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John Bulls Yeast and Malt

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of St. Neots, Cambridgeshire

1712 John Arbuthnot created the fictional character John Bull as a national personification of the United Kingdom in general and England in particular.

1879 The John Bull Brand was first registered as a British trademark by John McNish and William Paine who traded as Paine and Co, for food, fermented liquors and spirits.

Allied Breweries acquired the John Bull Brand.

2008 The Charles Wells Brewery in Bedford now have the rights to the trademark, and have revamped the beer and is now called John Bull Finest Bitter.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5
  • [1] Wikipedia
  • [2] Beer Pages website - John Bull