Brewing In Battersea
Sambrook’s mission is to establish itself as a premier London brewery while maintaining their uncompromising principles as they grow
Duncan Sambrook founded Sambrook’s Brewery in 2008 when there were just five breweries operating in London. With his vision of bringing brewing back into the heart of London, Duncan pulled ex-brewer David Welsh out of retirement and back into his dungarees and wellies. Together they converted an old photography studio in Battersea into the brewhouse, and in November 2008 the very first cask of Wandle rolled out the doors. Things have changed a lot in the London beer scene since those early days, but Duncan and his team still produce a host of award-winning beers all from the very same site.
Wandle: First brewed in November 2008, Wandle is named after their local river, just five minutes from the Brewery. Wandle is a light, well balanced best bitter brewed with Maris Otter Pale Malt, Fuggles, Goldings and Boadicea hops. It has picked up a myriad of awards since its launch including Bronze at the Great British Beer Festival, not once but twice.
Pumphouse Pale Ale: A classic English Pale Ale brewed with Maris Otter Malt and First Gold and Admiral bittering hops. Pumphouse Pale is finished off nicely with Wakatu aroma hops to give a fresh floral aroma.
Junction: Named with a nod to their local train station, Clapham Junction, Junction is a rich, premium ale. Sweeter than Wandle it is brewed with Maris Otter Pale and a dose of crystal and roasted barley with Challenger, Goldings and Bramling X hops. There is now a good reason to go “Up the Junction”.
Session: Their Session pale ale is a light, hop-forward pale ale brewed with five different hop varieties. The US hop variety, Chinook provides the light bitterness while Mosaic, Summit, Simcoe and Ekuanot hops provide a citrus/peach aroma. Easy drinking, fresh and clean.
Powerhouse Porter: London was framed for its porters at the turn of the 20th Century and this is their modern take on this very London beer style. Brewed with lots of chocolate malt to give a more rounded finish and lighter colour to traditional porters, this is moreish with dark chocolate, toasted malts and treacle flavours.
A.P.A: Their take on an American classic, amber in colour and packed with hops from their American Cousins. This is a beer for the hop heads.
London Pale Ale: The LPA was the first release in their keg range and is borne from the fusion of an English Pale Ale recipe and a German Lagering technique known as Krausening. This produces a pale ale with a long, crisp finish with similarities to a lager in style and flavour.
Battersea IPA: Brewed to 6.2% is a more typical English IPA, with sweet notes from the Maris Otter grist, offset by a lovely balance of new world hops to give a citrus and orange zest aroma with light bitterness.
Battersea Rye: A unique take on a Rye beer style they have chosen to pair fruity British hops with a light rye ale. Blackcurrant notes from the Bramling X pair nicely with the spiciness of the rye to produce a rich flavour with lingering bitterness.
Redale: Another multi-award winning keg beer in the range, their red ale uses lots of Summit and Azacca hops to give full-flavoured hoppiness, tropical fruit aroma and toasted malt finish.
Imperial Stout: Brewed to 10.4% their Russian Imperial Stout is a special beer, complex yet smooth it has raisin, plum and dark fruit undertones with a rich malty finish. It is multi-award winning beer with its highlight winning supreme champion keg beer in the SIBA 2016 beer competition.