200 years of brewing excellence

1777-1824 1843-1875 1888-1925 1957-1972 1978-1985 1986-1998 1999-2002 2004-2007

1777

Daniel Thwaites born.

1784

Betty Duckworth born to Edward Duckworth.

1807

Daniel Thwaites, becomes a partner in the Eanam Brewery.

1824

Eanam Brewery becomes the sole property of Daniel Thwaites.

1843

Daniel Thwaites dies. Brothers Daniel II, John and Thomas inherit the brewery.

1858

Daniel II becomes sole owner of brewery as brother John retires.

1863

Blackburn Snig Brook Brewery Acquired

1875

Daniel II becomes the MP for Blackburn

1888

Elma Thwaites inherits the brewery after Daniel II

1897

Thwaites becomes limited company.

1923

Thwaites starts expansion after James Pickup and Co Wines and Spirits and Henry Shaw are purchased.

1925

Double Ben introduced and Thwaites begins to bottle its beers.

1957

Old Dan brewed to celebrate 150th anniversary.

1960

Thwaites Scholarship initiated by John Yerburgh and Thwaites re-introduce dray horses.

1966

Eanam becomes Star Brewery – extended at a cost of £1.5m.

1972

Opening of new bottled beer and keg store.

1978

Thwaites Dark Mild wins first of its two Champion Beer of Britain awards.

1981

Stein Pilsner introduced.

1984

Further expansion when Yates and Jackson of Lancaster acquired for £5m+

1985

Thwaites Dray horses are awarded freedom of Blackburn after 25 years service to the community.

1986

HRH Princess Anne unveils plaque at Star Brewery, which has undergone £4m of investment.

1994

The Daniel Thwaites Charitable Trust is launched.

1996

Thwaites launches the Northern Smoothie, Thwaites Smooth.

1998

Thwaites begin distribution of Warsteiner.

1999

40th Year of Travel Scholarship.

2000

Thwaites expand into Midlands purchasing 29 pubs. Anne Yerburgh becomes chairman.

2001

Prince Charles toasts Thwaites Beers at Craven Heifer, Stainforth

2002

Launch of Lancaster Bomber and Thwaites expand into Yorkshire purchasing 28 pubs. Thwaites Theatre opens in Blackburn.

2004

Thwaites expand into South Yorkshire with multi-million pound purchase of Rosewood Pub Company.

2005

Thwaites sign England all rounder Andrew Flintoff to be face of Lancaster Bomber. Man of the Series Flintoff helps England regain the Ashes.

2007

Thwaites celebrate 200 years of brewing excellence.