The history of ...Fuller, Smith & Turner

The story of Fuller’s dates back as far as the late 1600s. At that time, larger households often set up their own private brewhouses to make beer for their own consumption. When the owner of a modest brewhouse in Chiswick died, he passed on the property - brewing facility and all - to his son-in-law, Thomas Mawson. A more business-savvy operator than the previous owner, Mawson decided to invest in a separate brewhouse in the nearby Bedford House on Chiswick Mall along with a couple of extra cottages and a local pub. It was then that this small family brewing function became a more major operation.

The brewery passed down through multiple owners after Mawson, many of whom were inexperienced with running a business of such a size. Before long, the company was in need of investment to save it from almost certain ruin.

Fuller, Smith and Turner

John Fuller was an experienced and wealthy countryman who jumped at the opportunity to invest in the brewery and bring aboard his son, John Bird Fuller, who eventually took over. Finding himself without investment or expertise from those who’d been in the business longer, John Bird Fuller made the decision to hire a successful brewery owner, John Smith. Smith invested in the brewery for his son, Henry Smith, and son-in-law, John Turner; thereby Fuller, Smith and Turner was born.

Fuller’s in London

These days, the brewery is more commonly referred to simply as ‘Fuller’s’. Best known for its Extra Special Bitter (ESB), a three-time winner of CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain Award, and the infamous London Pride, you can order a Fuller’s beer in around 80 countries around the world.

Fuller’s is nothing if not a champion for Great British heritage: in summertime its beer gardens turn into backdrops for Shakespeare comedy performances; meanwhile, the original Griffin Brewery in Chiswick runs around 20 tours a week and houses the oldest wisteria plant in the UK.

 

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