Sambrook’s is delighted to announce that it is relocating production to the Ram Quarter in the heart of Wandsworth. The new brewery will be set within the restored Grade-II listed brewery buildings at the site of the old Young’s Brewery.
Alongside a commercial brewery operation Sambrook’s will operate a tap room set around Ram’s central square with outdoor seating together with a visitors’ center and brewery museum, showcasing the history of brewing in London.
The new facility will be opening in Spring 2020, after which Sambrook’s will be closing its original site in Battersea from which it has operated since August 2008.
To celebrate the announcement, Sambrook’s are bringing back its much-loved beer and music festival “Beer by the River” on 13th July at the Ram Quarter.
Brewing has been taking place at Ram Quarter since at least 1533. Famously the site was home to Young’s until 2006. During redevelopment the Ram’s brewing legacy has been preserved by former Young’s master brewer, John Hatch, who maintains a nanobrewery at the site. The relocation of Sambrooks will re-launch the commercial brewing from the site and continue the brewing heritage since 1533.
Duncan Sambrook, founder and managing director of Sambrook’s Brewery, said: “Our move to Ram Quarter feels like a homecoming. Wandsworth has had a rich brewing heritage and we’re excited to be able to continue this and secure the future of Sambrook’s brewery. It’s a fantastic location for us to expand our retail offering and is just metres from the River Wandle after which our most famous beer takes its name.”
Chris Daly, Senior Commercial Manager at Greenland (UK), said: “It’s poetic that London’s oldest independent brewer is setting up home at Britain’s oldest operating brewery. Greenland has always recognised the importance of Ram’s brewing legacy and safeguarding its heritage has been crucial to our development plans, from our approach to the design of the new homes through to our commercial ambitions for the site. We’re proud to be keeping Wandsworth’s beer tradition alive while creating an exciting new destination in partnership with a local business.”
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Sambrook’s was founded in Battersea in 2008, launching with its first beer, and now multi-award winning, Wandle Ale. Since launching in 2008 there have been lots of changes in the London brewing scene but Sambrook’s has remained at its heart and is now the oldest independent brewer in London continuing to brew a range of British inspired cask and keg beers distributed throughout London.
Wandle Ale is a 3.8% best bitter which has been awarded bronze at the CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain awards twice. Sambrook’s also brews a range of keg beers of which its Russian Imperial Stout picked up the supreme champion keg beer award at the SIBA brewer awards in 2016. Sambrook’s maintains a rotating selection of 8 beers throughout the year with the current seasonal being a honey infused cask ale inspired by the local area “Lavender Hill”.
Beer by the River is Sambrook’s annual beer and music festival. First launched in 2012 at Morden Hall Park, after a brief hiatus in 2018, it returns at the heart of the Wandsworth brewing scene at Ram Quarter. Tickets are £15 on the door or £12 online before the event.
BEER BY THE RIVER
About Ram Quarter
Located in the lively suburban surroundings of Wandsworth, Ram Quarter is a landmark mixed-use development set to create a new retail and residential destination for South London.
The £600m master-plan by Greenland Group consists of public retail boulevards, restaurants and inviting green open spaces, along with commercial premises and 713 private and affordable new homes, ranging from studios to four-bedroom duplex apartments. The scheme will involve the wholesale transformation of the historic 4.5-acre Ram Brewery site, famed for being Britain’s oldest continuously operating brewery, in a development that brings together distinct retail, cultural and residential opportunities.
Designed by the award-winning EPR Architects, Ram Quarter has been created to show the heritage of the Ram Brewery. Existing historical buildings on the site have been carefully converted to be part of the innovative mixed-use scheme, while a number of new-build elements, that perfectly complement the existing vernacular of the brewery, have also been incorporated. 100,000 sq ft of new retail and leisure space will be created on site across three phases of development, with 25 per cent of the space dedicated to new restaurant units.
About Greenland Holding Group
Established in Shanghai, China, in 1992, Greenland Holding Group Co. Limited (also known as Greenland Group) has assets of nearly USD $130 bn, and has ranked among the Fortune Global 500 for six consecutive years. Committed to transforming communities around the world, Greenland Group manages projects in more than 100 cities in nine countries on four continents, including the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia.
Greenland Group specialises in developing large-scale projects while prioritising quality and efficiency. The company is a leader in the development of ultra-high-rise buildings, large urban complexes, industrial parks, and business districts surrounding transport centres such as high-speed railway stations. There are 23 ultra-high-rise projects currently under construction or completed by Greenland Group, four of which are among the 10 tallest buildings in the world. Greenland Group has diversified its portfolio beyond property by expanding into strategic and related industries such as retail and transport
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