The Rise of Everards

Everards Brewery is based in Leicstershire and is one of the biggest breweries in the UK. The brewery own over 175 pubs across 14 counties in the East Midlands.

However, have you ever wondered how Everards got where they are today?

Well wonder no more! We have a little list showing you

 The Rise of Everards.

So without further ado let's get right into the list!

In 1849 a man by the name of Thomas Hull who was a local maltster decided to take over the brewery Messrs Wilmot and Co. along with his friend and business partner William Everard.

Skip a few years and in 1875 the demand for Everard beers had grown so much that they had to open a new brewery by the name of Southgate Street Brewery. This brewery was built by Williams nephew, John Everard. This was to keep up with high demands.

1887, Everards acquired there first pub. The New Inn. The pub was purchased by William on the 6th June and to this day it is still owned by Everards.

In 1890 a man by the name of Charles Leeds Welldon, a local wines and spirits merchant, joined the partnership. This sparked a name change for the company. Everards then became Everards Son and Welldon.

1892. William Everard passed away at the age of 71. William died peacefully in his sleep. He had been a successful farmer, brewer and family man and his legacy was to form a foundation for Everards Brewery. His personal achievements are reflected by the fact that at the time of his death, the company owned not only the Southgate Street Brewery but also an estate which totalled over forty pubs in and around Leicester.

 Following the death of William in 1892, Thomas Everard took the reins of Everards Brewery. He joined the company at an early age and after the death of his father he took control.

In 1899 the partnership that the brewery had with Charles Leeds Welldon had dissolved and the name of the brewery was changed once again. W.Everards & Co was born and the brewery was owned solely by the Everards family.

By 1900, W. Everards & Co had acquired freeholds and leases of over 70 pubs – increasing the popularity of their ales even further. Everards pubs where on the rise.

Skipping 20 years in 1920, Everards purchased a local wine and spirits merchants by the name of John Sarson and Son. This allowed Everards to expand into the free trade market at the time.

1925. Thomas William Everard passed away. Thomas enjoyed both country and urban life and was an active member of the Leicestershire Agricultural Society, as was his father. He continued the Everards tradition of public service and, like his father; he became a J.P. before being made a deputy Lieutenant of the County.

 Again following the death of another member of the Everards family.  The business was still being run by the Everards family and in 1925 Sir William Lindsay Everard took Control. Sir William was 34 years old and the son of Thomas Everard.

Staying in 1925, under the control of Sir Lindsay Everard, W.Everard & Co Ltd quickly formed, and the business then valued at £394,313.

During the years of 'The Depression' in the early 1930's the unemployment rate in Britain was at a record high of over 3 million and many industries suffered heavily. W.Everards % Co Ltd had noticed the fall of its output and this was by almost a fifth. Due to this Sir Lindsay Everard made the difficult decision to close the brewing operation at Southgate Street.

In 1936 Everards Brewery Ltd was born! As the performance of the country and the company improved after The Depression, it was a good time to invest and so a successful share issue commenced and the company was renamed to reflect this.

1949. The world lost another member of the Everards family. Sir William Lindsay Everard passed away. Sir Lindsay had a lifelong interest in aviation, gaining his private pilot’s license in the 1920s. He became president of the Royal Aero Club, the County Flying Club, and the Leicester Aero Club.

 Again following the death of  his father Patrick Anthony William Beresford Everard took control.  ‘Tony’ (as he was known to by friends and family) joined Everards on the 14th October 1947 and following the death of his father, Lindsay, took overall responsibility for Everards Brewery Ltd in 1949.

During the year of 1972 Tiger Talk was established. Amongst his many roles including public service, toast master and local personality, Tony was also editor of Tiger Talk – the Everards Company Journal. The magazine still exists today and is distributed to each Everards pub across the country.

In 1978 the Everards Foundation was born. This is because ever since Everards was founded they have donated over £2,000,000 to notable, charitable causes within the East Midlands.

In 1982 Original Ale won its first gold medal award for best Brewing in the strong ale class at a London beer festival. This was the first of many awards for Everards Brewery.

Richard Everard became president of Everards Brewing. He was with the business for 15 years and took over the business at the turn of the new year on January 1st 1988. He is still doing this role to the present day.

Going into the 2000's Everards have now won numerous awards including national and international awards. During the years of 2007-2010 they won 3 Publicans pub company of the year awards.

In 2007 The Project William Initiative was born. This was to enable Everards to team up with struggling breweries to help either turn them around or reopen them.

British Beer and Pub association pub champion. This was awarded to Everards Brewery in 2013. The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK's leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and around half of Britain's 50,000 pubs.

In 2014, Everards was awarded with the prestigious CAMRA Bill Squires award for their work supporting microbreweries. This award is voted by the local CAMRA branches across the East Midlands.

Looking towards the future, Everards Brewery will stay firmly in the hands of the Everards family. They have long term plans to expand their pub estate and to increase the popularity of their ales both inside and outside of the country, “concentrating,” to quote Richard Everard “on developing the business for the next generation.”

Everards have owned The Five Lamps for over 10 years now and we are still known for being one of the best pubs in Derby and also known for having a Everards Tiger ale in the middle of our huge selection of ales.

This entry was posted on October 22, 2016