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OUR HISTORY

Wimbledon has a long and illustrious brewing history. The new
brewery is based on the site of Merton Priory which was brewing
throughout the Middle Ages.

William Watney ran the Wheatsheaf Brewery in the Crooked Billet
area of Wimbledon in the 18th century. His direct descendants went
on to establish the famous Watney brewing empire.

The Wimbledon Brewery was started by William Cook in 1832. It
stood in Wimbledon High Street where the old fire station is today.
Next door was the Brewery Tap beer house, also run by William
Cook. At that time there were 115 breweries in the London excise
district.

Following a number of changes of ownership, the brewery was taken
over by William Quartermaine in 1880. It was Quartermaine who
built the five-storey tower brewery, the highest building in
Wimbledon at the time. The brewery was described as: “Having a
modern plant on the Tower Principle, with brewer’s office, malt and
hops lofts, boiler house and tun rooms, counting house etc, together
with well-established tap and shop.”

OUR JOURNEY

A fire started at the brewery on January 2nd 1889 and although
the interior of the building was badly damaged and all the
brewing equipment and machinery destroyed, the main structure
of the building was left intact.

Today’s Wimbledon Brewery can be characterised in very similar
terms to the one described above. Our logo incorporates the
image of the tower, the phoenix and barley and hops,
representing our heritage and our focus on using only the best
ingredients. We are custodians of the heritage and traditions of
beer brewing, whilst also inspiring the new generation of beer
drinkers and brewers.

OUR JOURNEY

A fire started at the brewery on January 2nd 1889 and although
the interior of the building was badly damaged and all the
brewing equipment and machinery destroyed, the main structure
of the building was left intact.

Today’s Wimbledon Brewery can be characterised in very similar
terms to the one described above. Our logo incorporates the
image of the tower, the phoenix and barley and hops,
representing our heritage and our focus on using only the best
ingredients. We are custodians of the heritage and traditions of
beer brewing, whilst also inspiring the new generation of beer
drinkers and brewers.

OUR TEAM

Our brewing team are all qualified brewers with ongoing training
programmes and a strong passion both for the brewing world and the
beers we brew.

Derek Prentice – Master Brewer

Our consulting Master Brewer, Derek Prentice, has enjoyed a long
career in brewing and has brewed great beers with a number of
famous London breweries including Truman’s, Young’s and Fuller’s.
Derek received the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) lifetime
achievement award and was awarded the British Guild of Beer
Writers ‘Brewer of the Year’ for 2013. Derek is a Diploma Master
Brewer and a Fellow of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Derek’s
favourite Wimbledon beer is the Common Pale Ale and his favourite
World beer is Rochefort 8.

BEAUTIFULLY BALANCED BEERS

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