.”
Located at the back of the shop, behind glass windows, it’s an added spectacle to the Fuller’s Visitors’ Experience, which is attended to by thousands of guests every year. The Visitors’ Experience, which includes the Brewery Tours and Shop, has had a recent rebrand and now carries the tag line ‘Experience the Works’. It champions all things Fuller’s – beer, brewing, and pubs.
Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C. is an independent traditional family brewer founded in 1845 and is based at the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London, where brewing has taken place continuously since 1654. The Company runs 179 Tenanted pubs and 209 Managed Pubs and Hotels, with a focus on delicious fresh, home-cooked food, outstanding cask and craft ale, great wine and exceptional service. The Company also has 781 boutique bedrooms in its Managed estate. The Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Bristol to the Greenwich Peninsula, including 174 locations within the M25. In June 2018 Fuller’s acquired Bel & The Dragon, comprising six stunning country inns (included in the pub numbers above), and the Company also owns The Stable, a craft cider and gourmet pizza restaurant business, which has 17 sites in England and Wales.
The Fuller’s Beer Company brews a portfolio of premium beers including London Pride, Frontier Premium London Lager and a variety of cask and craft keg beers supported by a changing seasonal range. The Company owns Cornish Orchards – a craft cider maker producing a range of award-winning ciders and premium soft drinks – and Nectar Imports, a wholesale drinks business. In February 2018, Fuller’s also acquired Dark Star Brewing, a craft cask brewer based in Sussex.
For further information and photography, please contact the press office:
Georgina Wald 020 8996 2198 [email protected]
Joanne Steward 020 8996 2135 [email protected]
Alice Monteath 020 8996 2175 [email protected]