Lion Brewery Co is re-launching in London after a 72-year hiatus, bringing two of its flagship brews to the UK: Pale Ale and Island Lager.
The original Lion Brewery Co dates back to 1836 when, from London, it shipped generously hopped ales, made to endure long sea passages, to trading posts around the world.
When the brewery was damaged by fire and closed in 1949, the iconic lion statues were preserved at the request of King George VI. They can still be found today — one is The Southbank Lion, opposite the Houses of Parliament, and the other, now painted gold, guards the entrance of Twickenham Stadium, home of English rugby.
“Our ancestors in London would have been drinking Lion Brewery Co’s IPA throughout the Victorian era,” Harry Renshaw, co-founder of the new company. “It was the brewery’s history, along with the unusual connection between our British birthplace and temporary home in Singapore — the Lion City and a key trading post — that compelled us to resurrect the brand.”