We are excited to announce the launch (Friday 13th October 2017) of Epsom’s first brewery in over 90 years. Right here at The Jolly Coopers on the AONB of Epsom Common, we are opening Fuzzchat Micro Brewery.
Our Beers & Tasting Room
Our tasting room will be arriving in time for winter, this will be a great space to get a sneak peek of what brews are coming to our taps.
In the early part of next year, we will be announcing our beer club keep in touch on social media to be the first to find out about it.
Where did we get the name?
A Fuzzchat is a name given to anyone who was born on Epsom common. We thought it appropriate as our brew shed has been standing on the common for so long to give the brewery this fitting name.
A little History
Our brew shed has seen several changes over the years, once a blacksmith for all the horses passing by on the way to Epsom Downs racecourse. In more recent years it became a barman’s cottage but without power or running water, it soon became a storeroom & not much else. Over the past decade or two, it saw very little investment, love or care and became used as a pigeon loft for some of the pub’s locals & finally became derelict when the roof fell in and the middle floor became unsafe to stand on. When the Irwins took over the pub in 2015 they decided to restore it to its previous state & began work on turning it into the microbrewery of today.
Epsom’s brewing history
With thanks, John @CAMRA Kingston & Leatherhead branch for the following information about the previous breweries in Epsom:
R&F Pagden, Hope Brewery, Church Street. There was a brewery on the site from 1769 and it came into the ownership of the Pagden family in 1824. The brewery closed and was mostly demolished around 1921 when acquired by Barclay Perkins of Southwark. Church House, which still exists in Church Street was originally part of the brewery. Pagden’s pubs eventually became part of the Friary Meux (and then Allied Breweries) estate.
William George Bradley & Son, Epsom Brewery, Ashley Road. Acquired by Page & Overton of Croydon in 1903 and closed. The brewery buildings survived until 1985 when they were demolished during the town centre redevelopment. The pubs eventually became part of the Charrington estate.
If you know anything else about Epsom’s brewing history please feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or on our social media pages.