Town to open first brewery in 70 years
A STAFFORDSHIRE town is getting its very own brewery for the first time in more than 70 years.
The Tamworth Brewing Company will craft a variety of beers and ales in a Tamworth-made mash tun in Market Street.
Owner George Greenaway, who is also chairman of the Lichfield, Sutton and Tamworth Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), is delighted to add his name to Tamworth’s brewing history more than half a century on from the closure of Morgan & Co Brewers.
“We’ve got a Tamworth-made mash tun which will produce 20 casks,” he said. “It’s an absolute beast. I’m local to Tamworth and there hasn’t been a brewery since Morgan’s.
“When the opportunity for the premises came up, we began collaborating with the council – it just seemed like the right time to do it.
“It’s been in development for six months and we’re quite further forward on budget than I thought, without including any banks or financial investors.
“We’ve had lots of people asking, ‘When’s it going to be ready?’ but they all understand that there are constraints. I’ve been involved with CAMRA for eight to nine years, the other members have been very supportive and the brewery will be promoted at Tamworth Beer Festival in September.”
“This street will become a cultural quarter and we can capitalise on that by having a niche offering,” added Mr Greenaway.
“There’s not many town centres that have a brewery because most are located at industrial estates.
“This really is a unique proposition for the town itself and its regeneration.”
Mr Greenaway spoke about how his passion for brewing began.
“I guess it was a revelation during a trip to York, where I discovered ale,” he said. “I tried it with a real ale group and never looked back – I found that passion for it.”
The brewery will be just a stone’s throw from Tamworth Castle and mere metres away from the former Morgan & Co Brewers site, which was replaced in 1946 by Gold And Wassall, which was forced to relocate from Birmingham due to damage sustained to their former building during the war.
George Greenaway who is launching the Tamworth Brewing Company