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Charles Wells

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: Dirty Dick’s (Young’s), Burnaby Arms (Wells & Youngs), Calthorpe Arms (Young’s), White Horse (Wells & Youngs), Watts Arms (Wells), Golden Pheasant (Wells & Youngs), Richard I (Young’s), Devonshire Arms (Wells & Youngs), North Western (Wells & Youngs), King’s Head Theatre (Youngs), Victoria (Youngs), Golden Ball (Wells & Youngs), Pied Bull (Youngs), Coach and Horses (Youngs), Highbury Vaults (Youngs), Foresters Arms (Wells & Youngs), Angel and Greyhound (Youngs), King’s Head (Youngs), Old Sun (Wells & Youngs), Kings Arms (Young’s), Castle (Wells & Youngs), Gordon Arms (Wells & Youngs), Bedford Arms (Wells & Youngs), Lass O’ Richmond Hill (Youngs), Plough (Youngs), Guinea Grill (Young’s), Prince Alfred (Young’s), Flask (Young’s), Bull Inn (Wells & Youngs), Clapham North (Youngs), Rising Sun (Youngs), Three Mariners (Youngs), Salisbury Arms (Wells & Youngs), Lord Wargrave (Young’s), Britannia (Young’s), Founders Arms (Young’s), White Cross (Youngs), Old Ship (Youngs), Watermans Arms (Youngs), Dog & Fox (Youngs), Rose & Crown Hotel (Youngs), Buckingham Arms (Young’s), Lamb (Youngs), Cutty Sark (Youngs)
Web: charleswells.co.uk/   º   Facebook: wellsandyoungs   º   Twitter: WellsAndYoungs   º   info@charleswells.co.uk

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 Borough Indian Pale Ale   rate 3.6    2.88  1    |  
 Charles Wells / Dogfish Head DNA New World IPA   rate 4.5    3.04  45  32  153    |  
 Cobra Bite with Apple   rate 4.3    2.02  7  16  16    |  
 Cobra Bite with Blood Orange   rate 4.3    2.02  5  16  18    |  
 Cobra Bite with Lemongrass   rate 4.3    2.05  7  7  16    |  
 Cobra Bite with Sweet Lime   rate 4.3    2.02  6  18  19    |  
 Cobra Light   rate 4.3    1.68  1  8  22    |  
 Cobra Silver Label   rate  R  4.4    3  1    |  
 Courage Best (Cask)   rate 4    2.7  21  13  134    |  
 Courage Best (Pasteurised)   rate 3.8    2.49  13  4  74    |  
 Courage Dark Mild   rate 3    2.76  26  13  9    |  
 Courage Directors (Cask)   rate 4.8    2.88  32  21  177    |  
 Courage Directors (Pasteurised)   rate 4.8    2.88  33  22  293    |  
 Courage Light Ale   rate 3.2    2.34  9  1  41    |  
 Courage Russian Imperial Stout (2011+)   rate 10    3.83  99  88  460    |  
 Crest Pilsner / Export    A  5    0   
 Crest Super   rate 8.4    1.68  1  1  100    |  
 Crest Super 10%   rate 10    1.85  2  3  68    |  
 Davys Old Wallop    A  4.8    0   
 John Bull Blonde Lager   rate 4.8    2.68  21  50  10    |  
 John Bull Premium Ale / Bitter Ale   rate 5.3    3.02  44  45  68    |  
 McEwan’s 70 Shilling (Pasteurised)   rate 3.7    2.78  26  21  99    |  
 McEwan’s 80 Shilling (Pasteurised)   rate 4.2    2.9  35  41  62    |  
 McEwan’s Amber   rate 4.2    2.72  21  13  32    |  
 McEwan’s Best Scotch   rate 3.6    2.75  7    |  
 McEwan’s Champion   rate 7.3    3.23  67  41  218    |  
 McEwan’s Export   rate 4.5    2.53  14  4  214    |  
 McEwan’s Gold   rate 4    2.97  2    |  
 McEwan’s India Pale Ale   rate 4.5    2.62  17  8  416    |  
 McEwan’s IPA   rate 4    2.83  28  27  20    |  
 McEwan’s Lager (Can)   rate 3.6    1.99  4  39  52    |  
 McEwan’s Red (Can)   rate 3.6    2.77  24  19  15    |  
 McEwan’s Scotch Ale   rate 8    3.52  93  88  945    |  
 McEwans Signature   rate 5.2    2.78  25  8  39    |  
 Mongoose   rate 5    2.44  12  88  35    |  
 Wells & Youngs A Good Stuffing   rate 4.5    2.84  29  30  14    |  
 Wells & Youngs Odd Ale    A  4    0   
 Wells Banana Bread Beer (Bottle)   rate 5.2    2.98  40  31  1323    |  
 Wells Banana Bread Beer (Cask)   rate 4.5    2.92  36  45  43    |  
 Wells Bombardier (Cask)   rate 4.1    3.07  47  84  265    |  
 Wells Bombardier (Pasteurised)   rate 5.2    3.24  68  88  1040    |  
 Wells Bombardier Burning Gold (Bottle)   rate 4.7    2.81  27  26  170    |  
 Wells Bombardier Burning Gold (Cask)   rate 4.7    2.81  27  33  26    |  
 Wells Bombardier Reserve The Colonels Choice   rate 6    3.14  54  49  47    |  
 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    3.27  73  55  71    |  
 Wells Bowman Stout (Cask)   rate 5    2.86  3    |  
 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 Dragoon Pale Ale   rate 10    2.68  8    |  
 Wells Eagle IPA (Cask)   rate 3.6    2.68  19  11  71    |  
 Wells Eagle IPA (5%)   rate 5    2.53  14  1  169    |  
 Wells Eagle IPA (Bottle)   rate 3.6    2.8  27  24  24    |  
 Wells Eagle Smooth   rate 3.6    2.47  8    |  
 Wells Fargo (Bottle)   rate 5    3.23  3    |  
 Wells Fargo (Cask)   rate 5    2.86  2    |  
 Wells Golden Cauldron   rate 4.1    2.87  5    |  
 Wells IPA    A  5    0   
 Wells John Bull (Cask)   rate 4.1    2.89  34  39  11    |  
 Wells John Bull Finest Bitter / Ale   rate 4.8    2.86  32  16  123    |  
 Wells Josephine Grimbleys Strong Ale   rate  R  5    2.48  2    |  
 Wells Lager   rate 5    2.5  16  91  57    |  
 Wells Lock Stock and Barrel (Cask)   rate  R  4.3    2.59  2    |  
 Wells Manchester United Lager   rate 5    2.46  3    |  
 Wells Naked Gold   rate 4.1    2.76  29  33  11    |  
 Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale   rate 5    3.09  48  58  246    |  
 Wells Summer Solstice (Cask)   rate 4.1    2.78  30  23  20    |  
 Wells Waggledance (Bottle)   rate 5    2.75  23  26  117    |  
 Wells Waggledance (Cask)   rate 4    2.7  21  21  79    |  
 Young’s 1831 Anniversary Ale   rate  R  4.1    2.7  3    |  
 Young’s Bitter (Bottle conditioned - 4.5%)   rate 4.5    3.05  46  80  115    |  
 Young’s Bitter (Bottle)   rate 3.7    2.88  32  36  119    |  
 Young’s Bitter (Cask)   rate 3.7    3.01  43  70  194    |  
 Young’s Blonde   rate 4.2    2.77  5    |  
 Young’s Camden Cracker   rate  R  4.5    2.8  1    |  
 Young’s Champion   rate 5    3.04  48  77  111    |  
 Young’s Christmas Ale (Cask)   rate 4.3    2.95  39  49  30    |  
 Young’s Christmas Pudding Ale   rate 5.5    2.95  41  28  150    |  
 Young’s Double Chocolate Stout   rate 5.2    3.75  98  99  3472    |  
 Young’s Hummingbird   rate 4.2    3  42  58  37    |  
 Young’s Jubilee Ale   rate  R  4    2.74  5    |  
 Young’s Light Ale   rate 3.2    2.39  10  2  74    |  
 Young’s London Gold / Kew Gold (Bottled/Keg)   rate 4.8    2.94  38  48  129    |  
 Young’s London Gold / Kew Gold (Cask)   rate 4    2.86  31  39  102    |  
 Young’s London Porter   rate 4.2    3.25  71  49  13    |  
 Young’s London Stout   rate 4.3    3.25  71  51  22    |  
 Young’s Oatmeal Stout (London Stout)   rate 5.2    3.52  93  93  1015    |  
 Young’s Old Nick   rate  R  7.2    3.56  95  76  782    |  
 Young’s Prince of Ales   rate  R  4.8    2.77  3    |  
 Young’s Ram Rod (Cask)   rate 5    3.11  52  63  28    |  
 Young’s Ram Rod (Pasteurised)   rate 5    3.15  56  75  375    |  
 Young’s Ruby Star   rate 5.5    3.27  78  90  28    |  
 Young’s Special   rate 4.6    3.12  52  68  96    |  
 Young’s Special (Cask)   rate 4.5    3.01  43  69  171    |  
 Young’s Special London Ale   rate 6.4    3.53  93  97  911    |  
 Young’s St Georges Ale   rate 5.2    3.12  54  66  257    |  
 Young’s St Georges Ale (Cask)   rate 4.3    2.93  38  43  30    |  
 Young’s Sundown   rate  R  4.1    2.7  2    |  
 Young’s Super Ale   rate  R  10    2.83  3    |  
 Young’s Waggledance (Bottle)   rate  R  4    2.79  26  31  296    |  
 Young’s Winter Warmer (Bottle)   rate 5    3.14  53  72  482    |  
 Young’s Winter Warmer (Cask)   rate 5    3.17  59  53  118    |  
 Younger’s Best   rate 3.1    2.74  5    |  
 Younger’s Draught Tavern Bitter   rate  R  3.2    2.39  2    |  
 Younger’s IPA   rate 3.9    2.68  2    |  
 Younger’s No. 3   rate 4.5    2.96  6    |  
 Younger’s Scotch Bitter   rate 3.7    2.77  1    |  
 Younger’s Tartan Special   rate 3.7    2.38  10  2  14    |  
 Younger’s Wee Willie   rate 4.5    2.84  1    |  
 Youngers 1749   rate 3.7    2.84  5    |  
 Youngs Double Chocolate Stout (Cask)   rate 5.2    3.55  94  94  36    |  
 Youngs Export Lager    A  4.8    0   
 Youngs London Lager    A  5    0   
Brewed at Caledonian (Heineken UK)
 McEwan’s 60/-   rate 3.2    2.68  19  11  12    |  
 McEwan’s 70 Shilling (Cask)   rate 3.7    2.54  15  5  15    |  
 McEwan’s 80 Shilling (Cask)   rate 4.2    2.88  33  38  24    |  

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