Cool place, the brewing equipment itself wasnít spectacular to look at but I havenít been to other breweries so I donít know how it compares. The best part is that itís a really old fairly traditional place where they still make all their beer. Plus you can pretty much drink back the full value of your ticket at the bunker bar at the end of the tour -- I drank 5 half pints, but if I felt like it I could have drank more. Only weird thing is that they had a Sierra Nevada Pale tap.. wtf? I canít imagine going on the tour and then drinking that.. or the cider for that matter.
Fin (941) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 12, 2015
We visited here on Friday 6th March. Iíve been to the brewery on a number of occasions but surpringly never got around to rating it. I love the fact that as soon as you head off the A4 and navigate the old streets to turn into old Chiswick it is a totally different world within seconds you think you are in a little village and it is then that you get another vivid example of how London came to be. We popped here A) to kill a little time before street parking at our London residence Peploe road nr Chris and Ruth, and b)To pick up a bottle of the Fullers Imperial Stout. You can park easily enough outside but unless it is a quick in and out you may have to use one of the pay and display machines. Inside the shop is laid out with beers to the RH side and rear and wines to the LH side with a central serving area. The boxes of reserve are about halfway along and featured mainly 2005 to present day, the core range of Fullers beer seem to be close to the front of the shop. There is always bargains to be had and today was no exception with a case of twelve of the Past Masters series reduced from £54 down to £18, I think it was a 7+% Button beer? good deal though, the Imperial Stout was at the rear. Service was helpful and friendly, btw the online shop is also very good and also often has bargains like I spotted today. If you want to add a place rating then the Mawsons Arms is on the corner.
Shop review. Half the brewery shop sells beer and the other side sells wine. On the beer side there are a range of the Vintage Ales (if you are lucky there are still some from the early 2000s), some of the Past Masters range and then the regulars like London Pride, Chiswick Bitter, Black Cab Stout, Gales HSB, Chiswick Bitter, Bengal Lancer etc. However, they do not have the full range and I was surprised that it wasnít more geared up for the beer connoisseur, with a fuller range, more of the rarer back list bottles. A lot of the customers were locals buying kegs or crates of the regular beers for barbeques etc. Still worth the visit as I came specifically for the Imperial Stout. Wine range has a few of the French Cru class chateaus from Bordeaux and then an eclectic mix of world wines. This shop could definitely do with a rethink. It was messy and haphazard and needs a clean up and modernisation to fit in with the Foodie and craft beer scene. How about some top local food produce, cheeses, breads etc? How about selling some of the other London craft beers as other big breweries on the continent (De Molen, Mikkeller) and Brewdog do? Attract the beer connoisseur to come on a regular basis not just when they need a couple of Fullers beers.
A must if you are into brewery visits while in London. The old parts are remarkable, and the museum/taproom is of interest for beer collectors. Enjoyed a lot the sampling after the tour. The taproom is so lovely, best iīve seen. Gift shop not so interesting.
The brewery tour is interesting and thorough enough (at an acceptable price), followed by generous samples of Fullerís beers. The brewery store stocks most Fullerís and Galeís beers - but not quite as many as I hoped for. Also some merchandise, but not the entire range of the webstore. Surprisingly large selection of wines.
A 10 pound charge will grant you a wonderful tour around the facility, covering both old and new factories. Tim was our guide and he is a lovely old man.
After the tour you get a sampler and a small Fullers engraved glass. Very nice!
As mid-sized brewery tours go, this is one of the best. Wasn't planning at all on going but happened to be in the 'hood and showed up just as a tour group was coalescing. If Jane is your guide, you're in for a treat. She's fab and knows her stuff. Lived the factory, the tasting, the whole package. If all you've had of Fullers so far has been bottled, as I had before this, you owe this historic brewery the opportunity to showcase their wares in real ale format as they are designed best to be.
Visited most recently on 25/03/13.
Country barn style shop to the left of the Mawsons Arms.
As well as the standard range of Fullers beers they stock a number of past vintages, the occasional collab with another brewer, plus a large number of wines and beeriana.
Worth noting that the vintage ales have become somewhat depleted in the last few months.
Status as at 25/03/13 ...
1999 - lots
2004/05/06 - moderate amount
2009 + fair amount
2000/07/08. all gone since my last visit pre Xmas.
10 minutes walk from Turnham Green tube on the District line. Just over 10 minutes walk from the Lamb brewery. 15% discount for CAMRA members.
Not the cheapest place to buy Fullers beers by some way - praying on overseas beer tourists. Eg - the latest Vintage is £5.50, yet you can buy this in Waitrose for £3.99.