History

William Everard brewed the first pint of Everards ale in 1849, and stated “No effort shall be found wanting in the production and supply of genuine ale of first rate quality”.

Today, over 160 years later, Everards Brewery is very much family run company with values that echo that of William Everard – We aim to provide first class quality goods and services to our customers.

We firmly believe in combining innovation and modern technology with the best of traditional values and practices throughout the business, whether it’s customer service, brewing, or our pubs. “Tradition with ambition” as Chairman Richard Everard says.

Our pub estate comprises over 170 pubs that vary from city centre venues and community locals to village inns. All our pubs are within our heartland, a 70 mile radius of our Leicestershire brewery (pictured below).

We brew high quality award winning ales and have a core range featuring Beacon Bitter, Tiger Best Bitter, Premium Ale Original and Sunchaser Blonde.

We also brew seasonal and event beers at various points throughout the year, including popular Autumn Ale Equinox and Festive Ale Sleighbell.

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


Portrait of Richard Anthony Spencer Everard, OBE DL

Richard Anthony Spencer Everard, OBE DL

Richard Everard attended Eton College where he continued the family’s sporting tradition by playing football, cricket, rugby and Eton Fives at the highest level for the school. He then went on to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, where his training included a winter warfare course with the Norwegian army, learning Arctic survival and combat techniques. He was commissioned into the Blues and Royals at Windsor in 1973 and during the next five years served in England, Northern Ireland, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece and Jamaica. He also played rugby, cricket and skied for his regimental teams.

Richard married Caroline Anne Hill in 1981 and they have two children- Charlotte, born in 1985, and Julian who was born two years later. Serena, Richard’s sister, trained as a professional florist, working with Constance Spry. In 1978 she married Charles Richards, a great friend of Richard’s since their time at Sandhurst together. They have three boys, Edward, Jaime and Harry. In 1990 Richard asked her to join the board as a non-executive director, in which capacity she has been a valuable member of the team.

After leaving the army, Richard joined Everards Brewery in 1977. He spent a year at the Horsleydown Brewery in London training as a brewer, which included delivering beer on the drays. In 1979, after almost two years intensive training across the brewing industry, he returned to Leicester to take up the post of District Manager in the Everards Managed House Department. Keen to formally develop his commercial awareness Richard undertook training, which led to the ‘Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction’ in 1986. A short time after, Richard was appointed Chairman of Everards, taking over from Adrian Weston.

Following the tradition of four generations of Everards, Richard has become actively involved in the local community. In 1997 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire. In 2002, during Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee year, he was High Sheriff of Leicestershire and in 2003 was appointed Vice Lord Lieutenant of the county. In 2007 Richard was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force. He has held senior roles with several local charitable organizations including Age Concern Leicestershire and Rutland, Leicestershire Police Charitable Trust and Leicestershire and Rutland Crimebeat. Richard is also managing trustee of the Everard Family Foundation, which since its inception in 1970 has donated nearly £1 million to a multitude of charitable causes within the East Midlands.

In 2009, Richard was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Leicester, the highest accolade the university can award. Richards’s on-going commitment to the community was recognized in 2011 when he was awarded an OBE in the Queens New Years Honours list.

A keen sportsman since his days at Eton, Richard continues to enjoy a range of sports including skiing, golf,tennis and scuba diving- a passion which he jointly shares with his wife Caroline. Richard prefers his horsepower to be vehicular and this is reflected in his enthusiasm for both two and four wheeled motorized sports.

2012

Launch of Project Artisan

An evolution of our Project William initiative which was launched in 2007, Project Artisan aims to place local food and drink businesses such as bakers, chocolatiers and butchers in our pubs and property.

In September, following a £250,000 investment into converting a former pool table supply shop; Everards launched Stirchley Stores and Bakery in Birmingham with Tom Baker, a local artisan baker.

2012

International Awards Success

Following on from our success in 2011, Everards ales again achieved international awards success.

Everards award winning Tiger, Beacon and Original bottled ales proved their class by scooping gold and silver medals at two prestigious International and UK beer events.

Beacon ale proved top of the hops, by claiming a Gold award at the 2012 British Bottler’s Institute Awards. It makes Beacon a multi-award winning ale after claiming a Diploma of Excellence in 2011.

Tiger Best Bitter also took a podium finish as it claimed a silver medal to add to last year’s gold success.

Making a hat-trick of awards, Everards Original in bottles won the silver medal at the International Beer Challenge 2012 and in doing so made it a second consecutive award winning year, having claimed a bronze medal in 2011.

2011

Gold Success for Everards

In September Everards was accredited Gold Status for the Investors in People award and in doing so became one of only 11 businesses in Leicestershire to achieve the gold standard.

From the team of assessors who carried out the accreditation process, one of the judges commented: One of the most striking elements of working life at Everards is the fact that people recognise it to be a business where people treat one another with dignity, respect and kindness. Such are embedded within the Everard values."

2011

Awards Success For Everards Beers

Everards beers were recognised again for an array of awards in 2011. Tiger Best Bitter received a Gold Medal at The Brewing Industry International Awards in the International Keg Ale competition, class 2 (ABV range 3.8%-4.7%). This was followed by another Gold Medal at the British Bottlers’ Institute Competition for Ales, Lager and Cider.

Beacon Bitter received a ‘Diploma for Excellence’ at British Bottlers’ Institute Competition for Ales, Lager and Cider. This followed an earlier award at the Leicester CAMRA beer festival where Beacon was awarded overall winner of the Bitter category.

Everards Original received a Bronze at the International Beer Challenge, an international recognized symbol of quality. The overall result was that each of Everards bottled beers had been recognized for an award in 2011.

2010

Publicans' Pub Company of the Year 2010

In 2010 Everards once again received the coveted title of ‘Pub Company of the Year’ in 20-199 outlets category; firmly establishing the companies’ vision to support great people to run great pubs.

2008

Publicans' Pub Company of the Year 2008

Everards’ 2007 success was followed up in 2008 when the brewer received the accolade of Regional Brewery of the Year at the Publican Awards.

2007

Publicans' Pub Company of the Year 2007

Everards received recognition for ‘Pub Company of the Year’ in the tenanted/leased 100+ outlets category in March 2007.

2007

Launch of Project William Initiative

Project William was launched in order to enable Everards to team up with local breweries and publicans and transform struggling or closed pub businesses into thriving ale houses. Currently there are over 20 Project William pubs across our heartland.

2006

Cyclops Beer Tasting Notes system developed

Working in conjunction with CAMRA and several other industry bodies, Everards launched Cyclops, a new tasting notes profiling system to help customers distinguish beers from one another. To date Everards has profiled over 1,200 beers.

2004

Double win for Everards beers

It was an award winning double act for Everards Original and Tiger Best Bitter at the 2004 Brewing Industry International Awards. A gold medal was awarded to Everards Original in the Cask Conditioned Ale 4.6-6.9% abv class and Tiger Best Bitter won Silver in the brewery conditioned ale 3.6%-6.9% abv class.

2002

Sponsorship of the Leicester Tigers

Two of Leicester’s most famous tigers joined forces when Tiger Best Bitter became Official Beer of the Leicester Tigers as part of a £1million sponsorship deal.

1999

A Royal 150th Celebration

On the 26th February HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited Castle Acres to unveil a plaque commemorating Everards’ first 150 years of trading under continuous, family ownership. As part of the celebrations, a special commemorative ale was launched called ‘Tiger Triple Gold.’

1998

Everards Gains Investors in People Award

Everards was recognized for its commitment to their most valuable asset when the company received the Investors in People Award in 1998.

1994

Beacon Bitter wins CAMRA award

Following on from Beacon Bitters earlier Gold medal at the Brewing Industry International Awards, it was announced as winner of the 1994 CAMRA Champion Beer of Great Britain Competition.

1991

Everards philosophy published

Richard Everard and his new management team established the Everards Company Philosophy which stated the principles on which the company would operate.

1990

Beacon wins Gold Award

Beacon Bitter won its class at the 1990 Brewing Industry International Awards.

1988

Richard Everard becomes chairman

After working with Everards Brewery Ltd for over 15 years, Richard took on the role of Chairman on 1st of January 1988 and he continues to fulfill his duties and play an active role within the business to the present day.

Portrait of Patrick Anthony William Beresford Everard

Patrick Anthony William Beresford Everard

Patrick Anthony William Beresford Everard (or Tony Everard as he was known to by many) was aged 27 when he took over the responsibility for running the company. Like his father, Tony Everard had first chosen a career in the army and, after leaving Eton, had attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in Berkshire. In 1941, at the age of nineteen, he took a Regular Commission with Royal Horse Guards. Serving as a Captain, he was wounded in action in 1944 while serving in Normandy after the D-Day landings.

Tony joined the family company on the 14th of October and following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Tony Everard took his public responsibilities very seriously, serving as a Rural District Councillor for Barrow on Soar for twenty-five years and becoming High Sheriff of Leicestershire in 1964.

A keen sporting enthusiast, Tony supported many local sporting organizations with donations of equipment and finance and in 1978 created the family charitable trust ‘The Everard Foundation.’

Tony inherited his father’s love of flying and earned his fixed-wings pilot’s license in 1947. He was known for his passion of helicopters and acquired his helicopter license in 1963. In 1966 he founded the Helicopter Club of Great Britain and opened a heliport at his home, Ratcliffe Hall. His work in the organization of the British Helicopter Championships was marked by the award of the Paul Tissandier Diploma in 1976 by the federation of Aeronautique Internationale.

Tony was also a dedicated skier, he founded the ‘B and B’ (‘Black and Blue’) ski club at St. Moritz. Amongst his many sporting interests, Tony was a life-long squash player and coach; he represented Leicestershire and in 1979 reached the semi-finals of the British Vintage Squash Championships. On the threshold of his sixties he took up rowing and was instrumental in founding the National Rowing Centre at Holme Pierrepoint.

1985

Rutland Vintners Purchased

Rutland Vintners is located in Rutland providing a wide range of wines, beers and spirits and is open to members of the public.

1982

Original Ale Wins Gold Medal Award

Original wins Gold Medal at London Beer Festival: Old Original won not only the gold medal for the best brew in the strong ale class, but also the Supreme Championship Gold Medal in competition with 70 individual brews, entered by 49 different brewers.

1982

Castle Acres brewery and offices fully opened

18 months after Tony first cut the turf, the new brewery and offices were ready for use and provided over 91,000 square feet of space including 136 parking spaces at a total cost of £11 million pounds.

1981

Tony Everard cuts turf at Castle Acres

1979

Grove Farm in Narborough Purchased

The continuing growth of the business placed increasing pressure on the facilities at Castle Street. This resulted in the company purchasing land near the M1, with a plan to build a new office and distribution complex.

1978

Everard Foundation Started

Since its inception, the Everard Family Foundationhas donated over £1 million to a multitude of charitable causes within the East Midlands.

1978

Another 24 Pubs Purchased

An acquisition of 24 pubs from Ruddles Brewery, at a cost of £730,000, increased the number of Everards pubs to 150.

1976

£2 million invested into Family Pubs

Ensuring that Everards pubs remained amongst the countrys best pubs required a programme of continuous upgrading across the estate. Tony Everard’s strategy was to develop the idea of ‘Friendly Inns’ which would feel like ‘an extension of your front room.’

1973

Everards Buys it's first Computer

With technology becoming more and more prevalent, Everards purchased a new ICL 1901A computer, at a rather modest cost of £70,000.

1972

Tigers Head corporate logo Introduced

1972

Tiger Talk is 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 heartland.

1972

Tony announces Richard Everard to join the company

1949

Patrick Anthony William Beresford Everard takes 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 1946.

Portrait of Sir William Lindsay Everard, J.P., D.L

Sir William Lindsay Everard, J.P., D.L

William Lindsay Everard was 34 years old when his father died and control of the company was passed to him. During World War 1 he served in the Leicestershire Yeomanry from 1914 to 1917, rising to be adjutant. He saw active service in France with the 1st Life Guards until the end of hostilities in 1919.

William Lindsay married Cornelia Ione Kathleen Armstrong on the 28th of September 1917. They had two children, Bettyne Ione in 1919 and Patrick Anthony William Beresford in 1922. The family moved into Ratcliffe Hall, Leicestershire the same year and after the war, Sir Lindsay followed the family tradition and was active in local public life.

He became a J.P in 1923, Deputy Lieutenant of the County in 1924 and High Sheriff in 1924. He followed his grandfather’s long service in local politics and came as no surprise when he took to national politics and to Westminster. In 1924 he stood as the Conservative Party candidate for the Melton constituency in the General Election. Using Ratcliffe Hall as his headquarters, he campaigned using the slogan, “If you work hard for Everard, he’ll work hard for you.” Stanley Baldwin’s Conservatives won with an overall majority of more than 200 seats, one of whom was Melton’s new Member of Parliament, Lindsay Everard.

He took his seat in Westminster for the first time in November 1924 and served his constituency for over twenty years. In 1939 he received a knighthood from King George VI for his services to commerce and aviation.

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.

1949

The death of Sir William Lindsay Everard, J.P., D.L

1946

Everards' First Fleet Of Lorries

Steam dray fleet replaced with Lorries: As developments in the world of transport gained speed, it was important that Everards adopted the latest style of vehicles and this saw the introduction of Lorries which would come to replace the steam powered dreys.

1936

Everards Brewery Ltd is born!

W.Everard & Co Ltd becomes Everards Brewery Ltd: As the performance of the country and the company improved post the Depression of the early thirties, it was a good time to invest and so a successful share issue commenced and the company was renamed to reflect this.

1932

Labour tax rises hit beer sales

The Labour government increases tax on beer by 1d, resulting in a 25% slump in sales of Everards beers.

1931

Southgate Street Brewery is closed

During the years of the Depression, in the early 1930’s, unemployment in Britain rose to over 3 million and industry suffered. W.Everard & Co Ld saw its output fall by almost a fifth and consequently the decision was made to close the brewing operation at Southgate Street.

1925

Everards becomes a Limted company

Under the direction of Sir Lindsay Everard, W.Everard & Co Ltd swiftly formed, and the business valued at £394,313.

1925

Sir William takes up the Everards Mantle

Sir William Lindsay Everard, J.P, D.L. takes control of the company. William was 34 years old when his father died and control of the company passed to him.

Portrait of Thomas William Everard, J.P., D.L.

Thomas William Everard, J.P., D.L.

Thomas William Everard was born on the 8th of September 1851, the year the Great Exhibition was staged by Prince Albert in Crystal Palace in London. He was the youngest of three children and joined his father’s firm at an early age. Thomas became very involved in his work at the brewery. He was so fond of his work he did not like to take holidays.

In 1890 a new partnership was formed to run the company- Everards, Son and Welldo. The partners were Thomas, his 69 year old father William, and a local wine and spirits merchant. Charles Leeds William Welldon.

Thomas took over the running of the brewery after the death of his father William, in 1892. He married Florence Muriel Nickisson of London on the 28th of September 1888. They had two children-William Lindsay, born in 1891, and his sister Phyllis Muriel, born three years later. William Lindsay would later go onto run the brewery.

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, and, in 1905, High Sheriff.

1925

The death of Thomas William Everard, J.P., D.L.

1920

John Sarson and Son purchased

Purchased John Sarson and Son wine and spirits merchants allowing Everards to expand into the free trade-market.

1901

Trent Brewery becomes new company base

The operation at Trent Brewery became so successful that we decided to purchase the freehold from the Marquess of Anglesey and it was renamed Tiger Brewery.

1900

Everards Pubs on the rise

By 19001, W. Everards & Co had acquired freeholds and leases of over 70 pubs – increasing the popularity of their ales even further.

1899

W. Everard & Co is born

Fourteen days after the 50th anniversary of the founding of the company, the partnership of Everard, Son & Welldon was dissolved and W.Everard & Co. was formed in its place and the company became the sole property of the Everard family.

1898

Burton's Trent Brewery Leased

As demand for ales continued to rise, Thomas took the decision to lease Trent Brewery in Burton which had links to its railway system.

1892

Burton Bridge Brewery Leased

In the 1800’s the town of Burton had become famous for its beers and notably the water which was perfect for brewing pale ales. As a result of increased demand for our ales we leased Burton Bridge Brewery.

1892

Thomas Everard heads the brewery

Thomas Everard joined the firm from an early age and in December, after the death of his father William, took control over the running of the brewery.

Portrait of William Everard, J.P

William Everard, J.P

William Everard was born on 13th July 1821 in a country where the Industrial Revolution was still in its infancy, and farming remained the largest single occupation. William married Mary Ann Bilson on27th March 1847, they had three children- one of which was Thomas William who would eventually continue his fathers work at the brewery.

On the fifth October 1849, William entered into partnership with Thomas Hull, a local maltster. They leased the existing brewery of Messrs Wilmot and Co. on Southgate Street, Leicester. The brewery became well established during William’s forty two years in charge.

As a successful and responsible Victorian citizen, William took public service seriously and devoted a larage amount of time to several public bodies. He joined the Leicester Highways Board on its constituition, and served for twenty years as its chairman. He was an energetic supporter of the Conservative Party, arranging meetings and political gatherings at his house, eventually becoming chairman of the Harborough Division.

Continuing to operate his farm as well as run his business, William also became prominent in local agricultural affairs as a member of the Chamber of Agriculture and Leicestershire Agricultural Society, founded in 1833.

1892

The death of William Everard, J.P

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

1892

Bridge Brewery is leased to keep up with demand

Everard, Son and Welldon lease Burton Bridge Brewery from Henry Boddington & Co Ltd. This allowed gave us an additional capacity of 10,000 barrels of beer per year.

1890

Everards becomes 'Everard, Son and Welldon'

Charles Leeds Welldon, a local wines and spirits merchant, joins the partnership which then becomes Everard, Son and Welldon.

1887

Everards aquire the New Inn, Enderby

Everards’ first pub, the New Inn in Enderby was purchased on the 6th June by William. The pub is still part of the Everards estate today.

1875

Southgate Street Brewery Opened

Designed by William Everards nephew John Everard, a partner in local architect’s practice Pick Everard; the new Southgate Street brewery was built to cope with increasing demand for Everards beers.

1849

William Everard founds company with Thomas Hull

Thomas was a local maltster and the new partnership resulted in taking over the brewery of Messrs Wilmot and Co.