It’s hard to imagine, in a day and age where freshly made craft beer is almost more assessable than fresh milk, that a single brewery can actually change a culture, create something new, continue to set and raise standards. Fuller’s Brewery is one of those breweries, though. In 1845 John Fuller, Henry Smith, and John Turner signed the papers to start the brewery. Since then, they’ve created beers that the world had never tasted, won more awards than almost any other brewery in the world, help drive the London economy, and kept beer styles from going extinct.
As a beer nerd, Fuller’s is insanely cool. Chalk full of history, great beer, and great people running the show.
And Now, the Brews
|Fuller’s | London Pride | Ale|
|This is an iconic ale. Maybe not here in the states, but in Britain, it truly is iconic. Homegrown through and through. Everything from the malts to the hops come from Britain. First and foremost, the nose brings forth a whole bunch of malty biscuit characters, followed by sweet raisin, dried apples, oranges, and a nice spice from hops. This easy drinking beer brings tastes of apple, figs, wheat, and caramel. The aftertaste comes with pine and more wheat. A nice slightly sweet beer for everyday drinking|
|4 pk Bottles | 4.7% ABV | 35 IBUs|
|Fuller’s | ESB | Extra Special Bitter|
|It’s pretty crazy to think that at one point some beer styles didn’t exist. That at one point, some brewer decided to tweak some recipes to create something completely new. ESB is that beer and that beer was first brewed by Fuller’s in 1971. A lot of breweries in those days were brewing bitter beers and “special” beers. Instead of doing the same old same old, they combined the two and made something brand new. It was later recognized as a style of beer. The standard to ESB is rich with vinous, malts, and licorice aromas. The copper hue brings forth characteristics of toasted biscuit malts, overripe plum, and a touch alcohol. There is also a tinge of hops coming through. Try a bit of history!|
|4 pk Bottles | 5.9 % ABV | 35 IBUs|
|Fuller’s | London Porter|
|Back in the 1900s, Porters were almost extinct in the United Kingdom. Fuller’s decided to, almost single-handedly, bring it back. In came London Porter, or at least a version of it. London Porter today has rich with roasted malts, coffee, figs, and a hint of dark chocolate. On the tongue, the chocolate and coffee punch you in the face followed by some jabs fig, caramel, and a bit of smoke followed a mellow bitterness. By today’s standards, this is a pretty light Porter, but none-the-less a deliciously balanced porter.|
|4 pk Bottles | 5.4% ABV | 37 IBUs|