Local Brewery Offers Christmas Inspiration

Brewing excellent local ales, plus gifts and party ideas to match

Brewery Tours & Private Parties at Sambrook’s

If you are bored with the usual work christmas outing, or you are stuck for a present for your favourite uncle, Sambrook's Brewery may well have the answer for you….

Sambrook's have just opened a "Member's Bar" upstairs in the brewery. You can become a Member of your local brewery for just £20 per year. Being a Member affords you many benefits, including access to the bar on the first Friday night of every month, when it opens to Members and their friends. The brewery hosts special events in the bar each month, when Members are invited to taste the ales and match them with delicious food such as cheese & chocolate. If you'd like to have a private party at the brewery, you can book the bar for your own event - packages start from £12 per head and can be tailored to suit your occasion e.g. office Christmas party, birthday or stag or hen night!

You can take a tour of the Brewery and taste the range of delicious ales brewed here in our borough of Wandsworth. Sambrook's run an open evening on the third Wednesday of each month for just £10 per head or you can book a private tour for £12 per head (minimum 10 people for a private tour). You can book your tickets for the monthly tours via their website www.sambrooksbrewery.co.uk/tours.

- you can purchase Sambrook's full range of bottle beers and even impress your mates with draft beer straight from the brewery! They also have vouchers that can be redeemed in the shop and now have merchandise such as T-shirts and Christmas Hampers available.

Opening hours 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 6pm Saturday.

To find our about Sambrook's membership scheme or book any events please contact admin@sambrooksbrewery.co.uk or call on 0207 2280598.

A Bit About Sambrook's by Duncan Sambrook

"City accountant to brewer all in just in three months – a fairly radical shift? On the face of it, I’ll admit it is.

If truth be told, this change had been longer in the making than the time between finishing my career with Deloitte in August 2008, and proudly sampling our first beer on 26th November 2008.

So where did it all start?

Earls Court, Great British Beer Festival, August 3rd 2006.

Simon and Glen – two university friends – and I were sitting together searching the vast list of beers on offer. We were looking for a beer brewed in London – other than in Chiswick. To our surprise there was not one. So – after admittedly a few too many – we hatched a plan to bring brewing back to the heart of London.

Six months later and still fresh with our exciting new idea, I took my first step to becoming a brewer; purchasing three second-hand tanks of a five-barrel brewing plant from an ex-brewer. That is when I learnt my first lesson; I quickly discovered three tanks do not a brewery make. Despite my best efforts to get this five-barrel plant operational it never saw any brewing during its lifetime with me.

Twelve months on and I decided it was time to take this venture more seriously; I signed up for a week-long course in brewing fundamentals at the University of Sunderland. It was an excellent week and despite the lecturer’s’ best endeavours to dissuade the class from venturing into the industry, I came out unperturbed and re-focused on what I needed to do – find premises.

While I was looking for premises, I had the opportunity to meet a successful brewer by the name of David Welsh who was the former managing director of Ringwood Brewery. Having been brought up in Salisbury on a staple of Ringwood Best Bitter, the chance to meet him was priceless.

Shortly after our first meeting David dropped a bombshell; he was interested in being involved but only if the plant was four times the size! In retrospect it all made sense but at the time I didn’t quite know what to say…

Remarkably, I said yes, and there we were – an unlikely partnership – with a fully operational 20-barrel plant in Battersea, marketing our first pint of Wandle Ale.

I do hope reading my story has given you further insight our venture; I would be delighted if you would visit us at the brewery and to join us in bringing brewing back to the heart of London."

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November 29, 2012