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27th October 2017

Fuller’s launches Vintage Ale 2017

Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C., the London brewer and premium pub company, has released its 2017 edition of Vintage Ale, the annual limited-edition brew made using this year’s cream of the crop when it comes to ingredients.


All bottles are individually numbered and will be available from Fuller’s Brewery Shop in Chiswick, online at and in Waitrose.


The 2017 Vintage Ale (8.5%ABV), is the 21st edition in the range and has been created by Fuller’s recently promoted Head Brewer, Georgina Young. In the spirit of all things new, this brew uses a malt and hop combination never seen before in a Fuller’s beer. Pouring a deep amber colour, Vintage Ale 2017 opens with distinctive citrus aromas from the Denali hop, an experimental American hop variety. It has been used both late in the boil and for dry-hopping, dovetailing the classic British hop varieties Target and Goldings. This brew also includes a new malting barley – a British variety called Laureate. New malt varieties do not come along very often, so it seemed fitting to use this one alongside a new American hop for this year’s Vintage Ale.


Fuller’s Head Brewer George Young said: “I am honoured and privileged to be able to put my signature on this year’s Vintage Ale and carry on its legacy.


“As with every Vintage Ale, I am extremely excited to see how these new ingredients work together as the flavours of this bottle conditioned beer develop over time. Bottle conditioning means that a little yeast is left in the bottle, which will mature slowly over the years like a fine wine or whisky – well beyond the ‘best before’ date that we are obliged to state.”





For further information please contact the press office:

Georgina Wald                    020 8996 2198              

Joanne Steward                  020 8996 2135              

Alice Monteath                    020 8996 2175              



Notes to Editors:

Fuller, Smith and Turner P.L.C. is an independent traditional family brewer founded in 1845 and is based at the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London, where brewing has taken place continuously since 1654. The Company runs 186 Tenanted pubs and 198 Managed Pubs and Hotels, with a focus on delicious fresh, home-cooked food, outstanding cask and craft ale, great wine and exceptional service. The Company also has 706 boutique bedrooms in its Managed estate. The Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Bristol to the Greenwich Peninsula, including 173 locations within the M25. Fuller’s owns a 76% stake in The Stable, a craft cider and gourmet pizza restaurant business, which has 17 sites in England and Wales.

The Fuller’s Beer Company brews a portfolio of premium beers including London Pride, Oliver’s Island, ESB, Organic Honey Dew and Frontier Craft Lager. The Company owns Cornish Orchards, a craft cider maker producing a range of award-winning ciders and premium soft drinks. Fuller’s is also the UK distributor for Sierra Nevada, the premier US craft beer. In December 2015, Fuller’s acquired a 51% stake in Nectar Imports, a wholesale drinks business.