BREWING BEER AND RUNNING PUBS SINCE 1799
It’s our rich heritage of more than 200 years that has taught us how to be the welcoming hosts and successful brewers we are today.
As one of the oldest working breweries in the UK Greene King’s historic brewery based in Bury St Edmunds dates back to 1799, with brewing in the town documented as far back as the Doomsday Book.
Greene King as we know it today started its life at two separate breweries. Benjamin Greene moved to Bury St Edmunds in 1799 and established a brewery. Within 7 years he had joined in partnership with William Buck, an elderly gentleman looking to invest in a business and together they bought Wrights Brewery which they re-named Westgate brewery on the current site today. By 1836 Benjamin had retired and passed the brewery onto his son Edward. In 1868 a rival brewer, Frederick King acquired Maulkins Maltings a stone’s throw from Westgate Brewery and named its St Edmunds Brewery. Edward Greene and Frederick King operated as competitive neighbouring brewers until 1887 when, over their joint love of great beer, they decided to merge the businesses. Greene King and Sons was formed. In 1938 the current Brewhouse was built producing ½ million pints of finely crafted beer a day.
Using water from its own aquifers below ground Greene King still brews using the traditional gravity method established by Benjamin Greene. The jewel in Greene King brewery’s crown is its large ancient oak vats from which it produces 5X, a 12.5% abv rich distinctive beer. Oak aged for two years, the ale is rarely served in its purity due to its scarcity, but instead is blended with Old Speckled Hen, the UK’s number one premium ale, to create the deliciously rich and fruity Old Crafty Hen. Greene King has some of the UK’s favourite beers in its portfolio, including Greene King IPA, which has the fastest rate of sale of any cask ale in the on trade. Last year over 32 million pints of Greene King IPA were brewed, the equivalent of filling six Olympic sized swimming pools. Other beers include Abbot Ale, named in honour of the abbots who used the brew at the Abbey of St Edmunds in Bury St Edmunds, Yardbird Pale Ale and the most recent addition, Ice Breaker, a deliciously refreshing pale ale brewed by Greene King’s brewing apprentices.
Greene King Brewing and Retailing Limited, Westgate Brewery, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1QT, +44 (0) 1284 763222, Company Registration No. 3298903
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