John Smith's

Our History

John Smith's Brewery exterior

About Us

We champion everyday, ordinary folks that are actually anything but. Because we know, just like our beer, they are "Only Ordinary By Name". 

John Smiths Magnet Logo

The Tadcaster brewery was founded

John Smith's Brewery Gates

John Smith was born

On the 18th March 1824 something remarkable happened and the world would never be the same again: John Smith was born.

Even from an early age, John Smith showed that he was "Only Ordinary by Name"

John Smith Baby PhotoBaby walking on its hands

As a toddler, John Smith was walking on his hands while other kids were barely crawling.


Origami animals

At 7 years old, John was creating elaborate origami animals for his friends. They marveled at his creations and quickly grew tired of their unimaginative toys.

John Smith with a fishing netOrigami frogOrigami butterflyOrigami swan

An explosive education

John attended university at 13 where he conducted a bizarre looking chemical experiment in front of his fellow, much older, students. The experiment resulted in a spectacular explosion that earned applause from his peers.

Drawing of an experiment with a match

Flights of fancy

On his 18th birthday John dabbled with flight by attempting to fly a prototype steam powered helicopter. It barely left the ground, but still got the British Aerospace industry up and running.

Portrait of John SmithHelicopter

John Smith's beer

At 21, John tried his first pint and was inspired

Having bought his own brewery in the Tadcaster, John set to experimenting and refining the process until he finally arrived at his greatest and most enduring achievement: John Smith's beer.

John then put his name on the family gate and history was made.

Portrait of John Smith as an adultPint of John Smith's