2016 Brewery Visits

CMIC visit to Fuller’s Brewery, Chiswick on Thursday 14 July 2016

Despite the best efforts of Southern Rail to delay 2 members until after the tour had started, all 37 members registered to visit the Griffin Brewery were eventually in attendance, including CMIC committee members, Neil Kellett, Chris Excell and Ian Loe and former member, Steve Williams.

Members met in The Mawson Arms, the brewery tap, prior to the visit and were then split into three groups by the three Fuller’s guides who joined us for the tour for the 2.00pm start-time.

The tour lasted for just over an hour and all three guides provided interesting and informative data on the history and origins of the brewery, its expansion over the years and its plans for the future – members were impressed with the cleanliness, organisation and efficiency of London’s premier cask ale brewer.

Of particular interest was the “Robot” keg-racking equipment, installed in late 2004 at a cost of £2 million, which increased the brewery’s rate of keg ale production from 120 to 280 kegs per hour in order to allow it to keep pace with market demand, and also for sub-contract kegging of beer and lager from other brewers – it is apt to say, however, that cask real ale still accounts for about 70% of Fuller’s beer production.

Following the tour members were taken into the Hock Cellar sampling area to try as many Fuller’s beers were on tap that day including London Pride (obviously), Oliver’s Island (inspired by Oliver Cromwell) and Summer Ale, with no limit put on quantity until “time” was called around 3.45pm.

Neil Kellett then thanked all three guides for a very enjoyable afternoon spent with them at the brewery.

George Hall – CMIC Member

2016 Annual General Meeting

This year’s 2016 AGM took place on Saturday 18 June at the usual venue … The Victoria at Beeston, Nottingham.

Our speaker was Paul Jefferies, Head Brewer and Director at Hydes. Paul gave the meeting a presentation relating to current performance and developments at the brewery including the new hotel, the Abel Haywood in Manchester. Paul then took questions from the members. Our thanks to Paul for making the trip to update the Club on the latest news from Hydes.

The members and guests enjoyed the usual excellent buffet from Neil Kelso and his team – our thanks to Neil as always.

Paul Jefferies presents at the Victoria.

Chris Holmes addresses this year’s AGM.

2016 Brewery Visit Programme

A visit to West Berkshire Brewery took place on Friday 13 May.

Fullers in Chiswick has also taken place, on Thursday 14 July.

This year’s foreign excursion was to Munich. Report and photos will hopefully be uploaded shortly.

All contact details are on the Contacts page.