Saturday, 15 September 2012

... in a Brewery


Some would see this as the ideal end to a hectic week, a tour round a brewery followed by the perfect English pub lunch. The location was Fuller's Brewery nestled by the Thames in Chiswick. A brewery has been here for 350 years old and it is one of the oldest in London. The current ownership was established in 1845 and members of the Fuller family are still actively involved in its management.

The tour, led by two fonts of knowledge, guides Jane and Geoff, took us through every aspect of beer brewing, both ancient and modern, and gave us insights into not only the complex production process but also the business history of the company and the industry. Interestingly they also identifying many of the business challenged faced today and how they are being addressed. Needless to say there was time for a tasting session where we had the chance to sample some of their many excellent and varied brews ranging from pale ale to porter.

Next from the Griffin Brewery to the adjacent Mawson Arms and a fine lunch, including beef and ale pie. This was of course accompanied by delightful company including one Liveryman who had flown back from the US for a board meeting this afternoon and so was able to fit the event in. Finally, my thanks to the event director Edward Fullbrook for arranging such a fascinating event.

John Flynn
Master Marketor       

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