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Henry Thrale's brewing career

  • Posted on: 22 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

Henry's father was the owner of the Anchor Brewhouse, Southwark. His obituary in a popular contemporary magazine described Ralph Thrale as…

the greatest brewer in England.

He brewed Thrale's Intire Porter; which was well known as delicious…

from the frozen regions of Russia to the burning sands of Bengal and Sumatra.

Ralph Thrale 1698-1758 after Thomas Hudson

Ralph died in April 1758 and was buried in the Thrale family vault at St Leonard's Church, Streatham. Henry Thrale then became the owner of the Anchor Brewhouse.

Dr. Johnson, said that Henry Thrale had…

Good sense enough to carry on his father's trade.

His education at Oxford gave him the habits of a gentleman; his amiable temper recommended his conversation, and the goodness of his heart made him a sincere friend.

Arthur Murphy on Henry Thrale.

The brewery was situated in a 9 acre compound, with the clerks' quarters, store houses, vaults and vats, dung pits and stabling for nearly 100 horses. Here was brewed Thrale's Intire Porter which was well known as delicious…

from the frozen regions of Russia to the burning sands of Bengal and Sumatra.

Henry once said to Samuel Johnson…

I would not quit the brewery for an annuity of ten thousand pounds a year. Not that I get ten thousand a year by it, but it is an estate to a family.

On 31 May 1781, after Henry's death, the brewery was sold by H. Thrale & Co. for £135,0001 and started trading as Barclay, Perkins & Company.

  • 1. £13,500,000 or $30,000,000 today.