The last ever can of beer left the Berkshire Brewery a few hours ago. You can see it leave below.
It’s a very sad day indeed, made slightly less so by considering the precise nature of some of what was brewed there towards the end. Reading was famous for the “three Bs” – biscuits, bulbs and beer (from Huntley and Palmers, Sutton Seeds and Simonds/Courage respectively). The first two left the town years ago, and now the final one leaves after 225 years of brewing.
I worked at the Courage brewery when it was opened at Worton Grange in the early 1980s. There was a chap there who could recite the names and locations of every Courage pub – and there were hundreds of them at the time.
It’s a shame that the huge machinery and buildings of the brewery only lasted 30 years. Similarly, Dec Park, next to it, lasted less than that. What is it with modern buildings? All that vast steel and conrete over acres and it was only used for 30 years. It’s a crime.