Fuller’s has announced the launch of its new pilot brewery, located in the new-look Brewery Shop at its Griffin Brewery in Chiswick.

A first for London’s oldest family brewer, the pilot brewery was installed earlier this year and brewing commenced in August.

This recent addition to the Fuller’s site, offers its brewers the opportunity to create some more experimental beers in small quantities. The new plant produces around 10 barrels (40 firkins) of beer per brew, which can then be packaged in bottle, cask or keg.

The plant also has an infusion mash tun, a copper/whirlpool with an external wort boiler, four fermentation tanks and two bright beer tanks – all provided by Gravity Systems Ltd.

The first five beers to be brewed and packaged in the plant are: Beer One (7.0% ABV), a strong ale based on the Golden Pride recipe; Galaxy Pale (4.0%ABV), a pale ale made with Galaxy hops; Grapefruit IPA (5.7% ABV), made with real grapefruit peel and juice; Thai Stout(4.8% ABV), made with Thai spices and a New England IPA (5.5% ABV), in which the brewers experimented with Cryo Hops.

Head brewer, Georgina Young, said: “This pilot brewery is a fantastic addition to Fuller’s. Prior to this, the smallest batch we could brew was 160 barrels (625 firkins), so we tended always to play safe with flavours. We will be using the new brewery for trial-testing different raw materials such as new malts, hops, herbs, spices and fruits. We can test out new equipment and procedures before scaling up and we can attempt beer styles that have never been brewed here at Chiswick before. It will also play a role in training future brewers.”