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George Beer & Rigden Ltd

The Star Brewery, Canterbury was founded by George Beer in 1847 or thereabouts. Although the Beer family appear not to be associated with the brewery, it was incorporated as a private company as George Beer & Co Ltd in 1919.

The brewery at Court Street, Faversham was founded in the middle of the 18th century by Edward Rigden and passed through many members of the Rigden family.  William & John Rigden modernised the brewery towards the end of the 19th century and were able to form W.E. & J.Rigden & Co Ltd. in 1902.

The two companies agreed to merge in 1922 to form George Beer & Rigden Ltd. This company was acquired by Fremlins Ltd in 1948, closed in 1954, reopened in 1961 and brewed for Whitbread & Co Ltd until closure in 1990


George Beer Special Family Ale

George Beer Nourishing Stout stopper label

Rigden's Light Bitter Ale

Milk Stout 1920s

Mild Ale pint 1920s

Double Stout pint 1920s

Brown Ale pint 1920s

Oatmeal Stout pint 1920s

Pale Ale pint 1920s

X X K half pint 1920s

X X K pint 1920s

County Ale 1930s

County Ale 1930s

Double Stout half pint 1930s

Milk Stout 1930s

Oatmeal Stout 1930s

English Ale 1930s

X X K Ale 1930s

Dinner Ale 1930s

Brown Ale for R E West 1930s

Nut Brown Ale for R E West 1930s

Mild Ale for R E West 1930s

X X K for R E West 1930s

Oatmeal Stout for R E West 1930s

Nourishing Stout for R E West 1930s

Kentish Double Stout for R E West 1930s

Guinness pre 1936

Guinness post 1936

Christmas Ale 1940s

Stopper labels

Brown Ale 1940s

Pale Ale 1940s

Milk Stout 1940s

Special Stout 1940s

Special Strong Ale 1940s

Special XXXXXX 1930s

X X K pint 1940s

Christmas Ale 1950s

County Ale 1950s

Special Stout 1950s

X X K pint 1950s


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