A BRIEF HISTORY IN BREWING
Southwark Brewing Company
Southwark Brewing Company was founded in 2014 by Peter Jackson and lifelong friend Andy Nichol. Peter had worked in the brewing industry since leaving university in 1981. There was only one problem.... he hadn't brewed a pint of beer in all that time, spending his time in sales and marketing. Enter master brewer Sean Franklin, a friend of over 25 years, and former owner of the award winning Roosters Brewery in Harrogate and pioneer of Hoppy Pale Ales. Via a complete home brew kit in his garage, Peter learnt the art of brewing to complement his knowledge of the theory! LPA, Bermondsey Best and Harvard all have their routes to his garage.
Upscale this in September to the new 10 Barrel (2,880 pints) brewing equipment, and the first brews were completed. Add a homemade bar, a stillage and 2 hand-pulls, and you have a taproom!
In 2015 we added our first 2 employees, Sarone Charles, our Admin Assistant (now Manager) and Danny Belcher, our Drayman. Both are still with us, Sarone is part of the furniture, and Danny a London institution - "Danny Driver" is well known in most of London's top pubs for his delivery service and banter.... don't get him involved in any football (Millwall) discussion!
The rest of the crew have grown with us, Luke Norman our Head Brewer started as our Sales Manager, with a passion for home brewing he has shown how combining practical small scale brewing with formal brewing qualifications can develop a keen ability to brew some great beers. Assisting him is Gianluca D'Andrea who first came to us as an Italian intern in 2019, and impressed us so much that when a vacancy emerged in 2020, he came to us full time.
Maricy Vismara, our Sales Manager, originally from Brazil, originally came to England to hone her English speaking skills (she speaks 4 or 5 or maybe more languages, I lose count) and thought working in our Taproom would help her interactions and it certainly did! She became Taproom Manager and then when Luke moved to brewing, took charge of sales.
Finally comes Luis, son of one of Maricy's Brazilian friends, he joined to help run an outdoor bar at Greenwich Market, and he did a great job and he enjoyed it, until the winter came and he demonstrated the art of "multilayering clothing" and very cold temperatures in a market.... But now he is in the warmth of the Taproom bar and is "Bars Manager", according to his Facebook profile anyway.....
We have been assisted by many bar staff along the way, from many different backgrounds and nationalities but they all had one thing in common - a great service ethic, and that is one thing we would like to guarantee to customers. If it doesn't live up to your expectations, let us know. We value your feedback.
And there we were in March 2020, brewing beer, serving customers, hosting parties and everyone having great fun, when the world changed. we have been back briefly and worked to create the safest environment for any drinkers over the 2020 COVID requirements. Whilst we are now closed, we look forward to welcoming everyone back soon, and we promise the same fantastic beers and customer service in a safe environment. In the meantime we offer home delivery of our beers in bottle, can, Bag in Box and Mini Keg, see our Shop for details.
So over 6 years, we have seen a lot of change and development. The brewery now has 6 fermenting vessels up from the 3 original ones, including a 20 Barrel FV commissioned in February 2020, in advance of a BIG sales drive (that wasn't well timed....)
We have brewed over 100 different beers and we have enjoyed every single one and there are a lot more to come.