Brewing in Bristol

Jacob Street Brewery

See W. J. Rogers

James & Pierce, 6 Bedminster Parade, Bedminster Bridge

Listed in directories of 1856 and listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory.

Jameson, Pim & Co., Brewers Hall, Lewins Mead

I'm not sure if this the same Lewins Mead Brewery listed below.

John Jeffrey & Co.

Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory as being at 40 & 41, Baldwin Street.

Richard Jones & Co.

Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory as being at Sussex Street, St. Philips.

Lawrence Hill Brewery

An early 19th century trade card shows a brewery at Lawence Hill being owned by Walter Williams but I do not know if this is the same brewery that was later owned by Charles Garton. Charles Garton was listed in the Kelly's directory of 1883 at the Lawrence Hill address and 1, Baldwin Street. The brewery was acquired by the Anglo-Bavarian Brewery Co. Ltd. of Shepton Mallet in 1898. Anglo-Bavarian was formed in 1864 and closed in 1920. Garton's used a double drop fermentation system (see Zythophile) but instead of dropping the beer from the large initial fermentation tuns into pontos to continue the fermentation in the same room the beer was dropped into a lower fermenting or cleansing room.

Lewins Mead Brewery

Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory as being owned by J. H. Lockley & Co. One of the breweries that were amalgamated in 1888 to form Bristol United Breweries.

Richard Lewis

Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory as being at the Cathay

J. H. Lockley and Sons

Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory as being at Lewins Mead. One of the breweries that were amalgamated in 1888 to form Bristol United Breweries.

James Milford

Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory as being at the Trout Brewery, Cherry Street.

R. W. Miller & Co. Pale Ale Brewery, 48 Stokes Croft

In the Kelly's directory of 1883 the premises was listed as being owned by Harvey & Co. Originally based in Maylord Street, Hereford and known as the Star Steam Brewery. It was acquired by Arnold, Perrett & Co. Ltd. when it moved to Bristol in 1889 and was registered in December 1893. It was acquired by Georges & Co. Ltd. in 1911 along with 48 public houses and closed in May 1948.

Robert Francis Nurse

Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory as owning a brewery at Hanham Green.

Old Market Brewery, Old Market Street

Acquired by the Ashton Gate Brewery Co. Ltd. in May 1911. I do not know if this is the same brewery as W. J. Rogers', Jacob Street Brewery which also fronted Old Market Street.

Porter and Strong Beer Brewery

The brewery was formed by Jacob Wilcox Ricketts (1754-1839) in Bath Street - later the home of the giant Courages' brewery. The brewery was purchased by Georges' in 1788.

This advert appeared in the 1st August 1807 edition of Felix Farley's Bristol Journal...

Strong Beer Brewery for Sale or Rent

TO BE DISPOSED OF, THE valuabe PORTER & STRONG BEER BREWERY, now carried on by FRY, BALL & Co. in this city.- The premises are furnished with every convenience for an extensive trade; adjoin the intended Floating Harbour, against which there is a substantial Quay Wall, with great depth of water; and are admitted to be one of the best arranged and most commodious Breweries in England.

It was amalgamated with the Tucker Street Brewery in 1816.

Bristol Porter Brewery

Bristol Porter Bewery, Bath Street
This is a company letterhead from sometime between 1788 and 1808
Image from Bristol Trade Cards by John Winstone, Reece Winstone Publishing, 1993

Redcliffe Brewery, Redcliffe Street

See Daniel Sykes & Co. I do not know if this is the same as the Redcliffe Mead Brewery.

Redcliffe Mead Brewery

In the Kelly's directory of 1883 was listed as being owned by Bishop & Butt Ltd. One of the breweries that were amalgamated in 1888 to form Bristol United Breweries.

Redcross Brewery, Lawford Street

No information yet on this brewery.

M. Reynolds & Company

One of the breweries that were amalgamated in 1888 to form Bristol United Breweries.

Lewis Richard & Co., Railway Arches, Bath Bridge

No information yet on this brewery.

Jacob Wilcox Ricketts

See Porter and Strong Beer Brewery.

Robinson & Co.

Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory as being at St. Johns Bridge.

William John Rogers, Jacob Street Brewery

The brewery was founded in 1845 in premises in Jacob Street, Old Market. It was listed in the Kelly's Directory of 1883. It was registered July 1894 with 25 tied houses. It was acquired by H. & G. Simonds Ltd of Reading in 1935 and ceased brewing in 1952.

Roger's Brewery

Roger's Brewery around 1889 showing the "double -drop" system of fermentation.
The beer is first fermented in the upper tuns for 12 to 16 hours then dropped into the pontos below to continue fermentation.
Image from Zythophile

Alfred Barnard in his "Noted Breweries of Great Britain & Ireland" published between 1889 and 1891 said that...

On either side of this extensive room, which is upwards of 50 feet high, are long galleries supported by iron columns containing a most impressive collection of fermenting vessels. They are 18 feet wide, and contain … ten fermenting rounds of large capacity, constructed of English oak … Placed on the floor of the tun room, beneath the galleries, there are to be seen a similar number of cleansing squares, each measuring 20 feet by 12 feet, which are used for receiving the partially fermented liquor from the "rounds" above. They are all fitted with powerful attemperators and copper parachutes, also a skimming apparatus for taking the yeasty head off the beer simultaneously and driving it into the parachutes.

Royal York Cresent Brewery, Clifton

A early 19th century trade card gives the owners as Carter & Brown.

St. Michaels Brewery, St Michaels Hill

Listed in the Kelly's Directory of 1883 as being owned by the Gibbings Brothers.

St. Pauls Brewery, Victoria Street

In the Kelly's directory of 1883 were listed as being owned by Bowley & Bristow, Victoria and Bishop Streets. One of the breweries that were amalgamated in 1888 to form Bristol United Breweries

Thomas Salt & Co.

Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory as being at 16, Small Street.

George & Thomas Spencer

Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory as owning a brewery at Temple Gate.

Daniel Sykes & Co., Redcliffe Brewery, 107 Recliffe Street

Established 1753 the brewery was registered March 1889. Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory. It merged with Bristol United Breweries Ltd. in 1897 and closed in 1898.

Trout Brewery, Cherry Street

Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory as being owned by James Milford.

Tucker Street Brewery, St. Thomas's

See Georges & Co. Ltd. and James Grimes

James & Thomas Usher, Horfield Road and New City Brewery, River Street, St. Judes

Formed in 1856 and registered in March 1889. The Horfield Road address was listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory which also listed a stores address at Long Row, Thomas Street. This address is sometimes listed as being in Victoria Street. It merged with Bristol United Breweries Ltd. in 1897 and closed in 1898

Henry and George Vallance, 107 Redcliffe Street

In operation in 1856 but no other information yet on this brewery.

E. W. Ward, Montague Place, Kingsdown

Listed in the 1883 Kelly's Directory as Ward & Hewett.

W. Whitbread, 17 Victoria Street, St Pauls

In operation in 1856 but no other information yet on this brewery.

Walter Williams

An early 19th century trade card gives him as the owner of the Lawrence Hill Brewery.

Walter Williams' Lawrence Hill Brewery

An early 19th century tradecard for Walter Williams' Lawrence Hill Brewery
Image from Bristol Trade Cards by John Winstone, Reece Winstone Publishing, 1993

Sources :-

A History of Beer and Brewing by Ian Spencer Hornsey, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2003
AIM25 - information on Bristol United Breweries
Bristol & Co. by Helen Reid, Redcliffe Press, 1987
Bristol Beer Factory
Bristol Brewery
Bristol City Council - the sale of Fry, Ball & Co.'s Porter and Strong Beer Brewery
Bristol's Lost Pubs - General pub information
Bristol Trade Cards by John Winstone, Reece Winstone Publishing, 1993
George Morgan Gosling
Gloucestershire Pubs
Kelly's 1883 Street Directory
Noted Breweries of Great Britain & Ireland by Alfred Barnard, 4 volumes, 1889 to 1891
Princess Charlotte obelisk - part of the Public Monument and Sculpture Association website - information on Jacob Wilcox Ricketts
The original George's brewery ... before George's - Bristol Past - Has the conveyance of the Tucker Street Brewery to Georges'
Yeamans Family
Youth Culture and Nightlife in Bristol by Meg Aubrey, Paul Chatterton and Robert Hollands. University of Newcastle upon Tyne,
Zythophile - information on the double-drop fermentation system and some of Bristol's breweries

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