- Ruddles Brewery
Ruddles Brewery is a former English
brewery. The brand is now owned by Greene Kingwho still brews beers under the Ruddles name in Suffolk though the current recipes are not those used at the original brewery.
The brewery was established in
1858in Langham, Rutlandbut it was not bought by George Ruddle until 1912. Langham remained the home of the brewery until its closure in 1997. The company passed through the ownership of Watneysand then Grolsch before Morland & Co of Abingdon took over Ruddles Brewery in 1997. Morlands moved production to Abingdon only for that site to be closed by Greene King in 2000.
The local Langham well water was said to give the beer a unique character and quality which enhanced the brewery's reputation.
A television commercial for Ruddles (c. 1994) featured the last appearance of
Vivian Stanshallnarrating as Hubert brother of Sir Henry Rawlinson of Rawlinson End played by Mel Smithand a cross-dressing Dawn French.
In 1996 Ruddles Best won the gold medal in the ordinary bitter category at the first
World Beer Cup. Beers include:
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