charles wells

A history of innovation

As a family brewery since 1876, we’ve spent almost 140 years brewing distinctive beers and serving customers in our welcoming pubs.

We have a proud history of bringing innovation to the brewing industry.  From our flourishing international business, which has introduced enthusiastic consumers in more 40 countries to the delights of British beer, to our inventive marketing that’s helping to make ale modern, we’re always looking out for new products, new experiences and – best of all – new customers.

How we’re structured

We have over 200 tenanted and leased pubs and several managed houses in the UK which are set at the heart of the communities they serve.  We’ve also taken our great British pub experience further afield, and now have eleven sites spanning five cities in France, all bearing the Charles Wells name.

Our brewery in Bedford produces some of the nation’s favourite ale ranges from the well-loved Bombardier, Young’s, Courage and McEwan’s ranges through to our quirky brews such as Banana Bread Beer and Double Chocolate Stout.  Incorporating tastes from around the world into our portfolio we also brew premium Japanese lager Kirin Ichiban, and distribute the “beer of Barcelona” Estrella Damm in the UK.

All of our UK pubs are also supplied with the finest vintages by Cockburn & Campbell, our wine division.

As our business in Scotland goes from strength to strength, we’ve also established a dedicated Scottish division, McEwan’s Beer Company which is part of the Charles Wells family and based in Edinburgh