We’ve raised a glass with Wimbledon Brewery to find out more about them and their award winning new gin…
The Wimbledon Brewery was set up by Wimbledon resident Mark Gordon and Master Brewer Derek Prentice in 2015. The original Wimbledon Brewery stood on the site of what is now the old fire station in the Village (the building with the clock tower opposite the Dog & Fox). It was the tallest building in Wimbledon until it burned down in 1889. This heritage is reflected in their bold logo of a Phoenix.
The ‘new’ Wimbledon Brewery has a reputation for brewing beautifully balanced beers and has won numerous national and international awards. They brew cask beers (Common Pale Ale, SW19 Blonde, Phoenix London Porter, Quartermaine IPA, Copper Leaf Red Ale), keg beers (Wimbledon Lager, Wimbledon Pale) and speciality vintage and barrel aged beers (XXXK 2017 & 2019)
What you can find:
They are very focused on local and provide free local delivery. They also have a Brewery Tap which opens at weekends and hosts all manner of events from rugby screenings to comedy and film nights. In addition to its multi-award winning beers the brewery has also produced a range of artisan food and drink in collaboration with other producers:
Wimbledon Wagyu Burgers: The product of a partnership with Trenchemore Farm (www.trenchmore.co.uk). The brewery had beer that would have gone to waste once the first lockdown was announced. Some of this was mixed with the cattle feed and the end result was some very happy cows and glorious burgers. These are available at the brewery tap or to buy from the brewery shop.
Beer Cheese: A partnership with The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company (www.cheddaronline.co.uk), combines cheddar with Copper Leaf Red Ale to produce a delicately flavoured soft cheese.
Wimbledon Pink: A partnership with Greyfriars Vineyard (www.greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk) which is Wimbledon’s local vineyard. The Wimbledon Pinot Noir grapes occupy a particularly sunny patch and this comes through in the colour and flavour of the resulting wine. Only available seasonally. 2020 vintage due spring of next year.
Wimbledon Garden Gin: A partnership with Wimbledon based Rebel Distillers. The brewers wanted to produce a gin that was very local. Amongst the mix of botanicals are Wimbledon Honey, Gorse and Heather (as found in abundance on Wimbledon Common) and one of our favourite hop varieties Cascade. The end result is a Juniper forward gin with a citrus top and a brewery twist. We are very pleased with the end result as are The Spirits Business Global Gin Masters as the have just award it a Gold Medal in a blind tasting. Not only is it beautifully packaged, but the bottle is designed to be refilled at the brewery.
Take a look at their whole range of beer in mini-kegs, bottles, cans, gift-packs and all the other products your local brewery has to offer at www.wimbledonbrewery.com. Even better come and say hello at the brewery shop, the tap or at their stall at The Wimbledon Village Market:
Every Sunday 10am-3pm – 35A High Street Wimbledon, Wimbledon, London SW19 5BY
Written By: Hannah Ablett | Deputy Editor
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