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Charles Wells brewery was founded in 1875 by Charles Wells, who bought an exisiting brewery with 32 pubs in Bedford. The company moved to modern purpose built premises in Havelock St, Bedford, in1976. The company merged with the London brewery Young’s in 2006, splitting off the pub owning business to become a brewing only operation under the name Wells & Young’s which then acquired the rights to the Courage brands. In 2011 Charles Wells acquired 100% control of the brewing and reintegrated the pub business. The company again operates under the Charles Wells name, though still with control of Courage and Young’s brands.


Type: Commercial Brewery

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Places associated: Lamb (Youngs), Lord Wargrave (Young’s), King’s Head Theatre (Youngs), Three Mariners (Youngs), Clapham North (Youngs), Wood House (Youngs), Dragon (Wells), Cutty Sark (Youngs), Coach and Horses (Youngs), Guinea (Young’s), Prince Alfred (Young’s), Swan Inn (Youngs), Dirty Dick’s (Young’s), Britannia (Young’s), Burnaby Arms (Charles Wells), Angel and Greyhound (Youngs), Mulberry Bush (Youngs), Highbury Vaults (Youngs), Victoria (Youngs), Castle (Charles Wells), Gordon Arms (Charles Wells), Old Sun (Charles Wells), King’s Head (Youngs), Anchor & Hope (Charles Wells), Calthorpe Arms (Young’s), Devonshire Arms (Charles Wells), Foresters Arms (Charles Wells), White Cross (Youngs), Old Ship (Youngs), Watermans Arms (Youngs), Dog & Fox (Youngs), Rose & Crown Hotel (Youngs), Seven Stars (Wells & Youngs), Half Moon (Youngs), Buckingham Arms (Young’s), North Western (Wells & Youngs), Watts Arms (Wells), Oyster Shed (Youngs), Windmill (Youngs), Paternoster (Youngs), Duck on the Pond (Wells), Two Boats Inn (Wells), Bull Inn (Wells & Youngs), Lass O’ Richmond Hill (Youngs), Mitre (Youngs), Dolphin Inn (Charles Wells), Dog & Bull (Young’s), King’s Arms (Young’s), Rising Sun (Youngs), Bedford Arms (Charles Wells), White Horse (Charles Wells), Golden Ball (Wells & Youngs), Salisbury Arms (Charles Wells), Founders Arms (Young’s), Wheatsheaf (Youngs), Richard I (Young’s), Plough, Bull (Youngs), Flask (Young’s), Dunstan House Inn (Youngs)
Web: charleswells.co.uk/   º   Facebook: WellsBrewery   º   Twitter: @WellsBrewery   º   info@charleswells.co.uk

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Brewed at Charles Wells by/for Borough (Lancaster)
 Borough Indian Pale Ale   rate  R   C  3.6    2.88  1    |  
Brewed at Charles Wells
 Charles Wells / Dogfish Head DNA New World IPA   rate 4.5    2.97  36  21  259    |  
 Courage Best Bitter (Bottle/Can/Keg)   rate 3.8    2.48  11  3  80    |  
 Courage Best Bitter (Cask)   rate 4    2.71  19  12  137    |  
 Courage Dark Mild   rate 3    2.76  26  13  9    |  
 Courage Directors (Bottle/Can/Keg)   rate 4.8    2.89  30  21  338    |  
 Courage Directors (Cask)   rate 4.8    2.88  29  20  181    |  
 Courage Light Ale   rate 3.2    2.3  8  1  45    |  
 Courage Russian Imperial Stout (2011+)   rate 10    3.85  99  87  521    |  
 Crest Pilsner / Export    A 
 Crest Super (10%)   rate 10    1.83  2  3  77    |  
 Crest Super (8.4%)   rate 8.4    1.66  1  1  105    |  
 Davys Old Wallop    A 
 John Bull Blonde Lager   rate 4.8    2.71  19  48  12    |  
 John Bull Premium Ale / Bitter Ale   rate 5.3    3.02  44  45  68    |  
 McEwan’s 70 Shilling (Pasteurised)   rate 3.7    2.79  24  20  105    |  
 McEwan’s 80 Shilling (Pasteurised)   rate 4.2    2.91  31  40  66    |  
 McEwan’s Amber   rate 4.2    2.73  20  14  38    |  
 McEwan’s Best Scotch   rate 3.6    2.75  7    |  
 McEwan’s Champion   rate 7.3    3.24  59  39  250    |  
 McEwan’s Export   rate 4.5    2.53  12  4  236    |  
 McEwan’s Gold   rate 4    2.97  2    |  
 McEwan’s India Pale Ale   rate 4.5    2.62  15  7  419    |  
 McEwan’s IPA   rate 4    2.85  27  30  30    |  
 McEwan’s Lager (Can)   rate 3.6    1.97  3  37  54    |  
 McEwan’s Red (Can)   rate 3.6    2.79  25  21  17    |  
 McEwan’s Scotch Ale   rate 8    3.53  90  84  971    |  
 McEwans Signature   rate 5.2    2.84  26  13  52    |  
 Mongoose   rate 5    2.45  11  88  38    |  
 Wells & Youngs A Good Stuffing   rate 4.5    2.88  30  35  16    |  
 Wells & Youngs Odd Ale    A 
 Wells Banana Bread Beer (Bottle)   rate 5.2    2.97  36  29  1432    |  
 Wells Banana Bread Beer (Cask)   rate 4.5    2.94  34  44  49    |  
 Wells Bombardier Burning Gold (Bottle)   rate 4.7    2.83  25  25  188    |  
 Wells Bombardier Burning Gold (Cask)   rate 4.7    2.82  25  31  48    |  
 Wells Bombardier Glorious English (Bottle)   rate 4.7    3.24  59  86  1129    |  
 Wells Bombardier Glorious English (Can & Keg)   rate 4.3    3.16  49  90  10    |  
 Wells Bombardier Glorious English (Cask)   rate 4.1    3.07  45  79  275    |  
 Wells Bombardier Reserve The Colonels Choice   rate 6    3.17  52  50  50    |  
 Wells Bombardier Satanic Mills   rate 5    3.18  67  42  72    |  
 Wells Bombardier’s Spring Campaign   rate 4.2    2.8  1    |  
 Wells Bowman Stout (Bottle)   rate 5.2    3.29  73  55  71    |  
 Wells Bowman Stout (Cask)   rate 5    2.86  3    |  
 Wells Charlie Wells Dry Hopped Lager   rate 4.7    2.95  7    |  
 Wells Charlie Wells Triple Hopped IPA   rate 5.2    3  2    |  
 Wells Christmas Cheer (Cask)   rate 5.5    2.83  5    |  
 Wells Diamond Jubilee   rate  R  4    2.74  2    |  
 Wells Discovery Golden Ale (Cask)   rate 4.5    2.94  2    |  
 Wells Dog’s Baubles    A 
 Wells Dragoon Pale Ale   rate 10    2.68  8    |  

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