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1787 Courage and Co Ltd was started by John Courage at the Anchor Brewhouse in Horselydown, Bermondsey.

1797 It became Courage and Donaldson in 1797.

By 1888, it had been registered simply as Courage.

1893 Merger with the Reading-based Simonds' Brewery led to the name changing to Courage, Barclay, Simonds and Co.

1955 the company merged with Barclay, Perkins and Co (who were located at the nearby Anchor Brewery) to become Courage, Barclay and Co Ltd.

1970 The name was simplified to Courage Ltd in October

1972 the company was taken over by the Imperial Tobacco Group.

1978 The vast Worton Grange (now Berkshire) Brewery was opened on the Reading/Shinfield border.

1981 The Anchor Brewery closed; all brewing was transferred to Reading.

1986 Imperial Tobacco was acquired by the Hanson Trust who sold Courage to Elders IXL

1990 Renamed as the Foster's Brewing Group.

1991 The Courage section of Foster's was merged with the breweries of Grand Metropolitan. Its public houses were owned by a joint-company called Inntrepreneur Estates.

1996 Scottish and Newcastle purchased Courage from Foster's, creating Scottish Courage as its brewing arm.

As of January 2007 the rights for the production, marketing and sales of the Courage brands have been sold to Wells & Young’s Brewing Company. This will be managed by a joint venture called Courage Brands Ltd


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