Chiswick Lane South , W4
Shop Open: Monday to Friday 10-6; Saturday 10-4
Brewery Tours: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday at 11am/12pm/1pm/2pm. Places must be booked in advance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 8996 2175. No children under 14. Cost Â£6 per person (Â£4.50 for people under 18).
The tour takes two hours and incorporates the brewing process from the arrival of the raw materials to the packaging on the beer and ends with a tasting session.
History: Brewing has been taking place on this site since at least 1701 when it belonged to Thomas Mawson. He sold the brewery to a Chiswick family called Thompson in 1782. John Fuller joined the firm in 1829, providing a much-needed injection of capital. In 1845 his son acquired the brewery and, along with Henry Smith of Romford brewers Ind Smith, Smithâ€™s son Henry and son-in-law John Turner, formed Fuller Smith & Turner. Descendants of these families still run the brewery today. The company owns over 363 pubs and its beers have won CAMRAâ€™s Beer of the Year Award many times.
The wisteria which clads the breweryâ€™s walls is the oldest wisteria plant in England. The first wisteria was brought to Kew Gardens from China in 1816 and a cutting was given to Fuller, Smith & Turner since it supplied beer to Kew. The Kew plant perished while the Griffin Brewery plant flourished.