John Smith's Brewery
John Smith's Brewery was founded in 1758 by Backhouse & Hartley at Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, England. John Smith bought the brewery in 1847. John Smith's is the sixth highest selling beer brand in the United Kingdom, and the highest selling ale brand. It is the highest selling bitter in the world.
The company grew to be one of the largest regional brewers in the country. It was taken over by Courage in 1970 who were themselves taken over by Scottish & Newcastle in 1995 and is currently owned by Heineken.