After over 30 years in the brewing industry, Peter Jackson decided it was time to do his own thing and set up his own micro-brewery. Originally from the North East, Peter had previously lived and worked in London, and had, not to put too fine a point on it, drunk in many London Pubs. Having seen the growth of local breweries outside the capital, the beer range on the average London pub bar was fairly predictable, with any excitement coming from outside the capital. The opportunity seemed to be right for some new and exciting craft cask ales from the capital.
Southwark Brewing Company was the result, founded in SE1 near the site of two of the biggest breweries in London – Barclay Perkins and Courage Horseley Down, both closed in the 1980's. Housed in a railway arch, it is a perfect location for brewing and supplying pubs throughout the capital. SE1 is a buzzing developing area now dominated by The Shard, overlooking London Bridge Station which is undergoing a massive redevelopment to be open in 2018. Add to this London and Tower Bridges, the Thames Walk, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, HMS Belfast and many more tourist attractions, as well as many of the capital's best pubs.
Joined by lifelong drinking partner, Andy Nichol, the brewery was developed in 2014. Helped by old friend and master Micro-Brewer Sean Franklin (ex- Roosters, and the king of light golden pale ales) recipes were developed for the beers you can see above.
The team has expanded! In 2014, Kieran Leeks and Felix Jahn joined as general helpers, with Kieran taking an active interest in brewing. Early in 2015 Sam Gibbs joined as account manager and has been responsible for developing on Free Trade direct delivered business.
Most recently we have been joined by Danny Belcher who has taken over deliveries from Andy, Peter and Sarone Charles, who is rapidly organising everything.