Went on a tour in August. Extraordinary piece of history in the heart of London. Antique buildings, old equipment and dedicated personnel. The tour guide was incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I realized I don’t know that much about the brewing process as I thought. The tasting at the end gives you the opportunity to try everything as fresh as possible. Worth every single penny. A must visit place!
jjsint (653) Leicester, England | August 15, 2016| Updated September 14, 2016
Fuller’s are such a big part of the traditional London brewing scene that it seems almost daunting to take a tour of the place where it all happens. The tour is £15 which includes a 45-minute all-you-can-drink session at the end. So the perfect place to sweep up any Fuller’s beers which may have gone under the radar. Convivial tour guide and fellow tourists (from many countries but the beer unites us). Probably something you wouldn’t do more than once although they do host special events working looking out for. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed in the shop. Wanted more choice regarding rare beers but I guess you can’t have it all.
Cool place, the brewing equipment itself wasn’t spectacular to look at but I haven’t been to other breweries so I don’t know how it compares. The best part is that it’s 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 can’t imagine going on the tour and then drinking that.. or the cider for that matter.
Fin (1162) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 12, 2015
We visited here on Friday 6th March. I’ve 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 wasn’t 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 i´ve seen. Gift shop not so interesting.