List of breweries in Berkshire

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This is a list of breweries in the English county of Berkshire. The list includes both operational and defunct breweries,[1] as well as microbreweries.[2]

Caveats[edit]

Some breweries, such as the Morland Brewery in Abingdon, were in Berkshire until border changes in the 1970s.[3] As such, these breweries are not included in this list. Similarly, some breweries (such as the Courage Brewery) have, at times, brewed beer in Berkshire. As these breweries were not based solely or primarily in the county, they are not included in this list.

List of breweries[edit]

Name Location Established Type Status Notes
Albion Brewery Newbury Unknown Unknown Unknown [4]
Aldermaston Brewery Aldermaston Wharf 1770 Commercial Acquired by Whitbread in 1950 [5]
Angel Brewery Reading Unknown Unknown Acquired by Morland Brewery in 1899 [6]
Atlas Brewery Newbury Unknown Unknown Unknown [7]
Bell Brewery Maidenhead 1854 Unknown Unknown [6]
Bickerton Brothers Bracknell Unknown Unknown Unknown [3]
Binghams Brewery Ruscombe 2010 Commercial Pre-operational
Blatch's Theale Brewery Theale 1830 Commercial Acquired by Ind Coope in 1965 [8]
Britannia Brewery Reading Unknown Unknown Acquired by Ind Coope in 1896 [6][9]
Burge & Company Windsor Unknown Unknown Closed in 1931 [3][10]
Butts Brewery Great Shefford 1994 Commercial Operational [1]
Castle Brewery Reading Unknown Unknown Unknown [11]
Crown Brewery Hungerford 1854 Commercial Acquired by Adnams Brewery in 1932 [6][12]
Diamond Brewery Newbury Unknown Unknown Unknown [6]
Eagle Brewery Newbury Unknown Unknown Unknown [6]
East Berkshire Brewery Maidenhead Unknown Unknown Unknown [6][13]
Flyer & Firkin Reading 1996 Brewpub Closed in 1999 along with parent company Firkin Brewery [1]
Fort & Firkin Windsor 1995 Brewpub Closed in 1999 along with parent company Firkin Brewery [1]
Greenwood's Brewery Wokingham 1994 Commercial Closed in 1997 [1]
Higgs Brewery Reading Unknown Commercial Unknown [14]
Langton Brewery Maidenhead Unknown Unknown Acquired by Nicholson and Sons in 1902 [6][15][16]
Manor Brewery Hungerford Unknown Unknown Unknown [6][11]
Meux's Brewery Company Crowthorne Unknown Unknown Unknown [3]
Mill Lane Brewery Reading Unknown Unknown Unknown [11]
Mitre Brewery Reading Unknown Brewpub Unknown [6]
Original Brewing Company Bracknell 1997 Brewpub Closed in 2000 along with parent company [1]
Phoenix Brewery Newbury 18th century Commercial Acquired by Ushers of Trowbridge in 1923 [17]
Pineapple Brewery Maidenhead Unknown Unknown Acquired by South Berkshire Brewery Company in 1902 [6][16]
Reading Lion Brewery Reading 1995 Brewpub Closed in 2001 [1]
Royal Brewery Windsor Unknown Unknown Unknown [6][18]
St Nicholas Brewery Newbury Unknown Unknown Acquired by South Berkshire Brewery Company in 1902 [6][15]
Simonds' Brewery Reading 1785 Commercial Merged with Courage Brewery in 1960 [15]
Thames Brewery Maidenhead Unknown Unknown Demolished and re-established as Bell Brewery in 1854 [6][15]
Thatcham Brewery Thatcham Unknown Unknown Unknown [19]
The Old Paper Mill Thatcham 2013 Microbrewery Pre-operational
Tudor Brewing Company Reading 1999 Brewpub Closed in 2000 [1]
Two Bridges Brewery Caversham 2009 Commercial Operational [1]
Victoria Brewery Reading Unknown Brewpub Acquired by Courage, Barclay & Simonds c. 1900 [6][15]
West Berkshire Brewery Yattendon 1995 Commercial Operational [1]
West Mills Brewery Newbury Unknown Unknown Unknown [11]
Windsor and Eton Brewing Company Windsor 2010 Commercial Operational [1][10]
Windsor Brewery Windsor Unknown Unknown Unknown [6]
Zero Degrees Reading 2007 Brewpub Operational [1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ a b "Beer we go! New brewery to open". Royal Borough Observer. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  11. ^ a b c d "South Berkshire Brewery Company". London Metropolitan Archives. The National Archives. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Pihlens, Hugh. "Crown Brewery". Hungerford Virtual Museum. Hungerford Historical Association. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  13. ^ Blake, John Hopwood; Whitaker, William (1902). The Water Supply of Berkshire from Underground Sources. London: Wyman and Sons. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  14. ^ Hill, Harold (1971). Images of Reading and Surrounding Villages. Reading Evening Post. ISBN 1-85983-024-2. 
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  16. ^ a b "Maidenhead Beer". Royal Maidenhead. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "Newbury Characterisation Report". West Berkshire Council. March 2006. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  18. ^ "The History of Pubs in the Windsor Area". The Royal Windsor Web Site. Thamesweb. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  19. ^ "Thatcham Brewery, Crown Street, Thatcham, Berkshire". The Historical Essex, London, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Berkshire, Kent, Suffolk, Oxfordshire, Sussex & Surrey Dead Pubs site in the South East of England. Dead Pubs. Retrieved 9 June 2010.