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John Smith's Ltd. The Brewery
Not open to the public (as far as I know)
High Street
Tadcaster LS24 9SA
Telephone: +44 (0) 1937 832091


Opened: 1787

Contributor: Mario Kornmesser

Formerly Courage Brewery.

A history lesson, courtesy of Andrew Bissett:

Long ago in 1775, Samuel Smith and John Smith (Who were brothers) decided to set up a brewery in Tadcaster. This turned out to be quite successful as their recipie was one of the best in the world at the time. Just a few years later in 1778, John and Samuel had an argument. The result of this was that John went and set up his own brewery next door to Samuels'. To this day, Sam Smiths brewery stands where it was originally founded. John smiths brewery still stands where it was today, but its history is much more complicated.

Updated: January 23, 2013


Beer List

  • 3.60% abv.

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    • Date: July 7, 2003 (#4949)
      Package: draught
      Place: Peabody's Ale House, Oshkosh WI
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Golden. Thick head. A few little chunks from the draft line. Clean aroma, malty, a little fruity. Light body. Buttery. Real nice toasty malt flavor under the diacetyl.
    • Date: May 8, 1996 (#1456)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 11½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Amber, moderate carbonation, good head. Some diacetyl aroma. Lots of diacetyl, lots of DMS. Tastes like malty cabbage.

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