- 5.9 %
- 28.2 IBU
- 14 Plato
- Extra Special Bitter
Rich mahogany in colour, ESB tempts with aromas of orange marmelade, balanced by soft toffee. The hops impart grassy, peppery notes alongside hints of citrus fruit – while the Pale Ale and Crystal malts bring distinctive biscuity flavours. A smooth, delicate bitterness lingers on the palate to give a supreme finish.
Target, Challenger, Northdown, Goldings
Pale Ale, Crystal
By the time ESB launched in 1971, breweries had long been in the habit of producing an ‘ordinary’ bitter and ‘special’. Fuller’s special was the irreplaceable London Pride so they broke the mould and added a pioneering third style: an extra special bitter, brewed to a stronger 5.5 ABV. Since then, ESB has gone on to become a recognized beer style, imitated in breweries right across the world.
John Fuller was a wealthy country gentleman and he jumped at the chance to come aboard the brewing business, investing primarily on behalf of his son John Bird Fuller. In 1839, John Fuller died and passed control to his son, John Bird Fuller.
The younger Fuller moved quickly to make his mark, and he sought investment and expertise from third parties though, and John Smith – already helping to run a successful brewery elsewhere – was invited aboard. He invested on behalf of his son, Henry Smith, and his son-in-law, John Turner.
So it was that in 1845 Fuller, Smith & Turner came into being.
Since that date, the Griffin Brewery has gone from strength to strength. In 1929, exactly 100 years after the first Fuller had come to Chiswick, Fuller, Smith & Turner became a limited company. The brewery flourished, and the company continued to purchase and run a very successful pub business.
Following incorporation, a wave of acclaimed ales came out of the brewery. Chiswick Bitter arrived on the scene in 1930. Into the ‘50s, London Pride took centre stage. Then, in 1971, ESB was launched.
Awards started flowing as freely as the beer and Fuller’s became the first brewery to win the CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain award with three separate brews.
Of course, ales are still right at the heart of the brewery today, although it is now owned and operated by Asahi Europe following the sale of The Fuller’s Beer Company in April 2019.
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- CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain, Supreme Champion 1978, 1981, 1985,
- CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain, Category Winner 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991
- CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain, Other Medals in Category 1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2008
- Göteborg Beer and Whisky Fair 2017, Gold
- CAMRA Strong Bitter Category 2016, Bronze
- International Beer Challenge 2016, 2011, Bronze
- International Beer Challenge 2012, 2010, 2009, Silver
- World Beer Awards 2011, Europe’s Best Strong Pale Ale
- World Beer Cup 2006, Gold