In celebration of National Beer Day today, June 15, this is what it is like inside Wimbledon's very own micro brewery.

With pop-up bars at this weekend's village fair on Wimbledon Common, the local beer brewed in Colliers Wood is just within your grasp.


The Wimbledon Brewery has been going from strength to strength since it opened for business just two years ago. It has recently collaborated with national pub retailer and brewer Greene King and with Marks and Spencers, which has made the local brews available in its stores across London.

A seasonal "Common Pale Ale", named after Wimbledon's very own Common, is also launching in Molson Coors pubs across the country this month.

Founder Mark Gordon established the Wimbledon Brewery in 2014, 125 years after the original brewery burnt down.

He is joined by master brewer Derek Prentice, who has 50 years of experience in the industry. Mr Prentice recently received the lifetime achievement award from the Society of Independent Brewers.

The brewery's tanks currently produce 8,640 pints a brew, but there are plans to expand the business.

A stalwart institution in Wimbledon history, the Brewery was started by William Cook in 1832 and originally stood in Wimbledon High Street where the old fire station is today. The brewery was taken over by William Quartermaine in 1880, who built the five-storey tower brewery, the highest building in Wimbledon at the time.

A fire i 1889 destroyed all the brewing equipment and machinery, but the main structure of the building was left intact and can still be seen today.

At it's new site and with new branding, the Wimbledon Brewery logo incorporates the image of the tower, the phoenix and barley and hops, representing the heritage and fire that destroyed the old brewery.