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Allied Breweries
107 Station Street
Burton-upon-Trent DE14 1JZ

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Opened: 1777

Contributor: Paul Kidger

Formerly one of Britain's "Big Six" brewing companies, Allied brews no more. Here's a brief history, courtesy of ex-Allied employee Paul Kidger:

Allied Breweries pulled out of the brewing business from about 1990. Initially the partnership Carlsberg Tetley was formed, later totally owned by Carlsberg. The Burton brewery was sold to Bass, who in turn sold all of their breweries to Interbrew. In 2002 the DTI forced the division of the Interbrew acquisitions so this brewery became under the control of Coors.
The breweries in Romford, Alloa and Wrexham have all closed. Romford is now a shopping centre, Alloa has been demolished and Wrexham is being dismantled. Both these latter breweries had wonderful Copper brewhouses by Christian Berner of Sweden.
The Burton brewery was founded by Mrs Mary Ind from Romford. The company became Ind Coope, then Ind Coope and Allsops which then took on the Alloa and Wrexham breweries plus interests all over the world especially East Africa. In 1961 the amalgamation took place to form Allied Breweries with Ansells of Birmingham, Tetleys of Leeds, Walkers of Warrington amd later Showerings (babycham etc) Britvic, Victoria wine. In about 1978, they bought Lyons of tea coffee ice cream and other foods. In about 1980, fragmentation started with various companies being sold off ending up with Allied Domeq concentrating on the wines and spirits business.
Allied Domecq, the company remaining after the beer business was sold, has subsequently been purchased by Pernod Ricard, who own a number of whisky/whiskey distilleries in the UK and Ireland together with many other drinks interests. So finally the 'Allied' name has dissappeared after about 40 years.

Updated: March 7, 2009

Beer List

    • Date: May 1, 1995 (#911)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 12½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Amber, moderate carbonation and head. Malty nose, but Redhook-ish. Somewhat cloying, some bitterness, nothing in the middle. No balance at all.
    • Date: July 5, 1993 (#127)
      Package: draught
      Place: Lyon's Brewery, Dublin CA
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Amber...a bit pale. Not much aroma. Good crystal flavor, but a little oversweet. More like a Brown Ale.