The Thames at Chiswick by Fuller's Brewery by boxplayer

The Thames at Chiswick by Fuller's Brewery

They've brewed beer on this site for centuries. Rather sadly the Fuller family have sold the business to Asahi - the last proper independent brewery in London. Fuller's are now going to concentrate on their pubs and hotels. So cue our grand day out for which Dave had taken the day off.

Got the tube to Turnham Green. The whole trip door to door was supposed to take just over an hour, but somehow we ended up having to really rush from the station to get to the brewery on time for our Fuller's Brewery tour. Shenanigans at Victoria with their stupid one-way system and delays on the District line.

The tour led by the very knowledgeable Dave started by the river. The river water isn't used in the beer but it does use London water as it's best for its minerals.

Inside the tour went round all the various stages of brewing - from mashing the grains, adding the hops and flavours, fermenting and on to the assembly line where the casks and kegs are got ready for delivery. Lots of robots here.

At the end was a good half hour of beer tasting and a look round the museum. Walked back to Turnham Green via the Oxfam Bookshop. We ate our wiener pittas on the tube to Lambeth North to save time.

Arrived at the Imperial War Museum to view their First World War armistice exhibitions that are ending soon. The interesting sounding installation on remembrance and silences ended up being rather poncey but there was an excellent photography exhibition on the period immediately after the war. The voices from the armistice recordings was also good. There was an enormously long film about the ethnic minority men and women who served which was good for the bits I watched.

A mooch round the shop before walking to the nearby Fuller's pub, The Hercules. This was very plush and nicely decked out in rather vintageish furniture. Was rather noisy downstairs but they had a nice area upstairs with comfy chairs and a shuffle board.

Lots of gins on offers and interesting beers for Dave. But I got a bit crabby as though it was barely 6, they'd run out of crispy squid and fishcakes. So had the fish and chips, battered in Frontier lager apparently, and very delicious. Dave had the potato gnocchi.

Had a Tanqueray Rangpur (lovely and limey), a Roku (Japanese, not that special) and a bloody Shiraz. Got the tube home for , chocolate and tea.

Fuller's bottles and cans through the ages https://365project.org/boxplayer/extras/2019-03-27

27 March 2019
Chiswick W4
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