In 1905, Thomas Fentiman, an iron puddler from Cleckheaton, England was approached by a fellow tradesman for a loan. A deal was struck and a recipe for botanically brewed ginger beer was provided as security. The loan was never repaid so Thomas became the owner of the unique recipe.
Thomas began using the recipe and producing botanically brewed ginger beer which he delivered door-to-door using a horse and cart for transport. His ginger beer was stored in handmade stone jars known affectionately as ‘grey hens’ which were stamped with an image of Thomas' pet dog 'Fearless' after winning the ‘Crufts’ obedience class in 1933 and 1934. Fentimans botanically brewed ginger beer quickly became very popular and the family business grew, with several brewing and production facilities being opened in the North of England.
An ever changing world
The world has changed a lot over 100 years since Thomas Fentiman founded the business and Fentimans have had to adapt to meet the demands of the modern world. Changes in the way people shop mean that we don't deliver door-to-door anymore and instead we sell our beverages in shops, bars and restaurants. We also use motorised transport to make deliveries, rather than horses and carts and the old stone jars adorned by ‘Fearless’ have been replaced by our iconic glass bottles.
Over 100 years since Fentimans started brewing botanical drinks the business is still in the Fentimans family and is owned by the Great Grandson of Thomas Fentiman. We also continue to make our delicious natural beverages by the multi-stage botanical brewing technique. Our processes have been updated and our beverages are now carbonated before being filled and pasteurised to extend the product shelf life. The one thing that has not changed is the superior quality and unsurpassed taste of our drinks.