Brewery Banter: The Sambrook's Blog

Beer by the River – Food Offerings


We are pleased to confirm that local sustainable fish restaurant The FishClub will be joining us at this years Beer by the River.


The FishClub’s Policy:

“We here at FishClub strive to only use sustainable fish or fish from well managed areas of the worlds oceans. We have always been very conscious of this as it is also the future of our business.

We keep ourselves well informed on the planet’s stocks and fishing rights through various sources from the Marine conservation society down to speaking on a daily basis to the actual fishermen who are out there in the waters seeing it first hand, We are also very conscious about buying fish and other produce during the correct times of the year”

The team from the award winning FishClub are pleased to announce the arrival of Burger Boys who will also be on site to keep festival goers fed at this year’s Beer by the River.

Burger boys

The Burger Boys have set out to create the perfect no nonsense burger…. without the gimmicks of height or size. Their simple and honest approach burger includes: a perfect patty made from organic British beef, delicious Gruyere cheese and (their soon to be famous) green tomato chutney!

Come and join The FishClub and The Burger Boys at this year’s Beer by the River. For more information and tickets go to



Beer by the River – Afternoon Family Entertainment

There will be tea,coffee and soft drinks available from 'Kings Jive'

There will be tea,coffee and soft drinks available from ‘Kings Jive’


There will be lots going on throughout the afternoon at Beer by the River to keep families entertained this year. There will be vintage fairground rides, a bouncy castle, face painting and more.

face painting


There will be soft drinks available, an ice-cream van and candy floss! There will also be live music from 1pm starting with The Balham Ukulele Society who will be taking to the stage for some laid back toe tapping tunes.

balham uke society

For more information about this years Beer by the River and for tickets go to



Beer By The River – Evening Acts

Along with our headline acts Lauren Flynn and SYKES we have a host of other music throughout the afternoon and early evening to keep festival goers entertained.

The evening line up is as follows:

South London based Blackwell

South London based Blackwell

From 4:30pm – 5pm Blackwell: This London trio go against the grain of guitar-based folk, creating upbeat music based around frontman Andy Blackwell with his legendary piano playing and smooth vocals.

Matty Matty

Matty Matty


From 5:15pm to 5:45pm Matty Matty: Devon based Matty Matty will be playing a mix of Reggae, Ska and folk.

Kit Rice

Kit Rice

From 6:15pm to 7:00pm Kit Rice: ‘Kit is half Irish and English, a singer songwriter & a classical violinist, and is a BRIT school graduate. A truly versatile artist with a wealth of musical knowledge.


The Grenaways

The Grenaways

7:15pm to 8pm The Grenaways: ‘The band describes their sound as “In the folk music genre, but none of us are true folkies (apart from maybe Laura who grew up on Lindisfarne). So we feel free to interpret folk music from a number of different angles. The results tend to be quite a unique mix of influences in the folk style, with definite nautical undertones.’

For more information about Beer by the River and for tickets see HERE 

Beer by the River – Sambrook’s Beer Line Up

Beer by the River 2013

Beer by the River 2013

Number 5 Barley Wine

Sambrook’s Number 5 Barley Wine was launched at Beer by the River 2013 to mark our 5th birthday. It was available exclusively on cask on the day and was greatly received.

A few casks were held back from the event and stored. A year has passed and these casks have been maturing and developing some delicious fruit flavours. Our aged Barley Wine will be available exclusively at this year’s event on cask for festival goers to enjoy.

Battersea Rye

Festival goers will be able to try the first brew of the year before Battersea Rye is released as Sambrook’s autumn seasonal in September. Sambrook’s Battersea Rye is deep red in colour with spicy fruit flavours and will be available on cask throughout the day

Lavender Hill 

As the summer nears It’s end so does the supply of our summer seasonal ale Lavender Hill. The last few casks of this golden honey ale will be available in cask for festival goers to savour.

As well as these our core range will be available on cask, we will also have our Pale Ale and Battersea IPA available on keg.

Information about the guest breweries joining us and full beer line up will be released shortly.

For more information about Beer by the River and for tickets see


Beer & Pizza…. No Brainer!

To go with all the delicious beer at this years Beer by the River we need to have some equally delicious food offerings. Thankfully Alex and his team from Pizzarova will be on hand with fresh piping hot pizzas!


Pizzarova make amazing sourdough pizzas and cook them in the back of a converted landrover 110.


 Alex & Pizzarova’s story:

“Like everyone, Alex is a busy man.  A family man with businesses to run. A chance fun weekend helping friends make and sell pizzas at a festival changed all that ….. to a busy man in the pizza business.Alex saw how everyone enjoyed their pizza being cooked in the back of a Land Rover & enjoyed how good it tasted! So, Alex created Pizzarova.  High quality pizza fast food. Pizzarova has gone mad in the few months it has been going, with regular nighttime spots in towns across the area, loads of outdoor sporting and music events and private parties.1000’s of pizzas sold and lots of happy customers.”


Come and join Alex and the Pizzarova team at this years Beer by the River – Tickets available HERE 

Beer by the River 2014 – Headline Act Announced!

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Beer by the River headline act will be the very talented Lauren Flynn! 
Singer-songwriter Lauren Flynn

Singer-songwriter Lauren Flynn

“Originally from North Vancouver, Canada, singer-songwriter and performer Lauren Flynn is entering England’s music scene with a splash. Upon moving to England to study music, she joined forces with producers and songwriters alike to write the kind of music she had always dreamed of writing: honest, bold songs that are true to herself and her experiences.”
“With her fiery red hair and intriguing voice, she is new, noteworthy, and someone to watch out for.” (
To hear some of Lauren Flynn’s music click here.
Lauren Flynn will be supported SYKES. South London three-piece SYKES make alternative pop that blends upbeat guitar music with infectious pop melodies and soft female vocals. Praised for having a “unique sound that pours from each member” – Indie Licks, the spectrum of SYKES collective influences are as far ranging as Daft Punk through to Fleetwood Mac.


This year the Beer by the River stage will be manged by Scott Illman and Tony Moore who have experience in running successful music events in South London including: The London Folk Festival. Scott and Tony have a host of other acts lined up to keep festival goers entertained throughout the day, including some toe tapping Bluegrass. Full line up to be announced soon.

Come and join us, Lauren Flynn and SKYES on the 30th of August at the beautiful Morden Hall Park, tickets are available now! 

Beer by the River is back with an exciting Home Brewer’s competition!

Beer by the River 2014

Beer by the River 2014

We are delighted to announce the return of Beer by the River, our annual birthday celebration, on Saturday 30th of August at the National Trust’s Morden Hall Park.  To mark our sixth birthday we have launched a Home Brew Competition to find the best home brew in London and the South East. Continue reading

Sambrook’s Chelsea Crawl!

Chelsea bridge

For those of you that missed our last Sambrook’s Crawl our next one will be on Wednesday the 11th of June. For this Crawl we have decided on a route around Chelsea, just a hop, skip and a jump across the bridge from the brewery.

The route is as follows:

1. Chelsea Ram (meet 6:30pm)

2. The Phene (7:30pm)

3. Coopers Arms (8:15pm)

4. The Trafalgar (9pm)

5. Chelsea Potter (9:30pm)

6. Cadogan Arms (10pm)

We hope you can join us along the way for a few ales and brew based chat! If you would like any more information please email


A fab day for a feast on St John’s Hill

Fab Feast 008On Saturday the 17th of May we took part in the Fab Feast on St John’s Hill, a celebration of locally sourced food and drink.

Fab Feast 016

St John’s Hill came alive with market stalls selling everything from cup cakes to tacos. Thankfully the weather held out and it was a beautifully sunny day.

Fab Feast 022

Along with our Pumphouse Pale Ale and Junction on cask we took bottles of our new Battersea IPA and Battersea Rye and we are glad to say they got the locals seal of approval!


Introducing: Battersea IPA & Battersea Rye

Tuesday the 6th of May saw the launch of two new beers in our craft range, Battersea IPA and Battersea Rye. Both beers are available on draft in pubs and in 330ml bottles from our brewery shop and selected bottle retailers.

The inspiration for Sambrook’s new craft beer range has come from the growing worldwide craft beer movement and the desire for consumers to try an ever widening array of beers. Battersea Rye and IPA both take influence from US beer styles but keep Sambrook’s quintessentially British flavours.


Our new 330ml bottles

Our new 330ml bottles

Our Battersea IPA contains the finest Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt and Caramalt, Chinook Hops for bittering and Chinook and Citra Hops for aroma. The result is a deliciously crisp, hoppy, citrusy India Pale Ale.

Our Battersea Rye is made with Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt, Malted Rye, Crystal 400 and Chocolate Malt. Battersea Rye contains Northdown Hops for bittering and Bramling X and WGV Hops for aroma. Culminating in a bold and spicy rye ale with a well-rounded fruity flavour.

From left: John Cryne, Duncan Sambrook & Derek Prentice

From left: John Cryne, Duncan Sambrook & Derek Prentice at the launch


Our sales executive Mark and David Welsh enjoying our Battersea IPA

Our sales executive Mark and David Welsh enjoying our Battersea IPA

To celebrate the launch we held an event at The White Horse, the evening was a great opportunity for some of our customers and friends of the brewery to sample the new range.

From left: Helen (head of bottle retailers), Mary (office manager) & Sean (Head brewer)

From left: Helen (head of bottle retailers), Mary (office manager) & Sean (Head brewer)


Our friends from 'Simply Hops'

Our friends from ‘Simply Hops’

Thank-you to all who attended the launch,the evening was a great success!

If you would like more information about our new craft range please contact