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June 1932.

of Burton on Trent, Staffs

Worthingtons is an English draught beer. First brewed in Burton upon Trent in 1744, the beer is now owned by Coors Brewers who are more famous for the popular lagers Carling and Grolsch.

c1761 The Worthington and Co Brewery was founded by William Worthington (1723-1800) who with the help of his wife Ann Tarratt purchased a brewery in the High Street for 320 pounds from Richard Cummings of Repton

1791 His two sons, William Worthington (1764-1824) and Thomas Worthington were involved in the business and in this year they married the daughters of Henry Evans, a successful Burton brewer

1800 William Worthington died and was succeeded by his sons. The Evans Brewery was later absorbed by Worthingtons

1819 Purchased Evans Brewery

1825 William Worthington (1797-1871) inherited the business from William Worthington (1764-1824)

1861 William Worthington (1797-1871) became the sole proprietor

1871 The business passed to William Worthington (1797-1871)'s sons, William Henry Worthington, Calvert Worthington and Albert Octavius Worthington.

1889 Prospectus for public listing. Stated as oldest in Burton being founded in 1750. Site now covers 11 acres. Directors are William Henry Worthington, Albert Octavius Worthington, William Posnette Manners and Horace Tabberer Brown. [1]

1894 Henry died leaving no heirs and William Posnette Manners, the brewery manager became the major shareholder

1927 The brewery merged with Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton, ending a long standing rivalry between two of the town's major brewers, forming Bass and Worthington. Worthington continued to brew their own beer.

1957/58 Worthington overtook Bass in sales.

1967 The brewery was closed and subsequently demolished but brewing of Worthington's bitter continued.

Since 2000 Worthington's White Shield India Pale Ale has been brewed in small quantities at Coors White Shield microbrewery.

2008 Worthington's draught bitter is still brewed.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Morning Post - Monday 14 January 1889
  • [1] Wikipedia
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5