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1799 - Where it all began

Greene King’s story began when Benjamin Greene arrived in Bury St Edmunds with a mission to brew high quality beers using the very best ingredients. Greene's Brewery was born.

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Benjamin partners with William Buck – an elderly yarn-maker looking for a strong investment to secure his retirement. Together they buy the 100-year-old Wright’s Brewery in Westgate Street and rename it Westgate Brewery.


Benjamin Greene

Benjamin Greene moved to Bury St Edmunds in 1799 to establish his own brewing business, Greene's Brewery

Frederick King

Frederick agreed to join forces with Edward in 1887 to form Greene, King and Sons.

Our Brewhouse

By the 1930’s Greene King’s success required new, larger premises so we built a new brewhouse – Westgate Brewery. Our beautiful art deco brewhouse was completed in 1938 and we’re still using the building to brew all of our beers today. It’s designed so that gravity transfers the ingredients from one floor to the next for each stage of the brewing process.We’re really proud of our heritage, it has taught us a lot.

Westgate Brewery, built in 1938
The first mash in the new brewhouse took place in 1938

It’s exciting to think that we’ve had a brewery on our site since 1700. But even more impressive is that brewing in the town can be traced back as far as the Domesday book in 1086.

We’re also proud that we are as passionate about our beers today as our brewing ancestors were before us. We know it’s this innate passion in our people that means we brew quality beers day in, day out.