Fresh start for Britain's oldest continuously working brewery in Ram Quarter
John Hatch and Duncan Sambrook share the first pint
Independent brewer Sambrook’s has pulled its first pint at Ram Quarter, Britain’s oldest continuously working brewery.
After relocating from its previous headquarters in Battersea, Sambrook’s is launching a new brewhouse and bottle shop in the former Young’s Brewery in the centre of Wandsworth Town
A taproom will follow in the summer with space for events as well. It marks a major milestone for Wandsworth and Ram Quarter as commercial brewing returns to the heart of the ‘brewing borough’.
Beermaking has taken place without stopping at Ram Quarter since at least the 1530s, including throughout both world wars. It was feared that this unbroken tradition might be lost when Young’s sold the site for redevelopment in 2006. Developer Greenland worked with former Young’s employee John Hatch to keep a nanobrewery going on site during construction, with the aspiration of finding a new commercial brewer who could safeguard the site’s legacy in the long term. John has now joined the Sambrook’s team.
The Sambrook's Brewing Equipment
The first brew made on site by Sambrook’s is its original ‘Wandle Ale’, named after the River Wandle which runs through Ram Quarter. Sambrook’s is offering click and collect orders from 12 April at Ram Quarter, with beer available to buy through its website.
Alongside its new brewing facilities, Sambrook’s is opening a heritage centre that will show the area’s unique history. From mid-May, visitors will have the chance to look ‘behind the barrels’, enjoy tours of the old Young’s coppers, and try their hand at beermaking with a ‘be a brewer for the day’ experience.
Duncan Sambrook, founder of Sambrook’s brewery, said, “We always wanted to celebrate traditional beermaking with a modern twist, and where better to do it than at the home of British brewing? Our first brew on site marks a major step forward in our plans at Ram Quarter. Our new home means we can provide an expanded experience for our customers and continue to make the great beer that they know and love us for.”
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April 14, 2021