Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,518 pages of information and 233,949 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
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
1800 William Worthington died and was succeeded by his sons. The Evans Brewery was later absorbed by Worthingtons
1819 Purchased Evans Brewery
1861 William Worthington (1797-1871) became the sole proprietor
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. 
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.