Wells’ Master Brewer Chris Reid created a golden lager to celebrate this English brewery’s 40th anniversary. Charlie Wells Dry Hopped Lager is brewed with natural mineral water from a well sunk by Charles Wells himself in the early 1900s.
To celebrate the new beer and honor the brewery’s founder, an “illustrated Charlie” was created. Each tattoo documents his adventurous life. Before he became a brewer, Charlie was a seaman who travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, hence the eight-pointed star tattoo in the middle of his chest. The Josephine tattoo on his right shoulder honors the love of his life. Wells opened the brewery in 1876 in order to marry Josephine Grimbley, whose father wouldn’t let his daughter marry a mere mariner. The couple settled in Charlie’s hometown, and birthplace of the brewery, Bedford England, where they raised their eight children, which explains his Bedford tattoo.
Other tats include a starfish, which was the original logo of the brewery; Australian hops like the ones used to make Dry Hopped Lager; a well, depicting the one Charles sunk, which continues to be the sole water source at the brewery today, and the words, “The Soul of Beer” which according to Charlie Wells, was barley.