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Fancy a glass of Founder’s Ale, anyone?


As we prepare for Founder’s Day 2021 this May, we’re excited to report that our friends at Pilgrim Brewery have produced another charity beer – Henry Smith Founder’s Ale – in support of the Nightingale Fund.

Reigate Grammar School was founded in 1675, through a legacy gift of £1,000 from Henry Smith, to “educate the poor children of Reigate”. RGS will soon celebrate its 350th anniversary and, in memory of its founder, believes all Reigatians are on a journey of noble purpose, as Pilgrims, to progress and make the world a better place.

You can now raise a glass of Founder’s Ale to Henry Smith in the knowledge that all profits go directly towards the RGS Foundation’s social mobility campaign to give children from disadvantaged backgrounds access to a world-class education, helping them to fulfil their potential. Enjoy!


About this beer

The recipe is the same as Pilgrim Brewery’s flagship ale, Progress, which was created in 1982. Brewed with the finest British malts to give a rich, bitter-sweet ale, which are complemented with British, American and Slovenian hops. Alc. 4% vol.

How to order

You can pre-order cases of Founder’s Ale online. We are currently offering free delivery within five miles of RGS – or collection from school. If you live further afield, we will contact you to arrange a suitable delivery method. Founder’s Ale will be ready for delivery and collection in the week commencing 15 March. PLEASE NOTE: The number of cases is limited.

About Pilgrim Brewery

Pilgrim Brewery in Reigate is owned by former RGS pupil Adrian Rothera (’84) and RGS parent Rory Fry-Stone, and has been brewing beer on site since 1982, making it one of the oldest craft breweries in the South East of England. Progress is a firm favourite in the local area!

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