Wandle Ale

Wandle Ale was Sambrook’s very first beer. I will never forget the taste of the first brew, produced on 26th November 2008. It was a beautiful golden sunshine colour; clean and fresh, its sweetness cut by a delicate lingering bitterness. The very thought of it makes me thirsty.

What’s in a name? The River Wandle makes its way through Battersea and out into the Thames. It’s just a minute’s walk from the brewery and was our inspiration for the beer.

The river has helped shape London’s industrial heritage – much like London’s brewing industry. When we started brewing in Battersea we also discovered trout had returned to the river – which was now flourishing after years of misuse.  Interpreting this as a good omen, this inaugural golden ale was christened.