Banks's Brewery

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The year is 1875. It’s a quiet day in Wolverhampton, that is, until the first oak barrel of fresh cask ale rolls out of Park Brewery. Thomas Banks, along with his son Henry and two employees kicked off their day by opening the doors to their new brewery.

Banks and his son started brewing in 1874, but only established Park Brewery in 1875. Since then, Banks's Brewery has been brewing at Park Brewery in Wolverhampton.

By the early 1880s, Park Brewery already had 13 employees churning out delicious brews under the skillful direction of Henry, given that Thomas had retired by then. Unfortunately, the brewery found itself in large amounts of debt nearing the end of the 1880s and was saved by one of its creditors - George Thompson.
George already had experience with handling breweries, given that he was overseeing both the Dudley and Victoria Breweries. Thus, it came as no surprise that he was able to steer all three breweries back on track, and even merged all three together in 1890 to push them further. And so, in the Spring of 1890, Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries Ltd. was formed as a public company made up of three local brewing businesses.

During the 1960s, like many large regional breweries, the company expanded into selling other products, including Romanoff vodka, Harp lager, and Kronenbourg. Following the acquisition of several breweries, the company went on to acquire and control 2,300 breweries and pubs, with Mansfield and Cameron as notable purchases, by the end of the millennium.

Banks’s Brewery eventually settled down under Marston’s and has continued brewing its iconic beers since!

Banks’s signature brews

Banks’s most iconic beer is its Amber Bitter, a deep, gold bitter with biscuit malt flavours and delicate citrus notes. The delightful beer has a bittersweet finish and fruity overtones. Another popular beer of Banks is the original Bitter - a solid traditional brew that has a solid malt base and a delightful finish that stays true to its name.

Banks’s Brewery today and beyond

Banks's Brewery, nestled comfortably in the heart of Wolverhampton, is more than just a brewery; it's a living testament to the enduring traditions of craftsmanship and really great beer. With a history dating back to 1875, Banks's Brewery has produced beloved ales like Banks's Bitter and Amber Bitter that have won the hearts of the locals and gone on to charm beer drinkers internationally.
 

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