Itinerary Category: general
It is suggested you plan a two centre visit to Shropshire to get the most out of this itinerary. Spend a couple of days in the South of the County, visiting the breweries around Ludlow and Bishop’s Castle, then move North to visit the remaining independent brewers featured here.
Suggested by: Nick Westington of Angel House B&B
Ludlow Brewing Company – 2hrs
Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1DJ
Ludlow’s long tradition of brewing, which died out in the 1930’s, has been renewed by the Ludlow Brewing Company, established in May 2006. The brewery is located in a lovely old maltings building, extensively renovated and reroofed yet retaining its old character. You’ll find Ludlow’s ales in pubs around the area – and they can be bought directly from the brewery. Call in and see how the beer is brewed, taste a drop or two and buy a supply to take away. Brewery tours – call in or call to book.
Hobsons Brewery – 2hrs
Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, DY14 8RD
Set below the Clee Hills in the Shropshire Hills, the tranquil little town of Cleobury Mortimer – famed locally for the twisted spire of the parish church – is home to Hobsons Brewery, established in 1993. Twisted Spire is also the name of the company’s latest brew – a blond beer aimed at a younger market. Hobsons also has great sustainability credentials – look out for the wind turbine to locate the brewery! Many of the local pubs sell Hobsons on draught and it can be bought by the bottle in local shops and from the brewery directly. Brewery tours – phone to book a free tour with sampling. Hobsons also own The Sun Inn, Leintwardine – the only remaining parlour pub in England.
Corvedale Brewery – 2hrs
Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9DF
The Corvedale Brewery was established in 1999 in what had been the chicken and lumber shed behind The Sun Inn, Corfton. The Inn has been licenced as far back as 1613 and its delightful location , as well as great range of ales, makes it really popular with walkers, tourists and locals alike. Brewery tours – ask in the pub or call ahead to arrange.
The Wood Brewery – 2hrs
Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 8DG
The Wood Brewery, producers of the acclaimed Shropshire Lad spring bitter, was set up in stables alongside The Plough Inn, Wistanstow’s village pub in 1980. It has become one of the most successful small independent breweries in the country – the brewery has been regularly extended to cope with demand for the Wood’s range of beers and also Sam Powell beers, brewed to recipes rescued from a mid-Wales brewery. Brewery tours – for groups, by arrangement – call for prices and to arrange.
Six Bells Brewery – 2hrs
Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5AA
The Six Bells dates back to the 17th Century – the old coaching inn, on the mid Wales to London route, was first opened in 1670. The brewery, which closed in the 1900’s, was re-established on the site in 1997, carrying on a tradition which spans 3 generations. Six Bells beers are available in other free houses in Shropshire but are best enjoyed in the friendly surroundings of the pub where they are brewed. There is plenty of fresh, local produce on the menu so you can enjoy a good lunch or dinner along with your beer! Brewery tours – by appointment only, call to arrange.
Three Tuns Brewery – 2hrs
Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5BN
The Three Tuns Brewery attracts pilgrims from all over the world. The original working brewhouse dates from around 1600 and the licence, issued in 1642, makes the brewery the proud holder of teh oldest licence in the UK. The remainder of the brewery, a Victorian Tower, is described in its listing as a rare survivor of a small rural working brewery. The recipes and methods, handed down through generations of custodians are closely guarded. Recent modernisations of the plant have added to the quirky and wholly original nature of the Three Tuns Brewery. Universally considered as the flagship brewery for all devotees of real ale and firmly established as one of the ‘must visit’ venues in Shropshire. Brewery tours – by appointment.
The Salopian Brewery – 1hrs
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 8UQ
Salopian Brewery was established at The Old Dairy on the outskirts of Shrewsbury in 1995 and has gained a reputation for fine ales with a distinctive style – including Shropshire Gold! Originally their beers were unusual and often based on continental beers, more lately they have a traditional style that is full bodied, aromatic and well balanced. The brewery has a tap house in Frankwell, close to the town centre – the Bull in the Barne – with a beer garden offering wonderful views down to the River Severn. Brewery tours – by arrangement only. Brewery shop open weekdays and by appointment at weekends.
Stonehouse Brewery – 2hrs
Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 9ES
Australian Shane Parr moved to the UK in 2000 and soon started to fufil his ambition of brewing his own ales, setting up Stonehouse Brewery in 2007. The aim being to produce good, consistent quality beers, using traditional recipes and methods. The brewery is located in what was once old chicken sheds near the old station building which inspires many of the ales names. The chickens have given way to a series of award winning ales – from a brewery with a fast developing reputation for good, consistent quality beers, using traditional recipes and methods. Brewery tours – can be arranged for groups of 10 or more people by arrangement only. Please call for details.
Wem Brewing Company – 2hrs
Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5SD
Hanby Ales was established in 1988 by Head Brewer Jack Hanby after the closure of the Shrewsbury and Wem Brewery. Hanby Ales produced its first beer at Easter 1989, maintaining a 200 year old tradition of brewing in Wem. Since then it has won many awards for its fine range of ales at the modern, purpose built premises it moved to in 1990. Brewery tours – bookable for 5 – 25 visitors – call to arrange.
Ironbridge Brewery – 2hrs
Ironbridge, Shropshire, TF8 7NJ
Ironbridge Brewery, established in 2008, (but already winning awards for its ales) is located in a wonderful old Victorian foundry in the grounds of the Merrythought factory – set on the east bank of the River Severn in the beautiful and historic Ironbridge Gorge. Using water from a bore hole at Wroxeter Roman Vineyard, the brewery is committed to producing a wide variety of beers. Brewery tours – Ironbridge Brewery has a Visitor Centre offering free tours showing how the beer is brewed, along with tastings, snacks and an off-licence. Contact for more details.