Alfred and Ralph Hyde acquired a small brewing concern from their grandfather Thomas Shaw in 1863, and began the Hydes brewing dynasty.
As the business developed it was managed by a variety of family members from different generations, and by virtue of its increasing fortunes it outgrew its premises several times.
In 1899, with William Hyde now in control, the business came to rest at the Queens Brewery site in Brooks Bar, Manchester. It was also under William’s leadership that the company began acquiring an estate of public houses through which to distribute more of Hydes’ products. Hydes Ales acquired an excellent reputation throughout the North West, and in 1944 the company was re-named Hydes Anvil Brewery to incorporate the family trademark.
William Hyde’s sister Annie was a dominant force in the family, and she took over the business after William died in 1916, going on to run it successfully for a total of 56 years.
Following the closure of the Queen’s Brewery site, we moved to our new brewery premises near to Media City UK in December 2012; not the best time for a brewery move!
The new brewery is entirely dedicated to the production of cask ales. Four beers are available on a permanent basis and an extensive range of constantly changing seasonal craft ales are also produced. Our beers are distributed through our managed and tenanted houses, free trade customers, wholesalers and pub groups. Go to ‘our beers’ for more information.
We operate around 60 pubs split evenly between managed houses, fully operated by The company, and tenancies which are let to independent operators. Our pubs are located in the North West of England and North Wales.
Our pubs include destination food houses, suburban locals and town centre venues. We aim to make every one of our sites the best in it’s locality. Two of our sites surpassed even this aspiration when they won the ‘Best Managed House’ category in the Great British Pub Awards in 2011 and 2012. The Joshua Bradley at Gee Cross was the first winner followed by the John Millington, Cheadle Hulme.
We are constantly seeking to improve our estate through refurbishment and acquisition. If you are aware of an acquisition opportunity that may be of interest to us, we will pay a ‘bounty’ of £1,000 if we go on to purchase the site.
We have a great heritage at Hydes with over 150 years of history and we are now looking forward with confidence as a brewer and licensed retailer competing successfully in these highly competitive markets.