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Wells Brewery

Founded in 1876, Wells Brewery are the masters of many a recognisable name.  Charles Wells Ltd (also known as Charles Wells Brewery and Pub Company, and previously as Charles Wells Family Brewery) was founded by Charles Wells in 1876. In 1875, a two and a quarter acre site came to auction on the banks of the River Ouse as it ran through Bedford. This site contained both a coal depot and a brew house; included in the price were 35 pubs, mainly in Bedford and the surrounding area. Wells thought that beer would always be in demand, and with the help of his father he purchased the site and began work to turn the small brew house into a fully fledged brewery which could serve the county. As water is an essential ingredient for any beer, good quality water is needed in order to create the best beer. In 1902, Wells climbed a local hill a couple of miles from the brewery and sank his own well to tap into an underground reservoir of water, purified through layers of chalk and limestone. All Charles Wells beer, and with the recent joint venture with Youngs all Youngs beers, are made with water drawn from this well. By 1976, exactly 100 years since the company was established, the brewing operation moved from the Horne Lane site to a new site, the Eagle Brewery on Havelock Street. The move came about due to an increased demand for the company's beers, spurred on by a deal with Red Stripe brewery Desnoes & Geddes. This offered the company the chance to install the most up-to-date brewing equipment, and a state of the art bottling line. The company is still in the family's hands, with the fifth generation coming into the business.

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  1. Youngs Courage Light Ale 24x 275ml Case
    £22.99

    A popular light ale with all the characteristics you'd expect from Wells & Young. It's light, crisp and refreshing. Enjoy...
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  2. Eagle Brewery Banana Bread Ale 8x 500ml
    £14.99

    Formerly known as Wells Banana Bread, this ale charms the nose with distinct banana aromas tempered by notes of grass and lemon. This foreshadows a palate of peppery hops and a lingering dry...
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  3. Courage Director Traditionally Brewed Ale 8x 500ml
    £13.99

    This premium cask ale has a strong following throughout the country. Courage Directors was originally brewed exclusively for the Directors of the Alton brewery, but following public demand, the beer was made available to the public. It is...
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  4. Wells Bombardier Burning Gold Ale 8x 500ml
    £15.99

    A blend of fine malts, hops and natural mineral water produces this instantly refreshing beer. Zesty aromas waken the senses, leading to a dry, crisp flavour with more than a hint of citrus on the palate and a smooth lasting...
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  5. Wells Waggle Dance Honey Beer 8x 500ml
    £14.39

    With a touch of honey on the nose and palate, Waggle Dance balances sweetness with a healthy dose of hops to provide an exciting and invigorating taste...
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  6. Bombardier Glorious English Ale 8x 500ml
    £14.49

    Bombardier Glorious English is a popular premium ale notable for its burnt ruby colour, peppery aromas and palate of tangy hops and...
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  7. Courage Director Traditionally Brewed Ale 24x 500ml
    £32.99

    This premium cask ale has a strong following throughout the country. Courage Directors was originally brewed exclusively for the Directors of the Alton brewery, but following public demand, the beer was made available to the public. It is...
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  8. Youngs Courage Light Ale 24x 275ml Case
    £0.99

    A popular light ale with all the characteristics you'd expect from Wells & Young. Youngs Courage Light Ale is light, crisp and refreshing, with a mildly dry aftertaste. Enjoy...
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  9. Wells Bombardier Ale 24x 500ml
    £29.99

    Wells Bombardier is a popular premium ale notable for its burnt ruby colour, peppery aromas and palate of tangy hops and...
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