Titanic Brewery Story
Titanic Brewery Story
The brewery was founded in Burslem Stoke-on-Trent in 1985 and takes its name from the ill-fated steam liner Titanic. It is in honour of its captain Edward Smith (who originated from Stoke-on-Trent) that the brewery is named.
Edward John Smith, RD (27 January 1850 – 15 April 1912) was a British Merchant Navy officer. He served as master of numerous White Star Line vessels. He is best known as the captain of the RMS Titanic who perished when the ship sank on its maiden voyage. Raised in a working environment, he left school early to join the Merchant Navy and the Royal Naval Reserve. After earning his master’s ticket, he entered the service of the White Star Line, a prestigious British company. He quickly rose through the ranks and graduated in 1887. His first command was the SS Celtic. He served as commanding officer of numerous White Star Line vessels, including the Majestic (which he commanded for nine years) and attracted a strong and loyal following amongst passengers.
In 1904, Smith became the commodore of the White Star Line, and was responsible for controlling its flagships. He successfully commanded the Baltic, Adriatic and the Olympic. In 1912, he was the captain of the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, which struck an iceberg and sank on 15 April 1912; over 1,500 perished in the sinking, including Smith who went down with the ship. For his stoicism and fortitude in the face of adversity, Smith became an icon of British “stiff upper lip” spirit and discipline.
Born & bred in Staffordshire, two beer-loving brothers Keith & Dave Bott are at the helm of Titanic Brewery. They decided the best way to ensure the beer was good enough was to buy Stoke’s brewery and run it themselves. Even though they’ve been running the brewery for 30 years now & employ around 150 local people, Keith can still be seen regularly mashing in each morning at the brewery and Dave is often building bars and painting walls in their existing pubs.
They are fiercely proud that their beer is crafted in Stoke, a place steeped in industrial heritage, most famously pottery. With Stoke manufacturers such as Doulton, Spode and Wedgewood being world-famous (you can always tell if you’re at a table with someone from this neck of the woods because they’ll still turn over the plates and saucers to see who made them). Pottery, as well as coal and steel came from here because of the location, both transport links and what’s in the ground beneath our feet. But Stoke excelled and continued to do so because of the inventive, industrious character of its people. You probably didn’t know this because we don’t like to brag, but Stoke’s produced its fair share of makers, inventors and creative geniuses (even if we’d never call them that to their faces because we don’t want them getting big-headed).