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Webster's Brewery

Webster's Brewery
FounderSamuel Webster
Defunct1996 (brewery) Brands ongoing
Area served
United Kingdom
ProductsPale ale, stout, lager
Production output
1.3 million barrel brewery capacity (included lager and Wilsons production (1990));[1] 40,000 barrels (2007)[2]
Revenue£100 million (1990)
OwnerSilvan Brands Ltd
Number of employees
~600 (1982)[3]

Webster's Brewery (Samuel Webster & Sons Ltd) was a brewery that was founded in 1838 by Samuel Webster and operated at the Fountain Head Brewery in Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. Webster's Green Label, a light mild, and Yorkshire Bitter gained national distribution after the company was taken over by Watney Mann in 1972. Throughout the 1970s it was known for the advertising slogan: "Drives out the northern thirst".

The brewery was closed with the loss of 400 jobs in 1996. The brand had suffered lower sales after marketing support was withdrawn following its acquisition by Courage Brewery in 1990. After the brewery's closure, Webster's beers were initially brewed at the John Smith's Brewery in Tadcaster before moving to the Thomas Hardy Brewery at Burtonwood in 2004. Silvan Brands have owned the company since 2003 when they acquired it from Scottish & Newcastle.

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  2. ^ Alcoholic Drinks: Euromonitor from trade sources/national statistics.
  3. ^ A non-profit trade body and professional institute for agencies in the UK's media and marketing communications industry, 1982, p. 52.