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Boddingtons is an English beer, originally from Manchester, United Kingdom that has been brewed for more than 200 years. The bitter is now sold in over 30 countries worldwide, and can be drunk on tap around the world in countries as diverse as New Zealand, China, the United States, and Canada.

Brewed in Manchester since 1778, Boddingtons contains 3.5% and 3.8% alcohol-by-volume in cask.

Boddingtons cans have widgets, providing a draught experience from a can.

1778 The Strangeways Brewery was founded by two grain merchants, Thomas Caister and Thomas Fry. The location of the brewery, just outside the city centre, was chosen to avoid a grain tax levied by local mills that belonged to Manchester Grammar School.

1832 Henry Boddington joined the brewery as a traveller, and eventually rose up to become a partner in the company.

1853 Henry Boddington borrowed money to become the sole owner of the enterprise.

1963 Acquired Richard Clarke and Co.

1985 Acquired Higson's Brewery.

1989 Boddingtons remained a family company until the last family chairman, Mr Ewart Boddington, sold the Strangeways Brewery and the Boddingtons beer brand to Whitbread for £50.7 million.

2000 In May, the Whitbread Beer Company was acquired by Interbrew.

2004 In September, InBev announced plans to close the Strangeways Brewery and move production out of Manchester to Magor in South Wales and Glasgow. However, the brewing of Boddingtons cask ale was moved to Hydes' Brewery in Moss Side, Manchester.

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