HEINEKEN's history in the UK

HEINEKEN's history in the UK

1749

1749

Scottish & Newcastle can trace its roots back to 1749 when a 16 year old named William Younger arrives in Edinburgh to start work as a brewer.

1770

1770

John Barras Brewery is established in Newcastle, the first of the businesses that will eventually combine to form Newcastle Breweries.

1777

1777

Archibald Younger, William's son, sets up his own brewery in the grounds of the Abbey at Holyrood House. He develops a reputation for producing a quality product by using pure water and the best barley and hops.

1840

1840

Following a recession and poor harvest in 1838, William Younger & Company looks to the overseas market. With the improvement in passage times within a few years they are exporting to Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Americas.

1856

1856

29 year old William McEwan builds Fountain brewery in Edinburgh.

1883

1883

Tadcaster Brewery is founded.

1890

1890

John Barras & Co merge with three other brewers to form Newcastle Breweries.

1930

1930

McEwan's and Younger's merge to form Scottish Brewers Ltd.

1960

1960

Scottish Breweries merge with Newcastle Breweries to form Scottish & Newcastle Breweries. The new company aquires the Red Tower Brewery and renames it Royal Brewery.

1970s

1970s

Demand for Scottish & Newcastle's beers increases as never before and all areas of the group continue to grow.

1987

1987

Scottish & Newcastle acquires North West Brewer Matthew Brown, who owns craft brewer Theakston.

1995

1995

Scottish & Newcastle acquires Courage, making the combined group the biggest brewer in Britain.

2003

2003

Scottish & Newcastle assumes full control of the Bulmers brand in the UK.

2004

2004

Scottish & Newcastle announces that it intends to close the Fountain Brewery in Edinburgh, and acquire the smaller Caledonian Brewery.

2005

2005

Scottish & Newcastle confirms completion of the purchase of 37.5% of United Breweries, India's leading brewer. HEINEKEN introduces its portable draught beer system, the Heineken® DraughtKeg.

2008

2008

HEINEKEN acquires Scottish & Newcastle and incorporates it into its UK business, HEINEKEN UK, which is now the country’s leading cider and beer business.