Fuller's Brewery

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Fuller, Smith and Turner plc
Traded asLSEFSTA
IndustryBrewing
Founded1845
FounderJohn Bird Fuller, Henry Smith and John Turner
HeadquartersChiswick, London, United Kingdom
Key people
Simon Emeny, Chief Executive

Michael Turner, Non-Exec. Chair
James Douglas, Finance
Richard Fuller, Corp. Affairs
Simon Dodd, MD - Beer
Jonathon Swaine, MD - Inns

Georgina Young, Head Brewer[1]
ProductsBeer
Production output
337,000 UK barrels (in FY2017)
Revenue£392m (FY2017)
DivisionsFuller's Beer Company, Fuller's Inns
Websitehttp://www.fullers.co.uk

Fuller's Brewery (Fuller, Smith & Turner plc) is an independent, family-run regional brewery, founded in 1845 in Chiswick, West London, England.

John Fuller's Griffin Brewery dates from 1816; in 1845, his son, John Bird Fuller, was joined by Henry Smith and John Turner.

Fuller's owns and operates over 380 pubs, inns and hotels across the south of England.

History[edit]

Beer has been brewed on Fuller's historic Griffin Brewery site in Chiswick since the seventeenth century.[a] From the original brewery in the gardens of Bedford House on Chiswick Mall, the business expanded and thrived until the early part of the nineteenth century. Money problems forced the owners, Douglas and Henry Thompson and Philip Wood, to seek a partner.[2] John Fuller, of Neston Park, Wiltshire was approached to see if he would inject the required amount of money. In 1829 he joined the enterprise, but the partnership proved a difficult one and in 1841 Douglas Thompson fled to France and the partnership was dissolved. It became apparent that it was difficult for one man with no brewing experience to run a brewery of that size alone. In 1845 John Fuller's son, John Bird Fuller, was joined by Henry Smith from the Romford Brewery of Ind & Smith and his brother-in-law, head brewer John Turner, thereby forming Fuller, Smith & Turner. Craig Fuller, the nephew of John Turner, decided not to go into the family business and instead went into a career in the finance sector. The Smith and Turner family run the brewery to this day.[2]

Griffin Brewery[edit]

The wisteria plant at the Griffin brewery 2008

The first record of the Griffin Brewery in Chiswick dates from 1816, when one of the owners of the company at the time, Douglas Thompson, acquired the name from a failed brewery (Meux & Reid) in the City of London.[3] As well as its range of beers, The Griffin Brewery, on the A4 in Chiswick, is famous for having the oldest wisteria plant in the UK, planted in 1816.[4][5] The public can take a guided tour of the site.[6]

Beers[edit]

An assortment of Fuller's bottles
A selection of Fuller's brands from the museum display

Fuller's brews London Pride and other award-winning ales such as Chiswick Bitter, ESB and 1845.[7] Its beers are exported to about 80 countries around the world. Its biggest overseas market in 2014 was Russia and Sweden.[8]

Its London Porter has won awards including World's Best Standard Porter and Europe's Best Standard Porter at the World Beer Awards,[9] and Champion Keg of Great Britain.[10]

Fuller's 1845 has won awards including CAMRA's Champion Bottle Conditioned Beer in 1998.[11] In February 1995, while visiting the Griffin Brewery, Prince Charles added a handful of hops to a copper of 1845.[12] Fuller's Vintage Ale is released around Christmas and has been made since 1997. In 2002, the year of the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II, Fuller's added Goldings hops and Golden Promise malt to its Vintage Ale.[13] Past Masters XX Strong Ale is a bottle-conditioned 7.5% strong ale based on a September 1891 entry in the brewing logs. It is made using Plumage Archer barley.[14] Fuller's Past Masters Double Stout is a 7.4% bottle conditioned dark and creamy stout based on an August 1893 entry in the brewing logs. It was released in 2011 and is also made using Plumage Archer barley.[15]

Fuller's 1966 Strong Ale was released in 2013 using a recipe from June 1966. It is a ruby coloured ale brewed with pale ale malt, Goldings and Fuggles hops and cane sugars.[16] Fuller's Brewer's Reserve is a collection of four bottled beers: No. 1 - a 7.7% strong ale launched in 2008 which spent 500 days in 30-year-old single malt whisky casks;[17] No. 2 - an 8.2% ale oak aged in Courvoisier Cognac casks;[18] No. 3 - a 9.0% beer matured for more than two years in Auchentoshan distillery whisky casks;[19] No. 4 - an 8.5% beer matured in Comte de Lauvia Armagnac casks for a year.[20]

Gales HSB (Horndean Special Bitter) is a cask conditioned 4.8% bitter. It was first brewed in 1959 in Horndean, Hampshire.[21]

Mawson Arms, Chiswick Lane

Frontier was launched in 2013 – Fuller's first lager since the short-lived K2 brand of the 1980s;[22] it has an ABV of 4.5%.[23] In 2013, Fuller's bought cider makers Cornish Orchards.[24]

In February 2018, Fuller's bought Dark Star Brewing, based in Partridge Green, West Sussex, for an undisclosed sum.[24][25]

Pubs[edit]

Fuller's owns and operates over 380 pubs, inns and hotels across the south of England,[26] with over 180 managed pubs and hotels, and over 200 tenanted pubs. In 2005, Fuller's added 111 pubs to its estate with the purchase of George Gale & Co. of Horndean, Hampshire. The "brewery tap" (the nearest pub to the brewery) is the Mawson Arms, a Grade II* listed building.[27]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Fuller's History and Heritage page states "In the late 1600s".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Georgina Young Becomes Head Brewer". Fuller's. 27 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "History and Heritage". Fuller's. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ London Pride - 150 Years of Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC (1995)
  4. ^ "The oldest wisteria in England". Fullers. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2018. This beautiful smelling purple genus has been creeping up the side of our brewery walls since 1816, making it officially the oldest in England.
  5. ^ "Battle to save historic wisteria (From Your Local Guardian)". Yourlocalguardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  6. ^ "Find Out Where the Magic Happens at Griffin Brewery London - Fuller's". Fullers.co.uk. 2015-07-17. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  7. ^ "Browse over 50 Quality Beers and Ales from Fuller's Brewery - Fuller's". Fullers.co.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Quality, Service and Pride Every hour, every day : Fuller's Annual Report 2014". Fullers.co.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Fuller's London Porter". Worldbeerawards.com. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Winners from the National Cask, Keg & Bottle Competition 2014". Siba.co.uk. 2014-03-12. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Champion Bottled Beer of Britain". CAMRA. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Classic Beer of the Month February 2013: Fuller's 1845 - Inside Beer: Beer News, Beer Reviews and Beer Tasting Events". Inside Beer. 2013-01-31. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Fuller's Vintage Ale 2002". Ratebeer.com. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Fuller's Past Masters XX Strong Ale, 7.5% - Inside Beer: Beer News, Beer Reviews and Beer Tasting Events". Inside Beer. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Fullers, Past Masters Double Stout (England)". Beer-pages.com. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Past Masters 1966 Strong Ale by Fuller's". FoodBev. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Brewer's Reserve No.1 ; A Strong Ale with a lot of Spirit - Fuller's". Fullers.co.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Fuller's Brewer's Reserve No 2". Beer-pages.com. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  19. ^ "Fuller's Brewer's Reserve No.3, 9.0%, Dark Ale". Perfectpint.co.uk. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  20. ^ "Fuller's Brewer's Reserve No.4 revealed". .beerguild.co.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  21. ^ "HSB; a Popular Quality English Bitter First Launched in 1959 - Fuller's". Fullers.co.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  22. ^ . The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fullers-boldly-goes-into-craft-market-with-frontier-0d03jvq2dmm. Retrieved 15 April 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ "Fuller's to launch first ever lager". Morning Advertiser. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  24. ^ a b Key, Alys (20 February 2018). "Fuller's just bought this independent craft brewer". cityam.com. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  25. ^ Wingett, Mark (20 February 2018). "Fuller's announces Dark Star take over". Morning Advertiser. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Fuller's Nationwide Pubs - Fuller's". Fullers.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  27. ^ Historic England. "Ye Fox and Hounds and Mawson Arms and Nos. 112-118 (1358692)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 December 2013.

Coordinates: 51°29′14″N 0°15′02″W / 51.48722°N 0.25056°W / 51.48722; -0.25056

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