Where now for Youngs beers as Marstons buys Charles Wells?

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2017 by kmflett


In the beginning there was Youngs brewery in Wandsworth that, as CAMRA noted, was the only brewery in London to hold out against the keg tide in the 1970s and stick with cask. Youngs ordinary in particular was a marvelously bitter beer, brewed with London water and the seasonal Winter Warmer was revered.

Eventually Youngs sold their brewery for redevelopment and entered into a partnership with Charles Wells in Bedford to brew their beers there. In due course Youngs licensed the brand to Wells and became a pub company.

Now Charles Wells are selling up to Marstons. While the Morning Advertiser report doesnt make the matter clear, the implication is that the existing Bedford brewery will be shut (and presumably redeveloped) and the brewing of Young’s beers will be done by Marstons.

Does it matter?

I’d suggest it does. CAMRA after all has a LocAle campaign around beers being brewed locally to where they are drunk. It makes environmental sense and it means local tastes are catered for. Marston’s make some good beers, but is the Youngs beer they produce likely to be much to do with the Wandsworth bitter of yesteryear?

We shall see



3 Responses to “Where now for Youngs beers as Marstons buys Charles Wells?”

  1. – and do you remember having a “pint of mixed”? Happy hours spent at The Green Man, aloft Putney Hill, on Putney Heath. Sad, and it was also my training brew in my rugby days, despite being a cellar man in a Fuller’s pub …

  2. Third pint of Youngs Special in the Flask, Hampstead. With her!
    Oh! pleasant exercise of hope and joy!
    For mighty were beer-engines which then stood
    Upon our side, we who were strong in love!
    Bliss was it in that dusk to be alive,
    But to be young was very heaven! — Oh! times,
    In which the meagre, stale, forbidding ways
    Of custom, law, and statute, took at once
    The attraction of a country in romance!
    [Furthermore: it was 1967; and we had a decent Labour government.]

  3. The current taste of Young’s beers is nothing like it was when brewed in Wandsworth. It’s far
    too creamy and it’s unique flavour is a thing of the past. You can take the beer out of Wandsworth but not the Wandle.

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