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In 1905, Thomas Fentiman, an iron puddler from Cleckheaton, England was approached by a fellow tradesman for a loan. A deal was struck and a recipe for botanically brewed ginger beer was provided as security. The loan was never repaid so Thomas became the owner of the unique recipe. Thomas began using the recipe and producing botanically brewed ginger beer which he delivered door-to-door using a horse and cart for transport. His ginger beer was stored in hand made stone jars known as ‘grey hens’ which were stamped with an image of Thomas’ pet dog ‘Fearless’ who had won awards for obedience at the famous ‘Crufts’ dog competition. Fentiman’s ginger beer quickly became very popular and the family business grew, with several production factories being opened in the North East of England.
Still owned by the Fentiman's family, the brand has now branched out into producing a vast range of botanically brewed beverages, ranging from the traditional ginger beer to rose lemonade, Dandelion and Burdock and tonic waters. By replacing the original method of adding carbon dioxide with a gentle carbonation, the drinks have a longer shelf life and are widely popular.